Scott Rice is an Emmy Award-winning director who has worked with Matthew McConaughey with whom he co-teaches a class at the University of Texas. Scott has directed projects for Sony Pictures, A&E, MTV Networks and more. His films have been distributed by Hulu, Showtime, Comedy Central and PBS. After studying under world-renowned film scholar David Bordwell, Scott began his career as a 3D animator and art director for Activision. He scripted the groundbreaking hit game SOLDIER OF FORTUNE and has since written on assignment for Elizabeth Avellan (SPY KIDS) among others. Scott is also an ADDY award winner for his commercial work. His national commercial clients include Shell, Las Vegas, MasterCard and Sears. Full Bio »
Learn How To Become An "Actor's Director" From Matthew McConaughey's Teaching Partner
As a director, one of your most important jobs is eliciting great performances from actors. Fail at that, and your film or series could crumble under the weight of bad acting. Although the best directors shape performances with a deftness that may seem effortless, it is not. In fact, becoming a great director of actors is hard work and takes years of disciplined practice. Like playing a violin, it is a skill that must be nurtured. But there is a place to start: Set the goal of becoming an “actor’s director.” You’ve heard the term before, but what does it really mean? Why does it matter? And how can you become one?
And, who better to know what it takes to become an actor's director than Matthew McConaughey's teaching partner at University of Texas, Scott Rice. Scott is an Emmy Award-winning director who has directed projects for Sony Pictures, A&E, MTV Networks and more. His films have been distributed by Hulu, Showtime, Comedy Central and PBS. After studying under world-renowned film scholar David Bordwell, Scott began his career as a 3D animator and art director for Activision. He scripted the groundbreaking hit game SOLDIER OF FORTUNE and has since written on assignment for Elizabeth Avellan (SPY KIDS) among others. Scott is also an ADDY award winner for his commercial work. His national commercial clients include Shell, Las Vegas, MasterCard and Sears.
As Scott explores how to become an “actor’s director,” he will share a volume of best practices and wisdom born of a rich 25-year career. Scott will begin by explaining what it means to be an “actor’s director” in general and will go over what you need to be familiar with ahead of time in order to be one yourself, including a basic rundown of the craft and challenges of acting and how to use empathy. He’ll illustrate what a strong actor-director collaboration looks like, how to harness the power of ‘yes’, and how to correctly ‘watch’ a performance while on set. Next Scott will delve into how best to prepare before production, including navigating scene work, the read-through and rehearsal process, dealing with shot listing, and creating a schedule while keeping your actors’ needs in mind. He’ll also discuss how best to handle walkthroughs and blocking and when to use stand-ins.
Then Scott will teach you the best ways to interact with actors on set, including how to meet with them ahead of time, and how to hold yourself and speak while on set. He’ll spend time talking about the casting process and ways to serve as an “actor’s director” while auditioning and interviewing talent. Scott will then offer tips on how to work with non-actors, including children and animals, and share Steven Spielberg’s techniques for these challenges and how to use improvisation. He will delve into strategies for solving problems that occur on set, including how to identify a weak performance, getting out of a ‘black hole’, when to move on and circle back, and how to decide what you really need to move forward. Scott will share 8 things you should avoid while on set in order to be a better “actor’s director”. In the end, Scott will leave you with a thorough understanding of what it means to be an actor’s director and, more importantly, provide actionable advice for how to become one yourself.
Scott will accompany his presentation with exclusive material from his nationally recognized film course which goes behind the scenes of Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey’s latest films. Scott will illustrate successful actor-director relationships through anecdotes from McConaughey and A-List directors including Gary Ross (THE HUNGER GAMES), Jeff Nichols (LOVING), and Harmony Korine (SPRING BREAKERS).
