With over 14 years of professional experience in the film and commercial industry, Won Novalis is an award-winning editor of feature films, TV, commercial, documentary, and short film projects. With past experience as DIT, data manager, post-production supervisor, assistant editor, and editor, in addition to an MFA in Screenwriting almost completed, Won brings versatility to his work as an editor and storyteller. Won has worked for commercial clients GE, Microsoft Bing, Johannes Leonardo, Razor Fish, the United Way, Goodwill, Delta, the American Advertising Federation, and more. He is also a co-owner and founder of the production company CRY (based in NYC), working with clients all over the US. He is also a co-producer of the podcast Filmmakers in Advertising. Full Bio »
Award-winning editor Won Novalis shows you the massive creative and financial benefits of working with your editor early, that he's learned working with big-name clients including GE, United Way, Microsoft Bing, and more.
Your film's editor is one of the few positions making key creative decisions on your project.
However, many productions don’t hire or bring in editors until after the footage is shot. Including an editor early and understanding what they offer gives you new insights, saves you time and money, and ultimately results in a superior product, giving you the competitive edge.
Large-scale studio projects understand the critical value of consulting with their post-production teams as early as the storyboarding process. Doing so strengthens the narrative and saves time as the editors get to work during principal photography.
Whether you’re a producer, director, or editor, this exclusive Stage 32 webinar will show you what editors do and the fantastic benefits of working with your editor early on, including:
Walking you through understanding this impactful role is award-winning editor Won Novalis. He is the co-owner and founder of the production company Cry, where he works with clients all over the US. Won brings incredible versatility to his work as an editor and storyteller, and has worked for commercial clients GE, Microsoft Bing, Johannes Leonardo, Razor Fish, the United Way, Goodwill, and Delta, among others.
By the end of this webinar, you’ll understand how lower-budget and independent projects can benefit from an editor’s fresh perspective and great skills, ultimately creating a better project overall.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS EDUCATION FROM WON:
"I've cried so many times over long editing days. Nova is so smart and passionate, and gives the best feedback on edits that I know I'll never have those same issues again!" - Jack K.
What Exactly Does an Editor Do?
How Editors Read Your Script
Editing the Movie Before It’s Made
Benefits of Editing During Principal Photography
Approaching the Main Editorial Phase
Visual and audio materials including real-world examples will be referenced and used by the instructor.
Q&A with Won
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A NEW EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR Learn How To Improve, Fix and Perfect Your Film In The Edit Room From An Award-Winning Editor Real-world case studies of visual and audio materials examples will be referenced and used by Won! No matter how well your shoot goes, there’s a high probability that when you go to piece the footage together in the edit room, you’ll find yourself wishing you had gotten more takes, more angles, another line read, and simply more elements than what you have. But there is usually no way to go back and reshoot what you now feel you need. This is a where it becomes vital to have an editor who knows how to work with the footage you have, and employ the many tricks of the trade at their fingertips, to edit together the great story you want to tell. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll learn why the phrase “fix it in post” is commonly used in Hollywood as you learn editing tricks, visual hacks, and simple effects that can solve numerous problems in post-production. The edit room is a new chance to perfect your story so in this essential webinar you’ll also cover how use these techniques to strengthen the overall story as you and your editor take on the role of post-production “writer,” “translator,” and “technician” while editing your project. Taking you through these need-to-know editing tips and tricks is Won Novalis. With 15 years of experience in screenwriting and editing in feature films, commercials, and short form, the awarding-winning editor leads his team at the production company, Cry, to deliver the quality polish of a big post-house at a fraction of the cost. He’s worked with numerous major companies, including commercial clients GE and United Way. Won is a fast-paced, meticulous editor who envisions the end goal and uses feeling and intuition to craft stories to their final stage. Whether you’re an editor looking to improve your craft or you’re a filmmaker looking for solutions for your project, you'll leave this webinar armed with many tricks of the trade that you can start implementing today. PRAISE FOR WON'S PREVIOUS STAGE 32 EDUCATION: "I've cried so many times over long editing days. Novalis is so smart and passionate, and gives the best feedback on edits that I know I'll never have those same issues again!" -Jack K.
