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RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (November 18, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. A short opening today as I head toward Santa Barbara to speak at FestForums. If you’re attending the conference, please do say hello! All the details can be found here. Needless to say, I have a plethora of interesting and diverse content for you to sift through again this week. Look forward to your thoughts in the Comments section below. In the meantime, have a terrific and creative weekend! Cheers! RB

This New Casting Software Will Save You Time, Money and Stress

  sponsored Holding auditions for models and actors is expensive and time consuming. Securing a location, hiring a photographer / videographer, and renting equipment can cost upwards of $1000 for the day – not to mention the time spent actually running the casting, reviewing each image and video, and uploading all of the files to a central location. Those days are over. Our very own Stage 32 member Drew Doyon founded a new platform UpCast, which is an innova…

RB and Tarantino Walk into Santa Barbara

We're thrilled to announce an exciting new relationship for the filmmakers in our Stage 32 community - this weekend we will be in Santa Barbara working with leading festival conference FestForums! FestForums is a NYC and Santa Barbara based interactive conference and networking event for film festivals and filmmakers addressing cutting-edge technology and talent. FestForums brings together festivals and events of all sizes for collaboration and professional developmen…

Advice For Directors On A Film Set

I have worked on film sets over the last three years and still find it incredibly exciting because I have been involved in the preparation. I'd like to share with you some thoughts on four areas relating to directing: Intensity, Imagined Space, Pitfalls, Psychology. Intensity: You have been writing, producing and imagining for a while and by the time you reach the film set, you will be brimming with creativity, which will spill over into the creative space of others. The experience i…

Script to Novel: The 6 Biggest Hurdles to Turning Your Screenplay into a Book

Traditionally published novels have always been a lucrative source of literary properties for the entertainment industry, but, in the last decade more and more self-published books have joined the page-to-screen trend and are responsible for building some of the biggest entertainment franchises, supporting billions of dollars in global box office revenue, (for example, Amanda Brown’s Legally Blond (2001), E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey (2011), Andy Weir’s The Martian…

32 Ways to Grow Your Following on Social Media for Actors And Filmmakers

Building an audience is important for any actor or filmmaker. Every acting job you get, each day on set or piece of content you create is an opportunity to build your audience. In honor of Stage 32, here are 32 ways you can grow your following on social media. 1. Makeover your social media bios! Your bio is a mini advertisement for why someone should like, subscribe or follow you! Tell us what you do, what you stand for and what you love! If you have a YouTube account, your ‘Abou…

2nd Annual November Write Club: We're Halfway There!

We’ve come so far! We have reached the heart, the meat of the matter. We have nearly arrived at the midpoint of our 30-day endeavors. As writers we know “midpoint” is often the moment a protagonist faces a major revelation or reversal and must move forward. And as we soon reach the halfway point of our writing exercise, I can’t help but see a correlation to our own journeys this month. During the first two weeks of November Write Club, we kicked off with much ex…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (November 11, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. It was an inspiring and productive week at the American Film Market. Not only was the energy high, but we had a number of meetings with a variety of industry influencers, film commissions and high level insiders which we believe will ultimately lead to new opportunities for all members of the Stage 32 community. I also had the pleasure of hosting the Producing Studio Films on Independent Budgets panel with Zanne Devine of Miramax, Paul Hanson from Cove…

Comedy Writers! Win a chance to meet with Kevin Hart's company LOL Network

Stage 32’s Happy Writers 2nd Annual Comedy Contest is back by popular demand and we’re searching for original comedy features and original comedy TV pilots and comedy TV specs! Grand Prize Winner meets with Kevin Hart's LOL Network, Paradigm Agency, Vertigo Entertainment, Big Beach Films, and more! 2nd Place Winners meet with industry executives! All finalists will have their loglines presented to 500 working industry executives! 72hr Super-Early Bird Deadline is Nov…

AT&T Entertainment Project | Call for Short Films

  sponsored   Have a great short film and looking for your big break? The AT&T Entertainment Project is an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring filmmakers, both professionals and students. The competition seeks to identify talented storytellers from across the U.S. who want their voices heard.  From the network that brings you critically acclaimed shows such as Kingdom, Rogue, to special events, and groundbreaking documentar…

Women Write Now: Breaking Barriers in Film, TV & The Web

We've got some BIG NEWS! I'm extremely excited to announce that Stage 32 has partnered with the amazing team over at The Writers Guild Foundation! We'll be hosting a number of writer focused special events together that'll be both entertaining and educational for all of our writer friends. And without further ado, here is the first live event: WOMEN WRITE NOW: BREAKING BARRIERS IN FILM, TV AND THE WEB As the landscape of storytelling on film, television and the web evolves a…

Seeking an Agent

I’ve been providing advice here on Stage32 for a couple of years now, but that advice is hard to trace, as it has been individualized regarding several postings I have read in The Lounge. Richard (RB) Botto, Stage32’s founder, had mentioned to me I should put together agent-seeking advice, that I have developed through my own experience, and share that advice in a Guest Blog. The Uninformed Approach So, you’re hard at work, toiling away at your desk in a building of m…