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Learn from a DGA Assistant Director whose worked with Directors Clint Eastwood, John Singleton, Spike Jonze and Sam Raimi, as well as actors Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Will Ferrel, Octavia Spencer and more! John Mattingly, a Director's Guild of America member and First Assistant Director for over 25 years, is coming to Stage 32 in this exclusive on-demand webinar to teach first time directors what he's learned about directing from his time working with some of the most successful directors and biggest stars in the world. You may have a sense of what you want to put on screen as a director but navigating the actual process of directing and the culture of working on set and with a crew is incredibly challenging especially for first time directors. Stepping on set prepared to work with the cast and crew can be the difference maker when it comes to achieving every day's goals, getting the shot that you want or getting the performance that you need. Managing a set takes a delicate balance of leadership skills. Every person plays a critical role in achieving the most out of a day on set and the director is the most influential part of that equation. John has been working as an Assistant Director for more than 25 years on a variety of productions, including high budget features, low budget indies, episodic television, commercials, music videos, documentaries and even photoshoots. John currently co-chairs the Education Committee for the Western AD/UPM Council of the DGA. He's worked with directors such as Clint Eastwood, Sam Raimi, Spike Jonze and John Singleton and stars such as Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrel, Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Batmen and more. John has seen directors win, fail and everything in between and he is going to share the secrets of success for first time directors as well as the key pitfalls to avoid. There are many hurdles to jump and pitfalls to avoid when prepping and shooting a feature, episode or commercial. This course will help you avoid some common mistakes and prepare you to lead a cast and crew. You will walk away from this course with concepts to help you be the best director you can be, tips on how to get the most our of your cast and crew and insights on how you can be the best on-set leader that you can be. PLUS! You'll receive: Storyboard example Director's checklist Praise for John's Stage 32 Teaching "John is an incredible educator and professional. His teaching style is very thorough which is necessary when covering this topic. I highly recommend taking one of his courses." - Jon S. "I've never been an AD (always a writer) but learning from John's immense experience as an AD has greatly informed my directorial choices on my first film. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to learn from him. Thank you!" - Omar U. "Can't recommend John enough! He's one of my favorite teachers on Stage 32. Take his course and you'll see why." - Mary M.
Work Directly With An International Producer & Berlinale veteran to perfect your Berlinale pitch! Only 4 Spots Still Available - Grab Your Spot Now You've bought your Berlinale pass and created your pitch deck, but how confident are you with your verbal pitch? Berlinale moves fast. Distributors, investors, and producers have meetings scheduled back to back. You need a compelling verbal pitch that sells you and your project in under five minutes. In this exclusive 2-part Stage 32 workshop, a select group of only 10 attendees will work one-on-one with international producer/distributor Alexia Melocchi to craft your perfect five-minute pitch. Alexia has had recent distribution projects with clients like Lionsgate, STX, Lakeshore, TF1, The Asylum and Mister Smith, and projects such as ANNA, PEPPERMINT, THE BOY 2, and SHAUN THE SHEEP. Alexia has placed over 100 titles in the last 5 years. In the first session, Alexia will work with each attendee and offer feedback to strengthen their pitch. In the second session, a few days before Berlinale, each participant will pitch Alexia again, having honed and made their pitches stronger and more effective with her guidance. If you've spent the time and expense to attend The Berlin Film Festival, you do not miss this rare opportunity to make sure your five minute pitch sells you and your project effectively. Check out the recent success story from Alexia's AFM pitching class that resulted in a member getting financing here! Praise for Alexia's Previous Stage 32 Education: "Really great. Actually useful, practical advice. Wasn't full of bullshit platitudes, Alexia shot straight with us." - Max W. "Alexia did a fantastic job of making it all relatable and cutting through the noise." - Clint G. "Alexia is clearly very experienced & she is so gracious in sharing her wisdom with all of us. I'm truly grateful that you all put on this class!" - Becca G.
