Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

Before we get started, a big virtual hug to all who have already taken the time to participate in our member drive and, by doing so, help us assist filmmakers under 18. I had the pleasure of spending time with Elizabeth who runs U+ up at the Cinequest Film Festival this week and I can tell you she’s excited and beyond grateful. If by chance you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here. Remember, every member counts and the more members, the more money donated to the cause of assisting the next generation of filmmakers.

Busy news week! Under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Ed Norton sounds off on those who complain about current films; Martin Scorsese offers up 39 essential foreign films to see before you croak; a look at diversity in films including a filmmaker survey on the subject; two articles on the impact of Twitter on promoting films; a primer on net neutrality; why white writers over 40 are feeling pretty good about their prospects; Vice Media commits to a female centric vertical; streaming news with Netfilx, Amazon and Apple; info on the upcoming Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals; Spain looks to lure producers and filmmakers; a slew of theater news and much, much more.

Under VIDEOS you’ll find a really cool feature on David Fincher and his framing and blocking in Gone Girl, a terrific interview with David Cronenberg, and the trailers for the new seasons of Orphan Black and Community.

Some really nice articles under TIPS as well. This week it’s info on filmmaking, screenwriting, producing and acting.

We continue to do what we can to bring you all the best, brightest and most experienced minds from the film, television and theater industries. You can find our latest educational offerings plus everything else happening around the hood under STAGE 32 NEWS.

Under POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS, we’ve chosen dozens of the best discussions from the last few weeks.

And, finally, under STAGE 32 MEETUPS and STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES, you can peruse and join any of the meetups happening around the globe and get inspired by checking out all the latest member success stories made by networking here on Stage 32.

I hope you enjoy! And, as always, I welcome remarks and healthy debate on any of the content listed below in the Comments section.

Have a terrific and creative weekend!



This month, we are holding our 1st Spring member drive. We’re asking all of our members to take a look at their contact lists, their social media followers and friends, their acting, writing or other creative groups or the cast and crew they’re working with at the moment and send them an invite to Stage 32.
 Every person who joins Stage 32 helps strengthen the community by inspiring more communication, more opportunity, more jobs, and more support. To send your invites, click here: Invite Your Friends!

If you're in the LA area March 9th, grab yourself a ticket to the Entertainment Finance Forum and attend Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard 'RB' Botto’s workshop "Capitalizing on Crowdfunding".  You can enter promo code "STAGE32" and save 10% through March 6th! The EFF was designed and produced by Winston Baker, and will host workshops on film and TV finance, crowdfunding and production incentives. It also offers workshops and sessions for producers and innovators looking for effective approaches to fundraising, marketing, distribution, and profitability. Stage 32 is proud to be a partner for Winston Baker's Entertainment Finance Forum, and we hope to see you there! Again, the promo code to save 10% on your ticket through March 6th is "STAGE32".

In the February 2015 broadcast of On Stage With RB we were able to increase the number of viewers with our new system, and what a difference it made - there were some great questions! For over 2-1/2 hours RB had on 2 special guests, Tiffany Boyle, VP of Packaging & Sales at Ramo Law, and actor David Banks, who's appeared in numerous features and over 100 commercials. Once the floor opened up for questions, RB hit on everything from filmmaking, acting, distribution and more, and then finished with rapid-fire questions. If you missed it, no problem! You can watch On Stage with RB on-demand here: On Stage with RB


Saturday 3/7 at 11am PST Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents The Business of Acting: How To Build A Strong Professional Acting Career hosted by Cheryl Texiera, actress, writer and producer, most know for her roles on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Girl Meets World, The Mentalist and Shameless. In this webinar, Cheryl will
 share with you everything that she wished someone had shared with her when she was first starting out acting professionally. From how to get your SAG-AFTRA card, to how and when to approach representation, to how to create a stand out reel, all the way to the best websites actors should be using to build their career, Cheryl will show you the behind the scenes but vitally important aspects of creating a strong professional acting career. To read more about the webinar, see a video from Cheryl and to sign up, click here: The Business of Acting

Wednesday 3/11 at 12pm PST/8pm GMT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Get An Agent In The UK hosted by Nish Panchal, talent agent for the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency. Whether you’re writing your first screenplay or have 10 under your belt, in this webinar you will learn the best ways to approach an agent and the dos and don’ts when meeting with agents for the first time. Better still, Nish will explore ways in which you can make the agents come to you! With nearly a decade of experience in the U.K. Film/TV industry, Nish aims to arm you with the top tips to make you an attractive client to a screenwriting agent. To read more about the webinar, see a video from Nish and to sign up, click here: How To Get An Agent In The UK

Friday 3/13 at 1pm PST Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents 13 Tips To Produce A Micro-Budget Horror Film hosted by Nick Phillips, studio and independent producer for nearly 20 years (Halloween, Hellraiser, The Crow, Straw Dogs, The Roommate, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days and the Project Greenlight film Feast). In this webinar, Nick will show you how to see your horror film through the entire production cycle, from script to screen.
From the logistical aspects of hiring crew and finding locations and equipment, to the creative side of producing which involves the development of the script, the casting, the design and the look of the film, he will touch upon every aspect of the micro-budget horror filmmaking journey. To read more about the webinar, see a video from Nick and to sign up, click here: 13 Tips To Produce A Micro-Budget Horror Film

Saturday 3/14 at 11am PST Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents The Real Reasons You're Not Getting Signed hosted by respected literary manager Lee Stobby. If you’re looking for a sugarcoated opinion on why you haven’t been signed yet, this webinar isn’t for you, but if you’re serious about wanting to take your career to the next level and can handle the blunt and honest truth, buckle up and get ready to learn! In this webinar, Lee will provide insight into how he as a manager looks for material and clients. He will discuss the most common turn offs and red flags that kill his interest, even if he liked your script or writing (such as not in LA, “bad” personality, not having a script that is ready to go, or soft concepts). He will then go over ways to overcome these things and accent your strengths, plus much much more. To read more about what Lee will cover and to sign up, click here: The Real Reasons You're Not Getting Signed

Starting Tuesday 3/17 the Stage 32 Happy Writers brings you the 4 week online intensive class How To Write A Fresh Stand-out Comedy hosted by Melissa Daykin Cassill , Vice President at State Street Pictures. More and more executives are turning to A list comedians to write comedies because finding up and coming comedic writers is so tough. This hands on 4 week course will give you these much needed tools
and you will have the opportunity to mold your pages under Melissa's supervision and will help you stand out in the marketplace and get executives' attention. To read more about the class and to sign up, click here: How To Write A Fresh Stand-out Comedy







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