Jeff Portnoy is a literary manager at Bellevue Productions in Los Angeles, representing writers and filmmakers working in both the Feature and Episodic spaces. Before joining Bellevue 8 years ago, Jeff worked at Creative Artists Agency as a story analyst, The Gotham Group as an executive assistant, and Resolution talent agency as the Head of their Story Department and agent trainee. Jeff has a Bachelor of Fine Artist degree in Film and Video Production from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and attended UCLA Extension’s Writing for Film and Television program. A former aspiring writer himself, Jeff has extensive experience with – and a genuine love for – developing screen and teleplays with writers and then helping those writers package and/or sell their materials, find writing jobs and secure agency representation. Along with his colleague John Zaozirny, Jeff was featured in Variety magazine’s “New Leaders: Agents and Managers” edition in 2018. Full Bio »
Learn how to write a "stunt spec" script - a noisy script that may not sell but that will open doors in the industry and further your career - from top literary manager Jeff Portnoy of Bellevue Productions whose clients have written hit feature films such as COBWEB, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2022), SUMMER OF 84, and wrote on series such as TRUE DETECTIVE, ASH VS EVIL DEAD, and more!
PLUS! You'll receive two stunt spec scripts from Jeff's own clients that have advanced their careers!
So you’re a writer who wants to stand out from the pack and get noticed? That can be hard when there are tens of thousands of writers around the world aggressively trying to get a comparatively small group of people in the industry to read their scripts and engage with them in a meaningful way.
While the prevailing wisdom tends to be “write something you can sell,” there is another school of thought that can be just as, if not more, fruitful - writing a script that is difficult or impossible to sell but the is so bold that it serves as a sample that will get you attention and meetings. A "stunt spec" script is a speculative screenplay written with the expressed purpose of attracting attention from representatives and producers, and generating general meetings and paid writing assignments.
Sometimes writing a script that is hard, or in some cases even impossible, to sell is actually the fastest way to get paid to write something else. Stunt spec scripts tend to be flashy, loud and audacious in concept, theme or action. These kinds of scripts might not fit into a neat commercial category that is easy to market or sell by financiers, studios and streamers but it just so happens that industry executives absolutely LOVE to read these kinds of scripts as samples even if the companies they work for or have deals with might feel they are too risky to actually make. But they get you noticed and that's what counts.
In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you will learn the fundamentals of a stunt spec script and how to best write one that will get you noticed by key players in the industry and get you meetings that you may otherwise have never gotten. Teaching you everything you need to know about stunt spec scripts is literary manager Jeff Portnoy of Bellevue Productions. Jeff's clients have written such hit films and series as COBWEB (2023) produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, TRUE DETECTIVE, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2022, Netflix), SUMMER OF 84, ASH VS EVIL DEAD, and more! Jeff has successfully developed many stunt spec scripts with his clients that have landed on numerous industry “lists” such as The Black List and The Blood List and have placed in or won major screenwriting competitions. These scripts have helped his clients find agency representation, build a fanbase of producers and studio/streamer executives and led to paid writing gigs.
If you are looking to further your screenwriting career and become an established voice in Hollywood, this webinar is a must!
PLUS! Jeff will provide you with two stunt spec scripts that have opened doors for his clients and that you can use as references while writing your own! Downloads include:
BARRON: A TALE OF LOVE, LOSS & LEGACY by Nicolas Curcio (featured on The Black List)
PRAISE FOR JEFF'S STAGE 32 TEACHING:
"A wealth of information. Gave me a lot of things to think about - especially with the tips on reading the room. Your description of how to pitch myself and my story were game-changers. Off to practice now."- Sonia H.
"What fabulous advice, Jeff, thank you!" - Greg M.
"Yep, now I know why I haven't been securing a second meeting. I have seen the light and the err of my ways."- Veronica G
"The dress code discussion was very helpful, I never knew what I should wear and now I do!"- John S.
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Learn how you can have a successful general meeting with reps, executives, buyers and potential collaborators from a top manager in the business! Whether you’re leading the creative charge as a screenwriter, in the trenches a director or cinematographer, behind the scenes as a crew member, or in front of the camera as an actor being great at what you do is only part of your job. We at Stage 32 preach that 50% of your job is excelling at your craft, the other 50% is networking and understanding how the industry works. It's simply undeniable, those who commit to treating their networking and relationship building as their job and keep on top of what's happening in the industry land more meetings with decision makers who can make an impact on their career. But the goal is not just to get into the room, it's to stay in the room. And that means you need to know how to be good in the room. And with more and more meetings going virtual and online, you must know how to prepare and have the skills ready for those situations as well. General meetings are the first line of offense and defense for decision makers. As you know, most people in this industry - whether working in film, television or digital - want to find creatives and professionals they can go to war with time and time again. Their tribe. To become part of someone's tribe (and eventually form one of your own), you have to know how to nail the general meeting. It is crucial that you understand how to prepare. You must know who you're meeting with, what to wear, proper etiquette, the story of your project, the story of your personal brand (such an overlooked art), and know your pitch inside and out. Ultimately, you want to turn this general meeting into something much greater or assure that you're receiving a callback meeting. Their are many tried and true tricks for getting this done and we're going to bring them to you. Jeff Portnoy of Bellevue Management is one of the most revered managers working in the industry today. Jeff was recently named been named by Variety as one of Hollywood’s New Leaders in Management. Prior to joining Bellevue, Jeff worked at Creative Artists Agency, The Gotham Group, Resolution Talent Agency and Heretic Literary Management. Along the way he has sold and set up projects to New Line Cinema, Lionsgate, FOX, Screen Gems, Warner Bros. and more. Jeff has been on both sides of the table for hundreds of general meetings and has learned exactly what makes a meeting successful and where many go south – and he’s here to share the do's and don'ts with you, the Stage 32 community Jeff will teach you how to assure that you perform in your general meeting in a manner that makes you memorable. He will discuss everything from attire to how to carry yourself to how to make eye contact. He'll teach you how to prepare your pitch and convey it with the right amount of passion, charisma and energy. He’ll give you important guidelines on how and when you should talk in the conversation and help you understand if you’re talking too much or sending the wrong message. You’ll learn how to get notes from the other side of the table and how you should receive and respond to them. You will know the best way to pitch “you” and your brand so you stand out from other people taking general meetings with the same party. Jeff will teach you how to do research on the people and the company you are meeting with and how to use that information to your advantage (and not be creepy about it!) He will make you understand why the assistant and support staff can ultimately be your best ally. Finally, Jeff will go over the various types of meetings you’ll encounter in your career – from studios, production companies, managers, agents and networks and explain the differences so you’ll be fully prepared. PRAISE FOR JEFF'S TEACHINGS: "A wealth of information. Gave me a lot of things to think about - especially with the tips on reading the room. Your description of how to pitch myself and my story were game-changers. Off to practice now." - Sonia H. "What fabulous advice, Jeff, thank you!" - Greg M. "Yep, now I know why I haven't been securing a second meeting. I have seen the light and the err of my ways." - Veronica G "The dress code discussion was very helpful, I never knew what I should wear and now I do!" - John S.