Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

It’s that time of year again. Awards season and the beginning of the 2016 festival year are upon us. I have all the latest including the winners from the New York Film Critics, the National Board of Review and the Gotham Awards along with all full slate of all the films headed to Sundance this coming January. You can find all the articles relating to these topics under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS.

Also in that section: Sight & Sound announces their top 20 films of 2015; the grim themes of 40 Oscar contending screenplays; casting directors sound off; the studio behind Gods of Egypt apologizes for the lack of diversity in the cast; Oliver Stone talks Talk Radio; Indiewire reveals their 2015 holiday gift guide, Jordan announces new tax incentives and much, much more.

Under VIDEOS this week, I have 4 reels from Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

In the TIPS section, I’ve got tricks and info on independent television, filmmaking, sound production, screenwriting and directing actors.

For all the latest happenings around the neighborhood, check out STAGE 32 NEWS.

Looking to take your networking to the streets? Have a look at STAGE 32 MEETUPS.

Interested in learning more about your craft, or tacking a new one entirely, scroll down to STAGE 32 EDUCATION.

Need some inspiration? Give STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES a look.

Have a question, looking for support or simply are interested in some quality content and conversation? We got what you’re looking for under POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS.

As always, I welcome remarks and healthy debate in the comments section below! Be active…Be visible!

And, of course, have a terrific and creative weekend.




Protecting Your Ideas, High-Concept Films & Everything In Between - The November 2015 edition of On Stage With RB was a 3-hour affair and now it's available to watch for FREE on-demand! Joining RB was Jaia Thomas, leading entertainment attorney who assists clients with transactional and intellectual property matters. She regularly counsels filmmakers and producers on all aspects of film financing, production and distribution, with an expertise in copyright protection and how it affects the television, film, and new media industries. She also regularly assists content creators with federal copyright registration and licensing. Jaia and RB discussed questions regarding the burden of proof on the idea of someone who thinks that their idea was stolen; the line between based on true events based on rights and what happens when filmmakers want to use certain popular songs in their films.  For more on this discussion click here: Protecting Your Ideas, High-Concept Films & Everything In Between


Stage 32 Search for New Blood Finalists Announced - Today we announce the finalists for the 2015 Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest. A heartfelt congratulations goes out to all who advanced to this round. All finalists below will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 400 industry executives we work with will be able to view them. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the executive and the writer. To find out who they were click here: Stage 32 Search for New Blood Finalists Announced


13 (Big) Reasons Foreign Actors Succeed In Hollywood - Much has been said on the topic of non-U.S. actors landing prime acting gigs in Hollywood, but much of it accuses America of offering inferior training, which I don’t believe necessarily to be true. Though it may account for a small part of the difference in success between actors from different countries, for my money there are many other highly influential factors than training alone. To read more on this interesting article click here: 13 (Big) Reasons Foreign Actors Succeed In Hollywood



Thursday 12/10 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Navigating Voice Over Microphones: Finding The Best Microphone For You hosted by Dan Lenard, a 30+ year veteran of professional voice work, recognized industry expert, known as “The Home Studio Master,” who specializes in home voice over studio recording and Vice President of Technical Standards for the World-Voices Organization! Drawing from his 30+ years in the professional voice over business, Dan will give you a breakdown all of the different models and uses of voice over microphones! He will discuss the different types of microphones, how they work, what each are for, how to pick one for yourself, and most importantly, HOW to use them. This is the information you need to finally stop worrying about "What’s The Best Microphone For Voice Over?” and start working on the most important part of voice over... YOU!

You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • The different types of microphones.
  • How they work.
  • The many manufacturers and the models they make.
  • What to look for that works best for your voice.
  • How to "Audition" mics.
  • How NOT to buy a voice over mic.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Dan and to register, click here: Navigating Voice Over Microphones: Finding The Best Microphone For You


Saturday, 12/12 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Writing the Producible, Low-Budget Script hosted by James Kicklighter, a multi-award winning writer/director who is currently developing projects with Richard Saperstein (The Mist, Se7en) and Beau Turpin (Counterpunch) and whose films have been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia! In this webinar, James will teach you how to develop a film that can be made without large budgets and resources. He will arm you with the knowledge to create a scene that shows the narrative arc without telling it, as well as go through simple elements that often drive up budgets, elements that have been forgotten or unconsidered by filmmakers of all experience levels. You will learn how to optimize your script to show and not tell the story with nominal resources, providing valuable guidance for the novice and a refresher for the experienced veteran. You will leave this webinar knowing exactly how to write a producible, low-budget script!
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • How to understand the marketplace
  • How to choose material
  • The process of creating compelling characters
  • Optimizing the screenplay for production
  • Writing accessible locations
  • Shifting the shooting schedule
  • Showing and not telling
  • Modifying the script in production
  • Building partnerships for release
  • Attaching talent

To read more about this webinar, see a video from James and to register, click here Writing the Producible, Low-Budget Script


Tuesday 12/15 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Script Protection and Idea Theft -  hosted by  Jaia Thomas an entertainment attorney who specializes in federal copyright registration and licensing as well as film financing, production and distribution. Jaia will navigate you through the copyright registration process, going step-by-step through the process of registering a script with the United States Copyright Office. Ms. Thomas will also outline some of the key distinctions and misconceptions between registration with the US Copyright Office and the Writers Guild of America. The webinar will also outline some of the key legal precautions writers can take to protect their ideas and scripts during the collaboration and pitching process, as well as provide attendees with a list of technologies available to assist with script protection.

You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • Copyright Registration
  • Writers Guild Registration
  • Idea Protection and Theft
  • Mobile Apps
  • Digital Watermarks
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Jaia and to register, click here Script Protection and Idea Theft






    Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2016 Competition, Next Films

    Sundance Announces 45 Selections for Expanded 10th Anniversary New Frontier 2016 Edition

    Sight & Sound Top 20 Films 2015

    Gotham Awards: Spotlight Edges Carol in Battle of Indie Oscar Hopefuls

    Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Film by the National Board of Review

    New York Film Critics Circle 2015 Winners: Carol Takes Four Including Best Picture, Director

    Oscars: Breaking Down 7 Grim Themes of 40 Contending Screenplays

    Casting Directors, Filmmakers Weigh in on This Year’s Oscar Contending Ensembles

    Crucial Casting Decisions Send Directors, Casting Pros on Quests

    Gods of Egypt Director, Studio, Apologize for Lack of Diverse Casting: “We Can Do Better”

    “A Chance to Develop Technique”: Oliver Stone on Talk Radio

    Indiewire’s 2015 Hollywood Gift Guide

    Incentives Scorecard: Jordan’s Visual Splendor, Tax Exemptions Woo Global Productions



    Actors on Actors: Samuel L. Jackson & Michael Keaton

    Actors on Actors: Will Smith & Benicio Del Toro

    Actors on Actors: Kate Winslet & Saoirse Roman

    Actors on Actors: Steve Carell & Rooney Mara



     9 Things I Learned About Indie Series While Watching My Own Bomb

    Don’t Let Amateur Sound Crush Your Film Festival Dreams

    How to Use Invisible Split-Screens Like Fincher

    How to Direct Actors: Advice From Actor-Turned-Director Nick Sandow of The Wannabe

    5 Ways to Spice Things Up When You’re Writing From a Formula


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