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RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (February 12, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. A quick reminder. I will be hosting our FREE online Oscar and Film Industry Webcast along with Alex Ferrari of Indie Film Hustle today at 3PM PST. All are invited. To tune in, click here - https://www.stage32.com/live In this edition of the Weekend Blog under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Female protagonists are on the rise in Hollywood, but that’s not the whole story; the New York Times believes the Academy may be deluding itself regarding its diversity p…

Special Oscars & Film Industry Live Webcast - Free Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, live from the Stage 32 offices (more specific, from RB's office!), we're talking Oscars!  We're excited to announce that Stage 32 will be hosting an exclusive FREE live online webcast hosted by our fearless leader, Rich "RB" Botto, and the founder of the Indie Film Hustle podcast, Alex Ferrari.  Two of your favorite industry experts will be breaking down all things Oscars from diversity to snubs to upset possibilities, they'll be covering everything from script to scr…

Stage 32 Happy Writers Success Spotlight: Scott Waldvogel

Thanks to everybody that read our last Success Story Blog as part of our Stage 32 Happy Writers Success Stories Video Series featuring Frank Ponce! In this video series we are spotlighting Stage 32 Happy Writers success stories so you can see the benefits of using Stage 32 to it's full extent. In these exclusive interviews our most successful writers will detail their individual process and how they used what's availabile on Stage 32 to help advance their careers. Today we are featuring …

Social Media For Film Creatives: Building Your Brand

Many of you are aware the Stage 32 hosted a bunch of film industry related panels at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Today, we are excited to announce that we are making those panels (filmed live at the Stage 32 House) available to view exclusively right here on the Stage 32 Blog for free! Up first is an hour-long panel on the correct way to use social media as a filmmaker to brand yourself as a creative. Our Founder & CEO, Richard Botto, led the charge with 3 accomplished ind…

How to Reach Your Goals Through Focused Networking

As I’ll tell you later on in this blog, I started out on Stage 32 knowing absolutely nothing about networking. To me, it was this big, scary word that implied a strategic, artificial approach and I wanted nothing to do with that. The more I build relationships here though, many that lead to getting work, the more I realize that’s not entirely true. Sure, it’s more than clicking 'add' or 'accept' and you should be aware of who you need to network with, but beyond that it…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (February 5, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend everyone. Finally back in the saddle after 10 inspiring days at Sundance. It was a lively festival. Diversity, distribution, streaming services and virtual reality were just some of the topics which dominated conversation along Main Street. I have full coverage of all the happenings in Park City under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS. Also in that section: A terrific look at the Coen Brothers longevity as well as a look at the agent who inspired their new film; Stephen King la…

Special Invitation - DGA Awards: Documentary "Meet the Nominees"

I'm thrilled and honored to announce that Stage 32 has been chosen by Directors Guild of America Documentary Host Committee Chair, James Moll (Stage 32 member and Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award winner) to extend an invitation exclusively for Stage 32 members to attend the 68th Annual DGA Awards "Meet the Nominees" documentary filmmaker event on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7pm PST. All the DGA Awards nominated documentary filmmakers will be in attendance and will take part in a panel discus…

Call Sheets To The Rescue: 5 Tips for Saving Your Film Set

We’re all looking for a hero. This is especially true on a film set where all too often, chaos reigns, but not every superhero jumps around in spandex and underwear. Indeed, one hero carries a more unsuspecting symbol of hope. That hero is you—the 2nd AD! Your on-set weapon for combating chaos: the call sheet! but how can you get the most out of this secret weapon? Strap yourself in; we’re about to tell you how to take your set to the next level.    &nbs…

Camera Update by PlanetMitch - Pick The Right Tool For The Job! - January 2016

Greetings Earthlings! For those of you who may not yet know me, I hail from the universe of planet5D and I am the legendary planetMitch - the only guy who can claim he is his own planet! Actually, I make a lot of jokes with this 'planet' thing but it is just a little fun that hopefully gets you to enjoy what we're doing and not think of me as some boring old gas giant about to die out in a blaze of a supernova. The team at Stage32 invited me to be your guide thru some of the events goi…

Aligning the Synergy of a Creative Production: 4 Key Components

It was one of my (mostly) daily tips in the screenwriting lounge that spawned this post, but it was also mentioned that perhaps the community would be interested in things I’ve learned and could relay in regards to my experience. So, I put the two thoughts on the simmer burner of my brain and when I went to check the pot, I remembered that both my creative approach to projects and my personal approach to professional accomplishment, are one in the same and that is the most valuable…

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