Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

A very full slate in this edition of the Weekend Blog. Plenty of content to peruse and discuss.

Under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS this week: Martin Scorsese talks female-centric films; casting directors for Scorsese and other top directors share their secrets; Project Greenlight continues to take its lumps; the EEOC begins interviews in their discrimination probe; Jennifer Lawrence is taken to task on her recent diversity rant; a look at whether Paramount’s early VOD strategy is backfiring; Sony settles with employees over the hacked data scandal; the Relativity bankruptcy situation takes a turn; the Cinematographers Guild taps a new exec director; a new lawsuit involving Actors Equity is filed; Star Wars advanced ticket sales break portions of the interwebs; Yahoo’s venture into TV isn’t working out so well; Italy is finding a filmmaking bedfellow in Cuba; a look at why Louisiana just may be the new L.A.; all sorts of film incentive news; Bruce Willis is dying hard on Broadway and much, much more.

In the VIDEOS section this week, guess what? It’s the new Star Wars trailer! For the two of you who haven’t see it so far, that is. Also, I have the trailer for Joy and a fun look at the profane brilliance of Glengarry Glen Ross.

Under TIPS this week, a little 411 on shooting period piece movies, the rewriting process, how to get creative daily, getting the best sound on set and how to secure the most fitting score for your film.


As always, I invite you to remark and debate any of the content below in the Comments section. Be seen. Be heard!

Have an awesome and creative weekend.




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Stage 32 is heading to the Austin Film Festival! If you'll be in Austin or the surrounding area, join us for our 2nd Annual Stage 32 Screenwriter Soiree at the Austin Film Festival! We invite all our Stage 32 members for a fun night to celebrate the most creative community on the planet. This is a 21 and over event.  Last year's event had hundreds of attendees and was the most talked about event during the Austin Film Festival. This year will be no different! We have some other great events planned with details to come. To read more about the Stage 32 Screenwriter Soiree and RSVP to join, click here: 2nd Annual Stage 32 Screenwriter Soiree at the Austin Film Festival!


Recently Stage 32 was featured as the top story on Variety's website. Needless to say the entire Stage 32 team is quite excited to have our efforts recognized. To see a video from RB and to read the article, click here: Stage 32 Featured in Variety


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


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



Saturday 10/24 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents 8 Audition Prep Secrets To Book More Work hosted by Aaron Marcus, a 30+ year actor who has booked over 1,200 jobs and currently has a recurring role on House Of Cards! In this webinar, you will learn step-by-step what you will want to do as soon as you get the email, text or phone call about the audition. You will learn what types of questions to ask, how to research to prepare for your read, memorization techniques, and more. You will leave this webinar fully prepared to prepare for any audition you face in a manner that will impress every casting director you meet!
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • What questions you need to ask before accepting the audition
  • How and what to research in order to best prepare for your read
  • What you should do as soon as you receive the sides
  • Tips in analyzing the sides
  • Techniques to use to help you memorize your lines
  • Learn to use your nervousness to your advantage
  • Acting techniques to help you practice prior to your audition
  • What to do in the casting directors office before your audition

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Aaron and to register, click here: 8 Audition Prep Secrets To Book More Work


Wednesday 10/28 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Producing Without Borders: International Co-Productions hosted by Brendan Foley, an award-winning Writer-Producer-Director who has made features, TV drama and animation across 11 countries! In this webinar, you will learn about different types of producing partners - creative, financial, public and private. You will also learn when co-producing makes sense for you or your project and when it should be avoided. Brendan will then be joined by two major guests: Ronni Coulter, SVP Business Affairs Sony Animation (previously Sony Pictures and Dreamworks) and top European co-producer Lars Hermann (ex Nordisk, Filmfyn film fund, Copenhagen Film Festival, now with Danish state broadcaster DR).
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • The pros and cons of co-producing.
  • How to understand what each partner wants and what they bring.
  • Working across borders.
  • A breakdown of how to find financing around the world.
  • Co-production budget issues.
  • How to handle cultural and creative differences.
  • A breakdown of the different financial partners available.
  • Negotiating with partners across borders.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Brendan and to register, click here: Producing Without Borders: International Co-Productions


Thursday 11/12 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents How To Finance Your Independent Film & Break Even Before Its Release: Utilizing The Risk Mitigation Model hosted by Jason Mirch, a 10-year film and TV producer and former Head of Feature and Television Development and Production at Image Nation Abu Dhabi (The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion and 100 Foot Journey)! In this webinar, Jason will navigate you through the Risk Mitigation Model of independent film financing, which utilizes foreign pre-sales, soft money, and equity to finance feature film projects. Drawing from his 10 years of experience financing both independent and studio films, Jason will teach you some traditional and non-traditional financing models so you can choose the right model for your specific project and will cover what international sales companies look for when evaluating potential projects and give advice on how to position your projects when pitching to these companies.
You will leave this webinar knowing:

  • How to utilize pre-sales, soft money and equity financing.
  • How to secure financing from a bank (presales, bond, etc)?
  • How to set up an LLC, step-by-step.
  • The elements, attachments, and the supplementary material to include when approaching foreign sales agents
  • The difference between International vs domestic sales (limitations & opportunities).
  • How to limit your P&A exposure while maximizing your reach.
  • Development vs. Production Financing.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Jason and to register, click here: How To Finance Your Independent Film & Break Even Before Its Release: Utilizing The Risk Mitigation Model


Saturday 11/14 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents The Anatomy Of Iconic TV Characters: 7 Ways To Make Your Television Characters Leap Off The Page hosted by Tawnya Bhattacharya, a Writer/Co-Producer on NBC’s The Night Shift who has also written for TNT’s Perception, Lifetime’s The Client List and USA’s Fairly Legal. Tawnya is also the founder of Script Anatomy and has been a writing instructor for nearly 10 years! In this webinar she will teach you how to create memorable characters with drive, characters that provoke emotion and characters that stay with the audience long after they’ve disappeared from the screen. She will show you how to craft compelling and multi-dimensional characters by crafting their backstory, stage of life, flaw, core wound, dilemma and goal as well as how to design dynamic catalyst relationships and polarities, how to a unique world helps you create an interesting character, and how to design meaningful and emotional journeys and character arcs.
You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • What Showrunners look for when hiring a writing staff in regard to character work in sample material.
  • Tips on how to create unforgettable characters like Tony Soprano, Selina Meyer, Sterling Archer, Omar Little and Carrie Mathison – and why these characters are so effective.
  • How to create a relatable stage of life for your character at the beginning of your story.
  • Techniques for creating a compelling backstory including where your character came from and how that affects their worldview.
  • How to create an active flaw that will get your character into situations/trouble and affect others negatively and hence create conflict.
  • Tips on balancing out your character’s flaw with redeemable traits.
  • Common mistakes writes make with setting character goals.
  • Tips to create supporting characters that drive your character further toward their goal.

To read more about this webinar, see a video from Tawnya and to register, click here: The Anatomy Of Iconic TV Characters: 7 Ways To Make Your Television Characters Leap Off The Page
















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