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Movies and TV shows all start with a great script, but finding one is not always easy. Whether you’re an independent producer or a large production company, it can take countless hours of reading and looking through hundreds of scripts to find that diamond in the rough.
How many times have you found a great idea, but the script just didn’t live up to the concept? Or how about a great writer whose idea isn’t quite marketable enough? Are these lost causes? Should you still consider them?
In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Joe Russo will explain from an executive’s point of view the best ways to find and identify a great script. He will also dive into how Hollywood producers analyze material and determine if it’s worth taking on, so you can learn to do the process just like the pros do. You will leave this webinar with a clear understanding of how and where to find great undiscovered scripts, as well as how to analyze the material to make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.
Joe Russo is currently the Director of Development at Level 1 Entertainment, where he heads up a slate of feature films and television programs, working hand-in-hand with several major motion picture studios and television networks. Joe has worked on commercials, web-series, television and feature films for such companies as Nike, FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios. Joe has been recognized for his “firm grasp of the craft, solid storytelling, and compelling characters”, as well as developing many acclaimed projects, and he is here exclusively to teach for Stage 32!
-Understanding Different Types of Production Companies.
- What’s the difference between a financier, foreign sales company and development
- Who should you go to and with what projects?
-Understanding how a piece of material flows through a Production Company.
- Who is reading a script?
- How are they analyzing the material?
- What are they looking for?
- How to Find Material.
- Understanding Digital Opportunities versus Traditional Methods.
-How to Analyze Material.
- How should you be vetting a project?
- How should you be vetting the writer?
-What is a Producer Looking for in a Script?
- What are they trying to find in a studio movie? An independent one?
- What genres are they looking for? Why?
- What types of characters are they looking for?
- Which budget ranges work best? Why?
- Independent producers looking for effective ways to find new scripts
- Production companies looking for new ways to find material
- Producers looking for new projects
- Producers looking for the best way to analyze scripts they have already found
- Writers interested in seeing what producers look for when vetting scripts
- Directors looking to spot standout material
- Any creative that wants to learn the process of how scripts are found and picked up
Webinars take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32. You can participate from the comfort of your own home and you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend the live webinar, you can still participate! The webinar will be recorded and you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year. More information can be found below.
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 include 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, developed with writer Leo Sardarian, that was featured on the 2013 Young and Hungry List, the 2013 Hit List and the 2013 Black List.
Q: What is the format of a webinar?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.
Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.
Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
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.
Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!
Learn directly from Joe Russo, an Independent Producer who has worked on projects with FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios! You’ve spent days, weeks, months, maybe even years, toiling away on your screenplay. You’ve read all the books. You’ve taken the seminars. You’ve work shopped your script to death. You’ve crafted a sharp pitch and logline for your script – and now someone in the industry wants to READ your work! You celebrate this long awaited victory, but what happens next? What if they don’t just like the script you’ve poured your heart and soul into, what if they WANT it. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Joe Russo will shine a light and give an executive’s opinion and advice on a Hollywood process you’ve all heard of, but probably don’t know nearly enough about – Development. Joe has been recognized for his “firm grasp of the craft, solid storytelling, and compelling characters”, as well as developing many acclaimed projects. The path to taking your written words and turning them into a major motion picture is a tricky, windy road. You all know the coined phrase “Development Hell”, and too many projects fall into this pit simply because the process isn’t clearly understood at the outset. So join Stage 32 as we explore the complicated and fascinating world of Development, and all of the small victories and bumps along the road that you can experience on your way to the green lighting of your screenplay into a movie.
In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Joe Russo will take writers behind the scenes of 2 horror films and 1 horror pilot. This webinar will be an honest, unapologetic look at the successes and struggles during the 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 decision makers. 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. Learn directly from Joe Russo, producer 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 sell 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!