Learn how to effectively execute your pre-production from a multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author! It might not be the most glamorous, but pre-production is arguably the most important aspect of putting together a film. The crucial decisions you make and the team you build during this phase will determine the success of your production and ultimately, your film. But no matter what experience level you are at, pre-production can quickly become an overwhelming process. From hiring and budgeting to location scouting and scheduling there are always going to be a lot of plates you have to keep spinning. Yet approaching pre-production with a plan, with discipline, and with the appropriate knowledge will keep your film on track and even elevate it to a level you might not have previously thought possible. Whether you're filming a project for $1 million or $1,000, pre-production is the foundation to make sure your production goes smoothly. But with so many I’s to dot and T’s to cross, there are A LOT of traps and pitfalls you can fall into as a producer. That’s why it’s imperative you have a clear understanding of the work and challenges you have ahead of you and what you need to be aware of to ensure you can ultimately get your film made. So what exactly do you need to ensure gets done during this critical phase of your project? How can you build the best team possible and put together the resources you need without going over budget? Let’s dig in. Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and SEINFELD and producing films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG a #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane recently released his book What You Don’t Learn In Film School, which covers filmmaking from concept to delivery and has already landed on required reading lists at several universities across the country. Shane continues to produce and direct independent films of all levels, and just wrapped production on his latest action thriller BREAK EVEN. Over the countless films he has produced, Shane has gotten pre-production down to a science and knows what it takes to prepare a film of any level. In this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand webinar, Shane will dig into his deep producing knowledge to break down the pre-production process and outline how you can best prepare for your own project. Shane will explain how to define your budget, including where you should put most of your money towards and will dive into crewing up, focusing on the five most important members of your team and how to find the right fits for your project. He will next discuss the challenge of finding locations, how to do so for cheap, and how to best communicate with property owners and take care of permits. Then Shane will give tips on how to schedule, how many shooting days you should plan for and how to adjust when things inevitably change. Lastly, he will talk about the final steps producers should take before moving to production and when you should feel ready. Praise for Shane's Previous Stage 32 Webinar: "Shane was thorough, gave me a realistic view into the market as it is now, yet encouraging. Easy to listen to and follow. I'll be signing up for other classes he teaches in the future." --Karena K. "Just straight-forward, real, the kind of producer most of us would kill to work alongside." --Clark R. "Shane was relevant, knew what was happening, and could walk the walk." --Chuck R.
Learn everything you need to know about television showrunning so you can become a successful showrunner from a veteran showrunner who has worked with Disney, The CW, ABC, and more! PLUS! Receive multiple production documents from the hit series SHADOWHUNTERS, which the host was the showrunner on, including an episode outline, script, shooting schedule, prep memos, casting memos, set drawings, location pictures, post-production schedule and more! A series showrunner is the most essential and complex role on a television show. The showrunner is responsible for all facets of the production - from pre-production, shooting, post-production, and even marketing. If you want to be a showrunner, you need to be able to handle both the creative and business sides of a television show. While the demands on a showrunner are quite high, there is little that first time showrunners can do to prepare themselves for the job. Until now... This intensive on-demand 4-session class will teach you how to showrun a scripted drama television show, from hiring the pilot director, casting the show, assembling your production and post-production team, hiring and managing the writing staff, managing pre-production and production, editing the show, delivering that final cut, marketing the show, doing press, and of course live tweeting the premiere. You will learn from veteran showrunner/writer/director Todd Slavkin, who will share his advice and personal anecdotes to help guide you through the process of showrunning. Todd's experiences showrunning series for Disney, The CW, ABC, and more have provided him with an arsenal of showrunning tools that he will share with you to prepare you for your own career as a showrunner. Todd has worked in all different kinds of genres and has been involved with many popular television shows, including SMALLVILLE, SHADOWHUNTERS and most recently THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, for which he was nominated for two Emmys. He has written pilots for ABC, NBC, FOX, FREEFORM and The CW, where he developed and was the showrunner of MELROSE PLACE 2.0. Other television credits include NO ORDINARY FAMILY, ALPHAS, DEFIANCE, DOMINION and GUILT. He began his career in features, penning DARK REFLECTION and CONTROL, starring Ray Liotta, Willem Dafoe and Michelle Rodriguez. PLUS! Todd will provide you with exclusive handouts from an episode of his hit series SHADOWHUNTERS to help guide you as a showrunner. Downloads include: Episode Outline Episode Script Shooting Schedule Prep Memos Casting Memos Set Drawings Location Images Post-Production Schedule And More! This class will teach you the creative and practical aspects of the job of showrunning as well as the necessary psychology needed to manage both artists and executives while keeping yourself creatively anchored and inspired. It’s not an easy task, but through in depth learning and real-world examples you will walk away from this class with the knowledge to effectively showrun your own series. The best way to learn showrunning is from a showrunner and this is a rare opportunity for you to do just that. Praise For Todd's Teaching "Todd's experience and expertise shine through. If you've ever wanted to be a showrunner on a TV series then learn all you can from him." -- Rahime B. "I never realized how much fell on the showrunner before working with Todd. He's a fantastic educator!" - Meg L.
