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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
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!
Can you tell your whole story in just six sentences? This month, we're challenging you to use Pixar's dead-simple approach to outlining to breakdown your story or help you come up with something completely new!
One of the common complaints with scripts is on-the-nose writing. This month, we're challenging you to convey a series of emotions without using the actual words (or synonyms - no cheating!).
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.
A great story starts with great characters and every great character starts with a great introduction. We challenged you to create or rewrite a scene where a major character is introduced.
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.