Hey MY FAB FILM FAM!! I would love you to check out my newest film! ESCAPING THE GAME, RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!! YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT WILL GO SUCH A LONG WAY AND MAKE ME SO SO HAPPY. ESCAPING THE GAME: https://youtu.be/K1mHUMBmP6E WHAT DID YOU THINK??? CAN YOU SEE IT BECOMING A SERIES? THATS MY GOAL:) Laurenblackproductions@Gmail.com
Further to my exploration into Japanese Noh Masks, I came across this section in Udaka’s book ‘The Secrets of the Noh Masks’. He outlines the process of wearing the mask and getting into character.Donning the Mask:“Prior to taking the stage, the shitay [the lead protagonist] is dressed in costume and proceeds to the kagami-no-ma. This room is behind the curtain known as the agemaku that is raised and lowered each time an actor appears or exits the stage. As the name suggests, it contains a large mirror (kagami). While waiting for his cue, the shitay positions himself in front of the mirror to concentrate his mind, takes the mask reverently in his hands, and brings it to his face. In that instant, he is transformed into the protagonist of the story. Thus the kagami-no-ma functions as a ritual space where the magical powers of the Noh mask are instilled in the actor.”This was the actor’s ritual or practice in a form of theatre that dates back to the 14th and 15th Centuries in Japan. What practice or ritual do you have to get you ‘in character’? Do you sense any ‘magical powers’ at work?Below is a link to another post about my research of the Japanese Noh Plays, that I’m undertaking for a new project.https://www.stage32.com/lounge/screenwriting/What-Lies-Beneath-the-Surface
“Casting companies often do the work of talent agencies all over Latin America, with the exception of Mexico, Argentina and, recently, Chile. In general, the Latin American agencies that do exist limit their clientele to actors, rarely focusing on directors or screenwriters. “A key reason for this is the high number of independent productions made by director/scriptwriters or directors working with their regular writers,” says Jorge Hernandez of Chile and Spain outfit IMC Management.“Read more, here>>>>https://www.screendaily.com/features/future-leaders-2023-how-streamers-are-bringing-change-to-talent-representation-in-latin-america/5182376.article?
Do u guy think a CSI type of film will do well in the Caribbean?
About a month ago, I decided to explore the possibility of getting my talent agent license in California. So, I decided to run an experiment wherein I'm marketing myself to productions (i.e. a proof of concept -- how it is to be an agent). Within days of launching this great experiment, I landed an audition for a sci-fi film. The following week I booked a Lionsgate film. And this past week another audition. Here's what I've learned so far... 1) I did not need professional headshots. I produced my own headshots with the auto timer camera feature; I think todays casting directors, producers and directors are more interested in demo reels; 2) Rather than use my existing demo reel, I recorded: a) A simple slate shot; b) a 30 second mock commercial. I'm waiting for the strike(s) to conclude, so I can continue my experiment.
Personally, I'm really excited to see Ryan's portrayal of Ken in Barbie. I think he's a really fun choice for the role and I have no doubts that he'll do a good job. That being said, it's been interesting to see a male actor face such loud agist criticism over a role when this level of public outrage is so often reserved for aging female performers. I'm curious, what do you think it is about this role in particular that's riled people up? Do you think it's because Ken is such a classic "character" that has been around for so long and means so much to so many people? Or do you think it's because the doll's age has always been a bit ambiguous and we've projected our own opinions onto it over time? I'd love to know your thoughts! https://variety.com/2023/film/news/ryan-gosling-barbie-critics-too-old-ken-1235629115/
What's the best feature/movie you've seen this year? And why? (at a public theater or in your home theater via a streamer). I love AIR b/c I like the intersection of sports and film -- and I dug some of the creative decisions (no spoiler here). I loved OTTO b/c whatever Tom Hanks does works for me!
It was a very interesting experience working with Tom Hanks on his feature-A Man Called OttoUse the link below to watch the videoMy 5 Unbelievable Personal Stories From Tom Hanks' Film A Man Called Otto https://youtu.be/ZE7xP7LZQZw Love to hear about your experiences if you worked with an Academy Award winning or well known actor.
