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Why I Wish I Knew It Was Okay To Ask For Extensions On Deadlines

Sometimes, aspiring writers ask me a question. What’s one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring writer? Or, if you could tell your younger self one piece of writing advice, what would it be? To properly explain my answer, I need to tell you a little story. After a rather rough few months at the end of 2013, I found myself at the tail end of a six-week writing slump. For the only time in my writing career, I’d only written 300 words in those six weeks (the least …

Socially Distant & Successful: Stage 32 Writers Made 100 Exec Connections in Less than 3 months!

Good morning Stage 32 Creatives! I hope your week is off to a great start. I want to give you some updates that I think will make it even better. Obviously, if you have been following Stage 32 for any length of time, you know that despite the temporary hiatus in production, business is still going on in the industry. In fact, during the recent Global Pitch Tank I hosted last week, Manager Spencer Robinson of Art/Work said, “I’m reading more than ever and I’m on the ph…

Coffee & Content - JoJo Rabbit Cinematography & Editing Empathy in Big Little Lies

Happy Sunday Creative Army! We are all on day who knows what of Quarantine, and I hope you are all staying happy, healthy, and creative. I look forward to sharing my Sunday morning Coffee & Content with you every week, so grab your coffee and get ready for some piping-hot entertainment industry content.  First up, Indy Mogul sits down with JoJo Rabbit cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. to talk about the script, lighting, and, of course, camera lenses and shot composition…

Stay Connected & Stay Creative with Stage 32: Watch Our Virtual Events On-Demand Now!

Happy Saturday Stage 32 Community! Today is Saturday, right? What day is it?! How long have we been in quarantine?! Time is starting to feel a little like this... Name that Classic Movie!   Worry not folks, because Stage 32 is committed to bringing you entertainment, education, and community from the comfort and safety of your own home. Over the past several weeks, we have had the supreme pleasure of hosting a number of live digital events! We sipped cocktails in our re…

How To Find Money for Movies: Financing

Welcome back, rear reader! What you are reading is the second half of a two-part series on how to find money for movies. Even if you don’t have any interest in crowdfunding, I recommend reading the first half of “How to Find Money for Movies: Fundraising” before you proceed. Not only did we clear up some widely misunderstood terms when it comes to money, but we also talked about...DISCLAIMER: Under no circumstances should you take my advice when it comes to money. Why a…

How To Find Money for Movies: Fundraising

Ok, Stage 32! What you are about to read is a two-part article that’s been more than fifteen years in the making. For a little context, my arrival in Los Angeles landed me behind a telephone at the Exodus Film Group... where I pitched would-be investors on family entertainment for two long years. Probably the best part of working at Exodus, apart from the mentorship I received, was spending time with Basil Poledouris - who wrote the film score for RoboCop and many other personally …

How to Persevere and Continue to Show Up as a Creative

You, dear artist, are a brave soul! No one knows better than an artist about what it takes to grapple with the uncertainty and still continue to show up, to create, or to perform. Despite all the ups and downs, the victories and the defeats, the success and the failures that come with the artistic career, you are still here. Even when you don’t know what might happen next, you are devoted to making your art. But now, the uncertainty has taken a new dimension. It’s a dimensi…

Filmmaking Tips & Inspiration from Director Bola Ogun (LUCIFER, QUEEN SUGAR)

Happy Wednesday Stage 32 Community! I hope this blog finds you healthy, happy, and creative while rocking self-quarantine. All of us here on Stage 32 team have been diligently working from home, just like you, and we are honored to continually bring you more ways to stay creative and connected online with our more than 600,000 members across the world. Stage 32 is committed to bringing you entertainment, education, and community from the comfort and safety of your own home. Today, I wa…

7 Questions to Develop Your Vision and Voice

What are Vision and Voice and Why are They Important? There’s a lot of good news for Creators and Creatives these days. The abundant Stage 32 opportunity announcements for meetings and pitches with agents, managers, and producers prove they’re hungry for content, which means they’re looking for new writers, actors, and directors who are strong in their craft, with compelling stories to tell. Whenever there’s competition, there’s also the challenge of sett…

StudioCanal's Horror Thriller 'Baghead' Lands Stage 32 New Blood Contest Winner!

Good morning Stage 32 Creatives! I hope you had a productive, healthy and creative weekend. We’re kicking off an exciting week of creative excellence at Stage 32, and there is a lot to look forward to! There is so much going on at Stage 32 that it is difficult to keep up! As I mentioned before, in the months of February and March, there were 79 meeting requests from industry executives, producers, and literary managers looking to connect with writers and filmmakers through Stage 32…

Coffee & Content - Production Design Tips for Directors & How to Make a Cinematic Short Film

Happy Sunday Creative Army, Here's hoping you had a healthy and creative week. We had another amazing week of digital connections and virtual learning here at Stage 32 - and I am excited to say we have more online inspirational, educational, and aspirational content coming your way - stay tuned. So, is your coffee ready? Because your weekly dose of content is coming in hot.  First up, our friends over at Studio Binder have done it again. Filmmaking is a very visual medium, and the…

Stage 32 Virtual Table Read Plus Cast Q&A: Now Available On-Demand!

Happy Saturday Stage 32! Last Friday night, we had the pleasure of hosting a live virtual table read and happy hour. It was a smash-success and brought hundreds of you much needed laughter and community in the time of #SelfQuarantine. Stage 32 is committed to bringing you entertainment, education, and community from the comfort and safety of your own home. For those of you who missed this online good-time, worry not! We are thrilled to announce you can now download the full table read …

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