Learn directly from Steve Desmond, a filmmaker and screenwriter who completed a successful crowdfunding campaign and nearly doubled his initial raise! Steve has also worked on projects with Imagine Entertainment, Dreamworks Animation, The Disney Chanel, Level 1 Entertainment, Blacklight Transmedia, Preferred Film & TV and The Walt Becker Company! You have a great idea for a feature film, documentary, or short film. You’re tired of just writing stuff and want to make your dream project into a reality. But you don’t have the money to do it… Yet. In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, filmmaker and screenwriter Steve Desmond will help you build a killer crowdfunding plan so that you can raise the funds to get your dream project off the ground. Steve recently ran his own campaign to fund his short film on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $16K. He not only hit his goal, but blew by it raising a total of nearly $30K and his film is now in post-production! From his own experience, he’ll teach you how to craft a compelling pitch, build an online audience, and maximize your project’s potential. He’ll also go over the pros and cons of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other major crowdfunding sites, so that you can pick the one that’s best for you. From making your pitch video to writing the perfect funding email to marketing your project across all social networks, this will be a one-stop shop for how to successfully crowdfund your film.
Over the past decade, documentary filmmaking has quickly increased in popularity among audiences and filmmakers alike. Offering the ability to learn a diverse range of topics, to view another culture or become familiar with an unknown aspect of life, documentary films will continue to grow without bounds. If you have an idea for a documentary film but do not know where to start, you are in the right place. This intensive 3-session master class will go over the nuts and bolts of documentary film production. Taught by producer/director Lisa Vangellow (currently working on a documentary film centered on actor James Franco) will share step by step instruction on how to produce a commercially viable documentary film from idea to post-production. Even if you have little to no experience or if you have narrative film experience and are looking to try documentaries, Lisa will guide you towards the goal of completing a documentary film. Lisa will offer her experience from the trenches to help filmmakers over the course of her 3-week class. First, she’ll focus on the selection of subject matter and how to gauge its commercial viability. Lisa will take you through pre-production for a documentary film hitting on areas such as how to create a budget, hire your crew, get financing and explaining why you may want a lawyer to handle the nitty gritty. From there you’ll get an overview of different documentary styles and insight on how to create your story through the use of specific examples. Finally, Lisa will explain how to survive the post-production of your film to bring the entire project together and discuss your options for distribution. Filmmakers will leave with an overall understanding of the documentary filmmaking process, an idea of what makes a good documentary, and how to execute these lessons in the real world.
Learn directly from Producer and Attorney Gary W. Goldstein (Pretty Woman, Under Siege) who has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits, generating well over $1 billion dollars in worldwide revenue, receiving multiple Academy Award nominations, People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and various other awards! There are over 1,094 books on Amazon that show you “how to write a screenplay”… but next-to-nothing on how to actually break in, have a strategy and navigate the single most collaborative and competitive business on earth. The integrity of your scripts and projects and partnerships can make all the difference. Too many projects have been shelved permanently and will never see the light of day because of conflicts, misunderstandings and problems that could easily have been avoided by a simple writing… but few know the right questions that need to be asked and answered and distilled into a simple, clear memo in plain English. What’s the single simple thing you can do to legally incorporate everyone’s input and notes into your script and not worry like everyone else? How do you set up writing partnerships for success and why do so many run into trouble? Have you signed short written memos detailing the specifics of your relationship and understanding with producers and other collaborators? Do you know when it’s ok to agree to work for free or ‘on spec’ and why it’s even more crucial to have a written agreement? When is it not ok to talk business on your own behalf? In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Gary W. Goldstein presents a complete ‘how to’; you’ll learn how to blueprint to create projects, how to build relationships, how to enjoy partnerships and collaboration, all while steering clear of the myriad pitfalls and mistakes suffered by so many professionally younger writers and other creatives. This Webinar is designed to give you a simple framework, tools and tactics to avoid common problems that plague many creators and can permanently sideline projects… problems that are absolutely avoidable. In this info-packed 90-minute on-demand webinar Gary will teach you how to get yourself legally protected so that your project can go off without a hitch! Plus! This webinar includes a 40 page interactive workbook put together by Gary for YOU!
