Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

Things are as exciting as ever. I'm still traveling internationally on business and even though Cannes is over, the meetings aren't. I'll have some cool things to announce shortly so make sure to stay tuned.

We're running our first ever Instagram contest to find out how you live a #stage32life and to showcase some of the fantastic success stories that have resulted from creatives using Stage 32. You can read more of what’s going on in and around the network under STAGE 32 NEWS below.

Our Director of Education and Marketing, Shannon Stegall, has lined up an amazing group of instructors to teach on a wide array of 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 a list of the 'winners' from Cannes; why this was the worst Memorial Day Weekend at the box-office since 2001; how Tomorrowland exposed Hollywood's originality problem; 7 new Netflix shows for you to start binge watching; why scientists are laughing at San Andreas; Google and GoPro are coming out with a virtual reality camera; NPR's Serial is coming back for seasons 2 and 3; a guide on how to properly use a boom mic; Jaws is returning to theaters for its 40th anniversary and much, much more.

I also have a look at the first 8 minutes of Sony's Aloha, the first full teaser for the emotional Amy Winehouse film and the trailer for Johnny Depp in Black Mass to name a few. You can find these and more in the VIDEOS section.

And finally, within TIPS, it’s acting, screenwriting, directing, filmmaking 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.




Introducing our brand new, first ever Instagram contest: How Do You Live A Stage 32 Life? 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?


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 Servicehosted 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

Saturday June 6th at 11am PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents The Casting Process: How To Create A Great Ensemble Cast For Your Film hosted by Jordan Bass, Casting Director and partner in bass/casting, a bicoastal casting company with feature film and television credits including New Line Cinema's Annabelle, Starz' Spartacus pilot, Lionsgate's The Last Exorcism, and HBO's newest Project Greenlight among others! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Jordan Bass will breakdown the steps in the general casting process so you have a full comprehension of casting, from script to screen. He will focus primarily on the approach to independent film, and will share his advice on how to best tackle the "puzzle" that is creating a great ensemble cast.
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • A general understanding of the basic casting process from first read to final locked class.
  • How to dissect a script.
  • The most effective tips to writing a character breakdown.
  • A general understanding of the audition process.
  • The most common pitfalls actors make during auditions
  • Tips for creating a great working ensemble.

To read more about this webinar and to sign up, click here:The Casting Process: How To Create A Great Ensemble Cast For Your Film

Thursday June 17th at 1pm PDT Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents The Indie Guide to Costuming the Cast: Enhancing Your Film Stitch By StitchEnhancing Your Film Stitch By Stitch hosted 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 4th Stage 32 is thrilled to bring you our new 2 week online course How To Build A Career As A Creative Executive hosted by Melissa Daykin Cassill, VP of State Street Pictures (Faster, Beauty Shop, Barbershop, Notorious, Nothing Like The Holidays)! This class is going to cover the different ways someone can become a development executive either at a studio like Miramax or Fox, or at a Production Company like State Street. You will learn what the job is like day-to-day, what an executive is expected to accomplish and ways tasks can be accomplished, and what the different titles from Creative Exec to President actually mean. You will also learn how to actually get the job: What should you major in? Where should you intern? What sort of assistant jobs should you take? Do you have to be an assistant in the first place?
The objectives of this course are:

  • To learn the various paths one can take to get a job as a development executive either at a studio or a production company.
  • To professionally prepare those who want to enter into the position by arming them with insights and knowledge that would take years to acquire otherwise.

To read more about this class and to sign up to participate, click here: How To Build A Career As A Creative Executive














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