We’ve had some incredible success stories lately here on Stage 32. We've been shining the light on those 32’ers who have found success either through networking on the platform, through our Jobs section or through our script services. Today's story is one that I'm personally involved in and one that with a full heart get to share with you today.
This is one that was 5 years in the making.
The feature film CHICK FIGHT starring Bella Thorne, Malin Ackerman & Alec Baldwin is now in theaters... and it all started from a writer who lives outside of Los Angeles who pitched it on Stage 32, Joe Downey. Joe works a corporate job in Pennsylvania and has never had any formal training or schooling or connections within the industry until he turned to Stage 32. Joe simply wrote a tremendous script and it found its champion by way of a Stage 32 executive, Tiffany Boyle, president of packaging and sales for Ramo Law. Through a tremendous effort on Tiffany's part, including working with 6 executives in the Stage 32 community, CHICK FIGHT was born.
Prepare to be inspired and do your fellow Stage 32ers a favor and tune into watch CHICK FIGHT on VOD.
Without further ado, I'll turn it over to the man that made the magic happen - CHICK FIGHT Screenwriter and long time Stage 32 member, Joseph Downey.
You can absolutely do this. And convincing you of that fact is my main goal in writing this blog. I don't want to drag this down with too much personal information. Just know that I've lived in Pittsburgh my entire life, and when I started writing, I had no formal training, no industry contacts, and no idea how to even format a screenplay properly. If you can in any way relate to my original situation, please know that it's absolutely possible to succeed.
Full disclosure: you're hearing this from a guy who spent way too many hours sitting in front of his laptop thinking it wasn’t possible. There was a mountain of obstacles to overcome. But I wanted this badly, so I made sure to take things seriously. I worked hard to learn everything I could about the craft. I also knew I wanted to make writing a career, so I didn't think it made much sense to pitch individual producers in hopes of getting a single film made. If this had any possibility of panning out, I knew that I needed a long-term advocate for my work. And that's where Stage 32 comes into my story.
Initially, I had no clue who to pitch, and I needed help. So, I reached out and contacted every Stage 32 employee that I could find an e-mail address for. I told them all about my living situation, the kind of material that I wrote, and what my goals were.
"Five years ago I was pitched a script through Stage 32 from Joe Downey called CHICK FIGHT. It’s an easy and fun pitch, TRAINWRECK meets FIGHT CLUB. I was sold right away and worked with Joe to develop and build the package. I brought Anne Clements and Paul Leydon and from there we continued to grow the team eventually shooting in Puerto Rico in 2020. We are thrilled to release the film on November 13, 2020 and hope everyone enjoys it. We had an amazing time making this with talented friends, many of who are part of the Stage 32 family including Elsa Ramo, Jordan Yale Levine, RB Botto, Amanda Toney, Buffalo 8, and Steff Reed."
Joe Downey, Screenwriter
Tiffany Boyle, President, Packaging & Sales, Ramo Law, Stage 32 Educator: Packaging & Selling Film & TV: How Producers, Filmmakers and Financiers can Navigate Today’s Climate
Elsa Ramo, Founder Ramo Law, Stage 32 Educator: Elsa Ramo - Today's Master Producers: Part 3
Jordan Yale Levine, Stage 32 Educator: Jordan Yale Levine - Today's Master Producers: Part 2
Stefania Monsalve Reed, Director of Content, Quiver Distribution, Stage 32 Educator: What You Need to Know to Get Your Film on Amazon
Matthew Helderman, CEO, Bondit Media Capital and Buffalo 8, Stage 32 Educator: Stage 32 + Bondit Media Capital Film Finance Masterclass: From the Basics Through High Level Packaging
Richard "RB" Botto, CEO Stage 32
Amanda Toney, Managing Director, Stage 32
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