RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (July 15, 2016)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

Under ENTERTAINMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS this week, a look at exactly how many plots there really are; why The Neon Demon’s failure highlights an indie film problem; Sundance and Women In Film get busy; a female showrunner talks biz; the Black Swan intern lawsuit is finally over; all the Emmy nominees; China lifts its summer blackout on Hollywood; Ohio ups its tax incentive program, Relativity is stuck in limbo and much, much more.

In the VIDEOS section, I have THR’s Comedy Actor Roundtable and the preview for Warren Beatty’s latest.

Under TIPS, 10 motivational TED Talks plus screenwriting, acting, filmmaking and editing 411.

In Stage 32 happenings, Amanda and J’Vona have been getting after it with an incredible slate of webinars and classes taught by industry leaders. You can see all upcoming opportunities under STAGE 32 EDUCATION.

The Lounge has been bustling lately with incredible conversations. Check out some of the coolest threads under POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS.

For all else 32, be sure to check out STAGE 32 NEWS, STAGE 32 MEETUPS and, of course, STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES.

As always, I welcome thoughts and remarks on any of the content below in the Comments section!

Have a terrific and creative weekend!



Screenwriters: Leave Your Mistrust at the Door -While most emerging writers who do their research and keep a level head come to screenwriting with a clear understanding of how the industry works, it does happen that a new writer will arrive on the scene, with his or her mistrust put broadly - if not proudly - on display. After all, there have been stories (rare but memorable) of screenplays being stolen (as well as story credit and payment being withheld and consequently and successfully sued for), screenwriters seeing their original idea suddenly fully realized and up in lights, or screenwriters being pushed out of a project that was once originally theirs. Click here to find the forms of Mistrust that are out there…

On Stage With RB (June 2016) is Now Available To Watch On-Demand! - The June 2016 On Stage With RB was one for the record books! RB spent 3 hours with the Stage 32 community and had on 2 special guests, first up was Development Executive Tiegen Kosiak (formerly of Zoe Saldana's production company, CineStar Pictures). The second special guest was Zahida Kazar, an Operations Coordinator with independent film distributor, Gravitas Ventures. Click Here to Watch It Now!

What Do Weinstein, Disney & 'Spotlight' Have in Common? - Hey guys. One of the things I love most about overseeing Stage 32's Next Level Education is getting to find some really great instructors for you. This week is no exception. I've brought in Holly Brown, Steve Desmond, and, James Kicklighter find out who these amazing teachers are and what you will receive for free by joining this webinar. 



Intro To Using Social Media for Your Low to No Budget Film (July 19) Jennifer Winberg - Social Media Executive

Jennifer has over 10 years of branding and entertainment experience in digital strategy, social media, and integrated marketing. Recently, she launched the Digital Marketing Team for the Day and Date Film Division - Lionsgate Premiere. Jennifer will teach you how to create a social media campaign that is right for your film. She'll outline a social media timeline for your film, when to start social media for your film and how to utilize interns to maintain your social media. You'll walk away knowing how to build a successful social media campaign including best tactics, tools and resources. If you are a new Filmmaker, Student Filmmaker, Producer, Small Budget Filmmaker or Interested in Film Digital Marketing this class is for you. Click here to sign up now!

Constructing Your Screenwriting Career: A Breakdown Of Breaking In (July 20) Lee Jessup - Script Consultant

Script Consultant, Lee Jessup is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on the screenwriter's professional development. Most screenwriters who have been at it for any length of time know the mechanics of writing a screenplay. But not everyone knows the specific steps one must take to go from screenwriter hitting the keys in off hours to become a working screenwriter working within the industry structure. Utilizing knowledge gathered over years in the industry working both in development and directly with emerging and professional writing clients, as well as insights from countless industry sources, during this 3-week session we will set correct expectations for the construction of a screenwriting career, and identify the various paths and opportunities available to writers eager to break into film or television. To register for this three week class, click here!

Strengthen Your Supporting Characters & Subplot (July 21) Jordan Barel - Producer

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Jordan Barel (Development, for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures) will teach how to bring your supporting characters to life. You will learn how to create characters that are integral to the main plot and the shape of your screenplay. He will walk you through using your support characters to subtly deliver key exposition and give insight into your protagonist. In addition, Jordan will show you how to use your subplots to strengthen your second act and keep the action moving along. You'll break down various film genres to show how each utilizes supporting characters and subplots so you can apply it to your projects. You will walk away with the tools necessary to deliver a fully developed script! Click here to register!


 July 16th

1st ever monthly Stage 32 Happy Writer's Meet Up! We are excited to announce the first monthly Stage 32 Happy Writer's meetup! Swing by and meet Stage 32 team members Erik and Matt, as well as your fellow writers!! Come have fun, be social and meet some great people! Bring your business card to enter into our raffle for a chance to win a FREE set of Development Notes or a script read + 30 minute call with the executive of your choice! Click here to register and get more information!


2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest We are proud to open up our call for entries for the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest! Last year's inaugural contest produced entries from Stage 32 members in 29 countries and resulted in a curated program of 6 incredible and well received short films (made by filmmakers from 4 countries). The Stage 32 Short Film Program screened theatrically at the 2015 Raindance Film Festival to critical acclaim from Variety and Indiewire. The program also screened to the Stage 32 community and was exposed to over 500 working industry executives who had the opportunity to connect with any of the winning filmmakers. To read about this contest and register before the Wednesday, Jul 20 Deadline Click hereEarly Bird Deadline!!! Deadline: Wednesday, Jul 20 - 11:59 PM PDT 


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There are just SIX plots in every film, book and TV show ever made: Researchers reveal the 'building blocks' of storytelling 

How The Neon Demon’s “Failure” Reveals a Major Problem in Indie Film 

Sundance Institute And Women In Film Los Angeles Appoint First-Ever Director Of Systemic Change Project

'Fresh Off the Boat' Showrunner Nahnatchka Khan Talks Being the "Only Woman In the Room"

Fox Settles ‘Black Swan’ Interns Lawsuit After Five Years

The 68th Emmy Award Nominations – Complete List

China Lifts Summer Blackout on Hollywood Films Amid Box-Office Slowdown

Chinese Financier of Bruce Willis-Mel Gibson Movie Faces Investor Revolt

How Virtual Reality Is Working to Fix Its Puking Problem

WGA Outlines Timeline For 2017 Awards Eligibility And Submissions

Movie About U.S. Constitution Shut Down After Student Crew Joins IATSE, Walks Off Job

Ohio Doubles its Film Incentives to $40 Million Per Year

When Agents Buy the Clients: WME, UFC and the New Hollywood Hierarchy

Post-Bankruptcy, Relativity Seems Stuck in Limbo


The Hollywood Reporter’s Actor Comedy Roundtable 

The Trailer for Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply


10 Motivational TED Talks to Start Your Morning

Cinematography – How Dystopian Romance Equals Was Lit Entirely by Luminescent LEDs

2 Tips to Book the Job With Self-Taped Auditions

17 Writing Tricks to Get You Through Your Screenplay

6 Tips for a Better Edit


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