See our incredible lineup of the top voices in the industry who are participating in the Stage 32 Global Film Production Summit. Come learn from the top experts as we discuss the state of the industry today. Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32, Screenwriter & Producer Richard "RB" Botto has created the online platform and marketplace designed to democratize the entertainment industry, Stage 32. By leveling the playing field for all film, television and digital content creators and professionals worldwide, Stage 32 provides networking and training opportunities as well as direct access beyond the gatekeepers.Launched in 2011, the Stage 32 community has grown to over 1 million entertainment creatives and professionals worldwide. In addition, Stage 32 has curated the world's largest educational library with over 3,000 hours of webinars and classes designed to help all film, television and digital content creators and professionals hone their craft and navigate the industry.RB is also a producer whose films have played at dozens of festivals around the world including the Sundance-award-winning feature Another Happy Day, written and directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson. He was on the producing team of What Lies Ahead starring Rumer Willis and Emma Dumont and Rain Beau’s End starring Ed Asner and Sean Young. He is the Executive Producer on projects with Gidden Media and National Lampoon. Through Stage 32 he has helped incubate Chick Fight, starring Malin Akerman and Alec Baldwin, produced by Yale Productions and Ramo Law, and 10-31, produced by Eli Roth and Orion Pictures and Crushed on Tubi.As a working writer RB sold his original television series to a mini-major studio and attached an A-list showrunner from Apple at the helm. He works on active writing assignments and has sold two feature film scripts.As an actor, he began his career as a theater actor in New York and his latest film On the Corner of Ego and Desire premiered at the Raindance Film Festival.Additionally, RB's #1 best-selling book Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, was published by Routledge under the American Film Market Presents banner, is available on Amazon and Audible, where it has garnered over 100 5-star reviews.RB has been a keynote speaker and panelist all over the world at such festivals and conferences as the Cannes Film Festival (France), American Film Market (US), Tribeca Film Festival (US), Austin Film Festival (US), SXSW (US), Cinequest (US), Winston Baker (US), Hollyshorts Film Festival (US), Raindance Film Festival (UK), Hamburg Film Fest (Germany), Trinidad & Tobago Film Commission (Trinidad), Fest Festival (Portugal), Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia) and Harvard (US) on the business of the entertainment industry. Cassian Elwes, Producer Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema and an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films, having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent. Elwes began his producing career with 1983’s “Oxford Blues” starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including “Men At Work,” with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and “The Chase” with Sheen. In 1994, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 15 years. He financed such indie hits as “Slingblade” and “The Apostle,” both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. “Monster’s Ball” was their follow up, which won the “Best Actress” Oscar for Halle Berry, the first African American woman to do so. Since leaving William Morris Independent 5 years ago, Elwes has either produced or executive produced 40 films including John Hillcoat’s “Lawless,” Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, which was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Feature.” Recently, Elwes produced the hit period drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which featured an all-star cast headed by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also executive produced J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost” starring Robert Redford and executive produced and arranged financing for the Oscar winning hit “Dallas Buyers Club” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. Elwes executive produced the Kevin Costner release “Black and White”, directed by Mike Binder, and has produced both Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” and Eli Roth’s “Knock Knock”. His most current release was “Elvis & Nixon” starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey. Cassian is in post on the 1980’s Los Angeles-set thriller “The Billionaire Boy’s Club”, starring Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, and Kevin Spacey. Elwes also finished “Mudbound”, which was directed by Dee Rees, starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige and Garrett Hedlund which was nominated for 4 Oscars. Krutin Patel, Manager of Production at HBO/MAX Krutin Patel is the Manager of Production at HBO/MAX and manages multiple and simultaneous in-house, co-productions and licensed Dramas, Comedies, Unscripted, Features, Animation, Specials and Kids & Family productions beginning with Prep, Shoot, and Wrap. He works closely with Studio partners including WBTV, Paramount TV, Fifth Season, Universal TV, Lionsgate, Sesame Workshop, WB/Sony/CN Animation, ITV, JAX, All3Media, A24, and B17. David Woods, Co-Producer on Emmy-nominated THE BEAR (Hulu) David Woods is a Producer/Director/Writer, who lives and works in New York. Currently David is Co-Producer