Marty Lang is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and teacher with 14 years experience in independent filmmaking. His feature writing/directing debut, Rising Star, won Best Premiere at the 2012 Seattle True Independent Film Festival, is being distributed worldwide by Content Film, and can be purchased on Amazon.com. His producing credits include Rising Star, the 2014 IFP Labs selection Out Of My Hand, and the mockumentary Being Michael Madsen, starring Michael Madsen, Virginia Madsen and David Carradine. His location manager credits include The Haunting Of Amelia, starring Brendan Fehr and Tania Raymonde, and Goats, starring David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga and Dakota Johnson. And his documentary directing debut, Where They Turn, about Connecticut military veterans and their search for assistance, was released in 2014, made possible by a grant from the Paul Newman Foundation. Lang has worked extensively in film education. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film, Video and Interactive Media at Quinnipiac University, and has worked as the Educational Director for the Connecticut Film Festival. He also created the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, a nationally-recognized workforce development initiative that taught Connecticut residents to work in below-the-line crew positions on films and television shows. He has also written extensively on filmmaking and the entertainment industry, with his work appearing in the New York Times, Filmmaker Magazine, Script Magazine, and Film Courage. Lang has an MFA in Film Production from the Florida State University Graduate Film Conservatory, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Connecticut Full Bio »
Making an independent film is hard, no matter where you're doing it. But there's great news – no matter where you film, there are treasure troves of resources available to you, if you know where to look. In any community, there are people, government agencies, and organizations that are looking to help people just like you. The smart filmmaker will find them, engage them, and work with them to create a much better film than they had, at first, imagined.
This type of filmmaking is called place-based filmmaking, and it can be done in any big city, small town, county or state. If you think about how to engage your local community from the moment you start thinking about your film, you will be able to better capture the authenticity of where you are in your work, as well as open yourself up to resources you may not have had before.
Marty Lang is a an award winning producer of over 20 films, best known for his feature romantic dramedy, Rising Star, in which he implemented place-based filmmaking and engaged his community’s resources from production to distribution. This film went on to win awards at various film festivals and was featured in Filmmaker Magazine, Film Threat and Film Courage.
In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Marty will teach you how to create a successful place-based film. Using examples of place-based filmmaking from his own resume, Marty will show you how place-based filmmaking will help you develop your story more organically, and how it will help you solve many problems before you even get into production.
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Learn directly from Jessica Sitomer, International Entertainment Industry Speaker, Career Coach, and Author, as well as Producer of three TV shows, actress, produced writer and development associate! Episodic season is around the corner, and if you don’t already have an agent or manager, now is the time to strike! Easier said than done, right? What if we told you there was a proven strategy for finding and obtaining legitimate representation no matter your creative discipline? In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Jessica Sitomer will reveal that, through interviewing agents and having her own representation through the years, there is a strategy for getting agents! Stage 32 is thrilled to bring back Jessica Sitomer to teach! Jessica consistently receives 100% satisfaction ratings on her webinars and classes (see reviews below!) and has a knack for providing excellent, immediately useful information in a genuine and easy to implement way. You will leave the webinar knowing: What type of client are you? The three ways Agents categorize their clients (you may not like the one you fall under). Three questions an Agent wants to know before taking you on. 4-step strategy for getting an Agent. How to rock episodic season with an in-depth plan. How to meet more people. Your host Jessica Sitomer is a world traveled speaker and panel moderator who has coached thousands of people worldwide, and is proud to see her clients’ names on almost every TV show and film she sees. Simultaneously, Jessica works as a professional in the entertainment industry, on shows for ABC, Nickelodeon, Showtime, MTV, and had her writing produced by an Emmy Award winning producer. She is here at Stage 32 to pass on her knowledge and experience of working with thousands of people, just like you, to make your journey a comfortable ride.
