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5 Documentary Filmmaking Tips from an Emmy-Nominated Producer

Documentaries have been produced since 1922. They were always considered the educational part of moviemaking; not entertainment. That has all changed. We are in the Golden Age of Documentaries. Prominent directors are using the documentary format to tell their stories. My documentary "Homecoming: Veterans, Wives, Mothers" joins the ranks for consideration for the “Outstanding Short Form Non-Fiction” Daytime Emmy Award for 2021. I need to say this format is one I use when I t…

Audition Tips from Casting Director Eric Souliere (AMERICAN HORROR STORY, 9-1-1, THE MENTALIST)

Eric Souliere has wanted to be a casting director since he was 11 years old. After growing up in Boston and getting his BFA in Film Studies from Hunter College in New York City, he moved to Los Angeles in February 2005. After working with Wendy O’Brien, Howard Meltzer, Carol Goldwasser, Sally Stiner, and Barbie Block, Eric began working at Ulrich Dawson Kritzer Casting in May 2006 as the casting assistant to Eric Dawson and Liz Dean on the FX series Nip/Tuck. He was then promoted …

Writer/Director Lands Representation with Housefire Management through Stage 32!

I first came across Stage 32 in 2016 but did not really make use of it until early 2017 when I decided I needed to take my screenwriting to the next level. I had toiled for years writing scripts that never made it into any competitions and screenwriting labs. I was already an indie filmmaker with 3 micro-budget features which I wrote and directed. Although those films played at some festivals and got some awards, they never did much for my career. I was still working the day job trying…

Coffee & Content: Visual Styles of Top Directors & 5 Must-Have Filmmaking Tools

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive in to this week…

How to Move Forward After Getting a "No"

No matter what role you play in the entertainment industry (actor/writer/producer/etc), rejection is part of the process. We all hear “no” constantly, but what do you do after? I will guide you through easy steps on how to handle a no, and how to take new chances. First, let me introduce myself. I am a young Danish girl, who wants to be a screenwriter. At the moment I am not writing anything new, I’m simply rewriting my finished scripts. Other than that I'm an …

Summer Fun Challenge - Introduce Your FRIEND Weekend!

You may recall we experimented with this riff on a classic Stage 32 event a few months ago. The impact of the “Introduce Your FRIEND Weekend” has been astounding! I even received this very lovely “thank you” message from one of my new friends and previous networking buddy:     Thank you, Kimberly! Now that summer is here, productions are up and running, forward momentum is paramount! Pun intended. There is no better way to get energized than to grab…

How to Find Your Unique Voice as a Screenwriter

The total global output about screenwriting, whether from books, websites, podcasts, mentors, teachers, universities, workshops, or conferences, should be enough to guarantee that every film experience is a profound, transformative, numinous event of great entertainment value, or at least one of profound psychological significance. However, that is not the case. Interestingly, the greatest correlation is to the Western prejudice for methods and processes. If you only do something in a c…

Congratulations to the Winners of the 6th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest!

Happy Wednesday Stage 32 Community! Last week, we officially announced the winners of our 6th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest! Throughout the course of the contest, we welcome thousands of entries from filmmakers all over the world. We had films submitted from over 40 countries, and our 8 winning films hail from 5 different countries! Over the last 5 years, winners from our Short Film Contest have gone on to be signed (UTA, Echo Lake, Verve, and more), financed, and produced. One of…

3 Things I Wish They Taught in Film School

Allow me to clarify, right upfront, that I did not go to film school. My education was in classical theater. I’m writing this article because there have been countless moments in my career where I’ve identified a problem that my film colleagues assured me was of no concern, only to discover I was right when the production fell apart in precisely the manner I had predicted. When this happens, I think it’s polite practice to let my colleagues simply chalk the problem up …

A Summer of Success: Writers Meet Hollywood's Biggest Players Because of Stage 32

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! We’re kicking off another week in a big way, with updates across the board on the successes Stage 32 members are enjoying with producers, managers, and development executives throughout the industry. We have updates on record shattering meeting requests as a result of Stage 32 Script Services and we have updates on more than two-dozen script requests from industry professionals as a result of the latest, exclusive Stage 32 Double Recommend Loo…

Coffee & Content: How Music Can Change a Scene & How Good Filmmaking Brings a Script to Life

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, Netflix UK & Ireland shares a video that beautifully depicts the relationship music has with characters and story. In this video, Emmy-nominated composer Martin Phipps walks you through his creative process in scoring Charles and Diana's pre-wedding scene in The Crown.  Next up, Lessons from a Screenplay has …

Top 10 Lounge Posts - Back to Life, Back to Production!

The sun is shining, a cool breeze is whistling, and the chatter of social gatherings is buzzing in the distance. Even outside of Los Angeles, beyond restaurants and open-air malls, we are seeing life slowly crawl back to normal (if we can even call it that now), both in our personal lives and in production. You’ll note RB’s recent Coffee & Content was all about being on set. The man knows what’s up! With good weather and good health comes a rush to get back to work.…

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