Get Your Scripted Narrative Film Editing Certification Exclusively Through Stage 32 Keeping you on the cutting-edge of the entertainment industry because we are the global online resource for creative professionals. Payment plans available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details Ready to master your craft? Learn the principles of storytelling through an editor’s eyes with advanced editing techniques, often overlooked by even the most accomplished film editors. Stage 32’s online Scripted Narrative Film Editing certification is perfect for those beginning their journey and working professionals alike to boost their command of film editing while getting hands-on practice throughout our online certification. When choosing the best film editing training, you want the best showing you how to enter the professional market with confidence, and Stage 32 is making that happen for you. A Script Narrative Film Editing Certification from Stage 32 can help you expand your post-production career. In this 14-session course over four months, you will learn insider techniques for setting up your Adobe Premiere Pro workspace for your skills and needs, positioning you to best show your scripted narrative skills from the very first cut. This certification digs into essential and often overlooked editing techniques, organization, principles of scripted narrative, how to work with director and producers on live edits, and how to apply these techniques to projects of every budget. You will receive direct feedback on weekly assignments, receive templates and handouts for future use, and have the opportunity in and outside of the course to ask your instructor questions to ensure you walk away confident in your mastery of scripted narrative film editing. Stage 32 is the worldwide leader in entertainment industry education and is a marketplace that connects creators with content producers. After you finish your certification, you will earn an exclusive Stage 32 Certificate, and Stage 32 will provide you resources to help take your new skills into the professional marketplace, including a career development meeting with an industry professional. Get certified from a leading industry expert. With 15 years of experience in screenwriting and editing in feature films, commercials, and short form, Won Novalis is a master at honing the scripted narrative film edit. The awarding-winning editor leads his team at the production company, Cry, to deliver the quality polish of a big post-house at a fraction of the cost. Won is a fast-paced, meticulous editor who envisions the end goal and uses feeling and intuition to craft stories to their final stage. With his effective, customized workflows and open vulnerability, Won creates a final product that never fails to deliver. Won is experienced in editing film, television, commercials, and short films, working with such commercial clients as GE, United Way, and others. And he continues to master his craft as a storyteller as he earned an MFA in Screenwriting. He is also a co-owner, founder, and Head of Production at the New York-based, CRY, working with clients all over the US. Ready to take the next step? This exclusive certification was designed for your success by entertainment industry professionals. Exclusively through Stage 32 for less than $100 a week, you will become a certified scripted narrative film editor with the tools needed to enter the professional market. PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 certification course is limited to 10 people and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good. "Won is a mix of tech and creativity. Being able to work with an editor who is not only technically proficient but also understands the nuances of telling the story through the edit is invaluable. Won is all of that and more." - Tracy J. Trost, Writer/Director
You’ve heard that the opening pages of your pilot script are the most important – hook your audience early and they’ll be invested in your show, fall short and producers, managers and executives might not even finish reading your script. At many companies, your script will be handed off to a member of the development team whose job is to just read the first act, then decide whether to pass or flag your script for further consideration. Having a great first act isn’t just a good way to get your pilot noticed; it might be the only way. When you watch a pilot, though, whether on Netflix, HBO or ABC, it can feel like every show is so different, it’s hard to see a pathway to success. Or even if you master one aspect of your opening act, somehow it can still feel like you’ve not done enough. In a TV pilot, that crucial first act is the most challenging because there is so much you have to do really well, really quickly: you have to introduce your characters, set up your world, and launch your story. What’s more, the first act sets your pilot on solid footing – nail this section and the rest of the pilot seems to develop and flow easily. Get stuck on how to start, and you might never finish writing the pilot that could launch your career. You’ve probably watched outstanding pilots where 10-15 minutes in you’re already making plans to binge the season. What do all those pilots have in common? What techniques do experienced show creators use to give them that early edge? And what exactly do producers, managers development execs and other professionals expect to see in a first act? We have the answers to those questions and much more. Anna Henry is a Producer and Development Executive who has worked at CBS, ABC, Nickelodeon, and multiple production companies, as well as a manager at Andrea Simon Entertainment. Her clients have worked on shows such as THE DEUCE, POWER, IN CONTEMPT, TOMMY, VIDA, SEVEN SECONDS, HUNG, CHICAGO FIRE, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, THIS IS US, and THE FLASH, and have set up projects at AMC, Amazon, Starz, HBO, Sony, Fox, EOne, ITV America, OddLot Entertainment, Corus, and others. Anna has projects currently in development around the world and is incredibly familiar with what goes into a great television pilot. Anna will analyze pilots more deeply so you can see the tools successful writers use to set their show on the right path from the start. She’ll discuss the ingredients of a pilot in