It's Introduce Yourself Weekend at Stage 32! Head over to the Introduce Yourself section of the Stage 32 Lounge and let everyone know who you are, what you're working on, your dreams and aspirations. And be sure to peruse other member's threads. You never know when you're going to make a connection that changes your life!
Richard “RB” Botto founded Stage 32.com (called “LinkedIn meets Lynda for film creatives” by Forbes) in 2011 by inviting 100 of his industry friends to join the community. Seven years later, with over 500,000 members and over 1,000 hours of online film education taught by over 500 industry executives, Stage 32 is the largest online platform connecting & educating film professionals and content creators worldwide. RB is a working actor, producer and screenwriter. The films he has produced have played at dozens of festivals including Sundance, Raindance and Cannes. His screenplay, “The End Game,” is currently in development at Covert Media. RB is also the author of the groundbreaking and best-selling Focal Press/Routledge book – The American Film Market Presents: Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd. Full Bio »
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.
Learn directly from Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom (Short Term 12, Louder Than Bombs, It Follows, Friends With Kids)! Film festivals. They are one of the best ways to network, market your film, get feedback from judges and audiences, and most importantly, get your work seen. Even better, winning awards at festivals can help you gain major recognition and momentum as a filmmaker. But, if you haven’t submitted a film or attended a festival before, it can be a daunting task to try to get your film into a major festival such as Sundance or South by Southwest. What festival do you choose? How do you submit your film? What happens once you make it into the festival? How soon should you be booking accommodation? Questions like these often prohibit filmmakers from entering the ever-important film festivals. But fear not – we’re here to give you a breakdown of the process of getting your film into a major festival, what to expect once you’re there, and how to give yourself the best chance of making a good impression. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom will guide you through the navigation of getting your film into a major festival. Amanda spent years heading up production and development at NYC production shingle Animal Kingdom. Having co-produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s film Short Term 12, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW 2013, as well as shepherding over 7 films into major festivals, Amanda knows the ins and outs of what it takes to get into a major film festival and what to do once you’re there.
You’ve spent months, maybe even years, preparing your movie and shooting it, but then what? The next step is distribution, but what does distribution mean in today’s world of video on demand and what does it mean to deliver your film to this ever expanding VOD realm? In this Stage 32 webinar, host Zahida Kazar, Operations Manager at independent film distributor Gravitas Ventures, will provide you with a greater understanding of the VOD space, how to prep your film for delivery, why delivery is so important to the bottom line, and what to expect when your movie is released. She works with independent filmmakers every day facilitating the delivery of their film to the various online platforms and cable operators. Zahida will help walk you through the steps of film delivery, from getting your movie and trailer files to an encoding lab for quality control, creating closed captioning and subtitles, the movie poster and artwork, and what happens when your movie gets to the marketplace. Whether you have yet to shoot a movie, are in production, or looking into distribution, this information will help prepare you for that final step in the filmmaking process.
3-part previously recorded online class taught by Regina Lee, Producer and Former Studio Executive who’s developed and/or supervised movies and TV shows set up at Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, New Regency Productions, New Line Cinema, Summit Entertainment, MRC Film, HBO Series, Starz, CBS, The CW, Sony TV, and Paramount TV! As you break into writing professionally, the one thing you’ll always need to do is to hook your reader from the get-go, within the first 5 pages of your project. Whether you’re submitting your script to a screenwriting contest, a manager, an agent, a non-writing producer, a series showrunner/producer, a financier, a star, or a director, you have to get through your reader’s initial skepticism and earn every single page that is read. In fact, first impressions are cemented when reading page 1. And that goes for all scripts, whether you’re a beginner trying to place in your first contest, or you’re a professional, with scripts sold to major studios and networks. It’s a challenge that never goes away. Stage 32 is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 3 part class: How To Hook Your Reader In Only 5 Pages, taught by producer and former studio executive Regina Lee! In this class, Regina covers what executives are looking for, the typical paradigms for a script’s opening, what an opening must deliver, and how you can give executives what they want to see. You will leave this class with a solid understanding of how to get your reader hooked in only 5 pages or less! Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class. Although Regina is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate. Testimonials: "Thanks for a wonderful class! Your efforts have been amazing." -Heather F. "Great class, very helpful and useful information." -John R. "Thank you for a great class filled with valuable info. I think the way you delivered the info seemed fresh and insightful. A few different slants to the way I see the same material made a difference. The point about ‘clean writing’ really resonated with me. I appreciate your ‘personal’ content in what to expect, your encouragement, etc. Thank you so very much." -Lynne L. "I've just watched the recording in the UK and I have to say the content was brilliant! I learnt so much in that 2 hours, especially knowing you are the real deal. It makes the information so much more valuable to me." -David E. "It was a great educational experience taking your class!" -Heather P. "Regina offers great insight, [this class] instantly made me a better writer.” - David L. "I just re-wrote my first five pages based on this class and Regina's incredibly insightful feedback, and wow! What a difference it made. This class is a "must take" Stage 32'ers!" - Shari F.