on "The Bear", Producer on "American Sports Story: Gladiator", and developing projects as Independent Producer with an interest in helping to realize original, authentic, character-driven content that speaks to the challenges and the possibilities of our divided world. David has served as a Producer, working closely with the Showrunners to help bring to life over two hundred episodes of television across a wide range of storytelling worlds, including: the Emmy-nominated Comedy series "The Bear", the Emmy-nominated, Peabody and Golden Globe Award winning Drama series "The Americans", the Golden Globe-nominated and NAACP Image Award winning Comedy series "Everybody Hates Chris", the NAACP Image Award winning Drama series "P-Valley" as well as "Red Oaks", "Sweetbitter", "Genius: Aretha", "The Girlfriend Experience”, and "Up Here". He has also served as Post Production Supervisor on various projects, including Steven King’s Emmy Award-winning Mini-Series "Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King" for TNT, "The Good Wife" for CBS, "Big Love" for HBO, and the Jon Reiss feature documentary BOMB IT, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He's worked with industry notables such as Ryan Murphy, Stuart Zicherman, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Christopher Storer, Joanna Calo, Steven Levenson, Thomas Kail, Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green and Josh Senior. Katie Pryor, Co-Founder of Film USA and Executive Director of Baton Rouge Louisiana Film Commission Katie Pryor is the Co-Founder of FilmUSA, a nonprofit trade organization representing film commissions across the United States. In addition, she is the Executive Director of Baton Rouge Louisiana Film Commission. Sam Sokolow, Emmy-Award Nominated Producer, GENIUS (Disney+, NatGeo) Sam Sokolow is a highly respected television executive and 2-time Emmy nominated Executive Producer with deep experience in developing and producing television series. Sam is currently Executive Producer of "GENIUS", a scripted series for Disney+/National Geographic Network, which he developed from book to series. The first season of "GENIUS" depicted the life of Albert Einstein with Geoffrey Rush starring as Einstein and Ron Howard directing the pilot. "GENIUS: EINSTEIN" garnered ten Emmy nominations including a Best Limited Series nomination for Sam. The second season of "GENIUS" - "GENIUS: PICASSO" - depicted the life of Pablo Picasso with Antonio Banderas starring as Picasso and garnered seven 2018 Emmy nominations including a Best Limited Series nomination for Sam. The third season of "GENIUS" – "GENIUS: ARETHA" - depicts the life of “The Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin, with Cynthia Erivo portraying Aretha and Suzan-Lori Parks showrunning. Season 4 of "GENIUS" – "GENIUS: MARTIN LUTHER KING" will premiere on Disney+. Prior, Sam served as a founder of Nice Media Studios, an independent studio based in Los Angeles and Toronto and the President of EUE/Sokolow, an independent television studio based in Los Angeles and New York and before that Sam was a founding partner of SokoLobl Entertainment, an independent television production company based in Los Angeles. While leading these companies, Sam executive produced 18 original TV series and set up dozens of television and film projects at every major studio and distributor in Hollywood. Sam served as Co-President of Homemade Entertainment, a venture capital-backed television and media content website. Sam co-wrote, produced and directed the award-winning independent feature film The Definite Maybe, starring Josh Lucas, Roy Scheider and Bob Balaban. Sam became the first filmmaker to self-distribute his own feature film via the Internet, a groundbreaking digital distribution initiative that landed him on Good Morning America and in Time Magazine. Previously, Sam created and produced world-class advertising and marketing campaigns for agencies such as Wells Rich Green, Moss/Dragoti and Partners & Shevack. Sam also spent a year as a Metro & crime reporter for the New York Daily News. Amanda Toney, Managing Director, Stage 32, Producer As Managing Director for Stage 32, Amanda oversees operations and partnerships for the global business. She has produced over 2,000 hours of online education created exclusively for Stage 32, and works with hundreds of entertainment industry executives from around the world to serve as educators and mentors. She has spearheaded partnerships with such prestigious organizations as Netflix, the Cannes Film Festival Marché du Film, American Film Market, Canon, SXSW, Austin Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, PGA, WGA and DGA, as well as brands such as AT&T, Peerspace, Pond5, Mandy, Bondit Media Capital and her personal favorite partnership, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is the official vodka of Stage 32.As a television producer she recently sold a scripted series to a mini-major studio, which she attached an A-list showrunner from an Apple, as well as a premium unscripted show to a major US network that went to pilot. As a film producer, Amanda has worked on the psychological thriller What Lies Ahead starring Rumer Willis and Emma Dumont, Metaphorms, a Hungarian film, which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival and Dolphin Girl which premiered at the Oscar qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival. She has also helped incubate Chick Fight, starring Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne and 10-31 which is being produced by Eli