Jeff Fastner has worked in the animation industry for over 25 years, spanning multiple commercial and design houses. He has been at Floyd County Productions for 14 years, working as an Art Director, Producer, and Director. As the lead in visual development for the studio for many years, he cultivated and managed the artistic staff as the company developed multiple pitches, pilots, and shorts. In 2016 he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his work on the 7th season of ARCHER as Producer. This past summer, he completed work as the Assistant Director on his first feature film, AMERICA: THE MOTION PICTURE, streaming on Netflix. He was also Supervising Director and Producer on one of FXX’s most recent properties, POORLY DRAWN LINES, produced for the anthology series CAKE. Currently, he is helping develop and produce a new pilot for the FX networks. Full Bio »
Learn everything about the state of the adult animation industry from the Emmy award-winning producer behind ARCHER.
Join the webinar and receive exclusive handouts, including scripts from the shows ARCHER, RICK AND MORTY, and BOJACK HORSEMAN.
BIG MOUTH, RICK AND MORTY, UNDONE, SOUTH PARK… the demand for adult animation projects has never been hotter.
These formats are only becoming more daring and pushing the boundaries of storytelling, visuals, and subject matter. To sell in this market with your adult animated project, you’ll need to understand the industry's current state, where it’s headed, and how to develop a great show that audiences will love.
We’re covering all this and more in this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand webinar with industry professional Jeff Fastner.
Jeff has worked in the animation industry for over 25 years and has been the Art Director, Producer, and Director at Floyd County Productions for 14 years. You’ll recognize Jeff’s work best in the hit FX series ARCHER, which nabbed him a Primetime Emmy Award for his work on the 7th season as a producer.
Recently, he completed work on his first feature film, AMERICA: THE MOTION PICTURE, now streaming on Netflix, and served as Supervising Director and Producer for an installment of the FXX anthology series CAKE. He is currently developing and producing a new project for FX Networks.
In this webinar, Jeff will cover the different styles, formats, and demographics of adult animation, as well as the key elements you must consider when developing and pitching your project. Jeff also covers the animation software you need, how to hire the right artists for your vision, current trends in the adult animation marketplace, and more. You’ll even discuss how to produce your project cost effectively by working globally to make your project more appealing to buyers.
Learn from Jeff and his decades of animation experience exclusively here on Stage 32 as you develop your adult animated project and discover the best way to produce your project in today’s market.
PRAISE FOR JEFF'S ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE:
“What Jeff Fastner does not know about making cartoons is not worth knowing. In the past few years alone, he has co-directed a major motion picture for Netflix, produced an award-winning TV show for FX, and art-directed multiple animated sequences for Hulu. His success is based on years of hard earned experience that gives him the knowledge to do any job up and down the pipeline. But his secret weapon is the kindness he displays in managing those on his team, making each artist better through his clear and thoughtful direction.” -- Matt Thompson Executive Producer and Owner of Floyd County Productions
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Stage 32 and Vail Film Festival have joined forces to bring you an exclusive FREE virtual Q&A with top female filmmakers from the festival! Now, no matter where you live in the world you can tune in! The 2020 Vail Film Festival took place online from May 15-17, and had a special focus on female filmmakers. In addition to film screenings, the festival included filmmaker Q&A sessions, a filmmaking workshop, and a women in film panel discussion featuring leading female producers, actors, and directors. The 2020 film program will showcase narrative features, documentaries, short films, and student films. This year's lineup includes films starring Simon Pegg, Annette Bening, Juno Temple, Alexandra Daddario, Wendie Malick, Danny Trejo, Maggie Siff, Sabrina Carpenter, Natalie Zea, Jay Mohr, Jason Ritter, Kristen Vangsness, Rose McIver, and more. The lineup for the 2020 Vail Film Festival is unparalleled, and we encourage Stage 32 members to attend the virtual festival and support their fellow filmmakers. As part of our partnership, Vail Film Festival is offering Stage 32 members an exclusive 25% off discount on all-access passes to the online festival. Stage 32 members can use the code stage32 at checkout. For more info and to purchase a pass to the online Vail Film Festival please visit: www.vailfilmfestival.com
In this Stage 32 Next Level webinar, Simon Graham-Clare will discuss 10 business steps for giving your project momentum and creating a viable package that feels right to investors. Having been involved in the production and/or financing of over 200 projects, Simon will discuss how a filmmaker can benefit by teaming up with a producer who understands this world, and he looks at all projects from an international point of view to give you a full spectrum idea of film financing. The last two films The Future Film Group produced were both first time directors, so Simon knows exactly what it takes to get your project in production, no matter if it is your first film or one of many. Simon Graham-Clare is a Producer at The Future Film Group, established in London in 2000 as a film financier, utilizing the expertise of its principles in both the entertainment and business worlds. It quickly established itself on the UK scene through its involvement in films such as Bend It Like Beckham (starring Keira Knightley), The Queen (starring Dame Helen Mirren) and Mrs. Henderson Presents (starring Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins). The company quickly formed a production division to work alongside its financing arm and, through an ever-expanding structure, has since been involved in the production and/or financing of nearly 200 films and television shows. Some of The Future Film Group’s notable productions include Transsiberian (starring Woody Harrelson and Sir Ben Kingsley), 50 Dead Men Walking (starring Jim Sturgess and Sir Ben Kingsley) and Flawless (starring Sir Michael Caine and Demi Moore).