Learn directly from Shaun O’Banion, an award-winning independent producer! As a producer, post-production is a part of the process you’re rarely involved in from day-to-day, and yet it is one of the most integral parts of the filmmaking process (if not the most important). A lot of questions can be asked from a filmmaker like how to shape the film, how to define roles in post, what to do with VFX, how to handle the footage you have and ultimately how to develop a great film after it’s been shot. It’s not easy to do and it takes a lot of practice and experience to perfect. We will discuss the pieces that make up the whole, from assessing the relationships in the edit suite, to bringing all of the elements together and how it all happens. From the technical to the emotional, this webinar will attempt to demystify the process in a way for you to easily understand what to do to “find the film” in post. Post Production: Finding the Film is presented by 20 year industry veteran, Shaun O’Banion, who has worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Christopher Walken, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Judd Apatow and Peter Hedges. He has won numerous awards for his films, including the prestigious IFP GOTHAM Award for GIRLFRIEND. PRAISE FOR SHAUN'S TEACHINGS: "Thanks for the wonderful class. A phrase comes to mind when I think about it: 'Tell it like it is'. You directly shared what it is like in the industry. I don't know how others in the class are affected, but I am left with the motivation and recognition that one must love - have a passion for creating films to be in the industry - as it should be. So, your effort is an inspiration. You are someone who is 'following his bliss' as Joseph Campbell would state it." - Don D. "Thank you again for teaching a terrific filmmaking class! You have valuable practical real-world experience that is hard to find in theory based teaching today." - Rene S. "There was so much information in your class that I think I’ll have to come back next session and take it all over again - gladly! Great class!" - Daniel T.
***Please note: There are audio issues with this webinar so the price has been reduced. If purchased you are acknowledging this fact.*** Learn directly from Tatiana Kelly and Jim Young, independent producers who have worked with actors such as Bradley Cooper, Zoë Saldana, JK Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, James Franco, Lily Tomilin, Cuba Gooding JR, Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons! In order to raise financing for any independent film, most investors these days will be savvy enough to be utilizing the foreign sales-driven model of selling a film based on a director and talent. Attaching “valuable” talent to a film as early as possible is extremely beneficial for filmmakers looking to get a green light on their film. However agents receive so many financial offers for their clients on a daily basis that those that are on an unfinanced film and without a monetary offer will likely go to the bottom of the pile. With an independent budget, how can you make your film stand out as an attractive offer to talent reps? How can you get top talent excited about your project without using money as an incentive? If you don’t already have connections to casting directors, what options are available to get in touch with A-list actors? Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is thrilled to bring back Tatiana Kelly and Jim Young to teach you how to attach talent to your independent film! Having worked with various A-list actors on independent films such as Lovelace, The Words, Life of a King and Wristcutters: A Love Story, they will teach you how to break through an actor’s fortress and get them interested in your project. You will learn how to determine what to offer talent based on your budget, how to be strategic about what agencies you’re making offers to, what to keep in mind at the script stage and early in the casting process and how to get past the dilemma of getting talent without money and getting money without talent. You will leave this webinar not only knowing how to attach talent to your project on an independent budget but how to get actors excited about working with you!