Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. Lots of content for you this week. Let’s get right to it.

Under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, a really cool story on Marlon Brando and his secret A-List Acting School. Having seen Listen to Me Marlon at the Sundance Film Festival in January, I found this story particularly interesting. Even if you haven’t seen the documentary (it’s getting limited theatrical and then a Showtime run soon), I think you’ll find this article quite fascinating.

Also in that section: Cannes festival chiefs say Twitter is hurting film criticism; TV’s top film directors share some secrets; why more and more A-List actors are hitting the small screen; producer Robert Chartoff and actor Christopher Lee have passed; Uwe Boll goes (further) off the reservation; Netflix adds Brad Pitt, Italy, Portugal and Spain; Monaco and Spain get into the tax incentive game; a complete list of the Tony Award winners; Larry David leaves Broadway while Jerry Seinfeld returns and much, much more.

Under TIPS this week, I have some 411 on filmmaking, slate operators, screenwriting, voice acting and more. And under VIDEOS, Jane Fonda and Viola Davis talk acting and I have the trailers for Macbeth and Bridge of Spies.

Lots of activity around the site as well. You can find all the latest and greatest Stage 32 neighborhood happenings under STAGE 32 NEWS.

Last week over 90 Stage 32 members gathered at Paramount Studios for a meetup and plenty more across the world are scheduled for the coming weeks. See if there’s one in your area (or start one up!) under STAGE 32 MEETUPS.

Our Next Level Education continues to garner rave reviews. 91% of those who have taken a Next Level Education webinar or class say they would take another – a staggering number. We have some really cool and informative webinars and classes scheduled for June and July. You can check out what’s on the horizon under STAGE 32 EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.

And finally, it was another really busy week on the site. I’d like to thank all who have contributed to the Stage 32 Lounge by posting content, sharing your wisdom and experience or simply asking and answering questions. We’ve compiled some of the best conversations of the last weeks under POPULAR AND INTERESTING STAGE 32 MEETUPS.

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

Enjoy and have a creative weekend!




At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Stage 32 had the 2nd largest attended panel at the Marche du Film next to Netflix! Following Stage 32's standing-room only panel, RB sat down with Cineuropa, founded by industry veteran Domenico La Porta to chat some more. They filmed a fantastic interview, in which RB discusses the Dos and Don'ts for your online presence as a creative, crowdfunding vs. crowdsourcing, where the future of film where go in the digital world and more. Take some time to watch this 4 minute clip from the Cannes Film Festival NEXT Pavilion filled with invaluable information to help you as a creative. Enjoy! To watch the interview, click here: RB's Interview With Cineuropa

While at the Cannes Film Festival, Stage 32 sat down with legendary and iconic Hollywood journalist Anne Thompson who writes the immensely popular column "Thompson on Hollywood" for IndieWire (as well as also having scribed for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Wired, LA Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and more!). We are delighted to announce that Anne not only wrote an incredible article about Stage 32, but she also featured several of our Stage 32 members who had films at Cannes this year.We’d love to get the article into the 5 most commented and 5 most read lists on IndieWire and we are asking your help to make that happen! Please throw your support behind RB, Stage 32, and this wonderful community by not only reading the article, but sharing and commenting on it as well. Your support means everything to us. To read the article, click here: Stage 32 Featured On IndieWire

We are still in full swing with our Instagram contest: How Do You Live A Stage 32 Life? Have you entered yet? We're looking to see how you have incorporated Stage 32 into your creative career. Whether you have been cast in a project, found your camera operator, gotten a script optioned or co-produced a film, we want to hear from you! Whatever way you have found Stage 32 valuable, show us in a picture or video for your chance to have your story showcased in front of the entire Stage 32 community. We encourage you to be as creative as possible, and there is no limit to how many pictures or videos you can submit to the contest - each submission is a new chance to win! For the contest rules and prizes, click here: How Do You Live A Stage 32 Life?


This Saturday June 13th at 11am PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents our exclusive webinar for filmmakers, screenwriters, directors and producers: The Secret To Becoming A Pitching Ace hosted by Jared Iacino, VP Film and Television Development at Panay Films (Earth To Echo, Wedding Crashers, Serendipity, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, She’s All That and Van Wilder)! In this webinar Jared will demystify the pitching process by showing you how to form and outline your pitch in practical, repeatable and memorable terms. As a film and television executive who has heard literally thousands of pitches himself, Jared will identify, from the studio/network/producers perspective, the common missteps and mistakes writers, filmmakers, producers and other film creatives make when pitching their projects. He will then reveal the secret formula he's used when selling projects to independent film companies, studios and networks at the highest level.
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • The most common (and most fatal) mistakes people make when pitching.
  • How to properly structure a pitch.
  • What to include, and most importantly, what NOT to include in your pitch.
  • How to cater your pitch to the audience you’re pitching to.
  • The 3 most important elements EVERY pitch should have.
  • How to identify projects worthy of pitching.
  • The secret ingredient in every great pitch.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Jared explaining in-depth what he will cover during his webinar and to sign up, click here: The Secret To Becoming A Pitching Ace

Thursday June 17th at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents our exclusive webinar for filmmakers and costume designers: The Indie Guide to Costuming the Cast: Enhancing Your Film Stitch By Stitchhosted by Terra “TMo” Patterson, Indie Costume Professional, who has honed her skills on various productions, TV series, short films, features, and live events such as Homeland and South of Hell (with creator of Dexter, James Manos, Jr)! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Terra Patterson will discuss how costume serves the story and how to costume your cast. This webinar will give you a better understanding of how you can use costume to enhance your characters and what to do in the pre-production, production and post production phases for the costuming process.
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • A Costume Pre-production, Production and Post Production Duty Chart.
  • Costume Kit Shopping List.
  • Costume Set Bag Shopping List.
  • Costume Paperwork Templates.
  • Costume Department “ Life Hacks”.
  • Money and Time saving tips.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Terra explaining what she will cover in this webinar and to sign up, click here: The Indie Guide to Costuming the Cast: Enhancing Your Film Stitch By Stitch

Starting June 18th, the Stage 32 Happy Writers is thrilled to bring you our exclusive 3-week online intensive class for screenwriters How to Write an Emotionally-Charged Inspirational True Story taught by the development coordinator from Apex Entertainment, Dorian Connelley! In this hands-on course, you will learn what it takes to write a compelling, market-ready true story and how to successfully pitch it to production companies. With interactive lectures and weekly homework assignments directly geared towards strengthening your pages, this class will help you craft your writing into a fresh, stand-out inspirational true script that will grab executives' attention!
You will leave this course knowing:

  • The legalities on how to acquire rights to a true story. And some big “DON’T’S” you need to avoid.
  • How to find the balance between keeping your story as close to reality as possible, while making it theatrical.
  • How to find a distinct story with a solid three-act structure.
  • Rules on how to make sure your characters stand out.
  • How to stay true to tone and set pieces/plot points that must be included.

To read more about this 3-week class, see a video from Dorian explaining what she will cover and to enroll in this class, click here: How to Write an Emotionally-Charged Inspirational True Story







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