Every year tens of thousands of filmmakers go out to market or submit to festivals with the hope of getting their films distributed, only to learn that by not taking the proper steps to deliver a cleared film, they're dead in the water. In a recent survey in a popular filmmaking magazine, over 40% of filmmakers had never heard of clearances and 75% didn't know how to go about clearing their film. Managing clearances ahead of time can save you huge headaches down the road. Not only will you allow yourself the best chance to secure a sales agent and/or distribution for your film or project, but you will protect yourself legally! The last thing anyone wants after all the time and effort it takes to make a film is to find out it's being held up by expensive legal issues. The truth of the matter is, understanding and working through the issues associated with clearances is not as difficult as it sounds. It does however require knowledge, focus and discipline. It requires someone keeping an eye on the entire shoot and that begins with a script breakdown report and continues throughout production. To teach this all important webinar, we're bringing you two times the knowledge! First, Stephanie Weier is the CEO/Founder of The Domain Group. Holding a passion for filmmaking, branding and legal compliance, Stephanie has worked on building The Domain Group to be a leader in the industry with 20 years of service working for studios, indie producers, game companies, web content and commercials. Founding the company in 2001, Stephanie has lead The Domain Group to having completed over 1000 films in 15 years. She holds a EJD in Contract and IP Law from Concord Law University. Lori Dalton is the President of The Domain Group and is one of the most comprehensive and detailed clearance analysts in the industry. Her project management ability has helped position The Domain Group as both a clearance house and branding company. Combined, Stephanie and Lori have over 40 years of experience. Their company has over 1,000 credits including Happy Death Day, Breaking Bad, Crazy, Stupid, Love (Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell), Blue Valentine (Ryan gosling, Michelle Williams) Edge of Darkness (Mel Gibson) Gimmie Shelter (Vanessa hudgens) and Ray (Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington) to name a few! Together, Stephanie and Lori will lead you through the land of clearances, so you can concentrate on making the film you want to make without worry! Stephanie and Lori will teach you how to make sure your delivered project is a rockstar with distributors, and why a little more work in this area during pre-production and production can save you lots of time and money down the road. They'll start by showing you the details of a script breakdown report and explain why you need to have one. Then, they'll dive into the world of clearances, big and small so you know exactly how to handle each situation. On the fence about what to clear? They'll explain what you need to clear and what to leave alone. They'll explain what to do if your clearance request is denied. They'll also explain the all important difference between featured use and background use and why the distinction matters more than you think. They will break down title reports and copyright reports and discuss trademark law. And, most importantly, they will show you exactly what you need to do to protect yourself in case you are challenged legally in any way. Don't overlook this all important aspect of the filmmaking and producing process! Lori and Stephanie will have you navigating the world of clearances like a pro and assuring you're protected from the start of pre-production. PRAISE FOR STEPHANIE AND LORI'S TEACHINGS: "These women rock!" - Laurie T. "A masterclass. So, so, good!" - Monica H. "This is one of those subjects that prevented me from moving from screenwriting to making my own films. I always worried that I would do something wrong and get sued. No longer. Fantastic information delivered in a fun way." - Michael E. "I had no idea. I should have, but I didn't. Now I do. This was a fantastic webinar on a subject every filmmaker and producer - and probably writer - should understand." - Gary G.
