How to Eliminate Creative Blocks: 6 Steps to Refine Your Creative Process

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Chris Boardman

Webinar hosted by: Chris Boardman

Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominated Composer

Beginning his career in the film, television and recording industries in 1974, Chris Boardman has consistently worked at the top echelon of the entertainment industry receiving an Academy Award nomination for The Color Purple, 6 Emmy Awards, 13 Emmy nominations, ASCAP and BMI film awards and multiple platinum records for his work with iconic artists such as Quincy Jones, David Foster, Steven Speilberg, Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch and Josh Groban. Well known in Hollywood circles as one of a handful of musicians who can literally write anything, Boardman’s credits span both industry and genre. Whether it be conducting David Foster’s World Children’s Day for television, composing the 70’s inspired score for Mel Gibson’s Payback, arranging period dance music for Swing Kids and Meet Joe Black, orchestrating Chaplin for Broadway or releasing and producing solo recordings as an artist, Boardman embraces these challenges with characteristic integrity and passion making him one of the most uniquely versatile and highly respected musicians in the industry. Always looking for new challenges, Boardman is the founder of a successful social media content strategy consulting business, serves on the advisory boards of several technology companies, and is recognized as a new media visionary. Currently Boardman is a professor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami holding the title of Professor in Practice and serves as the director of the Media Writing and Production program. Full Bio »

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"I know of few others who have "been there, done that" as well as Chris has over the years. His willingness to share his experiences with the future generations is a gift that few can give." - Quincy Jones

Learn directly from Chris Boardman, 6 time Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominated composer.

 

Whether you are an actor looking to find the inspiration to perform, a writer looking to develop an authentic idea, or a cinematographer looking to shape your canvas, this webinar will help you get unstuck and into the creative zone for that process. Or, as a filmmaker looking to tell your story or a gaffer looking to light the beauty of the story you are about to shoot, take time to learn from Chris the tools to be effectively in that creative zone. All professions in the creative industry can benefit from this webinar.

The only chance we have to connect with an audience as a storyteller is to be brutally honest and vulnerable. And, during that process sometimes it's hard to stay focused and determine a clear path to get there. All of us in the creative arts deal with these issues.

Those who have sustaining careers learn how to turn on their creative engine at will. It’s not an accident. It’s predictable. It’s practiced. It’s what separates the amateurs from the professionals. It’s time for you to develop your own streamlined creative process and become more productive than ever before.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, 6 time Emmy Award winner Chris Boardman will take you through the 6 steps of unblocking creative roadblocks, understanding your own personal creative process and using it as effectively as you can. You’ll learn why you aren’t as productive as you can be, and how to get yourself unstuck and deliver creative yet consistent results.

No matter how trivial your creative blocks may seem, or how self-conscious you may feel, you are not alone...you are in great company.

What You'll Learn

Learning to Access Your Creativity on Demand

  • What is your creative process
  • How do you access that state?
  • Wasting time
  • Missing the mark
  • What can be done to improve your process

Defining and Understanding Your Purpose

  • Why are you doing this job?
  • How does it fit in your overall plan?
  • How do you get started?

Analyzing the Challenge

  • What are the component parts?
  • Can you execute?
  • In not, what do you need to learn to do?
  • Where do you find help?

Managing Your Time

  • How much time have you been given?
  • Creating a schedule to meet your deadline
  • How much time do you waste?
  • What can be done to keep you on deadline

How to Get Unstuck

  • Understanding self worth
  • The power of your ego
  • Using your analytical skills to review your progress
  • How to identify your biggest enemy and what to do about it

Focusing Your Attention

  • Common dangers you will face
  • Common traps and how to overcome them
  • Steps to help you get to the end!

Growing On Your Own

  • How to take what you've learned today and apply it to your creative process

About Your Instructor

Beginning his career in the film, television and recording industries in 1974, Chris Boardman has consistently worked at the top echelon of the entertainment industry receiving an Academy Award nomination for The Color Purple, 6 Emmy Awards, 13 Emmy nominations, ASCAP and BMI film awards and multiple platinum records for his work with iconic artists such as Quincy Jones, David Foster, Steven Speilberg, Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch and Josh Groban. Well known in Hollywood circles as one of a handful of musicians who can literally write anything, Boardman’s credits span both industry and genre. Whether it be conducting David Foster’s World Children’s Day for television, composing the 70’s inspired score for Mel Gibson’s Payback, arranging period dance music for Swing Kids and Meet Joe Black, orchestrating Chaplin for Broadway or releasing and producing solo recordings as an artist, Boardman embraces these challenges with characteristic integrity and passion making him one of the most uniquely versatile and highly respected musicians in the industry. Always looking for new challenges, Boardman is the founder of a successful social media content strategy consulting business, serves on the advisory boards of several technology companies, and is recognized as a new media visionary. Currently Boardman is a professor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami holding the title of Professor in Practice and serves as the director of the Media Writing and Production program.

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Q: What is the format of a webinar? 
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

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A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.

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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. 

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year! 

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Thank you Chris for an excellent webinar! Such an insightful and inspiring 90mins - I'm so glad I purchased it. Not often do I get the opportunity to hear a discussion, as in-depth, about the creative process, and from someone so experienced and who can articulate it so well. I'm grateful for the tools you've given me.

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If you're a filmmaker, producer or any creative/professional looking to incorporate music into your film & television, advertising or digital project, you'll need to understand the basics steps of how to secure the rights for the music you desire to use. From well known hit songs from major recording artists, to indie bands, to public domain, to original compositions and cover songs of historical and iconic music hits, you need to be armed with all the knowledge of clearing the rights to that music for your project to protect yourself legally and in order for it to play at festivals, screen theatrically, stream on the internet or be released on DVD/VOD.  The memorable song you heard on the internet. You can't get it out of your head. You would so love to use it in your opening credits. Is it available to be used and licensed if you want to screen your film theatrically? What type of rights will you need to obtain if you plan on distributing your project globally? What about that jukebox song your editor temped into the background during one of your bar scenes - is that okay to use? And for how much will the licensing fee be for the rights you need? (You may just be surprised to the upside!) These are just some of the need to know details and nuances you need to know to be sure you can secure the music that can make or break your film, but also protect yourself legally. Anna Grannucci, a Los Angeles-based film producer and Yale School of Drama graduate who has more than a decade of experience working as the Music Supervisor on films such as WHIPLASH (nominated for 5 Academy Awards, winning 3), written and directed by Damian Chazelle, STICKY NOTES starring Ray Liotta, GHOST HOUSE, DIRTY, UZLA, KISS ME and many more. She currently owns song copyrights, and has become a beckoning music publisher which includes controlling the music rights to WHIPLASH. She has also recently collaborated with the Academy Award Winning Italian Maestro Ennio Morricone and his son Andrea Morricone on musical material for film in Rome, Italy. With her vast experience in producing and music, she is the go-to source when it comes to music clearances.    Anna will teach you a variety of valuable information starting with the types of other source music available for film, television, advertising, video games and every other digital media source, which also includes public domain music, royalty free, original composition, and score. You will learn how to gauge what songs are licensable or not for use in your film or project. Once you've chosen your music, you will learn music rights, the clearance process, the difference between festival, theatrical, DVD/VOD and advertising clearances and more!      You will have a clear understanding of how to obtain and clear music to assure the key moments in your project have the feel and sound you desire and make your film's soundtrack a memorable success!      

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