Steve is a Chicago native, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a working screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Last year, he sold his thriller spec screenplay with an Academy Award nominated producer attached to it. The script is now out to directors and is slated to shoot later this year. Steve was also recently hired to write a treatment for a mini-series being produced Discovery Networks, Giant Pirates, and Trigger Street. Currently, Steve is writing a new thriller for Davis Entertainment (Chronicle, The Blacklist), inspired by actual events. He is also in post-production on his Twilight Zone-esque short film that he directed, after raising nearly $30K on Kickstarter. His screenplays have appeared on the 2011 and 2013 Hit List, honoring the best spec screenplays of the year, the 2013 Blood List, honoring the best genre screenplays of the year, and he was voted for inclusion on the Young and Hungry Writers List in 2012. Over the years, he’s written or developed projects with Imagine Entertainment, Level 1 Entertainment, Blacklight Transmedia, Preferred Film & TV, The Walt Becker Company, Dreamworks Animation, and (shockingly) The Disney Channel. Steve is represented by APA, The Gotham Group, and Eclipse Law Firm. Full Bio »
Learn directly from Steve Desmond, a filmmaker and screenwriter who completed a successful crowdfunding campaign and nearly doubled his initial raise! Steve has also worked on projects with Imagine Entertainment, Dreamworks Animation, The Disney Chanel, Level 1 Entertainment, Blacklight Transmedia, Preferred Film & TV and The Walt Becker Company!
You have a great idea for a feature film, documentary, or short film. You’re tired of just writing stuff and want to make your dream project into a reality. But you don’t have the money to do it… Yet.
In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, filmmaker and screenwriter Steve Desmond will help you build a killer crowdfunding plan so that you can raise the funds to get your dream project off the ground. Steve recently ran his own campaign to fund his short film on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $16K. He not only hit his goal, but blew by it raising a total of nearly $30K and his film is now in post-production! From his own experience, he’ll teach you how to craft a compelling pitch, build an online audience, and maximize your project’s potential. He’ll also go over the pros and cons of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other major crowdfunding sites, so that you can pick the one that’s best for you.
From making your pitch video to writing the perfect funding email to marketing your project across all social networks, this will be a one-stop shop for how to successfully crowdfund your film.
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"Well presented and streamlined webinar. Informative, helpful and well worth the time spent to attend. Great price/value ratio" - Karynne S.
"Really useful and well presented. Enjoyed it a lot. Thanks Steve!" - Dee C.
"Steve was great I loved the way he presented things and his use of examples was very helpful. I wish I had him on speed dial!" - Rick H.
"I thought he was very insightful and forthcoming with his knowledge. Very genuine" - Terry S.
"Lots of information presented in a fun and charming way. Good examples which illustrated the points made. Thanks!" - Manina L.
"Very nicely presented with perfect timing to get across the information. He was organized and loaded with hands on knowledge. Thanks for a great webinar class experience." - J'hon W.
"Your points were well organized, easy to understand, and you used great examples for everything, which makes a HUGE difference." - Dale L.
"Really enjoyed this. Got a lot of guidance." - Tiffany M.
Learn directly from Steve Desmond, professional screenwriter who has worked on projects with Davis Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment, Treehouse Pictures, and more! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Steve Desmond will help you build your suspense from the ground up. Together, you’ll study some of the masters of psychological thrillers, and he’ll share what he’s learned in the trenches from working with other writers, producers, and executives. From the anatomy of a suspense scene, to how to build compelling characters, to how to hook the reader’s attention early, to the power of murder in a story, all the way to crafting a twist ending that no one sees coming, this will be a fully immersive experience that will leave you excited, inspired and ready to tackle your next project. Steve Desmond is a professional screenwriter represented by APA, The Gotham Group, and Eclipse Law Firm. Recently, Steve sold a thriller screenplay with an Oscar nominated producer attached, and has several other thriller projects in the works with major companies. Steve was also recently hired to write a treatment for a mini-series on infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, being produced Discovery Networks, Giant Pirates, and Trigger Street. Over the years, he’s written or developed projects with Imagine Entertainment, Level 1 Entertainment, Blacklight Transmedia, Preferred Film & TV, The Walt Becker Company, Dreamworks Animation, and (shockingly) The Disney Channel. Steve has repeatedly proved that he knows what it takes to write a great psychological thriller, and he is here to share his knowledge with Stage 32!
Writing is rewriting but that doesn’t just mean dialogue. Scene description is a crucial part of screenwriting, but far too often, it’s not given the attention that it deserves. The reality is, many screenplays are marred by static, wooden scene description. But powerful scene description can help your story to leap off the page and give your screenplay the “pop” it needs. Your scene description is where your writer’s “voice” comes in… And the way you write this prose can make or break your script. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, professional screenwriter Steve Desmond will help you to elevate your descriptive writing to a professional level. He’ll help you to develop the tone of your story right on the page, long before it hits the screen. And he’ll dispel myths and go over how not to write scene description. Whether you’re working on an existing script or getting ready to start a new one, this webinar will help you to unleash your potential in prose writing and make the most out of every word in your screenplay. Your host Steve's latest script, Orb, was recently voted by industry executives as the #1 entry on the annual 2016 BloodList, honoring the top horror/thriller/sci-fi scripts of the year.
