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Topher Rhys-Lawrence is a Creative Executive at Atlas Entertainment, one of the entertainment industry’s premier film and television production companies. In this position, he is involved in the packaging, production and development of projects for both Atlas Entertainment and Atlas Independent. He also serves as the publicity and marketing liaison for the company. Topher was promoted to Creative Executive in January 2014. He began his tenure at Atlas Entertainment in July 2011 as assistant to producer Charles Roven, Founder of Atlas. While assisting Mr. Roven, Topher had the privilege of working on a variety of films in development and production, such as: The Dark Knight Rises Man of Steel American Hustle (nominated for 10 Academy Awards ® and winner of 3 Golden Globes ® including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical) Topher began his entertainment career at Creative Artists Agency in 2009 providing creative and administrative support to multiple departments and eventually working for Emanuel Nunez in Film Finance. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, he studied at University of California – Irvine where he double majored in Economics and International Studies, graduating in 2008. Full Bio »
Every day a creative executive has dozens of scripts on his or her desk from agents, clients and colleagues. It is their job to find and uncover great talent to bring into the marketplace. If a creative executive is interested in a writer 100% of the time they will ask for more writing samples, so what exactly does that mean and how should you be prepared?
We have brought in Topher Rhys-Lawrence, a creative executive for Atlas Entertainment, a production and management company, which works on a variety of budgeted films such as 12 Monkeys, Get Smart, American Hustle, Batman vs. Superman and more. Part of Topher's job is to find the best writers for scripts on all types of projects… and within that comes a need for writing samples. In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar Topher will go over what it means when a creative executive is interested in you as a writer, why your writing samples are important and give examples of types of samples you should have in your arsenal.
What you will learn:
Part 1: Understanding the landscape as as writer
Part 2: Types of Writing Samples
We will go over each of these various types of writing samples in detail. You will be armed with a clear understanding of what each sample should look like and how a CE uses this in his or her role:
There is no hotter market right now than television. More content is being ordered than ever before. And with streaming networks such as Netflix planning to have 50% original content in their libraries within the next few years, the demand for quality television scripts, products and minds isn't going away anytime soon. But what makes a television show work? What elements are networks, premium channels and streaming platforms looking for? How do you navigate what has quickly become a very crowded market? By learning from the best, of course. Stage 32 is beyond proud to introduce a new, timely, important and exclusive Masters of Craft webinar: Writing & Producing Compelling Television in Today’s Market. Your teacher is 20+ year television veteran, the one and only David Weddle. Over his prolific career, David has been an award winning producer on some of the most famous shows of all time (Battlestar Galactica, CSI, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, The Twilight Zone). Currently, David is an Executive Producer and Writer for The Strain – the highly acclaimed television series created by writer/director Guillermo del Toro, based on his series of best-selling novels, co-written with Chuck Hogan. David is working alongside one of the most famous and in demand showrunners in the business, Carlton Cuse (showrunner for Lost, Bates Motel, Colony and the upcoming Amazon Studios' show Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski). As an added bonus, in this exclusive worldwide online event Stage 32’s very own CEO, Richard Botto, a writer and producer himself, will sit down with David and discuss the ins and outs of TV. David will take you into the world and processes of creating quality, compelling television. He will get in depth on how shows get bought and made – from writing to budgeting to casting. In short, you will gain pertinent, usable knowledge and information on writing and producing for TV. Further, we will have an extensive Q&A session where you can ask David any questions you have. This is masterful information brought to you by a master of his craft!
Learn directly from Patrick Raymond, a development executive at Mandalay Pictures which sold biopic Birth Of a Nation at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for a record-breaking $17.5 million! Stage 32's "Deconstructing the Script" series has emerged as one of the most helpful ways to learn and improve your own screenwriting skills. By breaking down some of the top scripts in the marketplace, this exclusive series shows you choices screenwriters make in plot, dialogue, pacing, tone, world and description that will help inform your own writing. Even better - Stage 32 brings in working creative and development executives to break down each script - from their own perspective - so you can better understand how executives see writing and develop projects. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Deconstructing The Script: Oscar-Nominated Straight Outta Compton, we have brought in Patrick Raymond, Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures, as your host to break down the script for this Oscar-nominated biopic. Recently Patrick's production company sold biopic Birth of a Nation at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for a record breaking $17.5 million! Even though Straight Outta Compton is a biopic, the structure, themes and world-building is applicable to any narrative feature screenwriting. In this 90-minute online webinar Patrick will work through the script, identifying the key elements, characters, and plot points that make this more than just a biopic but also a statement, keeping the tone and voice consistent throughout as it relates to the subject matter. He will identify specific scenes that support the themes and identify not just specific plot points, but also highlight relevancy for the modern audience/culture. You will be able to see margin notes and specific script examples from Straight Outta Compton to learn how and why choices were made. As a development executive in Hollywood, Patrick has a plethora of experience reading and developing various musical biopics. Straight Outta Compton is one of Patrick's favorite scripts from 2015 and "...from a story and script level, stands as one of the best." Find out why by registering for this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar.
