RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (January 9, 2015)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Welcome to the weekend everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and New Year. This is the first Weekend Blog of the new year, and there is plenty to discuss. 

For starters, under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS I have a few articles on the 2015 Oscar Predictions. 

Also under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: CitizenFour is premiering on HBO, Sundance 2015 'Art Of Film' Panels announced, Women Directors of the top grossing films of 2014, Rod Taylor, The Birds and The Time Machine, dies at 84, Why Tina Fey and Gillian Anderson are on Netflix and much, much more. 

Of course, I have the latest on the on-going Sony Hack situation. 

Under TIPS, it’s some 411 on filmmaking, acting, editing and screenwriting. Within the VIDEO category, you’ll find the trailers for Ant-Man and Entourage, The Q&A from LACMA's screening of Big Eye, and a tutorial for setting up your Canon 5D MKII. 

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!

Monday 1/12/15 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Write A TV Series Bible hosted by Michael Poisson, Writer and Director of Development at Silent Machine Entertainment. Because there is no standard industry way to format your bible, they can be extremely confusing to create. Executives receive bibles as small as 4 pages (a mini-bible, really) and as long as 27 pages. Should it include your personal connection to the material? In-depth character bios? Visual motifs? Michael Poisson will talk about the very exciting, sometimes harrowing, process of creating TV Series Bibles. In this webinar Michael will cover everything you need to know to craft your TV series bible, from format, to arc, to how to introduce characters, all the way to how to create a strong closing beat. To read more about this webinar, to see a video from Michael and to register, click here: How To Write A TV Series Bible

Thursday 1/15 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents 10 Things Every Filmmaker Needs To Know About Lighting hosted by David Landau, 30 year Lighting Director and Director of Photography. Good lighting makes things look real, while real lighting often makes things look fake. Good lighting supports the emotional moment of the scene, contributes to the atmosphere of the story and can augment an artistic style. So, no matter how good a script, how good a director, how good the actors – the lighting needs to be as good if not better. David will go over the ten things all filmmakers need to know about lighting, sharing some of the techniques to artists and effective lighting that he has learned both from working with a wide range of cinematographers and through his own professional career. David will demonstrate live from the Fairleigh Dickinson University sound stage lighting techniques that will make your images shine like a Hollywood feature without a big Hollywood budget. To read more about the webinar, see a video from David and to register, click here: 10 Things Every Filmmaker Needs To Know About Lighting

Friday 1/16 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Writing For Animation: What ACME Doesn't Tell You hosted by Daniel Kendrick, Manager and Development Executive at Chatrone LLC (The Book Of Life). Aspiring writers are constantly inundated with information and resources about writing the perfect feature screenplay, but rarely do they have the opportunity to glimpse inside the animation industry. This practical and informative webinar will illuminate the trade secrets and industry culture of cartoons. Over the years, Daniel Stellan Kendrick has heard countless pitches from aspiring animation writers. After a while, he realized that the tools required to succeed at writing this unique and unfamiliar specialty are not easy to find. To read more about the webinar, see a video from Daniel and to register, click here: Writing For Animation: What ACME Doesn't Tell You

Starting 1/14, The Stage 32 Happy Writers presents the 3 week intensive class The Rewrite Process: What Do I Cut? taught by Lee Stobby, literary manager who has had two clients appear on The Black List the past two years, 3 writers on The Hit List in 2014 and 5 writers on The Young and Hungry List in 2014. One of the most challenging parts as a writer is getting your story, ideas and dialogue into a script that is a respectable length. When you're looking at a completed draft that is facing a rewrite, how do you know what to cut? Many times you may think nothing can go without killing the story, but keeping the length is not always a good thing. The truth is that executives sometimes even ask how long a script is before committing to read it. As a writer you will lose the battle if turning a page ends up being a struggle for any industry professional. Which brings up the very important question: what can be cut without sacrificing the heart of the script? To read more about this class, to see a video from Lee and to register, click here: The Rewrite Process: What Do I Cut?

Starting 1/27, Stage 32 Next Level Classes presents the intensive 4 week class Film Crew Essentials - Learn How To Become An Unforgettable Crew Member  taught by Kenny Chaplin, DGA & DGC Assistant Director who has worked hand-in-hand with directors David Mamet, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, and Ridley Scott. 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.  Most importantly, you’ll step away from this class with the confidence to walk onto any film, video, commercial set with the confidence of a road weary film veteran. To read more about the class and to sign up, click here: Film Crew Essentials - Learn How To Become An Unforgettable Crew Member

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