Welcome to the weekend, everyone.
A quick reminder. I will be hosting our FREE online Oscar and Film Industry Webcast along with Alex Ferrari of Indie Film Hustle today at 3PM PST. All are invited. To tune in, click here - https://www.stage32.com/live
In this edition of the Weekend Blog under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Female protagonists are on the rise in Hollywood, but that’s not the whole story; the New York Times believes the Academy may be deluding itself regarding its diversity push; Netflix and Amazon continue to disrupt the independent film world; the faith based film industry remains red hot; the DGA is hoping to discover the next Orson Welles; the complete winners list from the 2016 DGA Awards; rookie writers are pushing out the vets at this year’s Oscars; a look at the cinematographer nominees and their tools of the trade; the Coen brothers and Noah Baumbach talk shop; 12 breakthroughs from the 2016 Sundance Festival as well as a look at how some of the films from 15 fared; Australia ups their film incentives; Pinewood Studios is exploring a sale and much, much more.
In the VIDEOS section this week, 9 Oscar-nominated screenwriters talk about how they got their start, Roger Deakins on Hail Caesar! and the director of Room on some of the best advice he’s received.
Under TIPS, I have editing, filmmaking, screenwriting, cinematography and acting info and tricks.
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How to Reach Your Goals Through Focused Networking Brandi Thomas started out on Stage 32 knowing absolutely nothing about networking. To her, it was this big, scary word that implied a strategic, artificial approach and she wanted nothing to do with that. The more Brandi worked to build relationships, many lead to getting work, the more she realized that’s not entirely true. Sure, it’s more than clicking 'add' or 'accept' and you should be aware of who you need to network with, but beyond that it’s just about interacting consistently with those people in a positive way. In this blog, She shares some tips she learned that have not only allowed her to create meaningful relationships with some pretty incredible people, but have also allowed her to maintain a steady stream of work for a little over a year now, as opposed to formerly getting one gig every year or two. Ready? Click here to read Brandi's tips!
Deconstructing the Oscar-Nominated Script: Straight Outta Compton (Tuesday February 23) Learn directly from Patrick Raymond, a development executive at Mandalay Pictures. As a development executive in Hollywood, Patrick has a plethora of experience reading and developing various musical biopics. In his own words, he claims that, "...from a story and script level, Straight Outta Compton stands as one of the best." In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Patrick will be working through the OSCAR-NOMINATED script, identifying the key elements, characters, and plot points that make this more than just a biopic but also a statement, keeping the tone and voice consistent throughout as it relates to the subject matter. He will identify specific scenes that support the themes and identify not just specific plot points, but also highlight relevancy for the modern audience/culture.
What you will learn:
Setting up the world from the first page.
Understanding your audience
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10 Essential Elements to Incorporate Into Writing Your Rom Com (On Demand) – Your host Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom works in development and production. She helped to found Animal Kingdom – and there, she co-produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s SHORT TERM 12, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW 2013. She was also an incremental part of seeing films like David Robert Mitchell's IT FOLLOWS, Justin Tipping's KICKS, and Joachim Trier's LOUDER THAN BOMBS move into production - and optioned David Carr’s THE NIGHT OF THE GUN. In this series, Amanda will outline the 10 essential elements no rom com can survive without, helping you realize how to turn that bad date into legendary Hollywood fodder! (Because everyone knows that Pretty Woman is totally plausible and actually really happened!)
In this two part series you will learn:
For more information Click here: 10 Essential Elements to Incorporate into Writing Your Rom Com
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