Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

I have so many cool articles under ENTERTAINMENT AND INDUSTRY news this week, I’m not even going to list them. Go discover for yourself. Kick back and enjoy.

Big shoutout to all 32’ers who have been so damn actively lately in the Lounge. The quality of the discussions and the content being shared over the last few weeks is off the charts. Really exemplifies what this platform is all about. The collaborative and selfless spirit of the creatives in this community has simply been inspiring. To see some of the latest and greatest threads, check out POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS.

Amanda and J’vona have been putting in the serious hours lining up the best minds to teach our Next Level Education webinars and classes. The upcoming schedule is filled with something for just about every discipline and interest. Be sure to see what we have on tap under STAGE 32 EDUCATION

Many of our members have landed jobs, secured meetings and made some life changing connections lately. You can read their stories – and offer a word of congratulations – in the STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES section.

A bunch of cool meetups are happening in the coming weeks. You can see some of the scheduled events under STAGE 32 MEETUPS.

And for just about everything else happening around town, be sure to scroll on down to STAGE 32 NEWS.

As always, I welcome remarks, debate and all kinds of accolades in the Comments section below!

Enjoy the content, and have a terrific weekend!

RB

 STAGE 32 NEWS

How Three Stage 32’ers Achieved Success! - Collaboration is paramount in today’s competitive and rapidly changing film industry. It has been said that there is 'strength in numbers' or that 'a three-fold cord is not easily broken'. Well, three Stage32’ers (Terrell Lamont, Justin Lewis and Art Thomas), along with Alicia Cole Heinrich, Heather Webb and 51 others, took that sentiment to heart and successfully collaborated to produce the dramatic thriller ‘HUSH MONEY’, a feature-film. Shot on-location in Denver, Colorado, over a three-week period, find out how the film did here!

What's New at Stage 32 This Week - This week on Stage 32 we have 3 great webinars for producers, directors, financiers, actors and writers. I'm looking forward to seeing you in a Stage 32 Next Level course! Dynamic Duo Uma Incrocci & Christian Petersen, who have worked on dozens of film and TV shows including Jane The Virgin, The Good Wife and The Longest Week will bring you Audition Ammunition: Booking The Room. They will go over physical setups of what you can expect when going into any audition, including film, TV, theater, commercial and more. Click here to see what else is going on at Stage 32 this week! 

On Stage With RB (July 2016) - Special Guests Announced! - What time is it? I bet you already guessed it! Time for the July 2016 edition of On Stage with RB! of course! This month it'll be taking place on MONDAY, August 1st at 1PM PDT! Yes, August for July! As you may know, every month our Founder & CEO, RB, brings on special guests who work in the industry, such as filmmakers and executives to offer advice to our community in an online webinar. Plus, he discusses the best way to use Stage 32 to help your career. Check out RB's message for this month's On Stage by clicking here!
https://www.stage32.com/blog/On-Stage-With-RB-July-2016-Special-Guests-Announced
What's New at Stage 32 This Week - This week on Stage 32 we have 3 great webinars for producers, directors, financiers, actors and writers. I'm looking forward to seeing you in a Stage 32 Next Level course! Dynamic Duo Uma Incrocci & Christian Petersen, who have worked on dozens of film and TV shows including Jane The Virgin, The Good Wife and The Longest Week will bring you Audition Ammunition: Booking The Room. They will go over physical setups of what you can expect when going into any audition, including film, TV, theater, commercial and more. Click here to see what else is going on at Stage 32 this week!


STAGE 32 EDUCATION

Green Card O & P Visas for Film & TV - How to Get to "Extraordinary" (August 2) Often entertainment immigration seminars focus on actors, but what about the people behind the scenes? Directors, sound engineers, editors, makeup artists, etc? What does US immigration deem "extraordinary" and how do you prove it? Join managing attorneys, Lorraine D'Alessio and Liz Profumo as they outline what US immigration looks for, how to build your resume, and how to make the process as smooth as possible in this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar. Your hosts, Lorraine D'Alessio and Liz Profumo are partners at D'Alessio Law Group. Their practice specializes in immigration and nationality law and concentrates on temporary and permanent business and employment related visas for investors, artists, and entertainers. They have has assisted hundreds of artists, performers, and other industry professionals to realize their dreams of living in the United States.
What you will learn:
• Which VISA is right for you
• What does US immigration deem as "extraordinary" and how to prove it
• How to construct the resume of the visa.
• How to getting letters of support.
• What to do - and not to do - at the border.
• How to identify and avoid immigration scams.
Click here to read all the details and register here!


