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Dreaming is Believing: A Director's Journey without Sight

In 2014 I screened my first short film The Window in front of an audience at the London Independent Film Festival where it played to a full house. We won the audience award for 'Best Short Film' and I had my first taste of success as a filmmaker. Standing there with my trophy in hand, I stared blindly at a room full of blurred shapes and flashing lights who I knew to be my friends and fellow artists. I can't see the faces watching me, but I can feel their smiles. Do I feel disabled or cu…

Marked For Success: Networking on Stage 32 Leads to Feature Film Collaboration

Good Morning, Stage 32! It's time for another Monday Success Blog. This one is, dare we say, quite thrilling. And yes, that pun was intended.Here's the story:Karen Blaney is a script editor. Tim Williams is a filmmaker and the founder of Popcorn Trailer, an entertainment production company launched as a way to green light his movie productions. Both are proud Stage 32 members who are excited about the world premiere of William's film, Marked for Trade. The Red Carpet release of the film…

Bringing Creativity Into Your Set

I have been a Stage 32 member for approximately 5 years. I love being around creative people and it takes a lot of different types of creative people to make art. For me, it has long been a dream of mine to open a versatile space that was like a blank canvas for artists to make their vision a reality. I wanted a place for industry professionals to transform into whichever location they needed to visit in their film and photo universe, and a place for individuals to create lasting memorie…

24 Little Hours (in Filmmaking)

  My husband (writer/director) and I (producer) recently read a post on Stage 32, that a US team shot their film in eight days (with an additional three days for rehearsals), with two main cast, few locations and the dramatic concept of topical storylines, that unfolded through video chat. This is a solid idea when shooting a feature on a micro budget, because it requires minimal angles and set-ups, which allows you to shoot more scenes of dialogue per day. Set ups take time, t…

Coffee & Content - Making a DSLR Look Like a RED & Toy Story Script to Screen

Greetings from rainy Los Angeles, and Happy Sunday.  Coffee is brewed, let's get to the content. One of the most inspiring dudes I've met over the last few months is filmmaker, Matt Alonzo.  Not only is Matt a ridiculously talented guy who handles just about everything - shooting, lighting, editing - but he also aims to educate and motivate wherever he goes.  The idea of giving back and paying it forward is part of his DNA.  An example of this?  This week, Matt …

Bondit Media Capital + Stage 32 Launch Film Finance Master Class Series

For the last few months I have been proud to work with the CEO over at Bondit Media Capital, Matthew Helderman on a 4-part Film Finance Master Class, which we are now officially launching. Stage 32 and Bondit have partnered to develop a comprehensive series featuring top producers in the industry today including Matthew Helderman, CEO of Bondit Media Capital, Robert Ogden Barnum, Co-Founder of Fortitude International and e2b Capital, Jordan Yale Levin, President of Yale P…

Reward Your Cast Or Crew With A Holiday Party

It may still be Summer, but our Stage 32 locations partner Peerspace is getting a jumpstart on the holiday season. If you're looking to reward your cast or crew for a great year on set or on a project, it's time to thinking about having a holiday party. Nobody gets excited about sharing eggnog around the conference table, so here's a head start on finding a holiday party venue that gets your guests excited to attend. From a luxury garage warehouse to a spacious distillery, these un…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (November 18, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. A short opening today as I head toward Santa Barbara to speak at FestForums. If you’re attending the conference, please do say hello! All the details can be found here. Needless to say, I have a plethora of interesting and diverse content for you to sift through again this week. Look forward to your thoughts in the Comments section below. In the meantime, have a terrific and creative weekend! Cheers! RB

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…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (August 5, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. New month, new possibilities. Under ENTERTAINMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS this week: Amazon and Netflix are changing the industry; the casting workshop controversy continues; faith based films continue to surge; the reasons behind Suicide Squad’s struggle; Oscar diversity news; a look at pilot production in L.A.; Red Granite fights on; Funny or Die cuts some staff; what’s new on Netflix this month; filming is on the rise in South Africa and much, …

Susan Kouguell Interview With Award-winning Australian Filmmaker Joe D’Arcy

In the final days of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, I had the pleasure of meeting Australian filmmaker Joe D’Arcy, whose 6-minute short film ‘Je suis un Crayon’ (I am a Pencil) curated by Academy-award winner Whoopi Goldberg, was included in the animated shorts program. This program was described as ‘showcasing imaginative storytelling and captivating craft’ and indeed ‘Je suis un Crayon’ was no exception. D'Ary with his wife Carol and Whoopi G…

SydneysBuzz - Cannes Emerging Talent

Halfway through the Cannes Film Festival, the buzz is about “Jackie”, now in post-production, an account of the days of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, directed by Pablo Larraín whose Directors’ Fortnight contender “Neruda” is receiving raves here. Another hot Directors’ Fortnight film “Mean Dreams” with Bill Paxton is praised by one important film buyer as “M…

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