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This webinar had a live screening session recently and has not yet been converted into a video format.
This event takes place in::
The Film Center, Actors Connection.
630 9th Ave #1410, New York, NY 10036
Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe. Japan and America. He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). Open University awarded Elliot and Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009. Full Bio »
We all know that America is bursting with talented filmmakers.
Are you an independent filmmaker, cinema or digital media student, D-I-Y filmmaker or videographer? Do you have great ideas, a few skills and few filmmaking friends? Maybe you can shoot a short movie, but can you finance one, find an audience to watch it, or promote and sell it?
Raindance Film Festival Founder and social media maverick Elliot Grove comes to New York to bring a fresh look at breaking into the film industry to get your movie made and seen by others. Elliot has produced over 700 short films, 6 features and trained thousands of new and emerging filmmakers around the world. Discover how to use the Raindance method and social media to build audiences, source financing and screen films.
Have an idea for a movie? Elliot Grove explains the basic principles of writing screenplays and demonstrate the powerful storytelling tools used by the pros.
Can you pitch a clever log line in 140 characters or less? We’re going to tweet out your pitch to the world and find out!
Making movies is not complicated. But it’s hard work. Elliot Grove explains how today, everyone must act like a producer. There will be a tonne of RAW TALENT in this seminar, enough to finance and crew up a movie! In this segment, get producing tools & shooting tips to save you money and make it easier to get your movie made.
1-hr film challenge: Can you put together a creative team? Network during lunch and create a production team. Tweet your team photo.
Why is it that everyone wants to direct, but no one ever takes the time to learn how?
Elliot will outline the principle basics of directing, and how to get the actors and crew to do what you want.
If you would like to start setting up your own profile as a bonafide filmmaker, this is the segment for you. Elliot Grove will explain how to prepare your profile as a writer, producer, director.
Stage 32's very own Founder & CEO will be broadcast to the group from Hollywood for part of the class!
TWEET @RaindanceNYC we’ll send you a great sample Press Kit!
Now are you ready to make a movie? We top off the day and go to a nearby pub for refreshment and to network and start a collaborative project!
I am still absorbing the useful information I learned today at Saturday Film School. I gained an insightful glimpse into the different stages of the film-making process that will be useful to my current project. And I’m sure if you’re an inspiring actor or a screenwriter or director, you will be inspired to start or continue your own projects as well. A useful tip if you plan on attending a session: BRING A BUSINESS CARD! You will meet like-minded individuals who are seeking directors, cinematographers, sound editors, actors, etc to collaborate with and you will need to be able to provide your information quickly. Trust me on this, you have to stick around for the mixer after the program. If you’re the type of person who has been working independently on your craft but need a team to get your project off the ground, here’s where you make your connections! It’s worth every penny.
Elliot Grove made himself entirely accessible to everyone before, during and after the event — and I came away with my head and notepad absolutely jammed with education and inspiration, from practical considerations for production… to all kinds of creative ideas on how to make a film with what you already have, even with a low — or no — budget… the message throughout the day was ‘there are people right here who can help you get your film made … we have everything & everyone we need to make a film here in this room. Highly recommended! – Lis S.
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. Praise for Jonathan's Stage 32 Webinar "I enjoyed the thoroughness and detailed explanation, have no complains or negative comments, it was fantastic!" -Arlen G. "It was so broad, yet very detailed - perfect for a newbie like myself" -Kiri M. "Great information for me. Helps me to understand "Setiqutte" as I work towards getting my first TV show into the hands of a production company." -Gregory M.
In this Writers' Room Pitch Tank we welcome special guest, Development Executive Drew Gatto of Captivate Entertainment. Captivate Entertainment is a production company behind the enormously popular JASON BOURNEfranchise, which has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. At Captivate, Drew works closely with executives across the industry to source strong material and secure IP rights for projects in development. Last summer, he had the opportunity to travel to Budapest to work on Captivate's most recent TV project, "TREADSTONE", which aired on USA Network last fall. Drew started his career at the Gersh Agency where he worked with leading film and television talent, helping them secure roles and develop their careers. He then moved to Imagine Entertainment, where he had the distinct honor of working with Brian Grazer! During the Pitch Tank we hear pitches from members including period thrillers, female-driven dramedy, action, historically-based series, and Sci-Fi adventures!
“What’s your story about?” Having a perfect logline ready to answer that question can help give you the best chance of seizing the opportunity when you are asked. Your logline is your most important asset. It's invaluable for keeping you focused on what makes your story unique and for always making sure that you nail the first impression when someone asks you about your work. Having the perfect elevator pitch ready to go can make or break you when the opportunity presents itself. But, why do so many creatives struggle with coming up with that one-sentence? How do you get better at honing your logline? Stage 32 is here to help you. We have brought in Emmy-award winning producer Lane Shefter Bishop who has sold 30 PROPERTIES in the last 5 years - all from pitching just a logline. Plus, she is the author of the book Sell your Story in a Single Sentence; Advice from the Front Lines of Hollywood Touted as “The Logline Whisperer” Lane Shefter Bishop has the specific tools you need to help you know how to sell what you write! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Lane will give you insider information on how you can best position your project to sell your work to agents, editors, publishers and producers. Lane has successfully sold projects to various networks and studios, including NBC/Universal, ABC/Disney, CBS, Lifetime, Sony and 20th Century Fox. All of these projects have one thing in common – they began with a single sentence, a top-notch logline. After all, you can have the best material in the world but, if you get on the phone or in a room, you need to know how to sell it with your logline!
