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Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32. He started his creative career as an actor in New York and moved into screenwriting and producing upon moving to Los Angeles. On the screenwriting side, he is represented by David Greenblatt of Greenlit Creative. A film based on his script, THE END GAME, is currently in development at Covert Media.As a producer, he's worked on such films as the Sundance favorite (and Best Screenplay winner) ANOTHER HAPPY DAY written and directed by Sam Levinson starring Ellen Barkin, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore & Thomas Hayden Church, the documentary CRUTCH, the road trip thriller WHAT LIES AHEAD starring Rumer Willis and Emma Dumont and the upcoming RAIN-BEAU'S END starring Ed Asner and Sean Young, plus and a variety of short films.He is the the author of CROWDSOURCING FOR FILMMAKERS: INDIE FILM AND THE POWER OF THE CROWD, the very first book on film crowdsourcing, published by Focal Press/Routledge under the American Film Market (AFM) Presents banner. It's available in print and e-book and available for free on Audible. He has been a teacher, mentor, moderator and panelist at such festivals, conferences and institutions as Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, SXSW, Raindance, AFM, PGA, WGA, Columbia, Harvard and more on the subjects of filmmaking, producing, screenwriting, independent film, entrepreneurship, business, social media, marketing, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. Prior to launching Stage 32, he was the founder, publisher and editor of RAZOR Magazine, a national men's lifestyle magazine which had a readership of 1.5 million at its peak. He was also a sports radio host on a variety of programs on ESPN and Fox affiliates. Additionally, he has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, and other news and entertainment outlets speaking on the film and tech industries. Oh, and he was once named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors (no lie). Full Bio »
If you're ready to break through some of your most challenging writing issues, this is the webcast for you.
Participants talked about their most challenging writing issues, and what they can do to overcome them and move forward with a great script.
The Write Now Challenge
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For this challenge, members were asked to use The Breakdown Webcast: Writing Theme as a guide to look at one (or more) of their feature or television scripts and identify the themes. During the webcast, participants read their responses and discussed the ways in which they arrived at their themes. We also discussed ways in which they can do more to illuminate their themes.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Write Now Challenge Webcast: The Gang's All Here! In this challenge - using the Breakdown Webcast: Writing Ensembles members were asked to assemble their own ensemble for a story. They simply had to consider which type of ensemble group they would like to have (The "Fan Club" Ensemble (Harry Potter), The "Gang" Ensemble (Avengers, Ocean's 11), The "Vast" Ensemble ("Game of Thrones")) and then decide which narrative they would like to put them in (Tandem Narrative (Parenthood, Love, Actually), Multiple Protagonist Narrative aka "The Gang's All Here", or the Double Journey Narrative (The Departed)). Members came up with some fantastic ideas for ensemble stories!
How can you write to make the complex understandable? How can you describe a set piece that is both inventive and relatable? That is the goal for this month's Write Now Challenge!
When your characters each have their own voice, you should be able to tell them apart by their dialogue alone. We challenged you to write a scene removing all character names and descriptions so that each character is distinguishable by their dialogue alone.
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Write Now Challenge: Your Cover Letter with Special Guest Host Literary Manager Audrey Knox of The Cartel! Last year, Audrey signed a writer she met through a Stage 32 Script Service consultation. The writer's Feature project - CRUSHED - was produced by The Cartel and will premiere on Tubi.
Most Execs will toss a script if they aren't hooked in the first 5 pages. We challenged you to create or polish a teaser or opening sequence that builds a world, characters, and plot that leave us begging to read more!