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Lee Sternthal is a screenwriter, director and photographer. Lee has written screenplays for every major studio, including TRON: LEGACY for Disney, as well as scripts for Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson and many others. His film, THE WORDS starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Jeremy Irons was an Official Sundance Selection. It was bought by CBS Films and is currently the #2 romantic drama on Amazon Prime. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow, having attended the Screenwriters' Lab, and his work has appeared on The Black List. In other areas, he has worked as a photo journalist for the Trace and Vice covering urban gun violence. Lee had his first one- man photo show at the Soho House in West Hollywood in June, 2018 and taught a Master Class in screenwriting/directing at Swarthmore College and at Stage 32 in Los Angeles. Full Bio »
Many creatives dream of the pinnacle - getting to write for a studio, or getting to write and direct your own independent film. Imagine if you can do both!
Our host, Lee Sternthal, wrote TRON: LEGACY for Disney, and went on to write and direct the Sundance indie-darling THE WORDS, starring Bradley Cooper. He was also a Sundance Fellow and was featured on The Blacklist. Through his journey in this industry he has learned it all - the good, the bad and the ugly - and has come to Stage 32 exclusively to tell you about it.
If you'd like to be prepared for the potholes of what to expect when pursuing a life in writing, Lee is here to help you. From studio to independent, he's hit them all and wants to share his knowledge with you. Best of all, he's looking forward to taking your questions so he can help you through your own situation!
Lee will be citing specific examples from his life and work as well as providing you tools to apply to your own writing journey.
If you're just starting out:
Getting the Job and What to Expect:
Q and A with Lee
Lee Sternthal, Director, Producer & Screenwriter
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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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!
In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar we're bringing in Lee Sternthal, writer of Disney's TRON: LEGACY and writer/director of THE WORDS, starring Bradley Cooper an Zoe Saldana to discuss how to create realistic characters for television and film. Having drawn incredible A-list talent to his scripts, character has become one of Lee's favorite part of creating story. A solid hero and anti hero are crucial to a successful story, and the supporting characters need to help support and move your plot. Lee will be talking through the origins of why character matters and provide you with exercises to ensure that you have solid characters in your own storytelling.
Ever wondered what daily life is like for a TV Writer? Looking for ways to manage and maximize your schedule to output great, useful material without losing your mind? Wondering how the hell you’re supposed to write when you’ve got a full-time job? Tune in for this exclusive 2-Part Stage 32 Next Level Webinar taught by TV Writer/Producer Charlie Charbonneau (CW shows: The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, and its spin-off The Originals) to hear about life and work of TV writers, on AND off the clock. You'll gain insight that will help you succeed in finding your next assignment and how to excel in the position! In Part 1, attendees will learn what life is like when TV writers are between jobs or trying to get that first job. Join Charlie as he discusses ways to manage your own writing schedule, find out how to decide which projects to focus on, and get some tips to stay relevant and visible to the big players and decision makers when you’re not employed. He’ll even lay out some strategy to position yourself for the highly coveted freelance script, whether you’re an assistant or a working writer between gigs. In Part 2, Charlie will unpack all the ups, downs, problems, and pleasures that come in the daily life of a working TV writer. Hear insider advice and information about writers room etiquette, climbing the title ladder, taking notes, rolling with the punches when your material doesn’t impress the powers that be, and making sure you get paid. He’ll even discuss the best way to interact with those hot-shot actors in your show. As usual, get ready for some horror stories from the trenches!
In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, manager Antionio D'Intino from Circle of Confusion, will teach you the best strategies to obtain and work with representation as a writer/director. The webinar will cover what you need before you approach representation, how best to reach out to representation and most importantly what to do once you’ve obtained representation. Getting an agent or manager is only the beginning and this aims to prepare you for the working relationship with your respective agent or manager in terms of communication, time management and mutual expectations. This will help demystify the representation landscape and give you the tools to approach potential reps with confidence and a clearer understanding of what appeals to them. This webinar is for writers and directors at any stage in their career in both film and television. It is designed to benefit anyone that plans on pursuing a career as a working creative in the entertainment industry and emphasizing the lesser-discussed topic of what to do once you’ve broken in.
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!
We will examine ways in which screenwriters tackle one of the most complex and difficult concepts in narrative storytelling, looking at projects like Edge of Tomorrow to discuss rules that are created, bent, and broken by writers.
In order to be successful, building your brand is something that you should ALWAYS be doing. There is never an on & off switch for opportunity. You never know who you are going to meet and where in the film industry. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, entertainment marketing and branding expert Jennifer Winberg (Marketing Strategist for mini and major studios - Disney, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, and Gravitas Ventures) will teach you how to network in order to build your brand. Your host, Jennifer will use her 10 years of experience to walk you through setting up your film brand online, the tools and resources needed, finding community, and even how to navigate those industry meetups and happy hours.