Only 12 Spots Available! You will record co-star sides and guest star sides and send them in as a mock audition review with a casting director to get feedback! Exclusively through Stage 32 "5 out of 5 stars!" - Morgan M. Today, more than ever, self tape auditions are an integral part of the casting process. This is even more true in the age of social distancing. And due to the convenience self tapes provide and tight deadlines casting directors often operate under, more roles are cast via self tape auditions than ever before. Understanding how to set up, craft, and shoot a self tape can be the difference between landing more roles and having your talents fall by the wayside. There is a legitimate art form and craft that goes along with preparing a self-tape audition, and it’s not necessarily the same process or skill set as in-person auditions. To 'pop' on the screen and to stand out to casting directors out of all the other tapes is no small feat. And like any discipline, this requires practice, forethought, strategy, and a focus on craft. As the industry continues to move towards more self tape auditions, and now that production is beginning to resume, pilot season is around the corner, and new roles and opportunities are finally available for actors, there is no better time to hone this skill set than right now. Taylor Nichols is an award winning filmmaker, theater director and actor with over one hundred credits to his name. He is currently on the Emmy-nominated Hulu show PEN15 and the HBO smash-hit PERRY MASON. Taylor has also appeared on shows such as Emmy and Golden Globe nominated THE WALKING DEAD and PRISON BREAK, the cultural hit DIRTY JOHN, Emmy-winning MODERN FAMILY, 24, Golden Globe nominated THE MENTALIST and many more. In addition to acting, Taylor is an award winning short filmmaker and an experienced producer with feature credits including THE NEXT STEP and CASE 219. Taylor brings to Stage 32 more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry and is ready to share with the community the skills and lessons he’s developed throughout his career. Over the course of three weeks, Taylor will work one on one with you on practicing and mastering the art of self-tape audition, all from the comfort of your own home. Taylor will begin by breaking down how best to put together your own self-tape, from performance tips to slating to where to place the camera to how to actually export and safely send the video. Taylor will provide you with both costar and guest star sides from current TV shows and work with you one-on-one in a class setting to hone your self-tape audition. Finally, Taylor will hold a mock self-tape audition by sending you brand new sides for you to prepare and tape ahead of the final class. In the final session, Taylor and a currently working casting director will review your tape and offer valuable feedback to take with you. With the casting landscape is changing so much, Taylor will offer vital guidance for you to stay ahead of the curve and do the work right in order to nail self-tape auditions and get the parts you’re after. WHAT TO EXPECT This lab is designed for actors of all levels interested in improving their craft and audition skills This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar. ***Only 12 Spots Available*** This class will consist of three weekly sessions. There will be an additional session on the third week where Taylor and a currently working casting director will review your self-tape audition. In this session you will receive valuable feedback and have the opportunity ask questions. Mock audition is strictly for education purposes and not for any employment opportunities Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the TV project development process. To see the full acting lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn". PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 12 students and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an award winning and nationally recognized actor is an incredibly valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good. Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at email@example.com for more information Praise for Taylor's Past Stage 32 Acting Lab: "As a working SAG-AFTRA actor, I've begun to lean toward one-on-one coaching sessions with trusted local resources but my experience with Stage 32 and Taylor Nichols was one of the highlights of 2020 for me. I wish this was an on-going class. As a teacher, I found Taylor to be extremely generous with his time, and refreshingly insightful with his feedback and guidance. In many ways it felt like a one-on-one class but with the added bonus of learning while watching other talented actors of different age groups, and styles work and evolve with Taylor's suggestions. My experience from beginning to end is something I'm grateful for and am now actively seeking out my next Stage 32 class." -Lisa R. "I thought Taylor's Monologue lab was fantastic, he was super friendly and inviting and created a safe place for everyone to comfortably practice and not be afraid of judgement. The class felt like a small little family learning and growing together. I give the class 5 out of 5 stars for being everything I hoped it could be and learned exactly what I needed to learn in it. Which is rare." -Morgan M.
Development Exec from Rosey TV joins our Panel as we listen and read your pitches live to help educate the Writers' Room screenwriters on what is and isn't working in their pitch.
Part 1 - Character Jared gives an overview of the elements that make for engaging and natural dialogue, using practical, real-world examples demonstrating how the voice of a screenplay can make your project competitive in the marketplace. He also reveals the “one true secret” behind some of the best dialogue ever written. Part 2 - Environment Jared leads a discussion on how to cultivate the best environment for great dialogue to grow. He also discusses the practical side of writing dialogue for a specific audience of genre. Part 3 - Voice Jared covers how to find a character's voice when writing dialogue, and how to successfully layer subtext into your scenes. Part 3 ends with a discussion on the Do's and Dont's of writing great dialogue. Part 4 - Objectivity The last part of this class covers common mistakes writers make when writing dialogue for voice overs. Jared reveals the single tool that is in every great writers' toolbox, and lastly he gives insight into what producers and executives look for when evaluating the voice of a screenplay.