Over the past few decades as the media landscape has changed, so have methods for reporting and information gathering. Your Stage 32 Next Level educator, award-winning director, James Kicklighter, has personally learned this while directing his new documentary film, Digital Edition, profiling the digital tools changing media as we know it. In “Deconstructing Oscar-Winning Films: Spotlight, Network & All The President’s Men,” we will evaluate and deconstruct common methods deployed in these three groundbreaking films to tell stories about journalism and media. Through this process, we will identify the successful techniques from these masterpieces for directing and writing movies about the media we consume. While filmmaking isn’t typically thought about as “investigative,” to create a film about journalism and media, it requires extended research that goes beyond writing the fictional screenplay. We will evaluate the preparation process of interviewing industry professionals, utilizing research to inform the written narrative, and how to visually manifest the themes on screen. You will walk away learning techniques to help your directing, writing, acting and producing to help you improve your projects! As an added bonus - ***Get 3 FREE Oscar-Winning Scripts: Spotlight, All The President's Men & Network***
Learn directly from James Kicklighter, a multi-award winning writer/director who is currently developing projects with Richard Saperstein (The Mist, Se7en) and Beau Turpin (Counterpunch) and whose films have been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia! Writers, producers and directors often complain that they can’t get their projects made, usually because the budget is too large. But what if the problem wasn’t the concept, but the way the script approaches the material? Have you had trouble selling your script? Do you constantly hit a wall when writing because you know it's 'too big' or 'too expensive' to make on a small budget? In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar James Kicklighter will teach you how to develop a film that can be made without large budgets and resources. James will arm you with the knowledge to create a scene that shows the narrative arc without telling it. He will also go through simple elements that often drive up budgets, elements that have been forgotten or unconsidered by filmmakers of all experience levels. You will learn how to optimize your script to show and not tell the story with nominal resources, providing valuable guidance for the novice and a refresher for the experienced veteran. You will leave this webinar knowing exactly how to write a producible, low-budget script!
The goal of this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar is to empower filmmakers to confidently navigate domestic distribution contracts. This webinar will teach you the basics of domestic (North American) distribution contracts, what to look out for, what parts of the contract are negotiable (and in some cases are expected to be negotiated), and which parts can really be left alone. We’ll talk about what the distributor wants vs. what you want, and how to accommodate both parties so that the contract is clear, the details are transparent and everyone walks away happy. Filmmakers can really be held back by contracts. If they don’t understand them or are afraid that they are being ripped off, they can end up sitting on them, letting them become inactive and missing their vital release windows. If they sign without negotiating in a “someone likes my movie/ let’s get it out there” state of shock, they can give away rights and accept percentages that lock them up, keeping them from maximizing their film’s potential in the marketplace. Do not fall into either of these traps! Your host, Anna Darrah is very well-versed in dissecting contracts from her 12 years of experience as a Film Buyer and as an Acquisitions Executive, licensing all domestic rights to films. Now, working independently as a consultant helping filmmakers plan out their distribution strategies, she is able to analyze contracts from a very wide range of companies. It’s incredible how each contract is like a snowflake -- totally unique and yet similar in some very important ways.
Learn directly from Jaia Thomas, Entertainment Attorney who specializes in federal copyright registration and licensing as well as film financing, production and distribution! Do you have an idea for a television show but worried about the legal ramifications of sharing the idea with others? Do you have a film script but don’t know how to properly protect it from copyright or infringement? From Avatar to Empire, hundreds of films and television shows have been faced with infringement and idea theft lawsuits over the years. What is idea theft? And what are the best ways screenwriters, television writers and content creators can protect their ideas and scripts? In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Jaia Thomas will provide you with all the legal tools necessary to protect any and every type of script and screenplay. Drawing from her 9+ years of legal experience successfully assisting filmmakers with transactional and intellectual property matters, Jaia will navigate you through the copyright registration process, going step-by-step through the process of registering a script with the United States Copyright Office. Ms. Thomas will also outline some of the key distinctions and misconceptions between registration with the US Copyright Office and the Writers Guild of America. The webinar will also outline some of the key legal precautions writers can take to protect their ideas and scripts during the collaboration and pitching process, as well as provide attendees with a list of technologies available to assist with script protection. You will leave this webinar knowing exactly how to protect your current and future ideas, scripts and projects!
To see a video sample of the class, see below! 3 part class taught by Lee Stobby, Manager and Founder of Lee Stobby Management! One of the most challenging parts as a writer is getting your story, ideas and dialogue into a script that is a respectable length. When you're looking at a completed draft that is facing a rewrite, how do you know what to cut? Many times you may think nothing can go without killing the story, but keeping the length is not always a good thing. A development executive's job role varies day to day and with a constant barrage of responsibility, longer scripts usually end up drowning to the bottom of the "to-read" pile. The truth is that executives sometimes even ask how long a script is before committing to read it. As a writer you will lose the battle if turning a page ends up being a struggle for any industry professional. Which brings up the very important question: what can be cut without sacrificing the heart of the script? Stage 32 Happy Writers is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 3 part class: The Rewrite Process – What Do I Cut? taught by Lee Stobby, literary manager and founder of Lee Stobby Entertainment. Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class.Although Lee is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate!
Learn directly from Bradley Gallo, Chief Creative Officer at Amasia Entertainment, who’s produced The Call starring Halle Berry, Mr. Right starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, Careful What You Wish For and multi-award winning indie darling The Road Within starring Dev Patel and Zoe Kravitz. So you finished your film but don’t know what to do next – sound about right? You are just at the end of post-production and the festivals are quickly approaching. Or your investors are calling and wondering what your plan is to get their money back. They pictured big screens, premieres and a chance to brag to their friends, but you have to find a distributor and get your film out there. What are your next steps? How do you get your film to the screen and which screen? What is the difference between festival circuits, video on demand, and good old theatrical releases? What about representation for your film? Where do you go with this type of film and the talent you have attached? How do you sell this thing?! So many questions! Deciding on how to monetize your project can be very complex. With so many options out there it’s sometimes hard to know what is important and what you can skip. This Stage 32 Next Level Webinar will be your one-stop crash course on how to navigate the marketplace! Your host Bradley Gallo, Chief Creative Officer at Amasia Entertainment (known for The Call, Fear, Inc., Mr. Right, Careful What You Wish For, and the award-winning indie The Road Within) will discuss what options are available for your project once it's complete and help you decide if VOD, theatrical, a festival circuit run or hybrid strategy is best for your film. After giving you the lowdown on options, Bradley will quickly discuss the benefits of each and provide you with a gameplan depending on the path you decide to pursue. Whether you’re selling the film yourself, looking for independent representatives to bring on board, or trying to get into a festival, it’s important to know the steps involved in selling a film, no matter your role in the filmmaking process. Indie films are getting produced and distributed every day! It’s time to learn how to take your film to the marketplace and show it to the world! Your host, Bradley has produced a wide variety of films independently, guided some through the festival markets and sold directly to distributors. He will share his knowledge and real-life experiences exclusively with the Stage 32 community! You will walk away with a sense of the marketplace of today including an overview of how to approach the festival circuit, who should/should not rep your film, how to deal with distributors, VOD vs theatrical and so much more! Here is your blueprint for understanding the process of selling and/or distributing a film in today's marketplace