Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

Diversity in the industry is again at the forefront this week. Now the Feds are involved. Yep, you heard me. Yet, there’s proof that female driven films are doing well at the box office, so why aren’t more being made? Well, Variety suggests it all starts with the men in power. You getting all this? Don’t worry, you can find all of these articles under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS.

Other items in that section include Kristin Dunst championing television for true creatives; an awesome interview of cinematography great, Roger Deakins, by the Dude himself; the incredible saga of Steve Jobs, speaking of sagas, more Relativity news; why Martin Scorsese is embracing “Benjamin Button” technology; David Croenenberg blasts the Weinsteins; Woody Allen embraces digital; composer John Williams scores a big prize; SAG-AFTRA makes some moves; a look at 8 shows scientifically proven to make you smarter; an A Chorus Line tell-all and much, much more.

Under VIDEOS, I have an awesome look at Pixar storytelling, a video essay on the tragedy of Chinatown, and the trailers for Jaws 19 (stay with me) and Vinyl.

In the TIPS category, it’s screenwriting, filmmaking, film marketing, auditioning and producing tricks and info.

For all the latest happening around the site, be sure to check out STAGE 32 NEWS.

If you desire more content along with the hottest conversations on your chosen craft, head down to POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS.

If you’re in the mood to further hone your craft, check out our latest Next Level Education offerings under STAGE 32 EDUCATION.

Need some inspiration? STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES is where you want to be.

And finally, if you’re looking to take your networking to the streets, check out STAGE 32 MEETUPS.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and healthy debate on any of the content listed below in the Comments section!

I hope you all have a fantastic and creative weekend.




Stage 32 was featured as the top story on Variety's website this past Saturday. 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


The September 2015 edition of the On Stage With RB webcast is now available to watch on-demand for FREE! This broadcast was a smashing success jam-packed with over 3 hours of information and 2 exciting guest interviews from Paul Barry, an LA-based Australian actor, director, writer and acting teacher, whose clients are repped by CAA, UTA, Abrams Artists Agency, The Gersh Agency, ICM Partners, Paradigm and more, and Scott Stoops, a manager at Benderspink who recently sold a pilot to CBS and was instrumental in signing the comic book publisher Aspen Comics. To watch the free on-demand broadcast of On Stage with RB, click here: September 2015 Edition of On Stage With RB


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


Last 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


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



This 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


Starting Wednesday 10/21 Stage 32 Next Level Education is thrilled to bring you our first ever Advanced Screenwriting 10 Week Working Writers Lab - Advanced Plot Construction Technique! This lab is taught by Jeff Kitchen, who has taught his three-step process, Sequence, Proposition, Plot, to development executives from all the major Hollywood studios—and they consistently say it’s the most advanced development tool in the film industry. Now, for the first time anywhere, Jeff is doing a high-intensity training program on this remarkable tool, an exclusive for Stage 32! This course is created for seasoned writers and development executives; Beginners are absolutely welcome, but please be aware this will be high-impact and fast paced.
In this lab you will learn:

  • The detailed mechanics of how to work with reverse cause and effect and sophisticated conflict structuring.
  • How to use Sequence, Proposition, Plot to systematically build out each of the acts.
  • How to turn a fairly developed idea into a structured outline that gradually knits all your story elements into a coherent script.
  • How to take all the energy that goes into rewrites and engineer your script properly before you write it.
  • How to create a remarkably solid working draft of your story.

To read more about this lab, see a video from Jeff and to register, click here: Advanced Screenwriting 10 Week Working Writers Lab - Advanced Plot Construction Technique


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


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 CardsIn 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














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