general, including the basic structure, identifying the type or genre of your show, meta-themes, and crafting characters to serve as the audience's entry point. Anna will then delve into the key elements of a first act, as well as a great teaser or cold open, including using framing devices, and a strong out. She will go over tips to writing memorable character descriptions, using physical descriptions, elements of identity, and putting thought into how you name each character. She'll next focus on introduction scenes and using them to generate interest in your characters, using dialogue to establish their voices, and introducing relationships. A vital aspect of a pilot's first act is creating character moments, and Anna will go over effective examples of many different types of these moments, including meeting heroes, meeting villains, meeting supporting characters, establishing the right amount of backstory, and the benefits of having your characters argue. She will then discuss how to create exposition and communicate your world effectively, crafting a mystery and building the rules of your universe, as well as how to avoid overused crutches. Anna will then offer her take on implementing and incorporating tone and themes into the script and how to sneak them in subtly through details and character moments. She will finally lay out how to best use your first act to bring the audience into your story and world, where exactly your story should start, and how to launch your 'A' story and introduce your 'B' and 'C' stories. Examples will be used from one-hour and half-hour shows on network, cable and streaming platforms, PLUS! you will receive pilots for each after the class: THIS IS US - NBC ONE DAY AT A TIME - Netflix / Pop MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL - Amazon ATLANTA - FX KILLING EVE - AMC THE EXPANSE - Syfy / Amazon Praise for Anna's Stage 32 webinar: "The webinar was fantastic. I am writing my first one hour drama pilot so this webinar was packed with the exact information that I will be immediately putting to use in my rewrite. The slides were clear, concise and informative. The speaker was excellent at conveying the information I needed." -Bobby C. "It was really great information. Anna was a terrific host, very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information and tips." -Marla H. "Comprehensive, insightful. Combined a lot of material I had heard snippets of on character, world dev, etc. but artfully stitched together in one presentation." -James F. "It was amazing, enlightening - completely. I learned soooo much - especially as a feature writer who's been asked to turn a feature script into a pilot!! Thank you soooooo much." -Kristin G.
Free webcast exclusively for Stage 32 members with Ivory Coast/American actor Bambadjan Bamba (BLACK PANTHER, SUICIDE SQUAD, THE GOOD PLACE) - bring your questions! No matter who you are or where you’re from, the journey to becoming a full-time and successful actor in America is a difficult one. Yet if you’re from a different country and are contemplating moving to America, or if you’ve already moved here and are dealing with one of a variety of immigration statuses, your path is that much harder. You have to figure out how to legally live in America with this profession and work with studios and networks when payment might be more complicated than for actors that are American citizens. And that’s on top of the everyday struggle of finding and landing roles, which can also be harder if you do not have an American accent. There is no question that there are serious obstacles to overcome as an immigrant actor, but it’s still a path that can be achieved, and has been achieved many times before. For as much emphasis that is often put on the sheer luck of breaking through as an actor and finding success, there is another element that is often underemphasized, which is the strategy and planning necessary for actors to build their career. Luck certainly can play a part, but these lucky breaks are much more likely to come to actors who do the work ahead of time to have a game plan and can better put themselves in the right place and the right time Whether fair or not, this goes double for immigrant actors and actors planning on moving to America. There is a large amount of strategy and planning necessary to find success, including how to get a visa, find sponsorship, get representation, use support networks and initiatives available to you and building your career piece by piece. It can be overwhelming, but the good news is you never have to be alone in this journey. There are communities and organizations that offer support as well as fellow immigrant actors who have gone down the path you’re on and can give you tips and strategies to help you achieve your dreams. Bambadjan Bamba is an award-winning actor, filmmaker, and activist from the Ivory Coast who has worked in prominent roles on numerous hit television shows like THE GOOD PLACE and GREY’S ANATOMY, and in blockbuster films like BLACK PANTHER and SUICIDE SQUAD. He was recently featured in Will Smith’s Netflix series AMEND: THE FIGHT FOR AMERICA. His writing has been published in Variety, the Washington Post, NBC, and CNN to name a few, and he is a contributor in the New York Times bestseller "American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures" by award winning actress America Ferrera. In 2017 Bambadjan publicly disclosed that he was a recipient of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) that is in danger of being terminated. Ever since, Bambadjan has used his inspirational story to advocate for immigrant rights. Bambadjan is also the recipient of the Courageous Advocate Award from the ACLU and the Courageous Luminary award from the National Immigration Law Center. In this free Stage 32 webcast, Bambadjan will give you some insight of how to strategically prepare for your move, maneuver around common obstacles that international actors face, and find your community and representation to give yourself the best shot to be successful. He’ll first explain the pros and cons of moving to America to pursue acting as well as when the right time to move is. He’ll then go through the legal roads you can pursue and how to navigate different immigration statuses you may have. Bambadjan will lay out different organizations and initiatives that you can take advantage of as you get started and will give you advice on how to find representation and sponsors from abroad and how to work legally as an undocumented immigrant. He will also lay out how to work even if you do not have an American accent, as well as how to work on improving your American accent. Finally, Bambadjan will give you tips and strategies on dealing with the emotional challenges associated with being an immigrant. In partnership with The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