Learn how to build the most productive and effective Director-Editor relationship from a director who has worked on over 100 feature films for Netflix, SyFy, Lifetime and more. PLUS! You'll receive an exclusive handout to help you optimize your Director-Editor relationships! The saying goes that every film is created three times: the first time is when it’s being written, the second time is when it’s being shot, and the third time is when it’s being edited, which is when a film really comes together and is locked for audiences to experience. The importance of the editing process cannot be overstated when it comes to filmmaking. The tone, style, and even how performances are crafted are all built in the editing room. Given the exact same footage, a talented editor can create two completely different films in the editing room. It is the director’s job to work with the editor to bring their vision to life while remaining open to creative ideas the editor brings to the table. It’s an alchemy and it's importance cannot be overstated. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you will learn the fundamentals of what makes the most successful relationship between a director and an editor on a feature film. You will learn the essential terms, techniques, and processes that you need to know to embark on an efficient editing process. You will walk away from this webinar with a robust understanding what the different film cuts entail and how to improve your film with each iteration, as well as an overview of the post-production processes that happens to finish a film once you are picture locked. It is critical that the director and editor have a firm understanding of all of these tools and procedures in order to thrive in their creative relationship and create the best film possible. Teaching you everything you need to know about the director/editor relationship is prolific director Peter Sullivan, who has made over 100 feature films, many of which have been released on Netflix and Lifetime. Peter’s recent credits include SECRET OBSESSION starring Brenda Song (Netflix), THE SANDMAN (SyFy), FATAL AFFAIR (Netflix), and more. Peter has extensive experience working with multiple editors across different genres and is now sharing everything he’s learned through his years of directing exclusively with the Stage 32 community. Whether you are a director or editor, it is critical you have an understanding of the fundamental editing techniques and terminology used before going into your editing process. Peter will cover how the role of the director and editor have evolved with advances in filmmaking technology and how that influences the workflow during the production and editing process. PLUS! You will receive an exclusive handout from Peter to help you optimize the Director-Editor relationship. Downloads include: Sample post-production schedule Whether you’re a director, an editor or a producer, this webinar is a must! "As someone who has learned a great deal from mentors and instructors over the course of my own career, I know how important it is for emerging filmmakers to find someone to show them the ropes. Resources such as Stage 32 are vital when it comes to shepherding the fresh and diverse talents of tomorrow." - Peter Sullivan
A New Exclusive Webinar! Learn from an entertainment attorney with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission experience! PLUS, receive practical resources to help you decide how best to seek investors. You're ready to raise money for your film, and you’re excited about how to make it happen. But you’ve also heard something about the “federal securities laws.” What are those laws, exactly? How do they impact your ability to reach investors? And why do you need to know about them? When it comes to raising money, doing things right can help avoid serious problems down the line. Failure to comply with the securities laws can lead to government investigations, penalties, and in extreme cases, jail time. Moreover, your investors could automatically have the right to return their securities and get their money back. And of course, as one SEC official once put it, the securities laws are not merely a suggestion; they’re the law. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll find out what you and other independent filmmakers need to know about the securities laws. You’ll learn the essential elements, including how equity investments fit into your overall finance structure and how to tailor securities offerings for your film project. You’ll also receive practical resources to assist you in deciding your project's fundraising approach. Knowing and following these laws creates benefits for your project. Doing things right may help instill confidence in prospective investors. Plus, handling your offering correctly can help prevent possible disputes with investors, so you can keep your focus on your film. Taking you through this crucial process is Cathie Saadeh, a member of the Board of Directors of Women in Film & Video in D.C. and an entertainment attorney who provides business, production, and intellectual property legal advice to production companies, creative businesses, and independent filmmakers just like you. Prior to opening her law firm, Saadeh P.C., Cathie served as the General Counsel of ACA Compliance Group, a global financial technology and consulting company, and worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You’ll walk away with the investment offering process de-mystified, knowing the lingo and the lines you can’t cross, and armed with this essential knowledge so you can think creatively about how to raise money, how to protect yourself and your film, and feeling more confident when approaching investors.
Stage 32 is committed to bringing you entertainment, education, and community from the comfort and safety of your own home. Our Script Services Coordinator, Nick Assunto, has procured an amazing slate of talented and funny actors and Stage 32 members to read his pilot The Conspiracists, a half-hour sci-fi comedy. During this exciting virtual event, you will get an exclusive look behind the scenes of a professional television table read. Watch as the actors make the script come alive for the very first time. This is a rare opportunity to peel back the curtain go behind the scenes to watch and see a script workshopped directly with professionals. Our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto kicked off a night of hanging out virtually. You'll get a chance to laugh along courtesy of some Stage 32 members who are incredible actors from your favorite tv shows and improv theaters including The Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, and The Pack. Cindy Chu - playing Helena Francois (New Girl, Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver) Angela Cristantello - playing Beatrix Baker (Agent Carter, 9-1-1) Nican Robinson - playing Greg Shepherd (13 Reasons Why, Thunder Road) Carolyn Deskin - playing Mee Moo and Super Professional Sue (Water's Edge, Sorrow) Rama Vallury - playing Turkey Hemingway, Sweaty Phil, Nervous Intern, Boss Man and Bus Drive (Happy Ending, AOK) Ramona Apthorp - playing Pickle Frost PLUS! after the table read we did a Q&A with the actors, writer Nick Assunto, our fearless leader Richard Botto and our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch moderated by our Managing Director Amanda Toney so you will get the perspective from everyone involved about the table read! What a great way to have fun and learn! Mark your Calendar! LIVE Online Table Read of the Comedy Pilot "The Conspiracists" Friday, March 27th at 7 pm PST Please help support your fellow Stage 32ers by sharing this on social. Check out the social media buttons at the top to share on Instagram @stage32online , Twitter @stage32 , Facebook @stage32 , and LinkedIn @stage-32 .