At the end of this exclusive lab you will receive a Stage 32 Producing Lab Certificate Get one-on-one mentoring and guidance from an accomplished producer on getting your own project made! Payment plans available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details 8 of 15 spots remain In today’s film market independently producing a film is a great way to get your project made. There are thousands of independent films that are developed, made and distributed every year that started from a script. But how? Now, more than ever, the need for a major studio to get your project into production becomes less and less, while more control is put into your own hands. Whether you're a filmmaker, producer, writer or actor, you have the ability to produce and shepherd a film project if you know the right steps to take to get it done. In order to do this, though, you will need to get your project market-ready and make it attractive to co-producers, financiers, actors, directors, distributors and more. We're going to give you a mentor to help you get there. ABOUT YOUR STAGE 32 EDUCATOR Aimee Schoof is the co-founder of Intrinsic Value Films and has produced more than 35 feature films. Of those, 9 have premiered at theSundance Film Festival, four at the Tribeca Film Festival, three at SXSW, and one each at LA Film Festival, Toronto, Venice, New York FF, New Directors/New Films, and Berlinale, to name a few. Aimee’s company develops, produces and sells independent films that have been distributed worldwide, have won many awards and been honored with numerous nominations. Accolades include winning a Sloan Sundance Award and a Sundance Special Grand Jury Prize. Aimee’s work has led her to be nominated five times by Film Independent as a producer. She is currently both a Sundance and Film Independent Fellow and has worked in international sales attending all major markets, and regularly lecturing on film finance and production. Aimee’s extensive experience has made her intimately familiar with how to successfully get a project off the ground and build a team to get a script made. In this advanced level and exclusive four-session lab (no more than 15 students will be admitted), Aimee will work directly with you in an intimate class setting to help you make your script marketable and put the pieces together to get the film ready to go. Plus! Aimee will also provide you exclusive, confidential and helpful documents for you to download and use for your own projects including: Up-to-date list of in-demand writers and directors to reach out to Pitch Deck examples Outreach email templates "I really loved Aimee’s lab. She’s such a delight and so full of useful information that pertains to everyone’s individual projects, and she's so encouraging! I highly recommend this class and/or working with Aimee in general. I came out with loads of actionable steps to take my project further." -Patricia S. Expect to leave this lab with a better handle on the potential for your script, a working pitch deck, and a plan of attack to find your own team and get your film moving towards the finish line. And, you will receive a Stage 32 Producing Lab Certificate.
At times, the complications that can arise in the pre-production and production processes seem to come out of nowhere. This is especially true when the best laid, most regimented plans concerning budget, cast, and the creative process are upended. Filmmakers are often left wondering about the root of these issues, and whether or not they could have been prevented. This webinar will address how to tackle common hurdles in pre-production and production when identified early on…and how to roll with the punches when you’re blindsided. Some of the most common issues that can plague productions result from a lack of planning. To this end, the importance of having a top-notch line producer for your project, thoroughly researching the professional reputations of your cast and financiers, and maintaining open lines of communication with your director and writer cannot be overstated. Entering into a project blindly, being unrealistic about shooting schedules and financial constraints, or a disconnect between you and a filmmaker will only bog down (or shut down) production. Bottom line: preparation and research will save you money and aggravation. And on the occasion that you’re faced with an issue out of your control (be it inclement weather on set or an MIA actor), an ability to adapt, problem-solve, and then move on is key. Bradley Gallo is the Chief Creative Officer for Amasia Entertainment, and a guest blogger in the Stage 32 community. Helmed by the former president and COO of Marvel Studios, Michael Helfant, Amasia has emerged as one of the top production companies in the industry today. Bradley and Gerard Butler are the producers behind the 2019 Official Sundance Selection THEM THAT FOLLOW, which was acquired by SONY, as well as films like THE CALL (Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin), and MR. RIGHT (Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell). Amasia Entertainment is a production, finance and management company based in Los Angeles. Amasia is currently in pre-production on FATE, written by Gary Whitta (ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, BOOK OF ELI). Through Bradley's career, he has seen it all and knows how to navigate all hurdles on set. Bradley will take you through the common pre-production hurdles you will go through when making a film including when you lose key elements like money, talent, your director or a location. He'll talk about how to communicate with representation for talent. In addition, he will go over on-set production hurdles you'll face, as well, including when a director loses control of a set, when an actor goes missing or dealing with difficult talent. He'll go over what happens when you run out of money while filmmaking, what happens when you get hit with unexpected fines and how to work with multiple producers and financiers on set. And, he'll even help you understand how to deal with issues out of your control like weather, injuries, and more. This is an immersive deep dive into how to prevent problems not before they arise, but so they never arise so that your production stays on track, on time, on budget and with the entire cast and crew focused on the job at hand. Praise for Bradley's Previous Stage 32 Webinars: "Bradley is no bullsh*t. He is real, down to earth and tells it like it is. He is proof that anything is possible if you put the work into it" - Stan S. "Bradley is creative in his approach and that's refreshing!" - Samantha R. "Keep bringing Bradley back, please. He's one of the most honest voices I've come across in my 10+ years in the business." - Martin C. "I could listen to Bradley teach all day. He's straight to the point, fun, and inspiring. He makes me believe anything is possible." Melanie L.