You’re a writer who is struggling with crafting believable dialogue. You’re a director looking for the greater meaning in a scene. You’re an actor trying to connect with what a character is feeling. Subtext is the backbone of emotion in any story, regardless of what genre you’re working in. It also helps to separate great scripts from not so great scripts. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, filmmaker Steve Desmond will help you to craft engaging subtext to layer your stories with nuance and emotion. Whether you’re going for laughs, drama, or impending fear, he’ll help you to make your screenplay feel more true to life. For directors or actors working with existing scripts, this webinar will help you to dig deeper below the surface to find the true lifeblood beneath a line. For producers, we’ll discuss tips on how to work with writers to make their subtext come alive. Whether you’re a writer, a director, an actor, or a producer, subtext is a major part of your game and this webinar will help you add an entirely new layer to your projects.
The biggest misconception when looking to get work as a filmmaker, writer, or producer in getting your project green-lit is to go to the most obvious market: the United States and Hollywood. Statistically speaking, however, the international entertainment industry contributes to 70% of the box office in theatrical films and content. On a daily basis there are articles published on top international actors leading American shows, international media companies financing studios and studio producers in the US, and sometimes even news of local international productions making more money than an American studio film (e.g. China). As a 25 year veteran in the film and television industry that fluently speaks several languages, has sold over 30 films, and has made the careers in America for many international filmmakers, I have a lot of information and advice to give you in order to maximize your talent on a global scale. In my webinar, I will teach you how to establish viable relationships in the international marketplace and how to use your English speaking talents to get paid as a director, writer, or author by international companies. Great information. She covered a lot of ground and it was one of the most informative Stage 32 webinars I've attended. Thank you!! - Debbi M. Concise and to the point, great information on international markets, I will apply this knowledge to my debut film's development. - Francisco C. Great advice. I think Alexia really demystified a lot of what's involved, thank you Alexia! - S.J. A lot of great info, but also a new way of thinking, a fresh perspective to help advance my career! Thank you! - John E. Great energy and to the point info. Loved it. - Sebastian T.
Stage 32 Next Level Education is honored to bring in Keith Powell, well known for his role as “Twofer” on NBC’s 30 Rock, and his role as “Wyatt” on HBO’s The Newsroom as one of our acclaimed instructors. Most recently Keith has written, directed and produced his own semi-biographical webseries Keith Broke His Leg for only $500 per episode! Even better – he is bringing all of the knowledge he’s learned developing this series exclusively to the Stage 32 community! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, you will learn the building blocks to create an artistically successful series without stretching your budget. This means that you will walk away with all the tools necessary to help you during pre-production, production, post-production and even distribution. You will even learn how - with the glut of webseries available on the market - you can make a product that stands out above the noise (and there definitely is noise!) Your instructor, Keith Powell, has taken everything he’s learned on high-budget episodic productions (such as 30 Rock and The Newsroom), modified it, and applied it to creating a successful micro-budget web-series without breaking the bank (all while keeping his sanity…well, kind of). Best of all, he’s going to share ALL of his knowledge with you!
In this 5-session online master class, learn from leading producer Jason Mirch, and his special industry guests on how to take an idea for a short film from concept all the way to post-production. Every successful filmmaker has, at some point in their career, written, directed, and/or produced a short film. For filmmakers who are just starting out, a short film is the best calling card to showcase their unique talent and vision. It is important to remember that short filmmaking is different from feature filmmaking, with challenges unique to the process. Even so, producing a short film may seem daunting, but there are several key secrets to getting the most out of your project. This intensive 5-week course will give students the tools and techniques necessary to produce a world class short film. Each week will be dedicated to a different aspect of the short filmmaking process, including, concept development and writing of your short, budgeting and scheduling, understanding and drafting production agreements, pro-tips on directing actors, and how to get the most out of the post production process. You are strongly encouraged to come with ideas for a short film, which will be developed over the course of the 5 weeks, so by the conclusion of the class, you should have a screenplay ready for production! Every week your host, Jason Mirch, will be bringing in special guests to help teach you, including: Christina Snider - Casting Associate, Susan Edelman Casting (Melrose Place, Malcolm in the Middle, Drop Dead Diva, Wonder Years) Michael Carney - Director (Same Kind of Different As Me) Brian Swanson - editor and sound designer Abeer Abu Schmeiss - Marketing Director, Image Nation (He Named Me Malala, Flight,The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)