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How a Tomato Can Help You Meet Your Writing & Filmmaking Deadlines

I am an obsessive multi tasker. Some call me a master juggler. 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…

2 New Yorkers in Hollywood: Is Producing TV Easier than Producing Film?

What happens when drop two New Yorker's in the middle of Hollywood?? A little bit of laughter and a heckofa lot of filmmaking insight. You've seen Richard RB Botto's free webinar, "Ask Me Anything." Sometimes he handles questions on his own and we love that. Sometimes he handles questions with Jason Mirch, Stage 32's Director or Script Services, and we love that, too. In this round, he's throwing the questions at fellow New Yorker, Bradley Gallo. (Bradley is a renowned film producer a…

4 Things to Consider Before You Land in Hollywood

Not everyone who lives in Hollywood is from Hollywood. The industry is mixed with folks from all over the world who want nothing more than to fulfill a dream. Making the move is a massive decision, and can ignite a number of mixed feelings, including (but not limited to) excitement and absolute fear. These feelings fester from the moment you cross the city limits. Once in, you look around and you ask yourself, "Now what?"What was once a place that seemed so far away and out of reach is n…

Stage 32 Contests Opening Doors for Writers!

Happy Monday, Stage 32 Family! I hope you all had a productive and creative weekend. I wanted to take a moment to talk about screenwriting contests. As you probably know, we just closed the extended deadline on our 5th Annual Feature Contest. I hope you were all able to submit a project for consideration. I was speaking with a writer recently who questioned the value of screenwriting contests. He had been a winner or finalist in several different screenwriting contests in the past, but…

Coffee & Content - How to Film Yourself & How to Film and Edit on Your Smartphone

Good Morning, Creative Army! This morning as I brew with a french press, creating videos while flying solo comes to mind. Most of us have done it, want to do it, or could use some tips on how to improve our self-tapes or tutorials. Even shooting a short film starring ourselves can be tricky. So while we brew, let's dig into the first video today from Peter McKinnon, How to Film Yourself. Even with zero budget, you can create a great video with just a few tools. The short video below s…

What is the Difference Between Drama and Non-Drama?

When we settle in to watch a television show, we're looking to get pulled into the story. The last thing we want is a series of facts or other information to drive the story engine. Yet it happens. It makes for a bland episode. And it could be detrimental if not addressed. After David Mamet's show The Unit was cancelled, Mamet sent a memo to his writing staff. Here's how it started: "Almost a decade ago, celebrated playwright, film director, screenwriter, author and producer David Ma…

Hollywood Is A Small Town, Even When You’re Not There

Welcome back! When we last parted, my friend Brian gave up two hours into the day. I made sure not to tell my mother that he ditched me for fear she would not let me go back to the set alone. I am not sure I actually lied about it. Well,l I guess there are lies of omission, so maybe I did lie. But I did tell her I saw people using things I considered to be toys as equipment on the set, and I was obsessed with these man-children and their toy box. Boys and Their Toys How many of yo…

Mid-Year Check In (What Are You Up To??)

For the past few years we've been doing a mid-year check in to see where all of you are at. What kind of projects are you working on?Have you been killing it with auditions?Where are you with writing? Networking? Pitching? Let's take a minute to do a mid-year check-in and see how - and what - you’re all doing thus far. Are you on track? Do you need a push? Did you change direction entirely?   Let's talk about it in the comments section below. And, of course, if there is t…

Are Streaming & Cable Two Separate Markets for Writers to Approach? (by Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

Movies and TV habits are changing with the advent of streaming video services, including Netflix. So what does that mean for writer's looking to pitch to executives? Does streaming now create two different avenues for pitching? Or are the markets the same? Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto & Director of Script Services Jason Mirch address this question in the FREE webinar "Ask Me Anything." Listen as the duo discuss how writer's should approach these markets.   Click Here For …

Filmmakers & Producers: 5 Tips for Communicating With Talent

Though filmmaking and production are an art and a craft, they’re also a business, especially if the project is a commercial or industrial. So being as professional as possible in your written communications to talent is important and will further your working relationships. Your goals should be to make it as easy as possible for actors (and crew) to work with you and show them you know what you’re doing. 1) Ensure All Communications are Well-Written and Clear What you write…

It's a Summer of Success for Stage 32 Screenwriters!

Good morning Stage 32 Family! Can you believe that we are already halfway through July?! This summer is flying by and the successes keep piling up for our writers! We’ve had the privilege of hearing directly from a few of our writers in recent weeks as they tell their success stories! But those are just a fraction of the success our community members are enjoying this summer! First, I want to send a huge shout out to the winner of our 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest, Greg Mania…

Coffee & Content - The Problem Solving of Filmmaking & Movie Mistakes: When Does Film Continuity Really Matter?

Hello, Stage 32 Family!From filming on set in Chicago with Rain Beau's End this past spring to mentoring other screenwriters at a writing retreat in Dordogne, France (and everything prior and yet to come), I've seen and will continue to see my share of continuity mistakes in filmmaking. And as I pour myself a hearty 'cupajoe this Sunday morning, I bring to you another edition of Coffee & Content that covers this very problem. We've all watched films where we've been able to pick up …

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