RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (December 12th, 2014)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

In this edition of the Weekend Blog, awards season is in full swing and, much to my happiness, independent films are dominating, lending credence to the wave of recent coverage speaking to an indie renaissance. I have all the latest coverage of the nominees and a couple of more Hollywood Reporter roundtables, this time with the actors and the cinematographers seeking Oscar gold. All of this content can be found under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS.

Also in that section I have all the latest on the Sony hacking case which gets equally more interesting and bizarre by the day, the controversy surrounding the Sundance Film Festival premieres, Netflix’s plans to expand their original programming, a very cool look at the making of Whiplash, the latest SAG-AFTRA news and much, much more.

Plus, under TIPS, I have some filmmaking mistakes to avoid, micro-budget filmmaking ideas to take to heart, distribution deal no-no’s and tricks of the trade for those looking to enter the world of costume design.

Under VIDEOS you’ll find a remarkable retrospective of all the top trailers of 2014, Ah-nold is back with the new Terminator film and Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes The Walk.

Let’s see…What else…Oh, yeah. Dozens of Stage 32 Lounge discussions for you to peruse and join in on, the latest and greatest Stage 32 Success Stories, all the Stage 32 Meetups happening around the globe and last, but certainly not least, a look at all the events, happenings and educational opportunities around the site under Stage 32 News.

I hope you enjoy all the content and, as always, I welcome thoughts, debates, and sentimental feelings in the Comments section below.

Have an awesome weekend!


Stage 32 Search for New Blood Winner Signs With Infinity Management International! We couldn't be more thrilled for Glenn Forbes, a great guy and writer who puts an enormous amount of time and pride into his craft. At a party held for our top 3 The Stage 32 | The Blood List Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest finalists in Hollywood, many industry insiders couldn't wait to speak to the writers. Meetings were set for all three and now we're thrilled to announce that winner, Glenn Forbes, has signed with Infinity Management International. To read more about Glenn’s success story, click here: Stage 32 Search for New Blood Winner Signs With Infinity Management International! 

***As a reminder to all our screenwriter writers, our Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writing Contest is still open for submissions, but the FINAL DEADLINE is December 15th. This is yet another contest which also offers access and exposure to industry bigs. All final judges work within the television realm and the winner will be flown to Hollywood for meetings with industry insiders. To learn more and to register, please click here: Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Contest

It's that time again - time for the December installment of On Stage with RB. We encourage you to join this LIVE webinar, which takes place Wednesday, December 17 at 1:00pm PST. RB will be covering some of the latest and greatest site features, speaking to members of the community and spending at least 90 minutes answering questions about the industry, your chosen discipline and just about anything else that's on your mind. The first 1,000 members who register will have FREE access to the live webinar. If you cannot make it, don't worry, you'll still be able to see the webinar for free On Demand in our EDUCATION section, or you can always go back and view previous On Stage with RB broadcasts there too. To sign up for On Stage with RB click here! Hurry - spots are limited!

In our continued mission to bring you the best possible experience on Stage 32, we introduced a new dynamic way to invite people to the community. As creatives, we all need support. It’s paramount. Thus, the tradition of crowdsourcing the Stage 32 community continues. To this day, we ask each new member to invite at least 5 fellow creatives to the community. Some have gone way above and beyond and invited literally thousands of their peers. On behalf of the entire community, we thank you. If you haven’t had the opportunity yet to send your invites, we’ve made it easier than ever to do so with our new Invite Your Fellow Creative Friends boxes which can be found on your Home, Profile and Private Messages pages. To read more about and learn how to use this new dynamic part of the Stage 32 Invite system, click here: Expanding Our Creative Family 


This Saturday 12/13 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents A Line Producer's Guide To Making A Movie In 10 Steps hosted by Maura Anderson, award winning Line Producer and current EVP of Production for Indigenous Media (Winter's Bone, Suit Up, Would You Rather). Maura will take an in depth look at all the steps a line producer takes from script stage to years after the film is made. Using materials from actual films she has worked on, she’ll discuss how a script is turned into a schedule and a budget. You’ll learn how to build out your team and how you can create long lasting relationships. You’ll also learn the basics of setting up a film’s infrastructure. Lastly she’ll look at enacting the brilliant plan that you came up with and what that looks like in terms of prep, shooting and wrap. To see a video from Maura, read more about the webinar and to sign up, click here: A Line Producer's Guide To Making A Movie In 10 Steps

Monday 12/15 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Actors: 9 Secrets To Getting Your Best Performance hosted by 25 year veteran actor Ron Marasco, Ph.D (40 Year Old Virgin, West Wing, Lost, Entourage). In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Ron’s approach is not so much a “method” as it is “tool-kit” of tricks that provide fast-fixes to an actor’s work, doable techniques that quickly increase an actor’s on-stage/on-screen command, and gems meant to spark an actor’s inspiration. This webinar will be what Ron calls “shop-talk,” just one actor talking to other actors about the “secrets” he’s learned that are the base-work of every good performance. “This is the stuff,” Ron says, “they don’t tell you in acting classes.” To see a video from Ron, read more about the webinar and to sign up, click here: Actors: 9 Secrets To Getting Your Best Performance

Tuesday 12/16 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Indie Film Production 101 hosted by Kristy Maurer, Creative Executive who’s worked on Looper, Side Effects, and Friday Night Lights. In this webinar, Kristy will walk you through every step of the production process, from where to start with the script, to creating production plans, to marketing, even adding in case studies of independent films in the past few years that have made a profit and how they did it. This will be your go-to guide for all things Indie Film Producing and give you a great foundation for understanding the process of production on an Indie scale. To see a video from Kristy, read more about the webinar and to sign up, click here: Indie Film Production 101

Thursday 12/18 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Use Your Local Resources To Make Your Indie Film hosted by Marty Lang, award winning producer of over 20 films! In any community, there are people, government agencies, and organizations that are looking to help people just like you. The smart filmmaker will find them, engage them, and work with them to create a much better film than they had, at first, imagined. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Marty will teach you how to create a successful place-based film. Using examples of place-based filmmaking from his own resume, Marty will show you how place-based filmmaking will help you develop your story more organically, and how it will help you solve many problems before you even get into production. To see a video from Marty, read more about the webinar and to register, click here: Use Your Local Resources To Make Your Indie Film







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