Roth and Orion Pictures. She is an Executive Producer on Vagic with Amy Baer at Gidden Media, as well as My Clone's an A*Hole with National Lampoon.Amanda has spoken all over the world at the Cannes Film Festival (France), American Film Market (US), Venice Film Festival (Italy) Hollyshorts Film Festival (US), Raindance Film Festival (UK), Hamburg Film Fest (Germany), Trinidad & Tobago Film Commission (Trinidad), Fest Festival (Portugal), Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia) and Harvard (US) on the business of the entertainment industry. Steven Davenport, Head of US Production & Partnerships, Screen Ireland With over 25 years’ experience in the Screen Industry, Steven worked as a nationally and internationally recognised line producer, production manager and location manager in the Irish Film, Television and Commercial Industry. Currently the Head of US Production and Partnerships at Screen Ireland and based in Los Angeles, Steven sits on the board of AFCI and is the current treasurer. Prior to moving to the US, he served as the inward production manager with Screen Ireland for the previous 5 years. Responsibilities include promoting Ireland for inward investment, assisting international producers and studios to locate production in Ireland and the promotion of Irish talent internationally. Mark Pennell, President, Catalyst Studios Mark is a creative, strategic, and performance-focused executive with 25+ years of innovative, energetic leadership in Australia, the US, and Europe. Mark is an expert in developing products, sourcing and securing financing, leveraging relationships, and presenting complex, large-scale productions. A motivational leader who is known for calm and clear delivery of mission objectives, aligning people and resources, and delivering results that exceed expectations. Mark has written several screenplays and successfully secured funding for numerous large-scale stage shows and feature films. He also delivered the operations for the $35m Australian Pavilion at the world expo (Japan) and turned a significant operating profit for the commercial stakeholders. For the past 12 years, Mark has been at the helm of Beacon Pictures, one of Hollywood’s most successful independent film and television companies. Elsa Ramo, Managing Partner, Ramo Law Recently named to Variety’s “2020 Legal Impact Report” and 2019 “Dealmakers List,” Elsa Ramo has represented over 100 films and 50 television scripted and unscripted series in 2019 alone, including Emmy award-winning shows and films which debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Elsa provides comprehensive legal services to producers, financiers, creators and owners of film, television and digital content and projects across a range of budgets and production levels. She established her own law firm to enable up-and-coming filmmakers and producers to bring their stories to life. Her clients include Imagine Entertainment, Fox, Balboa Productions (Sylvester Stallone’s production company), Scout Productions (creators and EPs of “Queer Eye”), Boardwalk Pictures (EPs for “Chefs Table”) and Skydance. Elsa’s leadership within the legal and entertainment communities extends beyond her successful Beverly Hills firm. She dedicates substantial time to mentoring women through various organizations. Additionally, Elsa is a go-to commentator and instructor on legal issues related to film financing and the entertainment market. Elsa Ramo founded the firm in 2005 on the Universal Studios backlot after several clients approached her to handle their independent productions. Now as managing partner to the firm, she handles client matters as well as manages the firm’s attorneys and packaging and sales department. Jose Castro, Costa Rica Film Commissioner From the Costa Rica Film Commission we develop the country strategy to promote exporting of intellectual property such as feature films and series, the locations of Costa Rica and the professional and technical capacity of our audiovisual industry to attract international films to be shoot in our country, and companies and their content conceptualization services and the realization of them, which are not intellectual property, such as commercials, music videos, educational videos, corporate videos, etc.) John Parkich, President, LMGI Location Managers Guild International John Rakich DGCO/ATAS/LMGI is a Supervising Location Manager and Location Scout with over 24 years of experience working on long and short format features and numerous television series for studios and streaming services. He is the current President of the Location Managers Guild International as well as a board member of the Directors Guild of Canada Ontario and sits on many filming advisory boards. He is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and has been a jurist for the Location Guide’s Makers & Shakers Awards and the EUFCN Awards. A frequent speaker at college campuses, international industry symposiums, podcasts, and a contributor of articles about production sustainability, labor workforce development, education, training and the economic benefits of location-based filming. Full Bio »
Join us for an exclusive virtual summit where top executives from the entertainment industry converge to explore the ever-evolving landscape of global film and television production. Discover insights, trends, and strategies that are shaping the future of entertainment. Join speakers from HBO/MAX, Emmy-nominated hit show THE BEAR (Hulu), Emmy-nominated hit show GENIUS (Disney/NatGeo), Screen Ireland, Catalyst Studios and more!