Escaping the Game STREAMING NOW ON SCENES PLUS PRIME TIME ROKU CHANNEL AND DROPS TONIGHT RIGHT HERE ON LBP YOU-TUBE!! https://youtu.be/K1mHUMBmP6E . . "a young sex worker with big dreams and a broken heart is stuck in the arms of her pimp" Short film/Pilot . . Special Thanks to CAST & CREW Lauren Black Sarah Lawlor Deree Dickens Pharoah Harrington Brian Jeon Quentin Grizzlybear Harris Darren Patton Sr. Evan Gardiner Scenes Plus Arthur Gonzalez-martin Joshua Rosario Kevin Thibodeaux . . WATCH NOW ON ROKU https://channelstore.roku.com/.../d946ade2.../scenes-plus... WATCH NOW ON AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08KKLZ3VY... #ShortFilmShowcase #moviepremiere #PilotEpisode #drama #RatedR #intense #emotional #pimps #sexworker #filmmaking #productioncompany #womaninfilm #bayareaartist #explorepage
WATCH THE MOVIE WITH ME PLEASE :) XOXOXOEscaping the Game STREAMING NOW ON SCENES PLUS PRIME TIME ROKU CHANNEL AND DROPS TONIGHT RIGHT HERE ON LBP YOU-TUBE!! https://youtu.be/K1mHUMBmP6E . . "a young sex worker with big dreams and a broken heart is stuck in the arms of her pimp" Short film/Pilot . . Special Thanks to CAST & CREW Lauren Black Sarah Lawlor Deree Dickens Pharoah Harrington Brian Jeon Quentin Grizzlybear Harris Darren Patton Sr. Evan Gardiner Scenes Plus Arthur Gonzalez-martin Joshua Rosario Kevin Thibodeaux . . WATCH NOW ON ROKU https://channelstore.roku.com/.../d946ade2.../scenes-plus... WATCH NOW ON AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08KKLZ3VY... #ShortFilmShowcase #moviepremiere #PilotEpisode #drama #RatedR #intense #emotional #pimps #sexworker #filmmaking #productioncompany #womaninfilm #bayareaartist #explorepage
How many of you were asleep and had a dream of what could be a movie or TV series? I had that happen to me.In one there was a movie title called Wolf Moon, which I interprets as a romantic fantasy werewolf film where a young man turns into a werewolf, and his girlfriend joins him. Another from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series where Ricky Bowen (Joshua Bassett) is covering Nini Salazar-Roberts (Olivia Rodrigo) and then they are watching emergency lights go by, so I interpret as Ricky and Nini encounter criminals or witness a crime and Ricky was protecting Nini. Anyone else experience something like that?
I have six good screenplays, 4 dramatic features and 2 feature-length TV dramas. From past experience, I know that all agents are not created equal. Some will go out and pitch your work and others will wait for you to make your own deal and then show up for their percentage. Does anyone have an informed opinion regarding the agents that are available through Stage32 and which one or ones will really go out and work for you? Thanks for you response.
Got offered to audition for a feature last minute on Friday. Had to read with less than 24 hours notice, but it was only 1 page for the audition so I was able to learn the lines pretty quickly. I think the audition went well. I wish I had of taken the time to learn the lines of all the characters, because they ended up asking me to read for another character in the scene without any notice. Thankfully, that character's lines were even shorter, so I was able to adapt pretty quickly.On the way out of the audition, a guy that I read with in another audition was walking in to read for the same role. It felt like one of those funny movie moments you see in films about struggling actors.
Help with receiving pitch responseOn 3-24-23 I sent $35 for written pitch with Jake Martin. Only thing I've receieved back is, a "submission Review " page. Even if he hated what I sent ,shouldn't I get at least a couple of words of comment? Things like this make me leery of upgrading to Writers Room or buying other services. With slow dashboard, I can't find out who to contact about this? Help, Please?how long before hear on written pitch?
