Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend everyone. An Introduce Yourself Weekend to boot.

Within the ENTERTAINMENT NEWS section this week, A Hollywood Reporter journalist fires back against Dustin Hoffman; J.J. Abrams and company traveled back to the future for the new Star Wars film; Amazon announces the first film they will release theatrically; Quentin Tarantino hires a legendary composer for The Hateful Eight; a deeper look at Paramount’s shorter movie windows; an extremely comprehensive look at the evolution of Seinfeld; a slew of Emmy articles including the biggest snubs and surprises; why Hollywood continues to look north of the border; Penn and Teller pull a million smackers out of a hat and much, much more.

How about some acting, screenwriting, filmmaking, distribution and DIY information? Good by you? Then just head down to the TIPS section and read away.

Under VIDEOS this week, I have Oscar winner Walter Mulch speaking on the shift from film to digital as well as the trailers for Joy and Sisters.

As it relates to happenings around the site, please be sure to check out all the latest Stage 32 member triumphs under STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES, the coolest and most talked about threads under POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS, all the awesome Next Level Webinars, Classes and Labs under STAGE 32 NEXT LEVEL EDUCATION and, of course, all the site news there is to print under STAGE 32 NEWS.

I do hope to see you all over in the Introduce Yourself section of the Lounge.Even if you’ve taken the time to make a post about yourself, be sure to welcome others.You never know when you’ll make a life and career changing connection.

Enjoy the content. As always, I welcome remarks and healthy debate on any of the material below in the Comments section.

Cheers, and have an awesome weekend!



In our continuing roll out of Stage 32 3.0, we are proud to introduce our new Profile page. We've made it easier than ever to showcase your biographical information, credits, awards, resumes, headshots, reels, audio clips and so much more! Now there's literally no excuse not to get your best face out there for the world to see. Remember, you never get a second chance at a first impression. To learn about the new Stage 32 3.0 Profile page, click here: The New Stage 32 Profile Page

Stage 32 and the Stage 32 Happy Writers are thrilled to bring back our (now 2nd annual) Search for New Blood Contest! We are looking for the darkest, scary, creepy, suspenseful, mind-boggling, most twisted scripts from undiscovered writers from all over the world. We are searching for NEW blood. We are looking for the top 3 unrepresented horror/suspense/thriller writers that come from Stage 32. To the rules and prizes, learn more about the judges and to submit your script, click here: Search for New Blood Contest

The Stage 32 Short Film Contest is in full swing! From now until August 14, we will be accepting short film submissions. Films reaching the final round will be judged by industry executives who have all been involved in either signing filmmakers off a short or shepherding a short film into a feature. The top 8-10 films will be screened in a special Stage 32 theatrical Shorts Program Showcase at the Raindance Film Festival in London this September, and the films will also be showcased in a special global online screening exclusively on! We'll also be flying the Grand Prize winning director to London to be at the theatrical premiere of his or her film. To read more about the contest and to learn more about the rules, prizes and judges, click here: The Stage 32 Short Film Contest

In our continued release of clips from RB's interview with Film Courage, this week he tackled the #1 reason why actors (and all creatives) don't get their desired results when on social media.In this 6-minute clip, RB goes over what mistakes most people make when they are getting no results on social media, the importance of social currency, "giving" and putting your best foot forward. To watch the clip, and see all the previously released clips, click here: The #1 Reason Actors (And All Creatives) Don't Get Their Desired Results On Social Media

Last week we announced our support of the documentary titled Crutch and urged the community to share this inspiring film with others. We're thrilled to say that Crutch has hit its crowdfunding goal, and we want to say a special thank you to every Stage 32 member who contributed to the project or spread the word about it through social media. If you haven't checked out the film yet, do so now - you won't be disappointed. We're not asking for donations, but we do ask that if you agree with the mission of the film, please help spread awareness and share it on social media. You can read more about Crutch here: Crutch - The Journey Of A Disabled Artist


Starting this Saturday 7/18, the Stage 32 Happy Writers is thrilled to bring back our 8 Week Working Writer's Lab From Concept to Ironclad Outline hosted by Patrick Raymond, Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures! Patrick has assisted a number of our writers on strengthening their scripts and he is excited to help you bring your concept to life. With interactive lectures and weekly homework assignments directly geared towards bringing your concept to life, plus ongoing contact with Patrick in between classes, your experience writing has never been easier.
Under the guidance of Patrick Raymond you will:

  • Pick a unique and commercially viable concept.
  • Craft engaging, unique characters that pop off the page.
  • A solid structural skeleton that successfully carries your concept.
  • Cinematic set pieces that will give your story that much-wanted theatrical feel.
  • A fully realized outline highlighting every major plot point in your script.