Date: October 19, 2023
Time: 9:00am PT - 1:30pm PT
Location: Virtual, exclusively through Stage 32
At the Global Film Production Summit 2023, we bring together the brightest minds in the entertainment industry to share their expertise, experiences, and visions for the future. This summit is your opportunity to:
Gain Industry Insights: Hear from industry leaders who are at the forefront of global film and television production. Learn about the latest trends, challenges, and innovations shaping the entertainment landscape.
Network with Experts: Connect with executives, producers, and creative minds from around the world. Build valuable relationships that could lead to exciting collaborations.
Discover New Opportunities: Explore opportunities for investment, co-production, and distribution in the global entertainment market.
Stay Informed: Stay updated on the latest technologies and strategies that are transforming the way content is created, distributed, and consumed.
Join us at the Global Film Production Summit 2023 to be at the forefront of the entertainment industry's evolution. Don't miss this chance to gain valuable insights, network with industry leaders, and shape the future of global film and television production. We look forward to seeing you there!
Keynote: Cassian Elwes - The Brave New World of Producing
Time: 9:00am - 9:45am PT
Producer Cassian Elwes has worked on over 150 films and television projects (including MUDBOUND, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE BUTLER) and has filmed all over the world on small to large productions. As our industry shifts to more globalization than ever, Cassian will discuss the state of producing and do a Q&A.
Introduction: Why the Global Production Summit?
Time: 9:45am - 10:00am PT
Following Cassian Elwes' keynote, Richard "RB" Botto, Stage 32 CEO, writer, and producer, along with Sam Sokolow, Head of Education and Emmy-nominated producer on Disney+/NatGeo’s GENIUS, will shed light on the significance of the Global Film Production Summit in today's entertainment landscape. Discover the reasons behind the growing importance of global film production and Stage 32's commitment to help support the industry.
Panel 1: Global Film Production - Producer Perspective
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm PT
Producing in 2023 presents unique challenges, from the increasing globalization of production to meeting the ever-growing demand for content. This panel gathers industry experts who will share their insights on navigating today's landscape, the lessons they've learned, and how they are adapting to these new realities.
Panel 2: Global Film Production - Film Commission Perspective
Time: 12:15pm - 1:45pm PT
In this session, we'll bring in international production executives to discuss the advantages and hurdles of filming on a global scale. Gain valuable insights into the world of film commissions and how they play a pivotal role in facilitating international productions.
The Global Entertainment Summit 2023 promises to be an eye-opening event, offering a comprehensive look into the brave new world of film and television production. With industry veterans, producers, and film commission representatives sharing their experiences and expertise, this summit is your gateway to understanding and thriving in the global entertainment landscape. Join us for a day filled with knowledge, networking, and inspiration.
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State of the industry Why the majority of TV/Film comes from pre-existing IP "The Executive Bias" Pre-existing Fan Base/Fleshed Out World Adapting Books/Articles Where to Go! How To Choose Material Who To Contact For Film/TV Rights How To Close The Deal Case Study: Game of Thrones, Sex and The City Case Study: The Wedding Sting in the Atlantic, now going to be a film at Paramount Adapting Comic Books / Video Games Where to Go! How To Choose Material Who To Contact For Film/TV Rights How To Close The Deal Case Study (Comics): Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel/Disney, lesser known/less successful comic became a blockbuster) Case Study: Jessica Jones (Marvel / Netflix) Case Study (Video Games): Assassin's Creed (FOX, to be released this December) Making it your own Most say DO NOT adapt your own material (leads to being too protective of your work/not as open to change) Fun thing about IP, when you build a world, it can keep being adapted into other mediums (Example: Orphan Black the comic book was one of the best-selling comics last year, adapted from TV show. Goes in both directions) The heart of this, however, is making sure the new versions are different enough from the old, AND have your voice in them. LIVE Q&A with Maggie!
Learn directly from the Director of Development for Ryan Reynolds' Dark Trick Films! Creating an independent film from scratch is daunting, but immensely rewarding, and can be done with any level of resources. Films under $1MM are especially a sweet spot for many independent filmmakers but certainly come with their sets of challenges. Stage 32 is excited to bring in the development executive for Ryan Reynold's production company Dark Trick Films & TV, Blake Goza, who has spent the last 7 years working projects such as Deadpool, Buried, The Change Up and RIPD. Even though Blake works on some of the most popular films & television of today, it's his personal project - a film entitled Escort - which he made independently for under $1MM that fuels his passion for being a creative. With this webinar, Blake will give you a producer’s perspective on building an independently financed movie, from start to finish, for under one million dollars. Using The Escort as a case study, he will walk you through each stage of the independent process: finding a script, packaging talent, determining a budget, acquiring financing, shooting, post production, and ultimately, distribution. Blake will discuss process specifics, like his decision to attach a sales agent in the early stages of development; what financing options he prefers - the benefits and risks of private equity versus foreign pre-sales; what talent he chose to attach first – the argument for finding your director before making offers to actors; and how to build a release strategy for your film that allows for success as you define it – whether your goal is critical acclaim, commercial exposure, or financial reward, begin with the end in mind, and build a platform that allows you to achieve that goal. If you’ve wanted to produce a film outside of the studio system on a responsible budget, then this class if for you!
