Inside Writing Development: Three Horror Genre Case Studies

Hosted by Joe Russo

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Joe Russo

Webinar hosted by: Joe Russo

Director of Development at Level 1 Entertainment

Award-Winning filmmaker, Joe Russo, has seen his short films featured in festivals worldwide, garnering praise from top film critics. His years of production experience includes work on commercials, web-series, television and feature films for such companies as Nike, FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios. Joe is currently the Director of Development at Level 1 Entertainment, under CEO and Hollywood producer, Bill Todman, Jr., heading up a slate of feature films and television programs, working hand-in-hand with several major motion picture studios and television networks. Joe has been recognized for his “firm grasp of the craft, solid storytelling, and compelling characters”, developing many acclaimed projects, including Exorcist Inc. and City of Exile, developed with writer Claire Weaver, which were featured on the 2014 Young and Hungry List, How High the Moon developed with writer Isaac Adamson, which was featured on the 2014 Hit List, and the screenplay Nicholas, created by Joe and developed with writer Leo Sardarian, that was featured on the 2013 Young and Hungry List, the 2013 Hit List and the 2013 Black List- Hollywood’s most prestigious list of the best unproduced screenplays. Full Bio »

Learn directly from Joe Russo, Director of Development for Level 1 Entertainment (Rendition, Grandma's Boy) who has helped steer writers' projects through the development process to land on The Young and Hungry List, Hit List and The Black List and sales to the Major Studios and Networks. Joe’s extensive production background includes working on productions for FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios!

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Joe Russo will take writers behind the scenes of 2 horror films and one horror pilot. This webinar will be an honest, unapologetic look at the successes and struggles during the writing development process for each case study so you can you learn what to mimic and what to avoid for your own project.

You Will Leave the Webinar With:

  • An understanding of how each film and TV project came to be.
  • An understanding of the different strategies used to package each project and how they were introduced to the town.
  • A comprehensive look into the notes process so you can learn what went right and, more importantly, what went wrong.
  • Clear advice on how to apply these lessons to your own script or project.
  • A chance to interact with and ask questions directly to Joe!

Your host Joe Russo is the Director of Development for Level 1 Entertainment, where he heads up a slate of feature films and TV programs, working hand-in-hand with several major motion picture studios and television networks such as FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios. He has developed acclaimed projects such as Exorcist Inc and City of Exile, which were both featured on the 2014 Young and Hungry List. . An award-winning filmmaker himself, Joe has been recognized for his “firm grasp of the craft, solid storytelling, and compelling characters” and he is here exclusively for Stage 32 to share his knowledge on the writing development process.


What You'll Learn:

  • An in-depth development analysis of the horror genre through three case studies - two films and one series.
    • Finding The Project.
      • How the projects were identified.
      • What separated them from the pack?
    • Initial Strategy.
      • What was needed from the writer to get the ball rolling?
    • The Notes Process.
      • Understanding what was asked of them and analyzing what was delivered.
    • Packaging.
      • The ups and downs of packaging.
      • How it impacts the screenplay (or rewrites!).
    • Hollywood Politics.
      • How they impacted the end results and the screenplays.
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Joe!

About Your Instructor:

Award-Winning filmmaker, Joe Russo, has seen his short films featured in festivals worldwide, garnering praise from top film critics. His years of production experience includes work on commercials, web-series, television and feature films for such companies as Nike, FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios.

Joe is currently the Director of Development at Level 1 Entertainment, under CEO and Hollywood producer, Bill Todman, Jr., heading up a slate of feature films and television programs, working hand-in-hand with several major motion picture studios and television networks.

Joe has been recognized for his “firm grasp of the craft, solid storytelling, and compelling characters”, developing many acclaimed projects, including Exorcist Inc. and City of Exile, developed with writer Claire Weaver, which were featured on the 2014 Young and Hungry List, How High the Moon developed with writer Isaac Adamson, which was featured on the 2014 Hit List, and the screenplay Nicholas, created by Joe and developed with writer Leo Sardarian, that was featured on the 2013 Young and Hungry List, the 2013 Hit List and the 2013 Black List- Hollywood’s most prestigious list of the best unproduced screenplays.


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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. 

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  • It was less about writing, more about finding a deal.

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