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Join 70,000+ Members on the Digital Creative Community Stage 32

11.11.12 @ 6:10PM Tags : , , , , ,

There are many great ways to connect to other filmmakers today. We have sites like Production Hub, Mandy.com, and even Craigslist that are fantastic for crewing up and getting on crews. However, when I’m playing “closer to the chest”, I find myself sourcing locally nowadays on Facebook. I like to see who knows who of closer friends, and I prefer direct connections to general callouts. This merger of production resources and social networking is the theme behind Stage 32, a 70,000+ member network for film, television, and theatre creatives.


After you log in with a unique username or with Facebook integration, you’ll want to check out the follow sections:


Browse

This is the main heading. Here, you’ll find your social network under “people”. You can access a wealth of knowledge on posted projects, or search for posted work. There are many resources tailored to your profession, and a great “buzz” section that lets you know what’s happening around the industry.

Share

You can also share many of the above, including projects, screenplays, videos, your resume, and photos. I find posting a project intriguing, as you can note that you are “seeking funding”. That type of exposure on Stage 32 just might lead you to some friendly angel investors.

Lounge

The Lounge is essentially a forum, but displayed in a much friendlier way. It uses tags, and appears intended to be explored and visited frequently. I’m also a fan of the little martini glass on this button. (Because I’m a fan of martinis.)

Marketplace

Who doesn’t like to be marketed to, amirite?! Kidding aside, there are actually some nice deals posted, such as a few 10% off’s here are there. Of note is 10% off the price of entering the Emerging Screenwriters 2012 Screenplay Competition (whose deadline is Thursday).

Updates

This section features general updates on the site. As it’s still being developed, this is important to see where it’s going. This also has a blatant re-posting of their…

Blog

I’m finding a wealth of worthy articles here. Content is king, and this blog is no different. Perspectives from industry pro’s (such as this great piece posted recently by Judi Levine, producer of “The Sessions”), are absolutely worth reading. There are also great blogs by newer indies, such as this one from filmmaker Ben Tobin, whose post is a love letter to all of us trying to make our own independent films.

Profile

Finally, you have your profile, which gave me a Production Hub kind of feeling. You can post your headshot, resume, reel, all of that as usual. I did find interesting, though, that you can simply post status updates such as what you do with Facebook, which again is going back to the idea of merging the two. These updates can be “liked” and discussed. You can also easily access Lounge discussions, which helps with keeping them all straight.

My only general critique of the site is that it feels a bit overwhelming at first. There are several callout boxes that, while close-able, vie for my attention. At first glance, I’m not entirely sure where to go. As you can see from my profile page, it’s very busy with boxes… three callouts and a Facebook/Twitter share bar:

Still, I think it’s important to look at that caveat objectively — I mean c’mon, we’ve all seen Grandma try to use Facebook, right? Once I spend a little bit of time with it, I’m sure I’ll be flying around “liking” everything in no time.

Also, as a new iPad user, I noticed they have an app for Android, but are still awaiting approval on their iOS app. Hey… I thought having an iOS device was supposed to solve all my fancy-app problems?!

Another fun feature I want to call out is their “button” feature. This allows you to add a button like you would for Facebook or Twitter to your website. I’m calling this out because 1.) it’s worth using and 2.) it’s smart, and gives credibility that the site will continue to grow.

What do you all think? Have any NoFilmSchool readers had any experience on Stage 32? Be sure to look me up, and I’ll poke you… or… what’s the equivalent? Gaff tape you? Have you find the t-stops?

Link: Welcome to Stage 32

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  • Looks great, im having trouble uploading my reel though :S

    • Yeah it just leads to a blank page. Pretty embarrassing to have such a referrer contest up and have one of the first functions people will try to use not working.

      • Posting the link to youtube didnt work so i had to upload the video, apparently that work…Ill let you know in about 30 minutes when the processing is done

  • Just registered. I think the lounge could be improved – a lot! :)

  • I have been on there for some time and yes it can be improved a lot, it feels rather spammy and amateur at it’s current state. Can’t say I’ve made any worth-while connections or come into any interesting projects for that matter.

    • I’m in the same boat. I signed up early this year and haven’t gotten anything useful out of it thus far. It needs a lot of improvements to really be the great tool that it has potential to be.

      • Hey Anton, thanks for being a long-time member. I’d love to hear your suggestions on what we can do to improve the site. Shoot me an email at derrick [at] stage32.com

    • Agreed. I’ve been using for 8+ months and have made a fair amount of connections, but mostly from people I will probably never work with. Feels like early myspace when everyone was just asking everyone to be their friend. I think it has potential though and I’ll continue to go one once a week

    • Hey Vladimir, sorry to hear that was your experience. We have a ZERO tolerance policy for any sort of spam on the site and don’t hesitate to remove accounts that don’t contribute to the community.

      With almost 11,000 projects posted on Stage 32 now, we obviously need to do a better job connecting you with those you find interesting. Let me know what you’re looking for so I can figure out how our Projects section can be improved.

  • Grandma using Facebook?

  • Ok putting a reel up with a YT or Vimeo link worked now. They use ongoing numbers for profile pages, I’d be surprised if thats their only security glitch.

    • Glad to hear you’re not having issues adding a video via link any more. Also, I’m not sure how sequential user IDs pose a security threat. You might have noticed Facebook’s user IDs are sequential as well (with the exception of a large jump they made to 100000000000000 a couple years back).

  • For me this site is missing three major features.
    Events, localization, and groups. There is almost no point to this site if it doesn’t help me connect with the filmmakers around me and/or with filmmakers at destinations I am traveling to and enable me to take part in discussions on topics I am interested in.

    Over all its a good idea in a space where the is clear demand but I feel the site lacks a good design or important features.

    • Hey dustatron, thanks for the feedback. We’re working hard on Stage 32 Groups right now, and stronger location-based networking will be in the works shortly (including event posting).

  • Hey everyone, I’m the CTO at Stage 32.

    First of all, thanks to Benjamin for taking the time to write such a thorough review of Stage 32. We’re still a very small team so it helps out a lot when members of the community spread the word!

    Also, thanks to everyone else for the feedback you’ve left. We take comments, suggestions, and concerns very seriously and feedback like this really helps us improve Stage 32.

    Please feel free to email me at derrick [at] stage32.com any time if you’re experiencing a problem on the site, or just have a question or suggestion. I’d love to hear any feedback at all.

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  • And after all this time, this site is still full of spammers. I call most of their members spammers because that’s all they really do. Have you seen most people’s wall on there? They post the same message over and over and over on people’s walls and it’s usually “ME, ME, ME, ME” messages. I get lots of private messages on there from people not even in my network even though I have the setting on to stop people from sending me messages if they aren’t in my network.

    Also you post paying jobs and hardly anyone responds. This tells me that either a great deal of the profiles on that site are fake and not manned by real people, or the average person who signs up doesn’t feel the site is of any value and rarely returns.

    This is a shame because the site itself is like the most PERFECT way to gather like-minded people together to connect for filmmaking but the engagement is so low there. I don’t even know why I go.

    If you go to the lounge, it’s full of the dumbest questions and topics. There are so many time wasters there. Like who cares about those dumb topics and questions, get out there and make a film!!!! I’m there to make films. I take action. I’m not there to ponder about the longevity of a certain format or festival or to tell you, you’re not too old to act. Get out there and make a film!!

    That place just bugs me. A great site gone to waste.