One of the most important aspects of filmmaking is meeting other filmmakers to collaborate with and learn from.
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In the past, that often meant having to go out of your way (sometimes way out of your way by moving to L.A. or NYC) to be around fellow filmmakers, but Stage 32 makes communicating with cinematic creatives as easy as pointing, clicking, and typing.
The "world's largest social network and educational hub for film, television & theater creatives" has been described by Forbes as "Lynda meets LinkedIn for Film." Stage 32 is free to join and allows you to create a profile that not only connects you with nearly 400,000 global members, ranging from hobbyists to Academy, Emmy, and Tony award winners, but it also allows you to list your reels, loglines, headshots, resumes, awards, or whatever else you want to be put on display for other users to see. Finding job and learning opportunities are also main features of Stage 32; their forums allow users to source knowledge from each other, while the webinars and online classes, taught by over 300 development executives, managers, agents and production companies Stage 32 works with, give filmmakers a chance to learn more about the trade.
Some of these classes include:
- The Art of Indie Producing, by Jim Young and Tatiana Kelly (Wristcutters: A Love Story, Lovelace, The Words)
- Breaking in Below the Line: Film Crew Essentials, by Kenny Chaplin (former PA for Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, David Mamet and Terrence Malik)
- The Keys to a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign, by John T. Trigonis (Film Campaign Specialist, Indiegogo)
- Production Insurance: Everything You Need to Know to Insure your Indie Film, by Daniel R'bibo (Foxcatcher, American Hustle, The Master)
- Pre-Production: The Process of Discovery and also Directors: How to Get Believable Performances from Actors, by Peter D. Marshall (Legends of the Fall, Happy Gilmore, Dawn of the Dead)
To get a brief intro into what Stage 32 is all about, check out the video below:
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Stage 32 was founded by Richard "RB" Botto, a repped screenwriter, producer, actor, and author who set out to find a way to facilitate connections between creatives in order to make learning the trade and finding opportunities easier and less frustrating. He told Forbes that, "It shouldn’t be so difficult to learn what’s needed to be successful in television, film and theater, which has been particularly true for people living in areas where the entertainment industry is less supported.”
Having those connections and educational opportunities available to you a la LinkedIn and Lynda, only in a setting exclusive to film and television creatives, is what makes Stage 32 an exciting social network. With a robust user base of almost 400,000 members, you don't have to worry too much about being the only one who showed up to the party.
Here are some testimonials from some of the executives Stage 32 works with and members of the Stage 32 community:
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If you're interested in joining the network, head on over to Stage 32 and sign up for a free membership.
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