Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the Weekend, everyone, and greetings from (an abnormally) sunny London. We’ve had quite a week thus far here at the Raindance Film Festival. Quite a bit to report on and I will do just that in a blog somewhere down the road. In the meantime, much to get to with the Weekend Blog. Let’s roll…

Under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS this week, I have all the coverage regarding the so-called “sex fiasco” on the set of HBO’s Westworld which has SAG-AFTRA up in arms. I also have a bunch of big name actors, directors and screenwriters speaking to a plethora of timely topics from diversity to streaming to politics to Hollywood’s ever changing paradigms.

Also in that section, Indiewire wonders if there are certain stories that should only be told by black filmmakers; a look at whether you can afford to shoot on film; more on the Relativity bankruptcy; a look back at possibly the worst production company ever; all sorts of Oculus Rift/virtual reality articles; film incentive news; American Psycho heads to Broadway and much, much more.

Under VIDEOS this week, I have a 4K Ultra Documentary shot completely on the iPhone 6S and the trailers for the new Steve McQueen and National Lampoon docs.

In the TIPS section, you’ll find all sorts of information on acting, filmmaking, screenwriting, cinematography and cinema law.

Tons of happenings around the site as well. You can catch up on the latest news, educational offerings, terrific threads and discussions, get-togethers, and all the great things happening with your fellow Stage 32 members under STAGE 32 NEWS, STAGE 32 NEXT LEVEL EDUCATION, POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS, STAGE 32 MEETUPS and STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES.

As always, I welcome remarks and healthy debate on any of the content below in the Comments section.

Hope you all have a wonderful and creative weekend!




We are thrilled to announce our newest feature: IMDb importing to your Stage 32 profile! Many of you have asked for the ability to simply import your IMDB credits to your Stage 32 profile. We listened, and today we're proud to deliver this feature to our talented members. To read more about this new feature and learn how to import your credits directly to your profile, click here: Introducing IMDb Importing


This week we shared some of our most recent Stage 32 Happy Writers success stories. Many of our successful writers were inspired to record a video speaking to how they found success. Others have provided written testimonials. All of them had one thing in common: they put in the work and never gave up or in. To see these success stories, click here: Sharing Some Amazing Stage 32 Success Stories


We've recently uploaded another installment of the Film Courage series with Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto. In this 3-minutue clip you will learn The #1 Reason Why People Fail In Hollywood. RB goes over what is available now (but wasn't available 10 years ago) that helps creatives avoid making this mistake. To see the interview, click here: The #1 Reason Why People Fail In Hollywood


The winners of the 1st Annual Short Film Contest have been covered by leading indiefilm industry site, Indiewire! The article provides comprehensive coverage not only of our filmmakers, but all the other Stage 32 events and happenings coming up at the Raindance Film Festival. We would be most grateful if you would leave some positive comments in the Comments section of the Indiewire article. Thank you in advance! To see the article, click here: Indiewire Highlights Stage 32 Filmmakers


Many of you have asked where you could get Stage 32 gear, and, by popular demand, we are excited to bring you the new Stage 32 store! We have over a dozen items for you to chose from including shirts, hats, totes, notebooks, coffee cups, water bottles and shot glasses (inspired by our fearless leader)! Whether you're heading to class, to the set, to the gym, or simply just lounging around, we have something for all! To see the range of products available, click here: Stage 32 Store



Starting Tuesday 10/6 Stage 32 Next Level Classes is thrilled to bring you a 4-week online Production Coordinator Master Class: Be A Unique & Efficient Production Coordinator hosted by Carol Kravetz, a veteran Production Coordinator, most recently on shows such as Breaking Bad and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia! Using examples from her experience on Breaking Bad and other shows, Carol will teach you how to run your film set from pre-production all the way to the wrap party! With interactive lectures and homework assignments directly geared toward making you a stronger and more competent Production Coordinator, you will leave this class with a comprehensive understanding of how to logistically run your set!
You will leave this class knowing:

  • Carol’s personal list of production Coordinator best practices
  • Tasks you will be expected to perform and how to execute them with precision
  • How to recognize each document you will need in a mound of paperwork
  • How to transition the office from pre-production to shoot to wrap
  • How everything is paid for
  • How to facilitate rentals and purchases for on-set departments
  • Common pitfalls and traps that happen during production so you can avoid them
  • Networking, resume and follow up tips to help you find work and keep working past the wrap party

To read more about this exciting master class, see a video from Carol and to register, click here: Production Coordinator Master Class: Be A Unique & Efficient Production Coordinator


Saturday 10/10 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Writing Horror to Scare Up the Big Bucks: Tips & Tricks For Writing Commercial Horror Features hosted by Scott Stoops, a manger at Benderspink who recently sold a pilot to CBS! In this webinar, Scott will teach you what makes a horror film successful, from developing a marketable and commercial plot, to unique and scary set pieces, to properly structuring and formatting your script to tell the best story possible. You will learn high-level story concepts, tips and tricks to help make your horror script scary and effective, and get an insider perspective on what concepts and types of horror films are currently selling in the marketplace.
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • What makes horror films effective, both in terms of storytelling and in the marketplace.
  • Case studies of successful past films, current films, and predictions for successful future films.
  • Tips and tricks to make your story more grounded and relatable to a wide audience, even when your story is “out there”.
  • What beats a writer needs to hit to deliver.
  • How to make your script as scary as possible.
  • How to employ the classic horror ‘formula’ to make your script as streamlined and effective as possible.
  • How to develop your characters to add to the mood, tone and drama of the script.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Scott and to register, click here: Writing Horror to Scare Up the Big Bucks: Tips & Tricks For Writing Commercial Horror Features


Monday 10/12 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Improving The Actor-Director Relationship: The Art Of Give And Take hosted by Paul Barry, a top Los Angeles-based Australian acting coach with 20 years of worldwide audition, memorization, and on-screen teaching experience (current and former clients are represented by WME, CAA, Paradigm, and UTA, and have secured work with CBS, NBC, ABC, Netflix, Starz, Disney and many others)! This webinar is essential for both actors and directors, and you will leave understanding how to create a clearer, stronger form of communication on set that will allow you to elevate the performance every time. Paul will teach you 3 very specific techniques that will eradicate the guesswork when it comes to the communication process between actors and directors.
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • Habits vs. Choices: the important difference.
  • A common language for actors and directors, regardless of prior technique.
  • Counter-Intuition and why it's essential for on-screen work.
  • How to translate generalized direction into specific actions.
  • Using generalized praise and specific criticism to get desired results.
  • The fundamental differences between physical, vocal, emotional and psychological issues actors face.
  • Confidence building tools.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Paul and to register, click here: Improving The Actor-Director Relationship: The Art Of Give And Take


Wednesday 10/21 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Writing the Cinematic Protagonist: Creating Multi-Dimensional Lead Characters hosted by Tyler Ruggeri, who has worked on both sides of the business, as a Hollywood manager who managed Damien Chazelle, whose film Whiplash was nominated for five Academy Awards, and as a professional screenwriter, most recently selling a script to Maven Pictures! In this webinar, Tyler will focus on studying (and deconstructing) the building blocks of movie protagonists in a straightforward, fun, and easy to digest format. He’ll discuss character in a macro-level approach while zeroing in on recent examples from popular films, and you'll leave knowing how to shape a screenplay that’s fresh and unexpected while remaining accessible to all kinds of viewers.
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • How to externalize your character’s inner feelings and goals to make them relatable to viewers.
  • How to structure your story so we learn more about the protagonist as it goes on.
  • How “rooting for” a character doesn’t mean what you think it does.
  • How an unlikable character can actually be an asset to your script.
  • Tips, shortcuts, and other ways to harness your character.
  • How to write specific characters with universal traits.
  • How to avoid writer’s block.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Tyler and to register, click here: Writing the Cinematic Protagonist: Creating Multi-Dimensional Lead Characters














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