Basic Principles of Financing a Film Between $1 - $3 Million (August 4) Stage 32 is honored to bring in Brad Hibbs Wyman, producer of the highly acclaimed film, Monster starring Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning role, to teach for Next Level Education on the Basic Principles of Financing a Film Between $1MM-$3MM. Having produced over 40 films at all budget ranges (including Freeway starring Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon and actor Steve Buscemi's directorial debut, Trees Lounge), Brad has learned all aspects of financing and the elements that are needed for a successful raise.
Brad will teach the basic principles of motion picture financing for under 3 million dollar features which include:
Rule #1 - “GET THE MONEY"
Rule #2 - Always remember to “GET THE MONEY”
Rule #3 - Never forget to always remember to “GET THE MONEY"
Needless to say, the way you will learn will be fun and educational. We are excited to have the Stage 32 community learn from Brad who is such a prolific producer. A portion of Brad’s proceeds will be donated to an arts charity. Click here to register now!

Pitching Fundamentals: Tools for Any Scenario (July 30) In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, TV Writer/Producer Charlie Charbonneau (CW shows: The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, and its spin-off The Originals) will teach you how to successfully pitch your ideas as a writer. You’ll learn about the many different scenarios where you’ll have to translate that spectacular idea in your brain to someone who’s never heard it before. This webinar will lay out the rudimentary yet vital skills used by the pros to win over the show-runners, buyers, and agents. You’ll hear about the nitty gritty do’s and don’ts of pitching in places like the TV Writers Room, a studio or network executive’s office, and at lunch with the agent or manager you’ve been dying to meet with.
Also, Charlie will be giving you tips on how to nail your 8-minute pitch so you can take advantage of the Happy Writers pitch sessions offered every week. He'll guide you through how to start, cultivate interest and leave the executives wanting more. He'll not only cover live pitching but how to deliver a superb written pitch!
Click here to view Charlie’s video and register to attend today!


STAGE 32 SUCCESS


HAPPY WRITERS

Stage 32 3rd Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest (DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2016)

Over the last two years, our contest winners and finalists have been signed, optioned, put in development, staffed and secured high level meetings with some of the top executives and companies in the film industry. Our track record with the Search for New Blood has been off the charts. Now we’re back with year 3 of this incredibly popular contest designed to give our horror and thriller writers the chance to have their work exposed to some of the top execs in the industry! Our top 3 winners will get exclusive meetings with executives. ALL Finalists will have their loglines exposed to the over 500 industry execs who work with Stage 32. What do our past winners have to say about Stage 32 and The Search for New Blood? Click here!


STAGE 32 MEETUPS


 POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS


ENTERTAINMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS

So I Went to Film School, Now What?

Matt Damon Explains Why You’re Seeing Less Indie Movies in Cinemas

Female-Led Films Are Finally Getting Bigger Budgets, But Don’t Thank Hollywood For That

How New Line Cinema is Making a Killing in Horror

Artificial Intelligence Writes ‘Perfect’ Horror Script, Seeks Crowdfunding

Follow the Money: The Wolf of Wall Street Corruption Timeline

How Shakespeare Taught Me the Movie Business is Dying

The Business of Web Series

13 Candidates In Race For Eight Seats On WGA West Board

Hollywood’s M&A Value Hits Multi-Year High in First Half

Box Office Meltdown: Hollywood Races to Win Back Summer Crowds

Hollywood Has Collected More Than $860M in Foreign Levies

Warner Bros. to Set Up French TV Production Company

TIFF Lineup: 5 Reasons to Get Excited About the 2016 Program

Festival Fever Begins: Will Magnificent Seven Saddle Up as Toronto Opener?

Venice Film Festival Lineup Announced

Actors’ Equity Leaders Say They’ve Been “Threatened” By 99-Seat Plan Opponents


VIDEO

The Coen Brothers Use of Green in Their Films

The Hollywood Reporter’s Showrunner Roundtable 

The Revenant DGA Q&A with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Michael Mann


 TIPS

13 Brilliant Gadgets and Tools to Help Stress Management

How to Take a Great Headshot

The Ripple Effects of Shooting Film

5 Rules From James Wan for Making a Successful Horror Movie in 2016

12 Indispensible Tips for Budgeting Your Indie Feature

Screenwriting: Finding Character Motivation, Conflict and Compassion


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