Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

In this edition of the Weekend Blog, I have all the Oscar post mortem articles including a thought provoking article on whether an Oscar speech can provoke social change, a look at how to fix the Oscar telecast, why Birdman was triumphant over Boyhood, 50 great films that didn’t receive a single Oscar nom, 20 awesome directors who never won an Oscar, and, if you can believe it, a look at the leading Best Picture candidates for 2016. Yup.

Also under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, the net neutrality vote and what it means for Hollywood; audiences seek more diversity in their television shows; a slew of pilot season news; what’s new on Netflix this month; Nathan Lane returns to Broadway (again); the Sony studio shakeup and much, much more.

Under TIPS this week, filmmaking, indie filmmaking, casting and screenwriting 411.

Under VIDEOS, a very cool look at one particular technique in P.T. Anderson’s filmmaking, Sesame Street parodies House of Cards and a look at the upcoming film, Welcome to Me.

It was another very active week over in the Lounge. Some great discussions, questions poised and content posted. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list under POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS.

Under STAGE 32 MEETUPS, I have all the meetups started by members of the community forming around the globe. And under STAGE 32 NEWS, you’ll find all the latest happenings around the site including all our upcoming educational offerings.

And finally, it was another inspirational week around these parts. You can read all about it under STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES. Please take a moment to congratulate all who have found success through the site!

As always, I welcome you to discuss any of the content below in the Comments section!

I hope you all have a very relaxing and creative weekend!


This past Wednesday in Los Angeles, Stage 32 celebrated the release of the February 2015 issue of Robert McKee's STORY Magazine, featuring our own Founder & CEO, Richard Botto on the cover! For those who couldn't make it, you can view photos of the event on the Stage 32 Instagram (@stage32online), and if you haven't read the story yet, do so here!

Stage 32 is proud to announce one of the coolest and groundbreaking events in our 3 1/2 year history! After a sold-out theatrical run, we are pleased to announce that Stage 32 hosted the exclusive worldwide online release of CUT! co-written and directed by Stage 32 member David Rountree. David hired over 30 Stage 32 members for the production. On Thursday, February 26th, the Stage 32 community was able to watch the film online LIVE from anywhere in the world. After the film, viewers had access to watch a live and interactive panel plus Q&A with David and Stage 32 members, actor David Banks, and Emmy Award winning post production supervisor, Solange Schwalbe, moderated by Stage 32's Founder & CEO, Richard "RB" Botto. To read more about the worldwide online release of CUT!, click here: Stage 32 Worldwide Online Release of CUT!

This past week our fearless leader, Founder & CEO, Richard Botto was featured on the enormously popular podcast Entertainment Drive Thru hosted by Anna and Dan Zerin. In the nearly 45 minute broadcast Anna, Dan and RB talked about all things industry, including: The origin of Stage 32; Orson Welles connection to Stage 32; Today’s evolving business, Stage 32 is creating opportunity for free; Independent theater scene; The importance of collaborating around the world; The story of how a writer stationed in Afghanistan pitched through Stage 32 and got signed; The story of a composer in Florida who's composing a film for a Director in India; Too many creatives leave the game because they don't know how to network - plus much, much more! To hear the podcast for FREE, click here: RB on the Entertainment Drive Thru Podcast

This weekend, we're bringing the Big Dogs back for our Online PitchFest XXX! This is our fourth installment of Big Dogs and this time on tap we have The Weinstein Company, Dimension Films, Legendary TV, Scott Free, Alcon Entertainment, Millennium Films, producer Jimmy Skodras (with a first look deal with ImageMovers), Ridley Scott Films and three exclusive private pitch sessions! We are thrilled to bring you this line up! To read more and sign up, click here: Online PitchFest XXX

Thursday 3/5 at 1pm PST Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Find Distribution For Your Indie Film: The Ever-Evolving Worldwide Distribution Process and How to Secure the Right Home for Your Feature Film hosted by Tiffany Boyle, VP of Packaging Sales at Ramo Law with over 50 film credits. In this webinar, Tiffany will get into the details of what the independent distribution process looks like. She will go over how to get the right representative, foreign sales agent, and domestic distribution, and the different options for each based upon the size, genre and execution of a film. She will also discuss what the key points are to look at when reviewing a foreign sales agent and/or domestic distribution deal. Filmmakers should be making an informed decision when choosing who will be handling the licensing of their film for the next 3-25 years, and Tiffany is here exclusively for Stage 32 to help you navigate the ever-evolving world of indie distribution. To read more about the webinar, see a video from Tiffany, and to register, click here: How To Find Distribution For Your Indie Film

Saturday 3/7 at 11am PST Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents The Business of Acting: How To Build A Strong Professional Acting Career hosted by Cheryl Texiera, actress, writer and producer best know for her roles in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Girl Meets World, The Mentalist and Shameless. In this webinar, Cheryl will share with you everything that she wished someone had shared with her when she was first starting out acting professionally. From how to get your SAG-AFTRA card, to how and when to approach representation, to how to create a stand out reel, all the way to the best websites actors should be using to build their career, Cheryl will show you the behind the scenes but vitally important aspects of creating a strong professional acting career. To read more about the webinar, see a video from Cheryl and to register, click here: The Business of Acting: How To Build A Strong Professional Acting Career

Keep your eye on the Education Section, as we have some incredible webinars coming up in the next few weeks! Some topics include: how to get a screenwriting agent in the UK, tips on producing low budget horror films, why you're not getting signed, how to write a romantic comedy, and much much more. See upcoming educational opportunities here: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars


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