Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Another week in the books…Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

It was a terrific 10 days or so up at the Sundance Film Festival. The buzz all over town was about the resurgent independent film scene. Sales were brisk and passion was high.

Under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, I have full coverage of the event including all the winners, which films sold and for how much, the movies from the fest which will have an impact on next year’s Oscars, the creative minds who stole the show and 7 big trends seen up in Park City.

Also, a day after Vanity Fair published the definitive version of the Sony hacking scandal, co-chair Amy Pascal has been ousted from her position at the studio. I have the Vanity Fair article and more info below.

Additionally under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, a very cool article from a Slamdance juror speaking to his experiences judging films; how editors deal with great acting; the element that makes the Whiplash script so special; the Midnight Rider prosecutors have a big hill to climb; the staggering audience numbers for online videos; some informative articles about pilot season; 6 films premiering at SXSW that are on Indiewires hit list and much, much more.

Under VIDEOS, it’s the trailers for Will Smith in Focus, Ryan Gosling’s Lost River, and the Poltergeist remake.

Within TIPS, you’ll find cinematography, (cool) DSLR, editing and screenwriting info.


Hope you enjoy!

Have a fantastic and creative weekend!



We are honored to announce that Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard "RB" Botto was featured on the cover of the February 2015 issue of Robert McKee's STORY Magazine! Inside the magazine is an exclusive interview with RB. Some of what RB discusses includes his professional background, his journey from acting, writing and producing to starting Stage 32 and what the future holds for the site and the community. No matter what your discipline, this wide-spanning interview has something for everyone. To see the photos and read the interview, click here: Stage 32 Founder & CEO, RB, on the Cover of Robert McKee's STORY Magazine

The Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writing Contest received an amazing amount of quality teleplays for our first annual TV Writing Contest, and heatfelt congratulations to all of our quarterfinalists! Our judges shared with us throughout the process how amazed they were with the quality of material that was submitted to the contest. It was incredibly difficult to pare down the list to the quarterfinalists. To see the list, click here: Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writing Contest Quarterfinalists

Introducing the new and improved Stage 32 Blog! We’ve spruced things up, added a new coat of paint, and expanded our scope. Besides easier readability and new and improved search functions, you can expect even more entries and activity. To see the new blog layout and functions, click here: Blogging About the Blog

We are thrilled to announce that 
Stage 32 has been chosen by Directors Guild of America Documentary Host Committee co-chairs, James Moll (Stage 32 member and Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award winner) and Freida Mock (Oscar winner) to extend an invitation exclusively for Stage 32 members to attend the 67th Annual DGA Awards "Meet the Nominees" documentary filmmaker event tonight, Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7pm PST. All the DGA Awards nominated documentary filmmakers will be in attendance and will take part in a panel discussing their terrific films and the art of documentary filmmaking. To read more about the event and RSVP (hurry - spots filling very fast!), click here: DGA Awards "Meet the Nominees" documentary filmmaker event


Saturday 2/7 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Content is King – How To Control The Rights To Source Material And Pay Nothing hosted by Conrad Sun, TV Literary Manager and Development Executive for Meridian Artists. In this webinar, Conrad will change your perspective not only on how to acquire the rights to material, but how to develop great story ideas. He will explore creative ways on how to find and control the rights to stories that you’re passionate about without having to pay for them. Whether you’re a writer looking to adapt a screenplay, or a producer looking to set up a property with a financier, this webinar will provide useful information how to effectively control the rights to your passion project and hopefully lead to its creation. To read more about the webinar, see a video from Conrad and to sign up, click here: Content is King – How To Control The Rights To Source Material And Pay Nothing

Tuesday 2/10 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Actors: 10 Tips To Booking Work That No One Is Telling You hosted by Jack Plotnick, Actor, Director and Performance Coach (The Mentalist, Reno 911, Buffy The Vampire Slayer). In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Jack will share his most important and powerful tools with which he books work. Jack’s method frees you from the burden of studying with the fear-based and result-oriented coaches that dominate the industry. Whether you’re new to the business or a working actor on a series, this webinar will give you secrets and tips that you can apply right away to your acting and produce a better performance. To read more about the webinar, see a video from Jack and to sign up, click here: Actors: 10 Tips To Booking Work That No One Is Telling You

Thursday 2/12 at 1pm PST Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Grow Your Youtube Audience And Reach Millions, hosted by Producer Michael Wormser, whose online distribution projects have reached over 30 million viewers! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, your host Michael Wormser will teach you how you can harness YouTube to create your own network of content and build a massive fan base. Michael will show you brick by brick how you can build your vision into tangible content, culminating into a functioning channel, and ultimately helping you get to your target goals and reach an audience of millions of viewers. To see a video from Michael, read more about the webinar and to sign up, click here: How To Grow Your Youtube Audience And Reach Millions

Starting 2/10, Stage 32 Next Level Classes is honored to bring you Kenny Chaplin to teach a 4 week online intensive class on Breaking In as a Production Assistant – Everything You Need To Know. This will be one of the most developed and on-the-nose presentations regarding the Production Assistant position and the inner workings of major motion picture film sets.
The objective of this 4 week course is to teach you the culture, protocol, and skills required to work and stand out within the highly competitive ‘below-the-line’ departments of the major motion picture industry. To read more about the class, see a video from Kenny and to sign up, click here: Breaking In as a Production Assistant – Everything You Need To Know.

Starting 2/11, Stage 32 Next Level Classes is excited to bring you the 3 week, interactive course The Art Of Indie Producing, hosted by Tatiana Kelly and Jim Young (Lovelace, The Words, Wristcutters: A Love Story) In this class Tatiana and Jim will take you behind the scenes, step-by-step, to learn what a Producer really does, beginning with the development stage all the way to packaging a film. You will learn everything from raising financing to crewing up (they will even go over casting the project and how to attach solid talent!), from the pitfalls of the film’s shoot to navigating film festivals and markets to finally delivering the film. This tutorial- style class will walk aspiring filmmakers through all the phases of making a film from the perspective of the Producer, including avoiding common pitfalls and advice to make the experience as easy as possible. To read more about the class and to sign up, click here: The Art Of Indie Producing


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