Jonathan Kesselman is an award-winning writer and director who has worked on projects for companies like Fox, Paramount, Nickelodeon, Disney, Sony, Blue Sky Animation, MTV, Comedy Central studios, Funny or Die, WWE, Nintendo, and many more. His first feature film THE HEBREW HAMMER, starring Adam Goldberg, Judy Greer and Andy Dick, premiered at Sundance Film Festival before getting picked up by Comedy Central. THE HEBREW HAMMER has since become a holiday cult classic, voted among the top holiday movies by the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Boston Globe and Time Magazine. His next film JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERIKAN HERO, starring Maz Jobrani, won both the Comedy Vanguard and Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival before being released on Showtime and Netflix. Jonathan recently co-created the short form comedy series GANDER, streaming exclusively on Tubi. Through his long and varied history in film and television, Jonathan is no stranger to film sets and how to best work within them. Full Bio »
Walking onto a film set for the first time can be intimidating and overwhelming. Wires, lights, cameras. People everywhere. Places you should be. Places you shouldn’t. Times you need to be quiet, times you need to speak up. The film set is a place where everyone needs to know what they’re doing and where they’re going, and it’s a place where everyone will expect the same of you. Yet if you’ve never worked on a set like this before, that can be a tall order.
Whether you’re a PA on your first film, the director helming the production yourself, or anything in between, having a firm understanding of the expected etiquette on set—or “setiquette”—is crucial and lends itself to how much trust others will put on you. A film set might look like chaos from the outside, but it is often just the opposite—a well-oiled machine where everyone has a role and everyone knows where they should be and what they should be doing. If you are unsure of your own role on set, you can very well stick out like a sore thumb and contribute to slowdowns and frustrations. On the other hand, if you are confident, competent, and helpful on set, people will notice, which will lead to new opportunities and a team who will want to work with you time and time again. This is why it’s so important to walk onto your first set with a good idea of how everything works.
Jonathan Kesselman is an award-winning writer and director who has worked on projects for companies like Fox, Paramount, Nickelodeon, Disney, Sony, Blue Sky Animation, MTV, Comedy Central studios, Funny or Die, WWE, Nintendo, and many more. His first feature film THE HEBREW HAMMER, starring Adam Goldberg, Judy Greer and Andy Dick, premiered at Sundance Film Festival before getting picked up by Comedy Central. THE HEBREW HAMMER has since become a holiday cult classic, voted among the top holiday movies by the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Boston Globe and Time Magazine. His next film JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERIKAN HERO, starring Maz Jobrani, won both the Comedy Vanguard and Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival before being released on Showtime and Netflix. Jonathan also wrote and directed second Unit for Oscar-winning director Ang Lee on the film BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK. He recently co-created the short form comedy series GANDER, streaming exclusively on Tubi. Through his long and varied history in film and television, Jonathan is no stranger to film sets and how to best work within them.
Jonathan will break down how a professional film or television set works and everything you should know before stepping on set for the very first time. He will give a snapshot of how a film set generally looks and run before going through all of the different departments on set and their relationship to the director. Jonathan will spend time delving into the role of the assistant director, the beating heart of the set and will then explain what a day on set generally looks like, including a schedule breakdown and how the workflow normally looks. Next he will go through the importance of blocking rehearsals, the art of slating, and how to read a call sheet and shooting schedule. Jonathan will teach you how to find success on your first set, including how to hold yourself so you’re called back again. He will also go over how to find success as a director, how to delegate, motivate, and empower, in addition to staying on schedule. Jonathan will then show you five common mistakes to avoid making on set. Finally he will give you tips on how to break in and get experience on set, including where to find opportunities and what roles you should be looking for.
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There is a myth in the television industry right now: more channels mean it’s easier to sell a show, right? WRONG! The diversification of television and the dominance of streaming services over linear cable have made it HARDER to sell unscripted programming. Why? Because there are too many places for the audience to go. In order to get a hit, networks have to become specialized and truly define their brand in order to stand out. You can no longer just pitch IDEAS to networks. IDEAS are not STORIES and they’re not SERIES. There is a lot more work (research, interviews, and writing) that has to go into a pitch before you can take it to a network. Bomb a pitch and a network might not let you in the door again. Angela Molloy is one of the original unscripted executives having been in the game since 2001, when it was just getting started. She’s also one of the only executives who has been a network buyer, a production company development executive (seller), and an Executive Producer in the field. In this webinar you’ll learn get an overall sense of the reality landscape and concrete essential tips for how to develop and pitch into it. Sign up today to make sure you don’t get caught with your pants down during a pitch!
