RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (December 26th, 2014)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Welcome to the weekend, everyone. It may have been a holiday week, but the Weekend Blog rolls on. Plenty to discuss and share.

For starters, under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, I have an interesting article from Indiewire as some of the top independent filmmakers working today debate the merits of film school.

Also under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: 11 of the best directorial debuts and 21 of the best performances of 2014, Hollywood takes the bummer summer box office in stride, the producers of Citizenfour get sued, a look at the writing of Birdman, Judd Apatow and Pee-wee Herman take a film to Netflix, Jack Black’s School of Rock is the latest film to get the Broadway treatment, Sting tries to save The Last Ship, and much much more.

Plus, I have all the latest on the Sony hack/Interview situation.

Under TIPS, it’s some 411 on filmmaking, acting and screenwriting. Within the VIDEO category, you’ll find the 13 best movie trailers of 14, the trailers for American Sniper and the new Mad Max, and Dr. Evil’s take on the Sony Hack situation.

And finally I have a ton of great info, posts and educational opportunities under STAGE 32 NEWS, POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS, MEETUPS and SUCCESS STORIES.

As always, I welcome thoughts and debate on any of the content below in the Comments section.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

*** We have some very exciting educational opportunities coming up in January, so make sure to keep your eye on your Home Page as we announce them. Gear up your creative New Years' Resolution calendar and get ready to learn in 2015! ***

Tuesday 1/6/15 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Navigating Your Film Into A Major Festival hosted by Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom, Production and Development Executive at Animal Kingdom. Film festivals - they are one of the best ways to network, market your film, get feedback from judges and audiences, and most importantly, get your work seen. Having co-produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s film Short Term 12, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW 2013, as well as shepherding over 7 films into major festivals, Amanda is here to give you a breakdown of the process of getting your film into a major festival, what to expect once you’re there, and how to give yourself the best chance of making a good impression. To read more about the webinar and to register, click here: Navigating Your Film Into A Major Festival

Thursday 1/8/15 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents 10 Business Steps To Get Your Film In Production hosted by Producer at Future Film Group, Simon Graham-Clare. It takes a village to get any film made, even the low budget ones. With all the moving parts involved, it’s important to find the right business partners and understand the process from the start so your film has the best chances of making it into production. In this webinar, Simon will discuss 10 business steps for giving your project momentum and creating a viable package that feels right to investors. He will discuss how a filmmaker can benefit by teaming up with a producer who understands this world, and he looks at all projects from an international point of view to give you a full spectrum idea of film financing. To see a video from Simon, read more about the webinar and to register to click here: 10 Business Steps To Get Your Film In Production

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