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The Winning Screenwriters of Our Feature Contest Get Signed, Optioned and Now in Development!

Last year, Brittni Brown and Jenna Palermo won our Stage 32 Happy Writers 1st Annual Feature contest with their script NEVERBRIDES. We set them up with meetings all over town including at Warner Bros., Lionsgate and Ineffable Pictures to name a few.   After a meeting with manager Seth Nagel at Infinity Management Group International, Seth signed Brittni and Jenna and went to work on getting their screenplay out there. We're thrilled to announce that NEVERBRIDES was recently option…

Reality Checks from an Inspirational Cripple - Part 2

Given my particular challenges and handicaps, the only way I am going to make a contribution to our community and our culture that truly fulfills me is if I focus my labor with absolute precision and efficiency. (If you missed it, check out Part 1 here) My career has constantly nudged me to reduce the workings of our industry down to their most essential strengths and to make those strengths my own. Now that my tolerance for unnecessary risk is completely eradicated and I've broken my wo…

Reality Checks from an Inspirational Cripple - Part 1

My name is Tennyson E. Stead and I'm an award-winning writer and director with over 20 years of experience in stage and screen production and an additional ten years spent working as an indie film development executive. While these credentials do hint at my value to the film community, they are not the main reason I've been asked by the excellent people at Stage 32 to write to you today. What makes my words click-worthy, at least right now, is the fact that they're being written by a sur…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (August 19, 2016)

It’s been an amazing week here at Stage 32. Our involvement with the HollyShorts film festival has been an extremely rewarding experience for yours truly and the entire Stage 32 staff. We opened the festival with our keynote panel in association with Film L.A. Then Alex Ferrari of Indiefilm Hustle and I spoke for nearly 3 hours on branding and social media for film creatives (along with a little crowdfunding and crowdsourcing talk to boot). Then, it was the Stage 32/Film LA panel r…

Are Lone Comedy Screenwriters Extinct In Hollywood?

In the 80's I was fortunate enough to get a huge glimpse of what I wanted to do later on in life without knowing what it was at the time, which allowed me to be what I was... A movie fan. I quickly became enamored down the line with good writing and brilliant storytelling. Nowadays it seems like we're decades away from the known dominant lone writer of a feature comedy outside of Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith. What other writers work can you identify while watching a movie without seeing t…

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

We are pleased to announce the finalists of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Screenplay Contest! With hundreds of submissions this year, these talented writers cut through to the top with their amazing scripts. Now, it’s off to the races! Winners will be announced September 7th on the Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Screenplay Contest page expertly selected by our amazing judges. Please celebrate with us on social and tag us on Twitter: @stage32 and Inst…

7 Elements For A Successful Film Business Plan

In the film industry, you'll need a solid business plan for the projects you take on. A business plan is a document which clearly identifies your understanding of where your project fits into the film industry and the market it is targeted to. It should state the financial requirements of the venture; what is required from the investors; how they are to be repaid; what compensation they will receive and when and from where. Other areas within the document will include the experience of t…

Robert McKee Teaching LIVE! - Exclusive to Stage 32! - Special One Day Event!

Hey Guys! I am very excited to continue our tradition of bringing you the best education in the industry by working with legendary author and story authority, Robert McKee on a very special and exclusive one day only LIVE event here on Stage 32! For our Masters of Craft Series, Mr. McKee will be teaching you how to write believable, engaging & impactful dialogue. Here's a video from me with more information!   Since 1984, more than 100,000 students have taken M…

Writing Contracts, Audio Book Narration and Shooting Film in LA

It's an active week here at Stage 32 Next Level Education. I've brought in some great teachers for our writers, actors, producers and filmmakers!   Writing Contracts: What You Need To Know Tuesday, August 16 at 1pm PDT I've brought in Jordan Barel, an entertainment attorney and development executive to go over 3 types of writing contracts: Purchase Agreement, Option Agreement and Negative Pickup agreement. Reading To Earn: An Audiobook Narration Primer Thursday, August 18 at…

Breaking into Screenwriting: Features vs. Television

When approaching the industry strategically, many writers consider not only what they enjoy writing or what format speaks to them, but also where they might have greater odds for building a tangible, sustainable, screenwriting career. Judging by the numbers, there are more opportunities in television than there are in film. In 2014, over 4,000 WGA members claimed income generated from working in the television sector; by contrast, only 1,800 WGA scribes made their money in the feature fi…

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