Whether you’re a producer, director, or a department head, budgeting and managing your production is the key to creating a successful film. In this exclusive 4-week class you’ll learn how to identify and determine your budget needs and learn tips and tricks to keeping on budget and making the most of each dollar. You’ll find out how to not only plan for each day, but to execute with the end-game in mind. Whether it’s a film festival premiere, distribution with a streaming platform, awards, or a theatrical release, you need to know where you’re going in order to pave the road to success. A poorly planned film can derail quickly and the budget can balloon out of control. If you don’t have the right tools, resources, and foresight, you’ll end up with a film that can’t be completed. This class and assignments will help you identify the budget level that’s right for your film, point you to the tools to manage it, and provide you with tips for building relationships and resources to support your efforts. Class take-aways prepare you for creating and managing a company of crew, cast, and stakeholders. You’ll come away from this class with the knowledge to ask the right questions and build a solid plan for your next film. Sharing this invaluable information for you exclusively through Stage 32 is Allison Vanore, an Emmy Award-winning producer with projects at Amazon Prime, NBC Universal, Canvas Media Studios, Facebook Watch, and more. She produced the six-time Emmy-winning series AFTER FOREVER and directed the follow-up special RILEY'S UNFORGETTABLE SCHOOL PROJECT, for which she was awarded the Television Academy Chairman's Pillar Award for getting the production back to work safely during the pandemic. She also produced the award-winning series DARK/WEB and currently produces digital content for Mattel's doll brands, American Girl and Barbie. She was previously the Head of Production at Canvas Media Studios. Having produced films during these significant union, health, and safety changes, Allison is uniquely equipped to highlight the obstacles you're about to face and show you how to circumvent them. WHAT MAKES THIS CLASS UNIQUE How to identify essential elements in your script during development. Sample pitch deck Practice assignments for creating a plan for a crew of 60 people And more great resources! And, as a bonus at the end of this exclusive class you will receive an official Stage 32 Producing Class: How to Budget & Manage a Production Certificate. Payments plans available - contact email@example.com for more information.
One of the biggest challenges you’ll face as an actor or actress is learning lines for auditions, or even when you get onto set. It can be a real challenge to be among the few who are able to do so quickly. It can be the make or break for a booking, callback or avail. Luckily there are some techniques you can use to make memorizing easier and less daunting. The key to doing this is simple: you don’t have to be memorized 100 percent with the EXACT words on the page, its important to know the story, and the general idea of the script when auditioning for a project. When on set you’ll have to know it word for word. Many actors struggle with memorization due to time constraints, issues with vocabulary, long scripts, and just the general idea that it’s not that simple. However, do not let that stop you! We have amazing techniques to help you remember that script. Rachel Paulson has grown up in a family of Hollywood royalty. She and her sisters, Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson (AMERICAN CRIME STORY, OCEAN'S 8) and Liz Paulson (SVP of Casting for FOX) have worked together for decades to learn every aspect of the entertainment with much success. Rachel is the star of the series "DATING ZOE", the host of the video series Drink Responsibly with Rachel Paulson, and the co-host of the podcast Gay vs. Straight Bitches with One Tree Hill alum, Lindsey McKeon. She stars as the lead "Kate" in the LGBTQ drama film GOOD KISSER on Hulu. Rachel currently has a YA television series in development based on a true story, with Sarah Paulson attached to produce. Rachel specializes in Comedy and Drama Features and Television. Rachel will teach you a new way to think about memorizing lines and techniques and ideas that you can start using today to get off book (or off book enough) in no time. She will walk you through common misconceptions you may have about memorization (do you REALLY need to be 100% off book?) and share multiple approaches she's developed to help her get her lines down more quickly. Rachel will even go deeper by showing how these techniques and the art of memorization can be used to make the script your own. By the end of this webinar, you’ll walk away with more confidence to nail your next audition and your performance on set.
