Mike Flavin is the Director of Development for Supergravity Pictures. A graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, Michael started his career at Spyglass Entertainment (The Sixth Sense) and BenderSpink (American Pie) before taking on his first position as a manager trainee at The Gotham Group (The Maze Runner). From there, Michael transitioned to State Street Pictures (Barbershop Series) where he was involved with Sony/CBS Films' release Faster starring Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton, as well Sundance Film Festival entrant The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete which starred Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Hudson and screened at the White House. While at State Street, Michael also helped shepherd the project Guru, a bio-pic on Del Close, the modern master of improvisational theater, as well as the Untitled Talent Show Project which is set up at Universal Studios with George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious) directing and Duane Adler (Step Up) writing. He went on to become the Director of Development for financier Cider Mill Pictures. Full Bio »
Hollywood has found itself looking inward at the plummeting returns from the "Blockbuster Months". Why did a relatively "starless" movie like Guardians of the Galaxy print money, while Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow flopped? Why would seemingly well known Intellectual Property like Peabody and Sherman tank while another brand, Lego, do so well? (besides the world's obvious affinity for Chris Pratt!)
The answer lies in one confirmed fact about the movie industry: you never, ever know what will be a hit and what won't. BUT, in saying that, there is a way in which you can give your project the absolute best chance of success by looking analytically at successful films from the past and implementing these dynamics into your project.
If you've seen the film, Moneyball, you'll remember Jonah Hill's character found a way to statistically determine the best odds for his team's sucess. Our webinar host, Mike Flavin, has been able to analytically and statistically apply a method to do the same for a script or film - and he's found success as a Director of Development by doing just that. Join Mike as he teaches you his methodology to apply components in a script that make it more sellable.
In this webinar, we will break down several successful movies in a number of genres and draw statistical conclusions on what made them so successful. It's the Moneyball-ization of Hollywood; let's play the house against itself!
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Part 1 - Playing the Field Steve discusses the kinds of 1 hour TV pilots networks are looking for, and more importantly, what kinds they are not. He talks about the differences between cable, network, and online (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) as well as the differences between procedurals and serialized series. Part 2 - Character and Structure Steve leads a discussion on characterization. He runs through some of his favorite TV characters and explores the development process most networks go through to amp up the characterization in scripts. He also explores supporting cast, archetypes, structure and act breaks. Part 3 - Creating an Engine to Your Show Steve discusses the engine of a TV show. He runs through the importance of a clear week-to-week and explores series longevity and how to craft story lines that can stretch out for 3-8 years.
Learn directly from Danny Manus, an in-demand script consultant and CEO of No BullScript Consulting! You’ve written a killer script. Great. But now you’ve got to get someone to read it. Success in Hollywood is often about making great first impressions. Your loglines and query letters are the first and sometimes only things an executive or agent is going to read of your work. So it’s critical that your logline and query letter are attention grabbing, tell them something of substance, make you look good, and most of all—make them want to read more. Have you sent out hundreds of queries but haven’t gotten many script requests? Are you the type of writer who has no problem writing 120 page script but gets totally stumped by writing a 30 word logline? Have no fear – I’m here to help! As a development executive, producer, and script consultant, I have read thousands of query letters and countless loglines. I have taken over 3,000 pitches, and I’ve helped thousands of writers craft their project’s logline to help them standout and stand above the rest! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, I will show you specific, proven, easy-to-use formulas and tips to construct tight, professional loglines, engaging query letters, and visual one-sheets. We will go over what to include and what not to include in each, the difference between loglines and taglines, words to use that will make your loglines pop, what executives are looking for, how to query for representation and TV, and how and where to send queries to actually get them read. We’ll also go over loglines for some of Hollywood’s hottest movies, one-sheets that made me request the script, and I’ll share with you some of the best and worst queries I’ve ever received so you don’t make the same mistakes. Plus, Q&A. And as a special BONUS, if you register for the LIVE Webinar, you will also be able to submit your logline to me for a critique and fix after the Webinar (details below). If you’re trying to get professionals to notice your project, if you’re trying to submit your script anywhere, or even if you’ve posted or wanted to post your loglines in the Stage 32 Lounges and Forums, this Webinar is for you! Whether you are a screenwriter, novelist, producer, director or exec, your project deserves to make the right first impression. Let me show how. **Please note that the free logline critique Danny mentions in the webinar is not available for On-Demand. It was only available for members who attended the live webinar.**
Writing is rewriting but that doesn’t just mean dialogue. Scene description is a crucial part of screenwriting, but far too often, it’s not given the attention that it deserves. The reality is, many screenplays are marred by static, wooden scene description. But powerful scene description can help your story to leap off the page and give your screenplay the “pop” it needs. Your scene description is where your writer’s “voice” comes in… And the way you write this prose can make or break your script. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, professional screenwriter Steve Desmond will help you to elevate your descriptive writing to a professional level. He’ll help you to develop the tone of your story right on the page, long before it hits the screen. And he’ll dispel myths and go over how not to write scene description. Whether you’re working on an existing script or getting ready to start a new one, this webinar will help you to unleash your potential in prose writing and make the most out of every word in your screenplay. Your host Steve's latest script, Orb, was recently voted by industry executives as the #1 entry on the annual 2016 BloodList, honoring the top horror/thriller/sci-fi scripts of the year.
We've brought in the Producer of the Emmy-nominated HBO show, "Ballers" to teach you how to master the art of your TV pitch. Who better to teach you than someone who's in the TV trenches every single day? Bret works alongside incredible talent such as Stephen Levinson (Entourage, Boardwalk Empire), Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ryan Phillippe, Catherine Zeta-Jones and more. So, you have a great idea for a show, now what? How do you get it to the right people? What to do/how to present it to them? What most people don’t understand, is that once they’re in the door they need to think about the other side of the table. Who they’re pitching to, how many pitches that person reads/hears and how best to position themselves to stand out. Just the right amount. Busy producers and executives get pitched all the time. They can tell an experienced pitcher from a novice immediately. Whether oral, written or Skype, you basically have 30 seconds or the first paragraph to keep them interested. And for both, the format matters! Don’t let your great idea fall on deaf ears or eyes! If you’re a writer or someone who works with writers, you need to know how to orchestrate a good pitch.
Christian Sander is The Director of Development for Pensé Productions - we have a fun hour long conversation with Christian about the craft and business.
Writing a film for television has a ‘unique set of skills’ which are different from writing a traditional screenplay. If you never learn how to write for the BOOM!, act break structure, number of locations, and characters, you’ll get stuck in re-writing hell or worse yet, never have your script read. Understanding script structure, outlining, and deliverables prior to writing will give you a leg up on the competition. Each network has its own set of rules and you want to ask the right questions prior to typing ‘Fade In’. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, you will get an in-depth look into successfully writing "Made for TV" films. You will learn what your script has to have in order to draw the attention of a network and the importance of creating moments that push the story forward to the commercial break while leaving audiences wanting more. You will learn how to create a clear, compelling, and informative outline which is required by most networks. The webinar will identify and explain key deliverables, timelines, and expectations which you can use as guidelines for your own project.