RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (November 14th, 2014)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.
In this edition of the Weekend Blog, I have a look at minority casting in Hollywood this time in the world of casting extras.  You can find the article listed first under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS.
Also under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, the latest in the Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable Series, this time it’s the screenwriters that get grilled, Quentin Tarantino talks Hateful Eight and retirement, the struggle of being a female cinematographer, Amazon expands their television lineup, Dreamworks and Hasbro do a merger dance, a look at how today’s film auteurs diss their audience, an analysis of Interstellar’s chances on Oscar night, the MPAA launches a new consumer guide, NBC wants a live version of A Few Good Men, the story behind Shark Tank’s rise in the ratings, Bill Pullman, Holly Hunter, Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper take Broadway by storm, and much, much more.
Also under TIPS, I have some cool editing, acting, screenwriting and filmmaking advice.  And under VIDEOS, it’s the latest trailers for The Hobbit, Selma and The Gambler.
Some really awesome posts in the Stage 32 Success Stories section this week.  Prepare to be inspired. 
And speaking of awesome, you guys really picked up your game in the Lounge over the last month.  I have the most Popular and Interesting discussions below.
Finally, I have all the latest and greatest Stage 32 News and all the Stage 32 Meetups happening around the globe!
Feel free to discuss any and all in the Comments section below.
Enjoy, and have a fantastic weekend!


It's that time again. Time for the next installment of On Stage With RB.  We're inviting 1,000 Stage 32 members to join RB LIVE this coming Wednesday 11/19 at 1pm PST.  He'll be covering some of the latest and greatest site features, speaking to members of the community and spending at least 90 minutes answering questions about the industry, your chosen discipline and just about anything else that's on your mind. The intention with these webinars is to inspire, motivate, instruct and educate.  It's a fun, friendly environment where creatives of all talent levels can congregate and any and all questions are welcome. To register for November's On Stage With RB, please click here: November On Stage With RB

This Sunday, November 16 at 5PM PST, our CEO and fearless leader RB will be a guest on the enormously popular Twitter screenwriting chat session, Scriptchat.  RB will be fielding all questions on the craft of screenwriting, managers and agents, and the industry. To find out how to get involved in the discussion, click here: Scriptchat This Sunday with RB

This week, our beloved RB was featured on The Door Post Project Podcast, a highly popular podcast featuring entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry. The podcast was hosted by the talented Stage 32er Duane Barnhart. For an hour Duane and RB discussed RB's background from New York to LA, how he got into the entertainment business, and the evolution of Stage 32.  They went over breaking into the business, lesson learned from past failures, habits of success, recommended resources, top motivational quotes and more. To see what questions RB answers, plus to hear the podcast, click here: The Door Post Project Podcast

This Saturday 11/15 marks the mid-point deadline for our Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Contest.  The winner of the big contest last year was placed at Benderspink and ICM and was eventually placed on ABC’s Black Box. To learn more and to submit, please click here:  Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Contest 

This Saturday 11/15 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents What Happens If They Want Your Script? The Development Process hosted by Joe Russo, Director of Development and Level 1 Entertainment. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Joe Russo will shine a light and give an executive’s opinion and advice on a Hollywood process you’ve all heard of, but probably don’t know nearly enough about – Development. He will go over things such as how to get a script into development, what to expect when a production company shows interest in your script, when you need representation, the development time table, and much more. To see a video from Joe, read more about the webinar, and to register for this webinar, click here: What Happens If They Want Your Script? The Development Process

This Thursday 11/20 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Independent Packaging and Financing: Navigating the Future of the Film Industry in the U.S. hosted by Jake Detharidge, Head of Development and Production at 3311 Productions. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Jake Detharidge will go into detail describing the current market place of independent film financing, how it is shifting, and how to apply that to your specific project. You will learn how and why independent financing, investing, packaging and distribution are the future of feature films in the US, and the world. Jake will cover studio vs. independent financing, reasonable budget levels, what types of financing are currently available, distribution options and much, much more. To see a video from Jake, read more about the webinar, and to register, click here: Independent Packaging and Financing: Navigating the Future of the Film Industry in the U.S.







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