So, you’re a writer with a great script. You want to get signed! You want to get it sold! Heck, you just want it to be read! This is where you learn what the studios/producers/agents look for in a script, so you can address those points before anyone even takes a look. You will be miles ahead of the screenwriting pack by knowing IN ADVANCE how they evaluate a script. Or you’re a writer/producer. The #1 job of any producer is knowing how to identify material, and how to make that material BETTER. This is where you will learn how to break that script down, and build it back up. Or you’re a director. It is your duty to look at a piece of material (yours or someone else’s) and know how to improve all aspects of it – from story to character to conflict. Or, you’re an actor reading a screenplay. You like the part, but something’s missing. The story needs work. You want to shine, and it’s up to YOU to give notes on that character and that story. But you don’t know how to express to the director/producer what you innately feel. This is where you will learn how to analyze the script, and communicate what you think to make your role pop. This workshop is for anyone looking to break into the industry, or anyone already deep into it who wants a better grasp of story. Story is king in entertainment – now and always – and knowing what makes a good story and how to improve upon one, is vital.
Since 2006, Bobby Reed has amassed 62 IMDB credits! 62! For this exclusive Next Level Webinar, Bobby shares his secrets for getting noticed and remaining in the minds of casting directors and producers! Come join Bobby Reed in an info-packed session about today's marketing for the modern artist, hear promotional techniques you may not have thought of, and get your questions answered about how and why to take charge of your own acting future. You and only you make it happen. The solution to your actor promotional questions is looking at you in the mirror: you are the boss, you will not be discovered sitting in the drug store. Bobby will show you some hot ways to get your career moving, and keep it that way. He's done if for himself; just check out his IMDb page. Come share his tips and tricks on how to promote your acting career each and every day (that's seven days a week, not five!). Well timed for the approaching new year, eh, when all your creative juices are flowing nicely? This will be your fresh start formula.
EXCLUSIVE ON STAGE 32! What can we say about Jim Uhls? We all know he's a legend in the business. Not only is he the acclaimed screenwriter of the brilliant classic, Fight Club, as well as Jumper and the upcoming Shane Black directed, The Destroyer, but he's also one of the nicest human beings on the planet. And now he's here exclusively on Stage 32 for a Masters of Craft Class. It takes a special person to be a screenwriter. It takes a lion's heart as well as patience and perseverance. Through a meticulous step-by-step presentation, Jim is going to show you how you can find ideas, bring them to maturity, bring unparalleled depth to your characters, write by seeing the trailer in your mind, and much, much more, all designed to give you the skills to produce the best material possible and to assure it's attractive to producers, investors, managers, agents and talent. Most of all Jim is going to show you how to channel the passion and remove the cynicism and blocks that were not present when you first started. Our CEO, Richard "RB" Botto, a screenwriter himself, says, "I've never quite met anyone like Jim. His skills are undeniable and revered in the business. But it's his approach, his consistency, his way in to the material and the characters and his ability to see the entire landscape in a clear, calm matter that sets him apart. He's a true original and an inspiration to so many including yours truly. I've learned so much from him." This is a masterclass you will not want to miss. Jim will leave you laughing, full of energy and ready to write.
As we always say at Stage 32, perfecting your craft is only half of your job - the other half is networking! So, how do you meet the right people to move the needle on your career when you don't know anyone? We've brought in industry veteran Jessica Sitomer, who has over 20 years in the industry as a development executive, producer of 3 TV shows, writer and career coach for the Cinematographers Guild. Through the years she has perfected the art of networking - helping creatives grow their networks from one to two people to hundreds. When she moved to Los Angeles, she knew two people and one of them moved the day after she got to LA. She made it her mission to learn how to survive and thrive in the creative industry. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar Jessica will go over the eight concrete strategies for breaking in when you don't know anyone and will offer plenty of tips for successful networking. There are exercises and actionable information you can use to help you start connecting and thriving!