RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (November 28th, 2014)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Welcome to the weekend, everyone.
It may be a holiday weekend here in the states, but that doesn’t mean we’re not bringing the content.  Let’s get right to it, shall we?
Some articles that caught my eye this week:  The Wrap lists the 19 biggest box-office bombs and bummers of 2014, the independent spirit awards were announced (alright Birdman!), a couple of fantastic pieces on director Mike Nichols including a look at his 7 best film scenes, Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper may have Oscar challenges that go beyond what’s on the screen, the female Oscar race is wide open, a look at the most powerful authors in Hollywood, the new Star Wars trailer debuts this weekend, Netflix makes more waves in the original content game, Rent goes to the land of Castro, and much, much more.
Plus, under TIPS, I have documentary filmmaking, screenwriting, film finance and mobile app advice and suggestions.
Under VIDEOS it’s 3 new trailers.  Does Jennifer Anniston truly deserve Oscar consideration for Cake?  Watch the vid and see for yourself.
It was another great week for many members of the Stage 32 community.  Get inspired by perusing the STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES section.
And finally, I have all the latest and greatest STAGE 32 NEWS, POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS, and all the STAGE 32 MEETUPS happening around the globe.
Sit back, loosen the waistband and enjoy the material.  As always, I welcome remarks on any of the content in the Comments section below.
Have a fabulous weekend!
It's Black Friday here on Stage 32! Everything site-wide is 20% off! If you've had your eye on a webinar, class, coverage, contest or pitching session, now is the time to make it a reality. Just enter promo code BLACK14 upon checkout!  Click here for more details:  20% Off All Education, Pitching, Coverage, and More!

For the last many years, MovieMaker has been publishing their annual Indie-Friendly Business List: 25 Companies You Should Know.  We're thrilled to announce that Stage 32 has made the list for 2014. 
We're honored to be alongside some great companies and organizations on the list this year including SAG-indie, RED, Sony Creative Software, Blackmagic Design, LA Center Studios, Final Draft and more.  Our extreme gratitude to Founder/Editor Timothy Rhys and his entire hard-working staff for the consideration and the listing. To see the entire list and all the other magnificent features and resources on MovieMaker's terrific website, please click here:  Indie Friendly Business List 2014

Starting next Wednesday 12/3, the Stage 32 Happy Writers is excited to bring you How To Write A 1 Hour TV Pilot And Position It To Sell In Today's Market, a three week class taught by Steve Iwayn, a literary manager from Gotahm Group who recenly sold his client's series, Scorpion, to CBS! Steve will go over the "whys" and "hows" of writing a TV pilot, what executives are looking for and what to focus on when you are trying to break in.  To see a video from Steve, read more about the class and to sign up, click here: How To Write A 1 Hour TV Pilot

Saturday 12/13 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents A Line Producer's Guide To Making A Movie In 10 Steps hosted by award winning Line Producer Maura Anderson (Winter’s Bone, Suit Up, Would You Rather). In this Next Level Webinar, Maura will take an in depth look at all the steps a line producer takes from script stage to years after the film is made. Using materials from actual films, she will cover scheduling, budgeting, building a team, setting up a film's infrastructure and much, much more. To read more about the webinar and to register, click here: A Line Producer's Guide To Making A Movie in 10 Steps

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