To read more about this 8-week lab, see a video from Patrick and to register, click here: From Concept to Ironclad Outline

This Saturday 7/18 at 11am PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents 7 Insider Tips To Becoming A Working Film & TV Composer: How To Network and Get Work hosted by Timothy Andrew Edwards, Composer, Musician and Music Supervisor with over 75 credits in Feature Film and Network Television, including two Emmy award winning shows! In this webinar, Timothy will break down the steps in the general composing and networking processes and reveal his insider tips on how to build a professional career as a film or TV composer. You will learn how to get in the door enough to build steady work and what you should be doing to build your career.
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • Why television is one of the best ways you can earn a fantastic living in this age of online streaming.
  • The "not so hidden" secret resource that can get you working as a composer regardless of where you reside.
  • How to properly build your reel and credits to "make work from work".
  • The most common mistakes composers make and how to avoid them.
  • How to connect authentically and effectively when networking.
  • How to use limitations to build your sound and stand out from the crowd in independent film.

To read more about this webinar and to register, click here: 7 Insider Tips To Becoming A Working Film & TV Composer: How To Network and Get Work

Tuesday 7/21 at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Understand, Identify & Secure A Sales Agent hosted by Simon Graham-Clare and Ricky Margolis, Producers and Consultants at Future Films USA who have financed and/or produced over 200 films & TV shows! In this webinar, Simon and Ricky will explain why you do in fact need a sales agent - even for smaller budget films - if you're looking to get distribution. You will learn exactly what a sales agent does so you can know what to expect when working with one, and will demystify the world of distribution so you can have an easier time obtaining your goal - getting your film seen.
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • What a sales agent can do for you that you can't do for yourself.
  • How and where sales agents sell: the formats they sell (theatrical/SVOD/VOD/HV/TV).
  • How to vet a sales agent and find the right one for you project.
  • How and when you should approach a sales agent.
  • How the partnership between filmmaker/producer and sales agent works.
  • How sales agents get paid - what to expect.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Simon & Ricky and to register, click here: How To Understand, Identify & Secure A Sales Agent

Starting Tuesday 7/21 at 6pm PDT, Stage 32 Next Level Education is thrilled to bring you Budgets, Cash Flows & Cost Reports: Navigating A Film’s Financials, a 2-week online class taught by award-winning Line Producer Maura Anderson (Winter's Bone, Would You Rather, Bad Samaritans, Suit Up). In this 2-week interactive course, Maura will take you in depth on the financial side of a film. You’ll learn how to create a budget and cash flow, navigate cost reports and discuss important pieces like accounting and tax incentives!
You will leave this class knowing:

  • How much money do you actually need?
  • How to put together a proper film budget.
  • How to create a cash flow and cost report.
  • How to set up an LLC for your film.
  • How to navigate tax incentives.

To read more about this class, watch a video from Maura and to register, click here: Budgets, Cash Flows & Cost Reports: Navigating A Film’s Financials

Thursday 7/23 at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents 10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Casting Director Workshops hosted by Jessica Sitomer, acclaimed International Entertainment Industry Speaker, Career Coach, and Actress, as well as Producer of three TV shows, author, produced writer and development associate! As episodic season is about to start, so are Casting Director workshops, and in this webinar Jessica will reveal how much more value you can get from Casting Director workshops than you’re currently getting. Instead of performing, leaving and sending a thank you note, usually never hearing from the CD again, learn how to stand out in the room and make a lasting impression!
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • Unique questions to ask during the Q&A portion of the workshops.
  • How to brand yourself for the specific CD in the room.
  • How to know when you’re annoying a CD.
  • Jessica’s proven campaign follow up strategy.
  • Jessica's personal “Casting Director Attractor” relationship building strategy.

To read more about this webinar, see video from Jessica and to register, click here: 10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Casting Director Workshops

Tuesday July 28th at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Developing & Financing Faith and Family Based Projects hosted by Nikki Hevesy and Anne Marie Gillen, Producers with over 20 years of experience each in developing and financing media projects. Drawing from their 20 years of experience, Nikki and Anne Marie will teach you how faith and family based projects get funded and who the financiers, studios and distributors are that specialize in this genre so you know who to target. They will also teach you how to easily find and reach your desired audience and what type of marketing is successful for this genre. Whether you’re a producer, filmmaker or writer, knowing what goes into a faith and family project in the development stage, team building stage and financing and distribution stage is key to your project’s success in the marketplace!
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • What makes a faith and family based film successful in the marketplace.
  • How to create authentic content for this market.
  • How these projects are getting funded.
  • Who are the financiers and studios targeting this market and what are they looking for?
  • Who are the distributors and marketers targeting this audience?

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Nikki and Anne Marie and to register, click here: Developing & Financing Faith and Family Based Projects







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