Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

In this edition of the Weekend Blog under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: 50 film festivals well worth the entry fee; a teenager lands an Oscar nominated actor for his indie film; how producers can stay ahead of the ever changing film landscape; the writer/director of Nightcrawler shares some behind the scenes secrets; the CAA/UTA battle continues; a look back at some untold stories from 7 seasons of Mad Men; the sequels Hollywood wants you to forget; New Mexico boosts it’s film incentive program; China escalates its relationship with Hollywood, Groundhog Day is coming to Broadway and much, much more.

Under VIDEOS this week, a cool Tedx talk with the Film Campaign Specialist and my buddy, John Trigonis. Plus, a look back at Goodfellas, a cool video on the editing in Whiplash and the trailer for Sundance winner, Me, Earl and the Dying Girl.

In the TIPS section, you’ll find screenwriting, filmmaking, film finance, casting and producing information.

It was another great week for some terrific members of our community. You can read all the good news in the STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES section.

We have a ton of really interesting and exciting webinars and classes on the schedule for the next couple of weeks. See what’s coming up under STAGE 32 EDUCATION.

Would you believe there are now over 62,000 discussions in the Stage 32 Lounge? Seems like we launched it just yesterday. I’ve highlighted the best of last couple of weeks under POPULAR AND INTERESTING STAGE 32 LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS.

And, finally, you can read about all the recent happenings around the community under STAGE 32 NEWS.

I hope you enjoy all the content. As always, I welcome your thoughts, remarks and healthy debate in the Comments section below!

Have a terrific and creative weekend!




The March 2015 edition of On Stage With RB was our best broadcast yet!
For 3 hours our Founder & CEO, RB, discussed Stage 32 site updates and had on 2 very special guests, actor Omar Leyva and Manager & Producer Jairo Alvarado! Whether you missed the live broadcast or simply want to watch it again, you can watch it for free here: March Edition On Stage with RB

Stage 32 is extremely proud to announce that we have joined forces with The Producers Guild of America's newly formed Women's Impact Network (PGA W.I.N.) to shine a spotlight on women working within the industry and women-centric projects! Over the course of two weeks, we will be holding panels, pitch classes and a pitch event for PGA members. There will be over a dozen industry executives in attendance who are specifically seeking female-centric material. Although this event is exclusive to PGA members, we hope it serves to show all members of the community our commitment to shine an equal light on material created by our members. To read more about the event, click here: Stage 32 & the PGA Women's Impact Network

If you haven't noticed, Stage 32 has recently gotten a facelift! The entire Stage 32 staff is always looking for ways to improve the site - sometimes the improvements are major, like the new Stage 32 Meetups or Stage 32 Jobs section, and other times the improvements are more subtle. Big or small, all of these improvements are designed to increase your networking and career opportunities as well as enhance your Stage 32 user experience. See what's new around the neighborhood here: Did You Get Some Work Done?

For those of you who are traveling to the TriBeCa Film Festival in New York City, NY USA, we invite you to the Stage 32 and Film Interchange Filmmakers Lounge on April 13! On tap we have two excellent panels on using social media as a filmmaker and crowdsourcing & crowdfunding your film. We're excited to have amazing industry executives from Stage 32, Film Interchange, Indiegogo and Seed & Spark on the panels. To read more about the event and RSVP for free, click here: Stage 32 & Film Interchange Filmmakers Lounge at the TriBeCa Film Festival


This Saturday 4/11 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Get A Paying Job In The Film Industry hosted by Producer and Independent Filmmaker Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom, who has worked closely on films such as Short Term 12, Friends With Kids and the widely popular indie horror film It Follows. In this webinar, Amanda will explain how she got her start in the business, how she worked her way up to a Development Executive position, and give you detailed advice about how to navigate getting a paying job in the industry. You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • If it makes sense for you to get an internship or not.
  • What different jobs exist in the industry - and if they'll still be around in 5 years.
  • How to get a paying job in the film industry rather than unpaid positions.
  • How to write a great resume and cover letter.
  • How much money you can expect to realistically make in different jobs - so you know how much to ask for.
  • What makes the most sense for you, your interests, and your lifestyle when pursuing paid work in the film industry.

To read more about the webinar and to sign up, click here: How To Get A Paying Job In The Film Industry

Thursday 4/16 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Getting To The Director's Chair: Creative Approaches To Making Your Directorial Debut hosted by Jairo Alvarado, Manager at Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) who recently signed Mischa Rozema on his feature debut with Warner Bros. for his project Sundays! In this webinar you will learn the different creative approaches you can take to make your directorial debut or move from writer into the director’s chair. You will learn how to look at your career with a modern and technical approach, as well as strategies to help you stand out in today’s competitive climate. You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • How to choose a project that will accurately represent your voice.
  • How to get your work to stand out and get seen by the movers and shakers in the business.
  • If the festival track is right for you, and if not what to do next.
  • If you should consider making a short for proof of concept or go straight for a feature.
  • What Reps and Producers look for in a director and how to make yourself stand out.

To read more about the webinar and to sign up, click here: Getting To The Director's Chair: Creative Approaches To Making Your Directorial Debut

Tuesday 4/21 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Network As An “Out Of Towner": The International and Small Town Guide To Getting Work Without Being Pushy Or Aggressive hosted by Jessica Sitomer, International Entertainment Industry Speaker, Career Coach, and Author who has had her writing produced by an Emmy Award winner, produced TV herself and has coached thousands of professionals who work in the entertainment industry! In this webinar you will learn the cultural differences between the way Angelinos and New Yorkers go after work in comparison to the UK, Canada, Atlanta, New Orleans, etc. If you are uncomfortable asking for work, or have seen what you consider “aggressive” strategies, your host Jessica Sitomer is going to modify her typical networking strategies and techniques to appeal to you! Yes, you can be polite, and still get work! You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • How to meet people who can hire you in a natural, authentic way.
  • How to connect with people on social media without being annoying.
  • How to get your “horn tooted” without you having to “toot your own horn”.
  • Networking tips for genuine connections.
  • How to stay in touch with a new connection without being a pest.
  • How to feel more comfortable and confident in the work generating process.

To read more about the webinar, see a video from Jessica and to sign up, click here: How To Network As An “Out Of Towner"

Thursday 4/23 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Write A Comedy Pilot That Executives Will Want To Read! hosted by Michael Poisson, Director of Development at Silent Machine Entertainment, Krysten Ritter’s production company that has a first look deal at Universal TV. In this webinar you will learn how to write a kick-ass comedy pilot that will get executives’ attention. This webinar is not only about how to properly execute writing a comedy pilot, but also about how to make it your strongest sample so that it can get noticed! You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • Where to pull ideas from to create a breakout concept.
  • The 3 most important things Producers/Execs look for in a pilot as they relate to concept, structure and voice.
  • How to properly highlight your unique comedic voice and stuff your script with laughs.
  • How to create a crisp 1-2 sentence pitch that will get executives excited about the idea.
  • How to navigate the competitions and fellowships.
  • How to think from a Producer/Manager/Executives POV and understand what they're looking for.

To read more about the webinar and to sign up, click here: How To Write A Comedy Pilot That Executives Will Want To Read!







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