Hey my fellow industry family. This is the year I pitch my YouTube food / pizza reviews for tv consideration. Tell me what you think of my latest https://youtu.be/axHhTChqr6g
SAG and Cameo have reached what the guild is calling a “groundbreaking” agreement that allows its members to work under a SAG-AFTRA contract and count their C4B earnings toward their pension and health benefits. https://deadline.com/2023/05/sag-aftra-cameo-for-business-deal-1235377077/
The ongoing writer's strike and upcoming SAG negotiations (sidenote: while SAG has sent out to its membership for a strike authorization vote, NEGOTIATIONS with AMPTP are what begin June 7, not a strike) have highlighted a number of issues that actors, writers, and other creatives need to be concerned with. One issue grabbing headlines is AI, or artificial intelligence. As it currently sits in development, AI is impressive but very early stage, and likely will be an excellent tool. The issue is the corporate push to develop AI in areas where we need (or frankly want) human creativity to be in charge, i.e. writing and acting. Actors, in particular, at every level need to educate themselves both on what AI can do (enabling convincing deep fakes) and how AI is put into contracts. SAG will have standard contracts, but it should still be read carefully. If you sign a contract signing over your rights to your likeness, you likely will receive only a one-time buyout (if the likeness term is in perpetuity) and then you've essentially taken yourself out of the market for that studio or company. If that contract happens to be with a studio like Disney or Paramount? That's a massive market gone. These are my quick thoughts. I have a lot more, but just wanted to add my voice to the chorus calling out for the concerns of the deployment of AI in the creative sphere. We enjoy watching people live the stories we see on TV and streaming, or developing the stories behind the scenes. Let's keep these areas human. AI will have a place in the future. But its place is in service to what we need, not to replace us.
Tina's music defined my experience as a child actor. I grew up in St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, MD; however, my family simultaneously resided in Los Angeles (Pacific Palisades, Tustin, and Fullerton). I began acting training in 1976 and landed my first professional acting gig in 1978. Whenever we flew to the west coast, Tina's music was ever present. So, as a child, I naturally associated the sound of Tina Turner with my own life journey. Well, actually, it was Tina Turner and Steely Dan. I need to take a moment to tip my hat to this extraordinary woman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LKv5GL6iL0
5 Powerful Ways Actors Can Create a Reel Even With No Experience https://youtu.be/nrHoHT-3f8c a powerful acting demo reel can be hard. Especially, if you don’t have the needed materials to create one. And, it is essential that all actors know exactly how long the reel needs to be and what/shouldn’t be in the reel. Watch the video and learn 5 powerful ways you can create a great reel. If you have created a reel or have some suggestions for other members here, please leave a comment.Hope you get a chance to watch me get saved by Tom Hanks in his new feature (running on Netflix) A Man Called Otto.
Hey performers, be sure to check out today's blog about how yoga and movement can really help your acting career. There are a lot of great tips and insights. If you have any thoughts or questions, drop them in the comments section of the blog so that the author, Sara, can get back to you.https://www.stage32.com/blog/5-ways-yoga-and-movement-helps-my-acting-career-3372
Why only two percent of actors make it while the other ninety eight percent struggle?
This is your main asset as an actor and you want to make sure it's showcasing your acting skills in the best possible light. Points to consider:Does this reel highlight your acting at its best? Could you record or edit any footage to strengthen it? Does this still look like you? (are you using old/out-of-date footage?)Does this reel consist of work you are passionate about? (Think of your branding and what you are putting out for consideration.)Length. Is my reel too long and not keeping the viewer engaged?Are you using footage just because you think you have to? (you paid for a reel you spent lots of money on, or a scene from drama school.) Is the production value letting you down? It may appear as though you are an amateur.Just be sure your reel is the very best it can be.#demoreel #actor
As creatives, sometimes people don't respond to our art/work/performance the way we expect them to. If you've dealt with that, check out today's blog by Mihaela Ivan Holtz.www.stage32.com/blog/how-to-have-a-healthy-relationship-with-criticism-of-your-artwork-3370
Looking for Talent Management for myself. Really need recommendations. I have a ton of talent and need someone to help manage it LOL. I need to game plan. I need someone to help me narrow down and zero in on my focus. I am an actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker. I have done everything from hair, makeup, art department, Assistant Director, and PA behind the scenes. I really just want to focus on acting and writing. The genre I enjoy the most is the Action Rom-Com type. I am serious about this being more than just a hobby and want to gain more traction. Looking forward to your recommendations.
