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Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

Certainly, the Thanksgiving week didn’t slow down the industry news cycle or the activity on Stage 32. I have plenty of content to get you through to Monday.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and remarks in the Comments section below. And I invite you to share this blog with your social media followings and email lists by using the shiny share buttons to your right.

Have a terrific and creative weekend!




Happy Thanksgiving to the Greatest Community on the Planet

On behalf of the entire Stage 32 team, I'd like to wish all celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving. We're extremely grateful to be connected to all of you and are most thankful for all the inspiration and love you bring to this platform every day. Read the entire blog here!

2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest Finalists Announced

It has been said that the Stage 32 community is the most creative community on Earth, and as evidence by our 2nd Annual Short Film Contest we couldn't agree more! We are in total awe of the incredible talent that shined through this year's contest submissions. Our judges reported to be blown away by the impressive pool of talent from all over the world!

We had a landmark number of submissions and entrants films ranged from dark comedies to supernatural dramas, comedies, stop animation, historical backdrops and everything in between. Proving further that creativity is universal, we had an impressive 48 countries submit films to the contest and there are 13 countries represented in the finals! Click here to read who the finalist are!

On Stage With RB (November 2016) - Special Guests Announced!

Hey Everyone! We are back with the November 2016 edition of On Stage With RB taking place Wednesday, November 30. This monthly online webcast is FREE to our Stage 32 community and will be hosted by our fearless leader, Richard Botto!

Every month, RB goes over tips to best utilize Stage 32 for your networking and education, has on 2 industry guests and opens it up to answer questions from our Stage 32 community about the industry and your craft. That's THREE HOURS of FREE education for you to sink into!


Development: Defining The Producer-Writer Relationship

Some of the common questions asked during the development process are: where do producers look for material? How do you get someone to read your material? What are the differences between the indie film landscape and higher budget film production? Should you shoot a proof-of-concept short for your film? How can you build a collaborative relationship that will allow the best version of the script to end up on film? Should you shoot for the moon and write a $100 million dollar blockbuster or a down and dirty indie that, in a pinch, you could pull off with friends?

In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Class, award-winning producer Shaun O’Banion will take you through all of this and more! Over the course of 2 online sessions you will learn about the process of getting material produced from the producer's perspective. You will also learn about the development process from the mind of an established indie producer who will give you a new set of tools to get your material in top form!

You will learn:

  • Initial Contact
  • Should you really sign up for those websites that claim to get your stuff read?
  • What makes a producer decide to read your material?
  • How to get past the measures designed to keep you on the outside.
  • Repped vs unrepped.
  • How many projects is a producer developing at any one time?
  • How To Write To Get Read. What hooks a producer, development exec or reader and are those things different at different budget levels?
  • Should you go ahead and write your $100 million dollar summer blockbuster?
  • Writing to get it made now.
  • and much much more!

Click here to register and get more information on both sessions!

In order to be successful, building your brand is something that you should ALWAYS be doing. There is never an on & off switch for opportunity. You never know who you are going to meet and where in the film industry.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, entertainment marketing and branding expert Jennifer Winberg (Marketing Strategist for mini and major studios - Disney, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, and Gravitas Ventures) will teach you how to network in order to build your brand.

Your host, Jennifer will use her 10 years of experience to walk you through setting up your film brand online, the tools and resources needed, finding community, and even how to navigate those industry meetups and happy hours.

What you will learn:

What You'll Learn:

  • The Importance of Building Your Network
  • Defining Your Brand to Help You Stand Out in the Industry
  • Website
  • Business Cards
  • Social media
  • Newsletter
  • How to Navigate A Film Networking Event
  • The Importance of Paying It Forward
  • Leveraging Your Current Project To Market The Next
  • Special Guest: Stage 32 CEO/Founder, Richard "RB" Botto!

For a breakdown of the above elements and to register for this On Demand video, click here!


Pitch Opportunities:

  • Kristian Brodie - Founder/Producer, VeryFine  - Saturday, November 26th · 10:30 - 12:10 PM PST - Specializes in all genres of features EXCEPT period, large-scale historical and fantasy.

  • Theo Salter - Assistant to Agents, The Gersh Agency - Saturday, November 26th · 2:30 - 4:10 PM PST Specializes in 1 HR drama and 1/2 HR comedy TV pilots!

  • Dylan Mulick - Producer - Saturday, November 26th · 2:30 - 4:10 PM PST - Specializes in comedy, crime, thriller, and horror TV pilots.

  • Will Raynor - Development Coordinator, Untitled Entertainment aturday, November 26th · 8:30 PM PST Specializes in all genres of features & TV pilots.

HAPPY WRITERS CONSULTING SERVICES - Have you completed your script? Need advice on what to do next? Do you want an executive to review your script and give you feedback? Happy Writers provides consulting services where you can have a Development executive, manager, agent, producer of your choice and give you feedback on your work. If you are interested in these services, click here!





Ted Sarandos And Brian Grazer: Hollywood Is Moving Towards Greater Diversity 

AFI FEST 2016 Award Winners: The Complete List 

‘American Honey,’ ‘Moonlight’ Lead 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations 

Here’s How the Independent Spirit Awards Will Impact the Oscar Race 

The Hollywood Reporter’s Actress Roundtable 

The Hollywood Reporter’s Composer Roundtable 

'Basic Instinct' to "Hollywood Prison": Paul Verhoeven on Sex, His Religious Awakening and New Rape Film 'Elle' 

Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker: Paul Schrader 

10 Actor Contenders on Their Biggest Challenges 

Alan Parker on the Curse of Video Village, Working With DPs, Actors 

DGA & AMPTP Set Date For Start Of New Contract Talks 

Actors’ Equity Pledges Support for SAG-AFTRA’s Video Game Strike 

Women and Minority Cinematographers Still Face Challenges 

Sundance Film Festival: London Sets 2017 Dates


The First Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Silence 

Watch: Red Eyes in Bladerunner 

Watch: Wes Anderson's Windows


5 Morning Habits to Boost Your Productivity All Day Long

12 Takeaways After Making the Microbudget Feature, The Purple Onion 

How to Take a Meeting Like an Old Hollywood Pro, Even as a First-Time Filmmaker 

When Is It OK For Your Script to Use On-the-Nose Dialogue?

5 Strategies to Sustain Your Indie Career 

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