Virtual Reality: The Next Frontier of Filmmaking - You've probably heard this mantra from anyone who's ever picked up a VR headset and they aren't necessarily wrong. New forms of media come along once every couple of decades and VR is the latest form to take shape since the advent of online video. If you're interested in learning what goes into the production of a spherical capture and VR you're in the right place! In this Stage 32 Webinar, Zeke Thomas, an executive producer at Ego 360 (clients include: Legendary Pictures, Nerdist Industries, VidCon, Youtube, Outside TV, and Paramount Pictures) will provide an overview of best practices for shooting a 360 video and spherical capture from concept to execution. He will cover the importance of storytelling in immersive environments, how your location will inform your production workflow, and the best way for consumers to interact with your content. Virtual Reality/spherical capture is a relatively new form of media that is being adopted by consumers at an incredible rate. If you're interested in throwing your hat in the ring, take advantage of Zeke's knowledge to learn about what works and what doesn't for immersive experiences. As an executive producer at Ego 360 and VR your host, Zeke has guided, budgeted, and executed a multitude of projects in immersive storytelling as well as managed client/studio relationships. He has been a filmmaker and storyteller in the digital space since 2007 and continues to produce in both framed and immersive environments.
A Note From Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto: This exclusive Stage 32 Master Class comes from one of my favorite people on the planet, Stephen Follows. Stephen is not only a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and educator, but also a master statistician. In fact, I first became aware of Stephen when I discovered (and found myself lost for hours in) his incredible blog where he chronicles the results of his extensive research into data and statistics related to the film industry. So taken was I by Stephen's work that I sought him out prior to my trip to London for the Raindance Film Festival and requested a meeting. Not only did Stephen accept, but he kept our meeting in spite of a horrible cold, ultimately spending 2 more hours than planned. That's the kind of guy Stephen is. But his mind, as you are about to discover, is another story entirely. I'm thrilled and honored to announce that not only will Stephen be contributing a number of columns for the Stage 32 Blog, but he will be teaching the first ever Stage 32 Master Class in early 2016. Stephen's Master Class will be on crowdfunding, and I promise you it will be the most inclusive, insightful and factual (backed by more stats than you could imagine) class ever taught on the subject. Stephen has analyzed over 50,000 film crowdfunding campaigns -- yes, you read that right -- and is bringing his findings to the Stage 32 community EXCLUSIVELY. Never before has this extensive of research and discovery been taught on crowdfunding for filmmakers. It's an honor to welcome and introduce to you, the incredible Stage 32 community, my friend, Stephen Follows. About the Stage 32 Next Level Master Class - Advanced Crowdfunding For Filmmakers: Launching a crowdfunding campaign is easy – ensuring you actually reach your goal is not. Especially if you need to raise a large amount or you’re competing in a crowded marketplace. Rather than leaving it up to chance, or learning on-the-job, let film data expert Stephen Follows take you through the inside scoop on what works and what doesn’t. Stephen brings his experience of teaching at some of the world’s best film schools, running a leading online video agency and as a film industry data expert. He has crunched the numbers on over 50,000 crowdfunding film campaigns from platforms including Kickstarter and Indiegogo, studied the videos on the top 5,200 film projects, interviewed over 50 filmmakers and people who work at the major crowdfunding companies. Note: This is an advanced course and we expect all students to have a working knowledge of crowdfunding.
Learn directly from Theresa Won, who was recently promoted to Director of Production and Acquisitions at Myriad Pictures (Van Wilder, Oscar-Nominated Margin Call) This is exclusive to Stage 32 and a must-see webinar! The ever-evolving market is finding more and more ways to get movies into production and sold. From finding material, acquiring scripts and projects, attaching talent, getting pre-sales to convert into actual money for your film and getting tax rebates. Getting a movie off the ground is a multi-layered, intricate, complex job. Stage 32 is excited to bring you a webinar taught by Director of Production and Acquisitions of Myriad Pictures, Theresa Won. Myriad Pictures is a leading sales agent/distributor that has been around for over 20 years with over 80 credits including Oscar-nominated Margin Call, Van Wilder, The Good Girl, Being Julia, The Zodiac, Factory Girl and The Education of Charlie Banks. Upcoming credits include Frontera with Eva Longoria, The Legend of Barney Thomson with Emma Thompson and Wonderful Tonight with Amanda Seyfried. Myriad Pictures is one of the most powerful, respected sales agent/distributors in Hollywood. A sales agent and distributor’s job is to find attractive material and presell it domestically and internationally. This presale basically is a territory (i.e. France, Italy, Japan) telling the sales agent that that project will attract X amount of dollars at the box office. A producer can then use a promissory note from that territory and use that towards the budget of the film. The webinar will expand on this and explain the transition from note to actual capital.