As creatives, we tend to focus on the writing, the directing, the creative producing, basically all the creating aspects of a film or television series. But it’s important to understand what happens after a film is released or TV series is aired. All those big box office numbers sound great, but who gets all that money and in what order? Who gets paid and in what order is called the “recoupment schedule” also known as “the waterfall.” It’s important to understand this schedule, so that you know your place in the waterfall. Some people may find the recoupment schedule confusing, because there are several factors and various agreements that go into determining the order of recoupment. Those includes sales agency agreements, co-production agreements, finance agreements, talent agreements, interparty agreements, security agreements, and collection account management agreements. Plus there’s the consideration of domestic and international revenue, and what gets allocated through the waterfall. But if your head is already spinning, fret not. With the right guidance, all of this will make much more sense and David Zannoni is the best at breaking this down. David Zannoni is an international business specialist for Fintage House in the US, Europe, Canada and Latin America territories. Fintage House, the world's most respected company for revenue and rights protection for industry professionals and companies. David negotiates agreements for films and television series and is involved in business development and relationship management globally on hundreds of productions. David is continuously present to make deals and speak at international film markets, festivals and conferences, including: the Cannes Film Festival, the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, the American Film Market (AFM), Ventana Sur, the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM), and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and travels regularly to the United States, the Netherlands, Europe, and all over Latin America. David is going to help you understand the ins and outs of a recoupment schedule and how to make sure you are on top of your finances for your own project. He will first go into what exactly a recoupment schedule looks like and what kind of projects they are normally used for. He will delve into the agreements that recoupment schedule is based on. He will also go into how the payments are executed, how to determine the order of payments, and which funds you should be allocating. You’ll walk away with a solid foundation and understanding of “the waterfall” and where you may fall in the waterfall.
Spain attracts filmmakers from all over the world and has, especially, for the last decade, because of its popularity as a country for film production. Movies like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II and FAST AND FURIOUS, as well as the series GAME OF THRONES and THE WITCHER, are just a few examples of productions shot in and around Spain. Not only is it brimming with talented actors and crew members, but the countryside alone is a candy store for creatives looking for beautiful locations and backdrops. Thanks to equally attractive tax incentives, a strong distribution base, and the presence of HBO and Netflix in the country, Spain is now on the map as an international film production hub. If filming abroad has been on your mind, producing in Spain may be more cost effective than you initially thought. But if you’re not familiar with the production territory, tax incentives, or how to go about preparing for a production in a foreign country, you could be missing out on collaborative opportunities that can take your film further both financially and globally. Navigating requirements, rebates, and the foreign market can be intimidating. But international film production doesn’t have to be overwhelming when you have the right information at your fingertips. David Zannoni is an international business specialist and consultant for Fintage House in the US, Europe, Canada and Latin America territories, and knows what it takes to produce or co-produce in Spain. Fintage House is the world's most respected company for revenue and rights protection for industry professionals and companies. David makes deals and speaks at international film markets, festivals, and conferences, including: the Cannes Film Festival, the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, the American Film Market (AFM), Ventana Sur, the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM), and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and travels regularly to the United States, the Netherlands, Europe, and all over Latin America. David will enlighten you on the many benefits of shooting and distributing your film in Spain. David will kick off the 90 minute webinar by sharing his knowledge on the industry there, then moving attendees into the many benefits of shooting and distributing your product in Spain. Smaller, Independent films upwards to larger productions can benefit from foreign production shares. There are regional requirements and national requirements, and David will break those down with ease. He’ll also explain what co-producing in Spain means, and how it just might be the secret ingredient your production needs to be seen by other producers and distributors. Praise for David's Previous Stage 32 Webinars "David is incredible and lovely and clearly knows his stuff." - Cynthia P. "Eye-opening information. A no-brainer approach that wouldn't be so obvious to the uninitiated." - Gary O. "By far, the best class I've seen on the subject." Kirk K. "David is a fantastic teacher. And what a voice! I could listen to him all day. More importantly, I learned so very much!" - Isabella T.