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RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (July 22, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend everyone. Much to get to this week! Under ENTERTAINMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS, the raging debate on “pay for play” acting workshops reaches a fever pitch; the very talented Gary Marshall passes away; why Woody Allen’s cinematographer is embracing technology; the financiers of The Wolf of Wall Street have some issues; a look inside the secrets and sale of CAA; a look at independent film production at the mid point of 2016; an anatomy of a filming acci…

The 3rd Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest Begins Now

OUR WINNERS GET RESULTS Over the last two years, our contest winners and finalists have been signed, optioned, put in development, staffed and secured high level meetings with some of the top executives and companies in the film industry. Our track record with the Search for New Blood has been off the charts. Now we’re back with year 3 of this incredibly popular contest designed to give our horror and thriller writers the chance to have their work exposed to some of the top execs …

Stage 32 Happy Writers 2nd Annual Feature Screenplay Contest Quarter-Finalists Announced

Results are in for the quarter-finalists of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Screenplay Contest! Our judges were simply amazed by the amount of writing caliber that was submitted this round. Join us as we congratulate these talented scribes! This talented group of writers will move on to the semi-finals, which we will announce on August 3rd on the Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Screenplay Contest page. Please celebrate on social and tag us on Twitter: @stage32 and Instagram…

The Biggest Secret Film Score Composers Don't Want You To Know

I want to let you in on a secret that no accomplished composer wants you to know. So why am I telling you? Honestly, it’s because I am a teacher and it’s just in my blood to teach. The thing is, I will actually be making my life much harder by teaching you this secret because as many of you know, it is extremely competitive in the world of film score composing. It’s not because there are just soooo many unbelievably talented composers out there, it’s simply becaus…

Filmmakers: Don't Take This Personally (My Opinions On Opinions)

When you make a film, it is a personal reflection of your vision. This vision is realized with the help of others. Everyone involved leaves a piece of them in the finished project. Everyone will see your film differently and that's a really good thing, but once the film is shown, people will have their own opinion and may offer unfavorable criticism, even the ones that worked on it with you. If these criticisms, the bad and also the good, are not taken personally, they can be used to imp…

What's New at Stage 32 This Week

Hello to everyone in the Stage 32 community! It is a busy week here with Stage 32 Next Level Education with 3 really exciting webinars and 1 class starting. I'm covering social media for filmmakers, supporting characters & subplot, VOD distribution to Amazon, iTunes, Hulu & more, and breaking into screenwriting. If you are a producer, filmmaker, screenwriter or actor take a look at my video below to see what is in store!     Tuesday July 19 Jennifer Winberg, a soc…

The Hype About Type: Six Questions To Get You Thinking About Yours

Lots of actors dread the question, “What’s your type?” Especially when you’re first starting out, there’s a sense that once you figure out your type you’ll magically be given a key to unlock every door to the acting business. In reality, it’s just one more tool for your toolbox, but an important one, and one that will continue to evolve. But the hype is right – understanding your type is essential, as it will guide everything from your hea…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (July 15, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. Under ENTERTAINMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS this week, a look at exactly how many plots there really are; why The Neon Demon’s failure highlights an indie film problem; Sundance and Women In Film get busy; a female showrunner talks biz; the Black Swan intern lawsuit is finally over; all the Emmy nominees; China lifts its summer blackout on Hollywood; Ohio ups its tax incentive program, Relativity is stuck in limbo and much, much more. In the VIDEOS sec…

Screenwriters: Leave Your Mistrust at the Door

While most emerging writers who do their research and keep a level head come to screenwriting with a clear understanding of how the industry works, it does happen that a new writer will arrive on the scene, with his or her mistrust put broadly - if not proudly - on display. After all, there have been stories (rare but memorable) of screenplays being stolen (as well as story credit and payment being withheld and consequently and successfully sued for), screenwriters seeing their original …

On Stage With RB (June 2016) is Now Available To Watch On-Demand!

The June 2016 On Stage With RB was one for the record books! RB spent 3 hours with the Stage 32 community and had on 2 special guests, first up was Development Executive Tiegen Kosiak (formerly of Zoe Saldana's production company, CineStar Pictures). The second special guest was Zahida Kazar, an Operations Coordinator with independent film distributor, Gravitas Ventures. Click Here to Watch It Now! Then RB launched into an epic Q&A session covering the topics below: Is it sma…

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Richard "RB" Botto is Founder and CEO of Stage 32. He is also a screenwriter, producer, actor, and voice actor.