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On Stage With RB (November 2016) - Special Guests Announced!

Hey Everyone! We are back with the November 2016 edition of On Stage With RB taking place Wednesday, November 30. This monthly online webcast is FREE to our Stage 32 community and will be hosted by our fearless leader, Richard Botto! Every month, RB goes over tips to best utilize Stage 32 for your networking and education, has on 2 industry guests and opens it up to answer questions from our Stage 32 community about the industry and your craft. That's THREE HOURS of FREE education…

Award-Winning Director Michael Polish Coming to Stage 32!

We have been working around the clock and I am honored to announce that we are launching our 2nd Masters Of Craft online event for our directors and filmmakers. This time we've brought in award-winning director Michael Polish, who's first film - after his Sundance debut - was called "one of the best films of the year" by Roger Ebert! Michael has gone on to direct 10 more incredible films with cast such as Kate Bosworth, Billy Bob Thornton, Nick Nolte, Winona Ryder, Ed Harris, Virginia Ma…

What I Learned At The Austin Film Festival

I’m not new to the planet, but I am new to the professional writing world, so when my 1st screenplay made the 2nd Rounder list at the 2016 Austin Film Festival, I wasn’t sure whether or not I should go. After all, I have another life—a day job, 3 kids, a Maytag full of their dirty laundry and a standing date for missionary sex with my spouse every other Thursday. How could I ditch all that glam to go to Texas? I polled my friends, my husband and my dogs: they all said g…

10 More Days of Writing! What's Your Routine?

Hello fellow scribes! We're coming up on the final stretch of Stage 32's 2nd Annual November Write Club and today I'd like to talk about routine! It's been twenty days of writing each day, every day and we've got ten more to go! This is the final stretch to get your writing in and keep your habits strong. That's what writing is really about, routine. Every successful writer has a schedule they stick to, and the best make it a daily habit to follow that routine in order to…

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…