Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

The excitement continues here at Stage 32. Our panel on crowdsourcing and the importance of using social media as a filmmaker and/or producer at the Cannes Film Festival NEXT Pavilion was a smashing success. Over 300 RSVP'ed and over 200 attended. It has been such a pleasure to not only be invited to present at Cannes, but to meet Stage 32 members from all around the world along the way (we'll have more soon). Creativity truly is universal.

You can read more of what’s going on in and around the network under STAGE 32 NEWS below.

Speaking of our new Education section, our Director of Education and Marketing, Shannon Stegall, has lined up an amazing group of instructors to teach members of all disciplines. Additionally, we have an exciting summer initiative coming up. You can read about the latest Stage 32 Next Level webinars and classes under STAGE 32 EDUCATION.

In the STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES section, you’ll find the latest and greatest inspirational stories from members of the community who utilized the site to find work and/or further their careers. And under STAGE 32 MEETUPS, it’s all the get-togethers happening around the globe.

Under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, stories that piqued my interest this week include an example of the ongoing struggle of gender inequality in the industry with the ACLU launching a petition on gender bias in directing; film critiques and reviews from Cannes; the summer lineup of comedic female films; Woody Allen on Irrational Man, his movies and Hollywood’s perilous path; the Sony Hack Aftermath; why TV networks are on the defensive about online video outlets taking market share; added tax incentives in Ohio; the Panasonic GH4 just got an inexpensive baby brother and much, much more.

I also have a look at David Letterman’s star-studded final episode, a trailer for the teen drama pilot MysEducation, and 69 ways to break the fourth wall, to name a few. You can find these and more in the VIDEOS section.

And finally, within TIPS, it’s editing, filmmaking, distribution and networking info.

As always, I welcome thoughts, remarks and (healthy) debate in the Comments section below.

I hope you all have an amazing and creative weekend.




Stage 32 has been taking over the Cannes Film Festival! Recognized by the Cannes Film Festival 2015 as a leader in the convergence of entertainment and tech, Stage 32 was featured in the NEXT Pavilion, alongside great companies such as Netflix. On Wednesday Stage 32 Founder and CEO Richard RB Botto and Managing Director Amanda Toney held a panel on crowdsourcing and the importance of using social media as a filmmaker. The panel received rave reviews, and we are thrilled to have Stage 32 represented at one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. Plus, it’s been great meeting our members from all over the world who are in attendance at Cannes! If you missed the Blog announcement with all the details about Stage 32’s participation at the Cannes Film Festival, click here: Stage 32 At Cannes

Last month, the awesome owners of Film Courage came to the Stage 32 offices to interview our CEO, RB Botto. This week’s installment of the interview focuses on the Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding. RB talks about how to build social currency, why relationships are so important, how to engage an audience and why you need to focus on moving a crowd, not an individual, to be successful. To see the interview, click here: Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding

School may be out for summer, but not here at Stage 32! As you may know, education is huge part of what we do here at Stage 32, and we are thrilled to be brining you our Summer Kickoff Series – a plethora of webinars and classes designed to help you make the most of your summer months! Keep your eye on the blog for the official launch and more information.


Thursday May 28th at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Get An Agent And Rock Episodic Season! hosted by Jessica Sitomer, International Entertainment Industry Speaker, Career Coach, and Author, as well as Producer of three TV shows, actress, produced writer and development associate! Episodic season is around the corner, and if you don’t already have an agent or manager, now is the time to strike. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Jessica Sitomer will reveal that, through interviewing agents and having her own representation through the years, there is a strategy for getting agents!
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • What type of client are you?
  • The three ways Agents categorize their clients (you may not like the one you fall under).
  • Three questions an Agent wants to know before taking you on.
  • 4-step strategy for getting an Agent.
  • How to rock episodic season with an in-depth plan.
  • How to meet more people.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Jessica and to sign up, click here: Get An Agent And Rock Episodic Season!

Wednesday June 3rd at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents The Top 10 Dialogue Mistakes Writers Make hosted by Producer and Manager Marilyn R. Atlas, who produced Echoes, A Certain Desire, Real Women Have Curves (HBO) and The Choking Game (Lifetime) and her associate Elizabeth Lopez, VP of Literary Development who together have pitched, shaped, and sold 6 books by new novelists, as well as 2 pilots for ABC & ABC Family! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, hosts Marilyn Atlas and Elizabeth Lopez will walk you what professional dialogue looks and sounds like. They will then guide you through the top 10 biggest dialogue mistakes they see novices and sometimes even experienced writers make. These can happen when writers are stuffing their scenes with overlong conversations as a way of exhaustively framing the characters’ POVs, or as a misguided bid to amp up tension. Death by rambling monologue or page-long scene description is an unkind thing to wish on a reader!
You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • The top 10 most common dialogue mistakes writers make.
  • How to use dialogue to explore your character’s agenda.
  • How to use dialogue to convey your theme.
  • How to properly use subtext in your writing.
  • How to create differentiated, identifiable characters in your script.

To read more about this webinar and to sign up, click here: The Top 10 Dialogue Mistakes Writers Make

Thursday June 4th at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents The "Art" Of Craft Service hosted by 30 year veteran Lauren “Fluff” Lindsay, Key Craft Service on Legends Of The Fall (Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins), Rocky IV (Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren), and Sleepwalkers (Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson)!In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, your host Lauren Lindsay, will walk you through the details specific to managing and executing the job of providing nourishment to a working film crew in full production. In film, television, live theater or video production, Craft Service is a dynamic position which provides tray service around set, and buffet style foods and beverages to the other departments suitable to the environment on any given day or night. Drawing from her vast experience on 82 productions, you will learn all the steps involved from getting hired, and knowing what is expected of you, to being successful working in this department. Her passion for fresh and healthy foods, which promotes a happy and productive crew, has made her famous behind the camera.
You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • How to find out what productions are hiring.
  • A comprehensive overview of the job description and expected duties.
  • How to handle the accounting, script breakdowns, call sheets and petty cash problems.
  • Menu planning - the dos and don'ts.
  • The realities of working on set in Craft Service.
  • Pros and Cons of renting vs. owning your Craft Truck.
  • How to properly set up the Craft Service Table - a hungry crew is an angry crew.
  • Post-production duties.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Lauren and to sign up, click here: The "Art" Of Craft Service

Starting Tuesday May 26th the Stage 32 Happy Writers is thrilled to bring you How To Create An Outstanding TV Drama Pilot hosted by Conrad Sun, TV Literary Manager and Development Executive for Meridian Artists, who has worked in development with companies like Epix, Hasbro Studios, Gran Via Productions (Breaking Bad), New Wave Entertainment and Motion Theory Films! In this 2-week interactive course, you will learn what separates the good dramas from the great ones, and how all the great ones use very simple concepts to compel audiences. From there, you will learn the different functions of dramatic scenes and how to use them to create a sellable free-flowing pilot. Conrad will also breakdown the pilot scripts for Breaking Bad and Fargo so that you can observe how all the concepts learned apply to already successful TV series.
You will leave the class knowing:

  • The concepts used to devise a sellable premise.
  • The different purposes of dramatic scenes.
  • How to construct a dramatic scene.
  • How to create compelling characters.
  • How to scenes come together and create an outstanding pilot.
  • How Breaking Bad and Fargo apply the concepts learned.

To read more about this class, see a video from Conrad detailing what he will cover and to sign up, click here: How To Create An Outstanding TV Drama Pilot







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