Learn directly from Liz Profumo, Managing Attorney of the Immigration Firm D'Alessio Law Group! "Lots of info provided and all questions were answered. Thank you so much, you've made the first step much easier! So glad this webinar came up as I was feeling pretty lost and confused on how to go about it. I'm trying not to 'self-diagnose' as you said, but it has made me realise I need to get more professional experience and put myself out there more, to give myself the best shot at getting the visa." – Jessamie K. "[They were] very informative and gave great advice…All in all, I left the webinar very pleased and more informed!" – Herschel A. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Managing Attorney Liz Profumo and her team at DLG Immigration will walk you through the O-1 ‘Artist of Extraordinary Ability' Visa. Liz will deconstruct the issues that foreign nationals encounter when crossing the border, applying for visas, finding employment in a new country and relocating. You will leave the webinar knowing: Exactly what the O-1 visa entails. How to construct the resume of the visa. How to getting letters of support. What other visa options exsit if the O-1 isn’t a good fit for you. What to do - and not to do - at the border. How to identify and avoid immigration scams. Your host Liz Profumo has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2007. Her practice is limited to immigration and nationality law and concentrates on temporary and permanent business and employment related visas for investors, artists, and entertainers, and she has assisted hundreds of artists, performers, and other industry professionals to realize their dreams of living in the United States. The associates at DLG Immigration have personal experience in the immigration process and the entertainment industry, and understand your logistical requirements as well as your legal requirements. They understand the types of documentation you will have and what to ask you for and are here exclusively for Stage 32 to help our members around the world pursue their dreams of working in the U.S.
In Stage 32's continued effort to democratize the industry, we have partnered with Female Voices Rock for another thrilling virtual event to shine the light on women in the entertainment industry. On March 8, International Women's Day, some of the industry's female leaders came together to host an inspiring webcast celebrating women in entertainment. The panel features four powerhouse female voices of entertainment, including: Robyn Watson - VP of Corporate Comms, Gannett & Board President of Women in Film & Television, Atlanta (WIFTA) Kimberley Browning - Catalyst Content Festival, Head of Programming Amanda Toney - Stage 32, Managing Director Catherine Delaloye - Female Voices Rock, Founder & Executive Director Please note: This panel will be hosted on Zoom Webinar and you will receive your link to log in the morning of the panel.
Payment plans available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details 4-PART INTERACTIVE CLASS (OVER 8 HOURS OF EDUCATION) Get feedback from an executive and writer who's worked with Netflix, Disney, and more. Includes Exclusive Handouts Only Available For Those In Justine's Class! You have a script that you really believe in and you've managed to get it into the hands of a decision maker to read. Now the script has to do the work for you. Executives, representatives, and script readers typically know how they feel about a script after reading the first 10 pages. If a script doesn't grab a reader in the first 10 pages it risks being tossed aside for the next script on their pile. Your mission is to pen an opening 10 pages that stand out with a dynamic protagonist, the world they exist in, the genre, and the tone. Getting these pages right isn't easy, but we've got you covered. In this exclusive Stage 32 class, you’ll workshop your opening pages with an industry veteran who has worked as both a successful writer and executive so that your script is ready to grab readers and the industry by storm from the very first page. Whether you’re starting a new script or rewriting one you've previously completed, fitting everything into those opening pages is a skill unto itself. So, we've got a mentor for you who understands writers' struggles and executives' needs because she's done both roles. Justine Wentzell-Cheng hosts this interactive class using her strong storytelling skills and deep knowledge of the industry landscape to give you notes. She’ll highlight the crucial elements executives are on the hunt for while elevating the story and characters and show you how to nail these elements at the top for maximum effect. Justine is a former acquisition and co-production executive turned writer and producer. She has read and developed countless scripts, many of which have landed at Netflix, Disney, and other major networks and streaming platforms. Today, she works as a writer, and she currently has multiple scripts in development with broadcasters and production companies. By the end of the class, you will have a top-notch opening sequence for your script that has been workshopped with a professional and you'll have the tools to consistently grab the reader's attention out of the gate in all of your work.