Everybody, it's Introduce Yourself Weekend for May! Go say hi to all the new members or those members that are ready to stop lurking. Reintroduce yourself, expand your network. Can't wait to hear about the new connections.
Anyone interested in joining a team for the Providence RI 48 hour film project. It’s from June 23-25.
Here is a cover letter example for actors to send to a prospective agent:Hello, [name of agent],I’m [your name], and I’m writing to seek representation in [TV/film/commercial work/etc.]. I have been working in the business for [X amount of time], and [write something about yourself that’s not obvious from your résumé or reel]. I’m [describe your type], and I was referred by [name of your reference; it’s helpful if you were referred, and for some agencies, it’s required]. I’ve recently been working on [name a recent project or professional experience], and I think your agency would be a good fit for me because [research the agency to find a reason].I am currently appearing in [X show] on [X date]. If you can attend, I would love to get tickets for you. Also, I’m on [X series] currently airing on [X network]. If you would like to schedule an interview, I can be reached at [phone number, email, and website (website should include headshots, all links to your social media, news, IMDb, Actors Access, etc)]. I look forward to connecting soon. Below please find a link to my résumé and a link to my acting reel.Sincerely, [Your name]-- Links--#actor #agent #representation
You guys are so outstanding that I couldn't possible write down all of your titles, so let's get to the point, highly regarded producers, film makers, and directors.I was recently training when I filmed this video, and I wasn't even ready when my friend started recording me. I'd want to ask you some questions, and they are as follows:1. What did you think of the fight scenes in the video?2. Did the video effectively convey the mood and tone you were going for?3. What did you think of the camera work and editing in the video?4. Do you think the video has potential to be developed into a larger project, such as a short film or series?5. Were there any particular techniques or moves that stood out to you in the video?
Today's Stage 32 blog written by Film Director Alan Powell, is all about establishing boundaries between a performer and the character they're playing. He gives a lot of great insight and tips to help elevate your performance while protecting your mental health. Be sure to check it out and if you have any questions for Alan, leave them in the comments on the blog post!https://www.stage32.com/blog/drawing-the-boundaries-between-actor-character-3365
Hey LA Performers! Don't miss out on this month's Stage 32 In-Person Meetup in LA, this upcoming Thursday evening. It's a great opportunity to connect with one another, network with new contacts, and catch up with old friends. You can RSVP on the meetup page- https://www.stage32.com/meetups/1903/Los-Angeles-Stage-32-In-Person-Meet-up
I really want to get back into acting, but I used to act as a kid and in my college days, having been in school and church plays, but gave up acting due to my love for writing (my first love), due to family members making a mockery of me doing acting and insecurities. My question is how can I get back into acting, enjoy it and prove everyone wrong.
Many years ago, I used to repeat my lines over and over and over again right before shooting a film and TV scene. I learned that this technique did not work well for me. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/RKAhs2nmHb4and learn the 2 techniques I use that keeps me calm, focused and ready.If you use any special techniques that helps you prepare before shooting, please share it with others in the comment section.
I was an actor during my college days, but stopped. I still love acting and I wonder, what makes you guys keep going? Plus, what projects are you guys working on?
What’s one advice would have for someone who has a fear of auditions?
My name is Josiah and I’m a screenwriter. I want to say that I love actors and respect every actor there is. I want to meet new people and learn from them so much. So tell me your story. What made you want to be an actor? What projects are you currently working on?
