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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
In this challenge, members were asked to write a scene of conflict. Remember that "conflict" does not necessarily mean "a scene where two people fight"! It means a scene in which two characters with opposing points of view attempt to get what they want in the scene. So, what do they each want? What methods do they use in an attempt to get it? Seduction? Deceit? Force? Honesty? Are they successful in their attempts? The possibilities are endless!
Whether it’s epic battles between giant robots, a street fight, or someone chasing after the love of their life at the airport, the vast majority of movies and television use at least a bit of action writing. So we are challenged you to write an original or polish a scene with action, and really focus on making those moments of movement pop!
Flashbacks Make sure your flashback scenes drive the plot forward, are not more dramatic than the present, reveal information about your character or situation, have a specific point of view.
Using the principles learned in the Breakdown Webcast: Breaking the 4th Wall, this month members were challenged to write a short scene in which the character(s) break the fourth wall to drive the plot forward, reveal character and deliver exposition. As part of the webcast, Jason turns the microphone over to the writers to read their projects aloud for the other members in the group.
During this webcast, writers from around the world including Australia, Scotland, Canada, and more, shared their "writer biographies" and talking points. It was an excellent way to get to know one another and find out how to present their backgrounds and career aspirations during a general meeting. In addition to developing the craft, we endeavor to prepare Writers' Room members for the business of film and television. And that means, knowing how to present yourself, as well as your ideas, in a meeting with producers, executives, and filmmakers. Using the "Breakdown Webcast: Breaking down a General Meetings" as a guide, your challenge was to write a short biography on yourself which focuses on the major "talking points" that you would benefit you in a general meeting with a producer, executive, manager or other industry pro. Include a bit on your personal and professional background, the genres you write, your screenwriting accomplishments (such as awards, accommodations, accolades), your goals for your writing career (features? TV? Both?), and what makes your point of view so unique in an crowded market!
They say not to speak ill of the dead. What about when the dead speak ill of you? We challenged you to deftly write a 3 page scene conveying the nuances of character reactions to getting called out for being exactly who they are, but wish they weren't.