Learn directly from the Director of Development for Ryan Reynolds' Dark Trick Films! Creating an independent film from scratch is daunting, but immensely rewarding, and can be done with any level of resources. Films under $1MM are especially a sweet spot for many independent filmmakers but certainly come with their sets of challenges. Stage 32 is excited to bring in the development executive for Ryan Reynold's production company Dark Trick Films & TV, Blake Goza, who has spent the last 7 years working projects such as Deadpool, Buried, The Change Up and RIPD. Even though Blake works on some of the most popular films & television of today, it's his personal project - a film entitled Escort - which he made independently for under $1MM that fuels his passion for being a creative. With this webinar, Blake will give you a producer’s perspective on building an independently financed movie, from start to finish, for under one million dollars. Using The Escort as a case study, he will walk you through each stage of the independent process: finding a script, packaging talent, determining a budget, acquiring financing, shooting, post production, and ultimately, distribution. Blake will discuss process specifics, like his decision to attach a sales agent in the early stages of development; what financing options he prefers - the benefits and risks of private equity versus foreign pre-sales; what talent he chose to attach first – the argument for finding your director before making offers to actors; and how to build a release strategy for your film that allows for success as you define it – whether your goal is critical acclaim, commercial exposure, or financial reward, begin with the end in mind, and build a platform that allows you to achieve that goal. If you’ve wanted to produce a film outside of the studio system on a responsible budget, then this class if for you!
We are thrilled to bring in veteran producer, director, screenwriter, and actor Zack Ward. Zack began his career with his role as Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story, and has since spent more than three decades acting in over 100 films. All of his years on set have allowed him to learn the elements of making a film inside and out. As a result, over the last several years Zack has gone on to produce 3 films and directed 1 feature film. His film Restoration, which he wrote, directed, acted and produced in is currently available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Hulu, Ubiquity and coming this month on Redbox. This micro-budget film was made for only $75,000, was shot in 14 days - and - here's the kicker - was making money before he ever yelled "ACTION!" Now, exclusively for Stage 32 Next Level Education Zack is going to take you through the processes and procedures he's learned to bring his latest feature film in on time, on budget and profitable.
Learn directly from Joe Russo, Director of Development for Level 1 Entertainment (Rendition, Grandma's Boy) who has helped steer writers' projects through the development process to land on The Young and Hungry List, Hit List and The Black List and sales to the Major Studios and Networks. Joe’s extensive production background includes working on productions for FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Joe Russo will take writers behind the scenes of 2 horror films and one horror pilot. This webinar will be an honest, unapologetic look at the successes and struggles during the writing development process for each case study so you can you learn what to mimic and what to avoid for your own project. You Will Leave the Webinar With: An understanding of how each film and TV project came to be. An understanding of the different strategies used to package each project and how they were introduced to the town. A comprehensive look into the notes process so you can learn what went right and, more importantly, what went wrong. Clear advice on how to apply these lessons to your own script or project. A chance to interact with and ask questions directly to Joe! Your host Joe Russo is the Director of Development for Level 1 Entertainment, where he heads up a slate of feature films and TV programs, working hand-in-hand with several major motion picture studios and television networks such as FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios. He has developed acclaimed projects such as Exorcist Inc and City of Exile, which were both featured on the 2014 Young and Hungry List. . An award-winning filmmaker himself, Joe has been recognized for his “firm grasp of the craft, solid storytelling, and compelling characters” and he is here exclusively for Stage 32 to share his knowledge on the writing development process.
Learn directly from Producer Mitchell Peck, who has produced 3 studio movies with worldwide distribution! Hollywood is a global aspiration. This year, 80+ countries submitted films for Academy Awards consideration. And the number of aspiring screenwriters is growing every year thanks to websites like Stage 32, and others. Tech and resource barriers to entry for filmmakers are being lowered, with DSLR's, iPhones, online distribution, social media, etc. Financing is easier than ever before, thanks to options like Slated, Indiegogo, Kickstarter, etc. Filmmaking is finally a democratic medium. Yet, at the same time, Hollywood remains largely impenetrable -- and opaque -- to outsiders. Literary agencies, production companies and movie studios will not read "unsolicited submissions." Hollywood is an inefficient system; good material falls through the cracks all the time. For 20 years in Hollywood as a movie producer, Producer Mitchell Peck has specialized in identifying material (scripts, books, articles, life-rights, etc.) and aspiring screenwriters from outside the Hollywood system -- and successfully guiding them into Hollywood's best literary agencies, top management-production companies, and major movie studios. (Check out some of Mitchell’s success stories on his website below). Few producers can boast the same track-record of success as Mitchell on behalf of aspiring screenwriters. In this webinar, "Anatomy of a Hollywood Movie Deal: 7 Case Studies of Success with Producer Mitchell Peck” Mitchell will shed light on -- and hopefully demystify -- the process of successfully navigating the Hollywood marketplace by sharing highlights from seven (7) Hollywood movie deals in which he successfully guided aspiring screenwriters to top agency representation, script development deals, and-or produced studio movies with worldwide distribution.
As a television writer, staffing season is a high-intensity, high-stakes time. You not only need to show your chops with your writing talent, but you also need to show what you will be like in a writing room. Many writers are vying for the same spots, so how do you stand out? How do you make an impression in front of the executives and producers hiring? We've brought in Marla White, the former development executive for Emmy-Award Winner Peter Tolan's Fedora Entertainment who has sat in on hundreds of writer meetings from the executive side of the table. She's worked with writers who have sold pitches to Fox, TNT, CBS, NBC and ABC and have been staffed on premium cable dramas. Marla will take you through the thought process of what executives are looking for when you walk in the room. She'll walk you through the difference between a general meeting and a staffing meeting and arm you with all the tools necessary to be "good in the room" for each case. Plus, she'll also talk about "do's and don'ts" and how you can get invited back for the all important pitch meeting. This webinar will be useful for every level of writer, whether you’re just starting out in your writing career as preparation to talk to agents or managers, or if you are a working writer on a show looking to move to a new show and need tips on playing the networking game. You don't want to miss out on learning from one of the industry's top executives!
Learn directly from Bellevue Literary Manager Jeff Portnoy, formerly from Heretic, CAA and Resolution! Whether you’re behind the scenes as a writer, director or cinematographer, or in front of the camera as an actor, being great at what you do is only part of being successful. Knowing and honing your craft is only the FIRST step toward working in the industry or continuing to move into different disciplines in the industry. The second step is impressing managers, agents and executives in meetings, whether they are in person or (in today’s new technological world) online. So, what happens when you finally land that crucial meeting? The one that could take you to the next level? Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is excited to present Capturing "The Room" How to Win in the Crucial Meeting (in person and online) presented by Jeff Portnoy, Literary Manager at Bellevue Productions. Jeff will discuss the dynamics of industry meetings and you will learn valuable tips that can help you stand out from the crowd. From simple things like understanding eye contact to more advanced things, such as some secret pitch tips for the room so you will feel more comfortable, he will discuss all aspects of a typical “meeting”. Jeff has worked with many writers over his career, but this webinar will be geared towards all crafts and apply to multiple disciplines.