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RB on CNBC - Why the Future of the Oscars and Emmys Might Be in Jeopardy

Hello, Creative Army! Last month, I was asked by Darren Geeter, a fellow creative and producer at CNBC (and all around great guy), to participate in a long form story regarding the decline in award show ratings and status not only within the industry, but with the public as well. This was a wide ranging interview spanning all aspects of the awards process including what being nominated truly means for talent, production companies, studios and streamers in today's environment. The report…

How to Start Your Career as a Film Producer: Advice from Producer Bradley Gallo (WILD MOUNTAIN THYME, THE GREEN HORNET AND KATO)

Happy Wednesday Stage 32! I have a special treat for you today from long time Stage 32 member and Producer Bradley Gallo (WILD MOUNTAIN THYME, GREEN HORNET & KATO, THE CALL, MR. RIGHT). Bradley recently wrote an amazing blog for the Stage 32 community about The Making of "Wild Mountain Thyme" Starring Emily Blunt & Jamie Dornan. As part of that blog, I had the supreme pleasure of hosting a video interview with Bradley about his storied career as a producer. Today, I am deligh…

Screenwriter Hired to Write TV Pilot via Networking on Stage 32!

About 12 years ago my stepdaughter Nastassia Haroshka (IMDB) (age 7 at the time) came to the US from Belarus with her mother, Iryna Haroshka, my future wife. Nastassia and her mother spoke no English, but I had learned Russian to be able to speak with them. The daughter had done some modeling in Belarus, and was soon contracted for actress roles in the excellent films DIVERGE  and RAIN. She studied acting with Gerard Moses at Studio 24. She learned English rapidly; she is a perfec…

Coffee & Content: 6 Ways to Edit Any Scene & The Soul of Good Character Design

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, the folks over at StudioBinder have a great video featuring six ways to edit any scene. Specifically, you will learn about editing using the intellectual montage, eye trace, cross cutting, eyeline match, the j cut, and the I cut. You will see examples from The Matrix: Resurrections, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pulp Fiction, Interst…

10 Side Hustle Jobs for Actors & Other Freelance Artists

It's hard being an actor or any type of freelance artist.  Few free-lance artists, whether they be actors, videographers, crew members, script writers, photographers, etc… are able to make a living in their filed. Especially, at the beginning of their career. Instead of taking on a 9:00-5:00 job that takes you away from pursuing your chosen art form, why not find some great side hustle jobs to bring in additional income? You might even be able to find jobs that are in your …

How to Meet Your Writing & Filmmaking Deadlines

I can work on any given day on multiple projects and activities. I'm not sure if it is because I love variety or because deep down I am a masochist. Or a control freak.From buying films on behalf of our theatrical distributor clients, selling and marketing those films, developing content for film and television, and representing personalities, influencers or media companies, I do it all. I also consult for Wall Street and do story development consultations.My phone should be surgically a…

How A.I. Can Benefit Hollywood

The entertainment industry might be the final one disrupted by Machine Learning, but if done right it can be as revolutionary as the camera. Act 1 — The Machine Learning Revolution You don’t need to follow tech news to know that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finally arriving, after so many “AI winters”. It’s going to impact every aspect of humanity in the coming years, and how could it not? The first Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will be the only…

How to Connect 1 Million+ Entertainment Industry Professionals - Richard "RB" Botto on The Jake Dunlap Podcast

Happy Wednesday! Our fearless leader and CEO, Richard "RB" Botto recently had the pleasure of being a guest on The Jake Dunlap Show.  In this exclusive podcast interview RB discusses How to Connect, Train, and Coach 1 Million+ Entertainment Industry Professionals. Specifically, RB talks about the origins of Stage 32, how our partnership with Netflix came about, how to make yourself and your content stand out amongst the sea of competition, and much more.   Click here …

How to Start Writing Your Script ... and Finish It!

In my years of experience as a writer of novels and scripts, I have encountered many challenges, as have my colleagues. One of the biggest: finishing my stories! Starting to write a novel or a script is not very complicated. Almost anyone can do it. But it takes time, patience, focus and energy. It can be easy to get discouraged during the process and the real challenge is getting to the end. Here’s a few tips that can help you make yours happen. Stay Disciplined This is probabl…

Animator and Filmmaker Collaborating on Animated TV Show After Connecting on Stage 32!

Having won awards for my artwork and writing in high school, I knew my career path was to be a storyteller in some capacity. However, that road was not linear and took many incarnations. This included being a journalism major in college, a professional opera singer (you read that right), owning a graphic design studio, teaching ancient history & religion seminars and finally working as a personal trainer. This last vocation was the turning point. While training myself during a lunch…

Coffee & Content: 5 Tips for Filming Yourself & 7 Ways to Memorize Lines Fast

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive into this week'…

Celebrating Black History Month and Diversity/Inclusion in the Industry

Happy Black History Month! Or, for anyone outside the United States, happy February! One of the great accomplishments of Stage 32 is providing a safe and welcoming space for creatives all around the world, regardless of age, sex, race, or creed, to gather, network, and build relationships. Naturally, as we began celebrating Black History Month in the Stage 32 Lounges, this poignant question arose - why do we celebrate? In a word… history. In the United States, since celluloid was…

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