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Keep Writing... KEEP WRITING!

November is a month of writing! The goal is to... WRITE! Whatever it is, let's get 30 days of writing each day, every day! Join us in the Stage 32 November Write Club! But I know, I know... writing each day can be tough. Believe me, as a fellow writer I know the pain of opening Final Draft WriterDuet and staring at that blank screen. I think to myself, "Yeah! Let's do it! Let's write some 'ish!" I sit up straight, stretch out my fingers, lay them on the keyboard and.... Nothing. A…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (November 4, 2016)

Welcome to the first weekend in November, everyone. How are your yearly goals coming along? How about we absorb ourselves in some content and discussion points? I thought you’d might be up for that…Let’s roll. This month, we kicked off our second year of November Write Club!  The idea is to make each day in November count by having our writers support and encourage one another. The goal is to get thoughts on paper, words on pages and, ultimately, projects complet…

How Not To Freak Out If You Lose A Crew Member Prior To Shooting Or During Production

Someone recently asked me if I’d ever lost a key cast or crew member during a shoot… and while telling the story, it occurred to me that it might be something worth sharing. After all, if you’re like me, you work in indie film where, very often, we’re flying by the seat of our pants and just trying to keep everything moving. So. I was in early prep on my second feature film as a producer and was getting ready to head to Massachusetts for the shoot. I wasn’…

Entrepreneur Magazine Names Stage 32 One of the Top 360 Privately Held Companies in America!

Today we want to share a really cool piece of news with the entire Stage 32 community. Stage 32 has been named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 360 privately held companies in America. The magazine will be celebrating all the top companies at an event in Southern California in November. To hear where we ranked and a listen to some heartfelt thanks from our CEO, RB, please click the video below!      Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Fac…

How To Make Feedback A Positive Experience

Feedback.  Just that word makes most of us uneasy. Many of us know the feeling of dread just before opening that email with script notes. The voices in our head start in with the usual taunts. The writing won’t be good enough. The story won’t be good enough. We, as people, aren’t good enough. No wonder so many people quit writing. It’s scary, it’s emotional and it’s hard. And that’s just the writing part!  Receiving and utilizing f…

November Write Club: Let’s do this—again!

Last year, my good friend, fellow screenwriter and valued Stage 32 member, Beth Fox Heisinger, came up with the idea of running a 30 Day Write Club for the writers on this platform. The idea was to make each day in November count by having our writers support and encourage one another. The goal was to get thoughts on paper, words on pages and, ultimately, projects completed. Hundreds of writers participated. Some quit, but a large majority made it to the finish line, enriched and embold…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (October 28, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend everyone. And to the return of the Weekend Blog. The last 3 weeks have been quite the whirlwind. My thanks to the fine people at ITVFest and the Austin Film Festival for having and hosting me. Now it’s time to prepare for AFM along with a number of cool initiatives we’re preparing for our Stage 32 members. Until then, here’s a weekend’s worth of content. As always, I welcome remarks and thoughts on any of the content below in the Comments …

Stage 32 Joins Forces With the American Film Market!

I’m extremely pleased to announce that Stage 32 has been named as the official film networking and education platform of the American Film Market.   As you know, we are big supporters of AFM and all they do to connect producers, financiers and distributors all over the world. To be recognized in such fashion is truly an honor and I thank head honcho, Jonathan Wolf, not only for all the support, but for his friendship as well. In an effort to give back to the film communit…

9 Tips to Take Back Control of Your Emails

Do you often intend to check your emails quickly before your day starts and end up sitting with them for longer than you wanted? Do you feel stressed from the massive amount of disorganization in your inbox and are spending more time organizing them than actually working on your goals? You are not alone. Email technology is amazing, I love it, however as much as it can empower us, it can overwhelm us. Staying in control of your emails allows you to save time and focus on other areas of …

4 Things I Learned Scoring A Feature in 4 Weeks

I'll start by admitting there may be more important lessons to learn while scoring a feature film in four weeks than these, but I wanted to share some of the things I observed while going through the process on the latest film, Sacred Vow. 1. Deadlines Will Change - Except Yours Now that I've said that it's actually not always true. Your deadline can change but usually not in your favor. If it does change it will likely give you less time to complete the score. I remember being hired t…

Script Feedback From Producers

I'm writing this blog to give writers some encouragement on something I've noticed when working with clients, who don't seem to understand the feedback responses from producers after they have submitted their scripts for consideration. It's happened quite a few times now, where people have entered their scripts to Happy Writers, also to producers outside of Stage 32 and they have come back to me saying they've had feedback and that the producer they sent their work to hates the script. …

From 'The Usual Suspects' to 'Blood Moon' - My Filmmaking Journey

Due to time constraints, there is no weekend blog this week, although I hardly think you'll be disappointed. I've brought in my good friend Ken Kokin to share his filmmaking journey. If you're not familiar with Ken, he is a 2-time Sundance winner and producer of The Usual Suspects, which won 2 Oscars. His taste is varied, as evidenced by his producer credits - his productions range from comedy, such as Mortdecai (Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow), to action, such as The …