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

Greetings from the Cannes Film Festival! Deep in the planning for our panels, parties and meetups, not to mention a full slate of meetings on the agenda, so no big opening this week. But, fear not! I’ve still collected a wide and varied list of news and information for you to enjoy this weekend. As always, I welcome discussion and debate on any of the content below in the Comments section! Bonjour! RB

Radio Film School Podcast Interview: Film History, Provocative Filmmaking, Tarantino, Social Media, & More!

Today, we have something extra special for all our Stage 32 members! Below is the uncut interview that our CEO, RB did with Ron Dawson from the podcast, Radio Film School. They cover such topics as ethics, film history, provocative filmmaking, Tarantino, social media, whether or not Citizen Kane holds up, fan filmmaking, and much more. It's over an hour of filmmaking inspiration! You can listen to the podcast below, or click here to download the MP3. If you like what you hear, be sure …

Oscars and Film Industry Webcast Now Available for FREE!

Now this is a fun watch! Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto and Indie Film Hustle podcast host, Alex Ferrari, got together last week to broadcast a LIVE 2-hour Oscars and Film Industry webcast breaking down and analyzing the upcoming awards! Now, it's available for you to watch on-demand! From diversity to the industry standards to snubs to shoe-ins and possible upsets, this is one fun and exciting webcast. Click below to see who the gents are picking to rule Oscar night! &nbs…

How Can You Network Better? Our Fearless Leader on 'Acting Up Radio'

No Weekend Blog this week as RB attends to Stage 32 and personal business at the Sundance Film Festival. Should be noted, the Stage 32 panels have been incredibly well received. We'll be posting clips over the coming weeks! In the meantime, we wanted to bring you a recent interview RB did for the radio show Acting Up Radio hosted by Will Roberts. In this interview RB goes over when he was producing the Sundance Award-Winning film, Another Happy Day, how that helped spur the idea of Stag…

Know Your Material & Know Your Market - On Stage With RB Now Available!

Today we are excited to announce that the January 2016 edition of the On Stage With RB online broadcast is now available to watch on-demand! This advice-packed 3 hour session has been widely considered one of the best On Stage With RB broadcasts! In this webacst RB had on 2 incredible industry guests: Up first was Daniel Kendrick, manager and development executive at Chatrone (Robot Chicken, Spongebob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Lego Movie) who talked about Chatro…

Should A Screenwriter Spend Money On A Contest or Coverage?

When considering your options with a script you've written (or even one that you are producing) it's important to consider all avenues for its exposure to development, including contests and coverage. Today our Founder & CEO, RB, goes over why it is important that you know the keys to each. In this 5-minute clip (which is part of his Film Courage interview series), RB goes over the #1 one most important criteria to consider when entering a screenwriting contest. In addition, gives 3…

Actors Anonymous Podcast (VIDEO ADDED)

Hey guys.   Right before the holiday, we posted a link to the Actor's Anonymous podcast. Many of you wrote in wondering where the video podcast was available. Well, we rushed into things a bit unaware that the video had not yet been made live. But, now it has, and we're happy to say that you can not only listen to the podcast, but watch it as well! (Note: Recorded from my office!)   Enjoy!   RB

The Development & Marketing Landscape - On Stage With RB Now Available!

The 19th edition of the On Stage With RB online webcast was over 3 hours long…and it included a Santa hat and some incredible industry guests!   To watch the December 2015 On Stage With RB, click here!   Up first was filmmaker Jon Reiss who is an expert on marketing and distribution. RB and Jon go over how the distribution landscape has changed over the years. They then go over how to identify and engage your audience. They also take time to go over the various distr…

Get Your Hustle On - Your Indie Film Hustle!

Our Fearless Leader was a guest on the extremely popular indiefilm podcast, Indie Film Hustle, hosted by filmmaker (and Stage 32 member) Alex Ferrari.  This was one lively show.  RB and Alex covered a ton of ground on a variety of indie film topics.  We ask that you not only listen, but spread the love by sharing the show on social media!  Thanks in advance! Here's a description of the show from the man himself, Alex Ferrari: Blueprint to Make it in the Film Busines…

Protecting Your Ideas, High-Concept Films & Everything In Between

The November 2015 edition of On Stage With RB was a 3-hour affair and now it's available to watch for FREE on-demand! Joining RB was Jaia Thomas, leading entertainment attorney who assists clients with transactional and intellectual property matters. She regularly counsels filmmakers and producers on all aspects of film financing, production and distribution, with an expertise in copyright protection and how it affects the television, film, and new media industries. She also regularly as…

Creatives Need To Know Producers Are Looking At Their Social Media

You can tell a lot about a person the way he or she handles themselves online.  Today our Founder & CEO, RB, goes over why it is so important that you "complete the circle" of who you are online on social media. He talks about how it is a key place for producers and employers to look at who you are and why you should put your best foot forward.  In this 7-minute clip (which is part of his Film Courage interview series), RB goes over why you shouldn't do anything online tha…

Stay Focused and Motivated - On Stage With RB Now Available!

The October 2015 edition of On Stage With RB was almost 3 hours jam-packed with incredible tips and advice! Up first RB interviewed Jeff Kitchen. Jeff Kitchen has been one of the top screenwriting teachers in the film industry for twenty years, and is a sought-after script consultant. He worked as a dramaturg and taught playwriting in New York theater, and is the author of Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting. Jeff has taught development executives from all the …

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