Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend everyone.

It’s been a terrific week out in NYC. Over 300 people attended the Stage 32/Film Interchange fireside chat and crowdfunding/crowdsourcing panel last Monday night. And Stage 32 has had a fantastic presence around the Tribeca Film Festival. My thanks to Jen Mello of Film Interchange and all the awesome Stage 32 members who have made the last few days so memorable.

This week on the Weekend Blog under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS I have all the latest film festival news including information regarding Cannes, Tribeca and TIFF. Also, California’s tax incentives get approved, 26 directors prove that it’s never too late to start making films; the details on the near-million-dollar deal a screenwriter landed for his novel; a look at why making a film is a better education than going to film school; a look at onset protocol; David Chase speaks out about that Sopranos finale (again); 8 documentary filmmaking grants coming up soon; a slew of Netflix news and much, much more.

Under VIDEOS, I have some trailers of upcoming films including the new Terminator movie. Under TIPS, it’s filmmaking, screenwriting, film distribution and acting 411.

Plenty of happenings around the site as well. We have some amazing webinars and classes on tap over the next few weeks covering a variety of disciplines. You can see all the latest offerings under STAGE 32 EDUCATION.

The success stories within the community continue to grow. You can read all the inspiring tales of triumph under STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES.

The new Stage 32 Meetups section has been a huge smash. Hundreds of meetups have been run already and dozens more are on tap. You can find all the upcoming events under STAGE 32 MEETUPS.

And, finally, for more information on what’s happening around the neighborhood, check out STAGE 32 NEWS.

As always, I welcome remarks and healthy debate on any and all of the material below in the Comments section.

I hope you all have a fantastic and creative weekend!




This week at the TriBeCa Film Festival in New York Stage 32 and Film Interchange hosted a Filmmaker’s Lounge. The event featured two excellent panels on using social media as a filmmaker and crowdsourcing & crowdfunding your film, with amazing industry executives from Stage 32, Film Interchange, Indiegogo and Seed & Spark on the panels. We appreciate everyone who attended and made the night a wonderful event. For those going to Cannes, we have a surprise coming! Keep your eye on the announcement section of the site! To read more about the event at TriBeCa, click here: Stage 32 & Film Interchange Filmmakers Lounge

All week long Stage 32 broadcasted a breaking news LIVE feed from the 2015 NAB show in Las Vegas, NV! NAB is the premier conference to discover emerging technologies and latest innovations in digital media, film, entertainment, post-production and more. PLEASE NOTE - when you go to the LIVE feed, give your browser a few seconds for it to load. There is a lot of information being fed, so it may take a few seconds to download. If you weren’t able to make it to NAB this year and haven’t been to our live feed yet, check it out here: Stage 32 NAB Live Feed

The final deadline for the Stage 32 Happy Writers Annual Feature Contest is fast approaching! The deadline to enter the contest is April 29th at 11:59pm PDT. We are looking to find the top undiscovered writers and the best feature scripts of 2015. As a result of our history with industry insiders and our global reach, we are able to connect the top writers from around the world to leading executives who can make a difference in their career. To enter the contest before the deadline, click here: The Stage 32 Happy Writers Annual Feature Contest

As you may or may not know, Stage 32 Happy Writers offers one-on-one online pitching sessions directly to development executives, production companies, managers & agents. All writers and filmmakers that pitch through the Stage 32 Happy Writers will pitch directly to the executive listed. We want to continue to reward our writers that are bringing their "A" game and get them closer to becoming a working writer, so the Stage 32 Happy Writers has introduced new pitching perks, including exclusive educational interviews, score cards, a standout pitch of the week and more! To see all of new pitching perks, click here:Pitching Perks

This week we announced a new feature on Stage 32 – Vanity (Personalized) URLs! Having a shortened Stage 32 vanity URL will make it easier to post the link to your profile on social media platforms where limited space is an issue - Twitter for example. Having a vanity URL will also make it more convenient to promote your Stage 32 account on your online and offline promotional materials. If you haven’t claimed your vanity URL yet, click here to learn how: Stage 32 Vanity URL

Stage 32 in conjunction with the PGA Women's Impact Network are hosting a two week event titled "Pitch To W.I.N" on May 2nd and 9th. The event combines the strengths of both companies by leveraging Stage 32’s relationship with over 300 industry executives, as well as the Producers Guild of America’s commitment to promoting gender equality in the industry through its Women’s Impact Network, otherwise known as W.I.N. There will be panels, pitch classes and an opportunity for PGA members to pitch their scripts to executives looking for female-centric material. For PGA members interested in joining the event, ticket prices go up on Monday, so sign up now! The password for the event page is located in any PGA newsletter. See more information here: Stage 32 Pitch To W.I.N.


Tuesday 4/21 at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Network As An "Out Of Towner": The Small Town and International Guide To Getting Work Without Being Pushy Or Aggressive hosted by Jessica Sitomer, International Entertainment Industry Speaker, Career Coach and Author. 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 at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Write A Comedy Pilot Executives Will Want To Read! hosted by Michael Poisson, Director of Development at Silent Machine Entertainment. 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, see a video from Michael and to sign up, click here: How To Write A Comedy Pilot Executives Will Want To Read!

Saturday 4/25 at 11am PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Pitch Perfect: How To Make Your Written TV Pitch Sing hosted by Kat Walsh, Director of Development at Edyson Entertainment and former Agent Trainee at CAA where she worked on such films as 12 Years A Slave, Looper, Drive, and The Great Gatsby! In this webinar, Kat will teach you tips, offer advice, and share the buzz around town on what makes a television pitch truly stand out amongst the crowd. Kat will be focusing on pitch document formats, character development, world building and that extra little “something” that may just turn a “no” into a “yes.” You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • An understanding of the current television landscape.
  • How to get to the “Do you have pitch pages” stage of your verbal pitch.
  • Producer-friendly written pitch formats.
  • How to make sure your pilot and pitch pages are a perfect complement to each other.
  • What the various networks are looking for.
  • How to best position yourself for producers and executives.
  • Industry Buzz - what executives are talking about these days.

To read more about the webinar, see a video from Kat and to sign up, click here: Pitch Perfect: How To Make Your Written TV Pitch Sing







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