In November's On Stage with RB, Stage 32 Founder & CEO, RB, had 1,000 Stage 32 members join him and special guests, 6-time Emmy winner Chris Boardman and VP of Development and Production at Rumble Films, Stephanie Wilcox.
For over 2-1/2 hours RB went over site features, talked about the industry and opened up the floor for questions from our community in our most epic On Stage with RB yet!
Our first guest up was Stage 32 member Chris Boardman, who is an Academy-nominated and Emmy winning composer/arranger. Chris received an Academy Award nomination for The Color Purple, 6 Emmy Awards and 13 Emmy nominations for work with such iconic artists as Quincy Jones, David Foster, Steven Speilberg, Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch and Josh Groban.
Chris Boardman, 6-time Emmy winner, Academy Award Nominee
Chris took time to talk about the evolution of the industry online and how creating and maintaining your personal brand on the web is crucial, especially with the global nature of the business. He discussed why it’s important for creatives to understand one another’s role and how it fits into the overall whole of a film, tv show or play. He and RB chatted about the old model of studios front-loading the financial risk of a film, which has evolved to a safer independent-friendly platform. In his words, it’s opposite of “if you build it they will come”. He talked about being clear about your direction, so you will know if you’re achieving your goals. And, he summed up working with Steven Spielberg in one sentence.
Stephanie Wilcox, VP of Production and Development at Rumble Films
Then, we heard from Stage 32 member Stephanie Wilcox who helped produce Whiplash (which won Sundance and speculation is that it may receive multiple Oscar nods) and Nightcrawler (one of the most successful indie films of 2014 which has garnered rave reviews.)
Stephanie spoke about her role in the developing Whiplash and the incredible behind-the-scenes look at how the film got made. She shared why making a short film to “test your chops” is really important for an executive to test a filmmaker’s proof of concept. She broke down the foreign pre-sales model and how that works when a company like hers develops films. To that end, with global funding and audiences available, RB and Stephanie talked about what an exciting time it is for indie film and TV right now. She offered insight for writers and storytellers on how to take a specific idea and translate it into a bigger world. She discussed why you should find a story the audience can relate to and understand characters and the depth of human experience. And, most importanly, she talked about how crucial it is to be aware of the marketplace.
Then, RB opened it up the floor for questions, including:
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