I’ve a particular actress in mind for a role in my would-be TV series. I’m wondering if a cold call to her agent is a good or bad thing. She hasn’t been working in recent years, but I’m unsure if that means she’s on a hiatus or if she just hasn’t taken any parts because she simply hadn’t felt compelled. Would I be better off with a query letter? For now all I want to know is if she is still considering projects or not. TIA for any advice.
1: Jack Nicholson2: Al Pacino3: Marlon Brando4: Robert De Niro5: Daniel Day-Lewis6: Anthony Hopkins7: Heath Ledger8: Kevin Spacey9: Tom Hanks10: Matthew McConaugheyThis is my top 10 list, even though we have admirable actors in the history of world cinema such as Denzel Washington, Javier Bardem, Samuel Jackson, Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Brad Pitt and...
Especially, for last minute home auditions, actors can get absolutely desperate for a reader for home auditions. Watch the video and learn 4 amazing tips to get a great reader.https://youtu.be/YgGhnHz9owI
Jed PowerOWNER at Dark Jetty Publishing ♦ Author, Screenwriterposted in Anything Goes 2 days agoHelp with receiving pitch responseOn 3-24-23 I sent $35 for written pitch with Jake Martin. Only thing I've receieved back is, a "submission Review " page. Even if he hated what I sent ,shouldn't I get at least a couple of words of comment? Things like this make me leery of upgrading to Writers Room or buying other services. With slow dashboard, I can't find out who to contact about this? Help, Please?
Hello everyone,I am Edward and I'm based just outside London in the UK. I'm an actor and writer with a ton of corporate experience and business management in my background. I generally play “the sly and witty gent with a concealed agenda” and I am currently seeking representation for my acting.Since I don't (yet) act regularly I am considering joining a group to challenge me and also network with other creatives in the industry. Aside from Stage32, does anybody have any suggestions for UK-based organisations that would be great to be part of?Have a great week!
Hello everyone my name is Harley smith and I live in Arizona and I just wanted to say Hi!! I’m very excited to be on this perform and be with you all!
"When we connect to people with our emotions we generally want two things: To be understood and/or to have the other person feel the same way that we feel. In order to have these things happen, first we must deeply feel the emotion and second, the emotion needs to be expressed in a strong and compelling way.This is exactly what has to happen in an audition. You need to walk into the room with a feeling of joy for being there and excitement that you get to share your work and yourself. If this is what is naturally being expressed, that is what the people in the room will connect to and they’ll have an immediate, positive response to you. This works both ways, as I’m sure you know. If you don’t feel connected to the material and don’t feel confident that your audition will be a strong and interesting representation of what you have to offer the role, you’ll connect with doubt and anxiety. When it’s time to work, and this goes for taped auditions as well, you need to reach out to the people watching and connect to them with the honestly felt emotions you’ve brought to the piece, expressed with power and heart. "Expressed" is a keyword here. Remember, film and TV auditioning and acting is not so much about creating something outside of you as it is about expressing what is already inside you. The people in the room want pure emotion, honestly expressed and in a taped audition the camera demands no less. Any showing, selling, or creating outside of the self puts a wall of effort in front of you and makes it impossible for you to make the true connections that make the auditioners feel what you want them to feel. But when your connection is eye to eye, face to face, and emotion to emotion, they know they’ve met the actor who can make the audience take notice and really feel. To connect through the eyes, body energy, facial expressions, and emotions is to so thoroughly wrap yourself around a role that you cannot be separated from it."- Craig Wallace is the creator and award-winning teacher of the Wallace Audition Technique#actor #expression #technique #emotion #audition
Hello again everyone! As my character demo reels get better, I would like to inquire on where yiu all post demo reels for voice over acting? Also, where are the hest places to do auditions, get auditions, see auditions, etc.? I appreciate any feedback!
Malibu Sunrise is a feature film screenplay I have written and registered with the Writers Guild. I am looking for two actors and one actress to satar in it. If you can work in the Malibu California area, email me: Vic Alexander email@example.com and I will send you the screenplay for your consideration.
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I'm your buddy Bottie, I was hiding behind the scenes, but now that you've found me I'd be happy to tell you what I'm doing.
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