A NEW EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR Early Bird Sale - Take 20% Off Learn what it takes to build a pitch deck that lands financing and distribution at the major markets from an executive producer who has successfully produced and sold 25 films with this process. Your pitch deck is the business plan for your creative endeavors and it’s one of the most critical tools for accessing partnerships and financing for your film or television project at AFM, MIPCOM and all the film and television markets. With the American Film Market (AFM) and International Market of Communications (MIPCOM) fast approaching, you’ll need your pitch deck perfected before approaching the countless production, financing, and distribution companies you’ll be meeting at these events. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll learn how to build a pitch deck that will tell the industry players your story, why they should invest in it, and why it has incredible financial potential. Winning over any company and investor requires you to get them to fall in love with your story while showing them a realistic overview of the potential return on their investment. Taking you through this vital information is Light Year Pictures Executive Producer and Head of Distribution, Michelle Alexandria. Michelle has over 20 years of working in sales and distribution, with 25 features produced for $6 million and under. Previously, she was the Head of International Sales and Acquisitions for Glasshouse Distribution. She knows what producers and investors at festivals and markets are looking for, having regularly attended and spoken at festivals around the world, including AFM, MIPCOM, Berlin, Buenos Aires, UniFrance, Sundance, and Cannes. This webinar will show you everything you must include in your pitch deck and how to build it so that the people reading stay engaged with the material and you. Michelle is exclusively sharing with you professional pitch decks that helped her secure financing to make her films and successfully sell them by featuring engaging stories and realistic expectations. Don’t wait to learn from an industry veteran with proven success and build your pitch deck today.
Since announcing our new screenings initiative, thousands of new members have joined the Stage 32 community, and there was no better time than to come together to connect, learn, and grow in our digital universe. So with that, I wanted to welcome our new members to the party by hosting one of my AMAs (Ask Me Anything): Quarantine Edition. Damn, you guys were on fire! The entertainment industry is rapidly changing as we all navigate this evolving landscape. In the last few weeks, in addition to talking with over 800 filmmakers from canceled festivals, I've had countless conversations with executives and industry professionals how creatives can keep hustling and put themselves in position to succeed in this new and ever-changing landscape. With everything going on, I can say without hesitation that I had a LOT to share! And I know you all had questions! In this over 2 hour AMA webcast we got together for inspiring, motivating, and brutally honest craft and industry talk. Remember, no matter what your discipline, skill level, geographical location, etc, this AMA will be helpful for ALL! You all brought your questions and the energy and I handled the rest. Amidst this global crisis that has forced so many of us indoors, we are excited to give film, tv, and digital creatives a safe place to stay creative and build relationships with their fellow entertainment industry folks from all over the world. Let's continue to come together for some inspiration, motivation and community love. And if you know any other creative who is not a member of Stage 32 that could use a lift, please invite them as well by sharing the on demand link to download. I enjoyed spending quality time with you all.
You might have the greatest script and top talent attached, but it takes money to make a movie. This in-depth, four-part course dives into all the pieces of the finance puzzle, where to find them, how they fit together, and the knowledge you need to create a plan for your indie film. When a lack of money holds you back from producing your dream project, it can feel impossible to overcome. But this doesn't have to be you. If you have the script, BondIt Media Capital can show you how to make it a reality in this ultimate guide to financing, exclusively from Stage 32, in a four-week, intensive course. BondIt Media Capital is the world-renowned film, television, and media financier behind the Oscar-nominated LOVING VINCENT, Roland Emmerich’s MIDWAY, the Indie Spirit-winner THE PEANUT BUTTER PROJECTS, and many more. Their projects have starred Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Nicolas Cage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Kevin James, Morgan Freeman, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Smith, and Samuel L. Jackson, and many other A-list names. Over four lessons, BondIt executives will show you every aspect of independent film financing available to you. You’ll start and end the intensive with BondIt CEO and co-Founder Matthew Helderman, a producer on Spike Lee’s RODNEY KING for Netflix. Matthew will teach you key film financing lessons, including the five stages of financing, the four primary quadrants of your finance play, sales receipts waterfall, and understanding the project risk so that you know how to approach financiers. Later in the program, he’ll use case studies to look over all that you’ve learned and the pros and cons of the financing opportunities available to you. Joining Matthew as your hosts are Grady Craig and Tyler Gould. Grady is the VP of Business Development and Operations and is an expert in raising equity and creating a fantastic film package to grab investors. Tyler, BondIt’s VP of Finance and Development, will teach you new financing options and how to weigh your options, from tax credits to grants to bridge lending and more. In just a handful of lessons, you’ll receive a wealth of complex financing knowledge from four experts, setting you up to follow in their footsteps and bring your indie film to the big screen by building the perfect financing plan for you.