Learn directly from Jon Sperry, one of the most experienced dialect coaches in America who has coached such actors as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rodrigo Santoro, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, Russell Crowe, Matt Dillon and Harvey Keitel! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, you will take your acting to the next level by learning how to accurately speak with American and British accents. You will also learn the common regional variations, so you can have a well-rounded comprehension of the accent and play any role that requires an accent from either country. Utilizing exceptional instruction from a world renowned Acting and Voice coach, this webinar will help you begin to learn to speak like a native British or American citizen, no matter your natural accent or dialect! You will leave the webinar knowing: How to reduce or eliminate your natural accent or dialect. How to hear the difference between characteristic American and British sounds. What regional accent differences exist and how to mimic them. How to decipher a person’s origin by their accent and how to apply that to your acting. An introduction to speaking like a native of both countries. You will also have recorded exercises to help you practice on your own time! Your host Jon Sperry is one of the top dialect and voice coaches in America. Jon has trained and/or coached many hundreds of actors of all levels, including such actors as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rodrigo Santoro, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, Gael Garcia Bernal, Julie Delpy, Liam Neeson, Juliette Lewis, Famke Janssen, Matt Dillon, Minnie Driver, Russell Crowe, Sophia Loren, Debbie Reynolds, Giancarlo Giannini, John Turturro, Geena Davis, Melanie Griffith, Thomas Kretschmann, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has enjoyed a long collaboration with Harvey Keitel on 15 films, including The Piano, Bugsy, Reservoir Dogs, The Bad Lieutenant, and Thelma and Louise. He has coached films made by Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Campion, Ridley Scott, Theo Angelopoulos, Barry Levinson, Andy Davis, Robert Rodriguez, Roland Joffé and Quentin Tarantino, to name a few. Jon is an expert in his field and he is here exclusively for Stage 32 to help you with your accent training!
Learn directly from Bellevue Literary Manager Jeff Portnoy, formerly from Heretic, CAA and Resolution! Jeff is a leading spec-script seller in the industry with recent press on Deadline here and here. Whether you’re behind the scenes as a writer, director or cinematographer, or in front of the camera as an actor, being great at what you do is only part of being successful. Knowing and honing your craft is only the FIRST step toward working in the industry or continuing to move into different disciplines in the industry. The second step is impressing managers, agents and executives in meetings, whether they are in person or (in today’s new technological world) online. So, what happens when you finally land that crucial meeting? The one that could take you to the next level? Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is excited to present General Meeting Etiquette (in person and online) presented by Jeff Portnoy, Literary Manager at Bellevue Productions. Jeff will discuss the dynamics of industry meetings and you will learn valuable tips that can help you stand out from the crowd. From simple things like understanding eye contact to more advanced things, such as some secret pitch tips for the room so you will feel more comfortable, he will discuss all aspects of a typical “meeting”. Jeff has worked with many writers over his career, but this webinar will be geared towards all crafts and apply to multiple disciplines.