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Coffee & Content - Color Contrast Lighting & Acting Advice from Lizzy Caplan

Happy Sunday Creative Army! My coffee is brewing and I'm about to bring you some piping-hot content to drink in with your daily dark roast.  First up, let's talk about lighting. One of the single greatest things about filmmaking is the embodiment of the collaborative spirit. Collaboration is essential to how you tell a story. This first piece of content dives into how you can use contrasting lighting to drive the story and illuminate characters during compelling moments. The cinem…

8th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest Results

Happy Saturday Creative Army! Welcome to the other side of awards season. Another Oscars night has come and gone, and we are happy to announce that the results are in from our 8th Annual Oscars Contest!  Stage 32 Founder and CEO Richard "RB" Botto predicted an amazing 20 out of 24 correct (including Parasite for Best Picture!). Naturally, RB is in good company with his fellow Stage 32 members.  Last year, we had two amazing Stage 32 members (Cali Gilbert & Trish Mistric)…

Actors and Accents: Advice on Learning a New or Reducing Your Natural Accent

WHY I GOT A DIALECT COACH I was born in Spain, moved to Los Angeles for the first time as a teenager, and had a natural knack for accents.  However, when I started getting serious about acting, I discovered my accent was getting in my way. I wasn’t booking as many roles as I felt I could. I thought I had a solid grasp on sounding American. As a kid, I would repeat pretty much every Disney character that appeared on my TV and I still know all the scenes from Easy A and The Ki…

Not So Strangers in a Foreign Land- Crossing Boundaries with Foreign Language Films

With the undeniable success of the South Korean film Parasite, the U.S. market is finally taking a closer look at films across international borders. We are excited to see this shift and experience a whole new world of foreign films. However, before we launch into the future, let's take a look back at some of the best international films of the past several decades.  Long time Stage 32 member, webinar instructor, blog contributor, and international producer, Alexia Melocchi, h…

How Do I Pitch my Project to Netflix or Amazon? Stage 32 CEO Richard Botto Answers

With each passing year, original streaming content becomes more and more popular. As filmmakers, we are all secretly (or not so secretly) vying for a coveted slot on the golden geese of streaming: Netflix and Amazon. So, how do you pitch your project to Netflix or Amazon? Stage 32 founder and CEO, Richard Botto, answers this question thoroughly and frankly in his free webinar, "Ask Me Anything".  The head of Netflix television programming reportedly hears roughly 60 pitches a week…

Expanding Your Target Audience

As filmmakers and creatives, more often than not, we resist the numbers side of the business. Whether budgets or box office results, it is easy to overlook these important figures and lose yourself in screenwriting, shot lists, production design, and all the other creative aspects of the industry.  However, by taking a real look at the numbers - you will set yourself up for greater success when it comes time to make your film. By looking at the numbers and really being honest about…

We’re All in this Together!: Writers Explain How They’re Finding Success Through Stage 32

Good morning Stage 32 Crew! I hope you had a productive weekend and were able to tackle some of your creative goals. We are cruising through February and spring is just around the corner. I know for a lot of us (myself included) now is the time where distractions creep in and start to derail the resolutions we made for the new year. Are you still doing the work? Remember that success in this highly competitive business is a combination of talent and work ethic.   LA-based Stage …

Coffee & Content - How to "Make it" in Hollywood & Stop Being Afraid of Failure

Happy Sunday Creative Army! With the Oscars behind us and inspiration at an all-time high, it is time to get back to work and get creative. I've got my coffee and am ready to bring you some piping-hot content. This week, we are going to dive into some real-talk truths and advice about building an amazing career in entertainment for the long-term. Let's go.  First up, Vanity Fair interviews an amazing line up of A-list, Emmy-nominated actors about how to "make it" in Hollywood. Hea…

Seven Resources Every Screenwriter Should Know About

We all need a little help, every now and then. One of the greatest things about being a writer is that there are so many tools out there designed to help us. The problem is, people don’t know they exist. When you’re a writer, you have to be a Jack (or Jill) of many trades and learn not just about writing, but about editing, and the business itself. It’s all part of honing our craft. And while, at times, the task may seem daunting, I’ve discovered a lot of onlin…

The Role of Producers in the Film Business

Many people, even in the film business, don’t know the difference between a development producer and line producer. In this article, we are going to dive into different types of producers in film production such as development producer, line producer, executive producer, assistant producer, and co-producer. Then we will talk about the role of creativity in film and how it is practiced. Development Producer and Executive Producer in Film Production A Development producer is respo…

Keeping Motivated When Your Scripts Are Not Selling

There is a particular thrill when your screenwriting career is moving. When you win a contest, option a feature, connect with great talent, or make a new collaborative connection there’s a jolt of creative adrenaline. Last summer, I optioned a feature screenplay. I made a short with an incredible director and cast. I attached a top-level director to one of my TV shows in development who, as a bonus, is absolutely the kind of person it has been incredible to work with. I saw posit…

Worldwide Premiere of the 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program

It is an honor and a privilege to bring you the worldwide premiere of the 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program! Below you will find six amazing short films to watch that were carefully curated by Stage 32's panel of leading industry executives. Our esteemed panel of judges is made up of top producers, managers, development executives, and Oscar-winning filmmakers.    These films are only available for viewing for 48 hours.   Our six winning filmmakers hail from all o…

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