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Preparing for Auditions: 7 [Guided] Script Approaches That Land You The Job

There is nothing like auditioning. The range of emotions an actor feels stepping into a room full of decision-makers is considerable and often damaging to the quality of the audition itself. One way to keep those emotions and the mistakes they cause in check is to know how to work on a script in a hurry. And I will let you in on a secret: Good readers make better auditioners, whether you get the sides a week, a day, or ten minutes before the audition. So, if you don’t read alou…

Cannes Filmmaker James Kicklighter Gives Advice on Becoming a Director

Award-winning filmmaker James Kicklighter has been featured in the Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Ain't it Cool News and more and has been directing narrative films for the the past 12 years. His films have screened at the Cannes Film Festival and more! He has spoken all over the world on filmmaking. Kicklighter offers tips for aspiring directors, suggesting they start with two important things before diving in. Kicklighter suggests directors start with two important things bef…

Apple Bites into the Film Industry

It seems like the movie business is open for just about any entity to hop on board and offer services for the filmmaker. Even Walmart is rumored to be boarding the movie streaming train. But when Apple signed a deal with A24 to amp up its intention to offer original content to viewers, lots of filmmakers stopped in their tracks to listen.   A24 is a distribution, financing, development and production company whose prestige credits include 2017’s Best Picture Oscar winner Moo…

The Anthology Feature: And Why You Should Get Involved In One

I’m sure that you're all familiar with the “Feature Film” format. You have a single story (okay, it may be rather complex) with a single set of actors and characters and a single directorial team. The final product is a consistent product that draws you in and takes you through its “Oh sh..” moments until the end.   Smells like a human to me (Image courtesy of Arijana Rubin)   An “Anthology Feature,” on the other hand, is different.…

Coffee & Content - No Country for Old Men Script to Screen & Acting Advice from Hugh Jackman

Hello, Creative Army.  Hope all who are celebrating are enjoying the remainder of the Thanksgiving weekend. Let's get right after it, shall we? First up, a look at one of my favorite films of the 21st century, the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men.  This one is from our friends at Lessons from the Screenplay and comes with the mandate - don't underestimate the audience! Next, short and sweet, some sage acting advice from the versatile Hugh Jackman. As always, I ask that…

Advice for Filmmakers - No Matter Your Level of Success

Everyday, we here at Stage 32 do our very best to offer blog posts that educate and inspire. We get contributions from filmmakers, writers, actors, and other creatives at every level of success. And when we don't share a contributor post, we share links to posts from other creatives out there in the world. Sometimes the posts we share fit you and your needs more than they fit someone else's.Sometimes they won't fit you at all.That's going to happen. With over 500,000 thousand members …

From PA to VP - How A Random Stage 32 Encounter Led to Mentorship and Opportunity

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is now.” Although this is not the story of a tree, and I can’t say that it has been twenty years in the making, the implications of the proverb still hold true. This story is for the up-and-coming director that may not know the next step in their journey. To the high school student filmmaker that is trying to find their way on the toad to success, and might be …

We're Thankful For You

On behalf of the Stage 32 team, I'd like to wish all celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are all extremely grateful for the members of this community and for the incredible relationships and friendships that have bloomed over the years. Truly, we feel blessed. As I've mentioned in past Thanksgiving blogs, I like to use the end of each Turkey Day for some quiet reflecting on the year thus far. What was I hoping to accomplish? What can still be done with the month remaining? I find …

The Dizzying, Exciting Adventures of an Actor Returning to the Business

As many of you know, the journey of an actor is not without its twists and turns. Fresh out of acting school, one doesn’t picture a day when the compass is lost and the all-consuming career is set aside, sometimes without conscious thought. This happened to me. One day I woke up and realized that, without having made any decision to do so, I’d been out of the industry for years, many of which were focused on creating my own web series. My web series came about by accident.…

Game of Thrones Star Elyes Gabel Gives Advice On Reaching Casting Directors

If you're an actor, you know that looking for the next gig is always on your radar. Actors today have more options than ever to find work. Actor, filmmaker, and director Elyes Gabel has appeared on Game of Thrones, World War Z, Scorpion and more! He was on a Stage 32 panel at the Hollyshorts Film Festival and shared some advice on how his fellow actors can maximize their reach with casting directors... Click Here For Elyes' Advice!       Remember, if you haven'…

The Drive to Succeed: Why Some Work So Hard and How it Alters Our Health

As creators, we are essentially entrepreneurs. Even if we hold a job of sorts, we still work as contractors and freelancers. Some of us even manage a production company or other small business. And to make it work... We've been told to work hard. We've been told to continue the grind.And we've been told not to waste a single minute as we reach for the stars. Alexis Ohaniaof Reddit While this is true to a fault, for some, these statements can be misinterpreted as working endlessly and …

Getting to Know Hollywood: Sign the Town Before You Sign the Talent

I’ve been in this industry for several years and in that time, I’ve seen dozens of talented people give up because success didn’t come when they wanted it to. It didn’t come in an expected time frame and therefore, they left town. Maybe they spent some time at an agency before they packed it in. Maybe in that time they booked a few commercials. But they got tired because nothing else ever came beyond those commercials. And when they got tired, they gave up and dr…

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