RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (May 13, 2016)

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (May 13, 2016)

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (May 13, 2016)


Let's Celebrate You! Hey there, my Stage 32 fam! I have some very exciting news for you all today. You know, I say this all the time, but we are so lucky to have this incredible platform. I know for many of us, it has jumpstarted our careers and totally transformed our lives. We have immediate access to a world of opportunities at our fingertips, as well as this amazingly supportive community to keep us going forward. Not to mention, the incredibly affordable educational resources. WE know how incredible this platform is... I want the world to know. (Click here for this exciting opportunity!)

Tribeca Film Festival: A Conversation with Acclaimed Writer/Director Andrea Arnold - At the Tribeca Talks series at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, filmmaker Ira Sachs ("Love is Strange") interviewed U.K. writer and director Andrea Arnold whose short film, Wasp, earned an Academy Award. She also received two BAFTA awards and two jury prizes at Cannes, as well as a multitude of festival accolades for her films, "Milk," "Dog," "Red Road," "Fish Tank" and "Wuthering Heights." On television she has directed two episodes of "Transparent." Arnold's latest film, "American Honey" starring Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough (recently acquired by A24) about a crew of teens who sell magazines across the Midwest is her first to be filmed in the U.S. "American Honey" is one of just three films from female directors in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s main competition and one of two from the U.K.about writing, filmmaking, and surrendering. Read all about Andrea’s experiences here!

Stage 32 Recognized as a Leader in the Convergence of Entertainment and Tech at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - It is with great honor that I announce today that Stage 32 has been invited back by the Cannes Film Festival Marché du Film NEXT Pavilion. The NEXT program will feature presentations from game-changers of future cinema such as Netflix and Indiegogo. We will be presenting the opening day panel for the Marché and have a variety of events lined up throughout the festival. See what's in store here!


Loglines: Sell Your Story In A Single Sentence (May 7) Why do so many creatives struggle with coming up with that one-sentence? How do you get better at honing your logline? Stage 32 is here to help you. We have brought in Emmy-award winning producer Lane Shefter Bishop who has sold 30 PROPERTIES in the last 5 years - all from pitching just a logline. Touted as “The Logline Whisperer” Lane Shefter Bishop has the specific tools you need to help you know how to sell what you write! Lane will give you insider information on how you can best position your project to sell your work to agents, editors, publishers and producers. Click here to register!

Crowdfunding Your Indie Film or Creative Project the Right Way (May 24) - We've brought back Indiegogo’s Film/Creative Campaign Strategist John T. Trigonis to revamp his Tao (Way) of crowdfunding to encompass the ever-changing landscape of online fundraising for film and creative projects, and this webinar will provide you with the basics of running a successful and memorable campaign, as well as show those who have crowdfunding some advanced tactics to raise even more, all gently infused by the philosophy that makes Trigonis’s advice work wonders –– Taoism. True success in crowdfunding comes not from a short-lived stint with crowdfunding, but commitment to crafting a memorable community experience. For more information on this Webinar and to register, click here!

Pro Tips For Producing A Winning Short Film (June 6) - This intensive 5-week course, 10+ year industry veteran and head of ImageNation Abu Dhabi Arab Short Film Studio, will give students the tools and techniques necessary to produce a world class short film. Each week will be dedicated to a different aspect of the short filmmaking process, including, concept development and writing of your short, budgeting and scheduling, understanding and drafting production agreements, pro-tips on directing actors, and how to get the most out of the post production process. Students are strongly encouraged to come with ideas for a short film, which will be developed over the course of the 4 weeks, so by the conclusion of the class, the student should have a screenplay ready for production. Click here to register!


Stage 32 Happy Writers Annual Feature Script Contest (Deadline to register is May 18th!)

By immense popular demand, we are thrilled to bring you The 2nd Annual Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Script Contest. We are looking to find the top undiscovered writers and the best feature scripts of 2016. As a result of our history with industry insiders and our global reach, we are able to connect the top writers from around the world to leading executives who can make a difference in their career. We develop and champion the best new writers in Hollywood, and executives across the industry love discovering talent from Stage 32 - click here to see what they say about us. Also, our success stories speak for themselves.

Executive Mentoring Program

Your choice of executive will call you for an hour long private one-on-one call to mentor you and answer any questions you have about your projects, the industry, any everything in between. Not sure which of your ideas to pursue next? Wondering which of your projects has the best chance in the marketplace? Get these questions and more answered from our exclusive list of experienced, hand-selected executives. The executive will mentor you on how to make sure you are positioning your scripts correctly, how to perfect your pitch and story ideas that will give your script a competitive edge. This is your hour, and you can ask the executive any story-related or business strategy question you have to make sure you are heading in the right direction. Executive Mentoring Programs do not come with a script read.

Premium Story Notes Call

The executive of your choice will read your script and have a private 30 minute one-on-one phone call with you to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your script as well propose specific changes you can make to strengthen your project and ensure it is market ready. The executive will go over characterization, dialogue, structure and commerciality. This exclusive service allows you to ask the executive any questions you have to make sure you are clear on what steps to take next in order to find success.





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Richard "RB" Botto

Richard "RB" Botto

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Voice Artist

Richard "RB" Botto has created the online platform and marketplace designed to democratize the entertainment industry, Stage 32. By leveling the playing field for all film, television and digital content creators and professionals worldwide, Stage 32 provides networking and training opportunities as...

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