Exclusive Advance Level Finance Class With Viviana Zarragoitia, the Vice President of Three Point Capital, one of the entertainment industry's top financiers that specializes in senior lending on film and television projects We are seeing more and more members of the Stage 32 getting fully-funded agreements from streamers like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu to create original content and we expect that trend to continue well into the future. In situations like this, traditional financing and distribution schemes vary and you, as a producer or filmmaker, need to understand how to finance and produce your film in the best way in order to deliver it to the streamer on time and on budget. This advanced level on-demand financing class is geared towards independent producers who either have, or one day will, receive a distribution agreement (i.e., Minimum Guarantee) offer for their film ahead of production. You will learn some valuable tools on how to monetize the offer towards financing the budget of the film. You will learn how to work with third party lenders to monetize the distribution agreement and the pitfalls to look out for when working with lenders in financing a distribution agreement. To help you navigate this is Viviana Zarragoitia who is the Vice President of Three Point Capital, one of the entertainment industry's top financiers that specializes in senior lending on film and television projects. Through Three Point, Viviana closes the financing on every film that the company is involved in. She has been involved in the financing of over 100 independent films, and worked with such producers as Cassian Elwes (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), Rob Barnum (MARGIN CALL), Anthony Bregman (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND), James Schamus (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), Aaron Gilbert (JOKER), Kimberly Steward (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA), Nicolas Chartier (THE HURT LOCKER) and Kevin Frakes (HEREDITARY), among others. Before Three Point Capital, Viviana worked in accounting at Millennium Films and Bold Films, as well as in the finance division of Lionsgate, where she oversaw the preparation of multi-million dollar film and television distribution deals. Viviana has seen it all when it comes to film financing and knows intimately well how films find success at all budget levels. She will make sure you feel confident about your streamer deal and deliver your film in line with what a streamer is looking for. Praise For Viviana's Stage 32 Education "Viviana was personable, professional, interesting, interested, and a wealth of knowledge and useful information. I will take every opportunity to learn from her. She was patient and polite with every question and always clear with what she knew, what she thought, what she believed, and what she didn't know. She painted pictures and delivered facts, outlining the paths she has seen successful producers take while still encouraging all to pursue their art with a greater knowledge of the business and understanding of the challenges and potential pitfalls." -Randy G. "As someone who was totally new to the world of film financing, trying to learn about the process by myself was intimidating to put it lightly. Viviana clearly explains the film financing process step-by-step and demystifies the complex, bespoke nature of pre-sales, tax credits, sales agents, and so much more. I feel infinitely more confident in my ability to produce a film thanks to this class. I give it the highest possible recommendation for any independent filmmaker looking to finance their film and take their projects to the next level." -Sean R. "Viviana has a tremendous depth and range of knowledge about film financing and she was happy to share everything she knew. Thanks to her loose, attentive style for the class, it ranged far and wide, and she answered a lot of people’s questions whether they were general or specific to their own projects. And I feel like there was value for all of us in even the most project-specific questions." -Randy V.
Streamers like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO Max have quickly become the holy grail for many filmmakers hoping to get their film produced and find success. And it’s no mystery why. With a subscriber base in the tens of millions (Netflix has 74 million subscribers alone!), there might not be a better place for your film to be seen and enjoyed across the globe. And streamers ARE picking up a lot of content, a staggering amount even. Netflix recently announced it is releasing 40 more films this year—that’s twice what most major traditional studios make in a whole year, all in just a few months. That said, even with this huge volume of new content Netflix and the other streamers continue to pick up and produce, it is not easy to get your film noticed or considered at these platforms, especially if you’re not already an established filmmaker. This is not to say it’s impossible, but it does require finesse, strategy, luck, and an understanding of how exactly streamers find their original films. For as prominent as streaming platforms have become, the process behind how a film actually finds its way into their libraries is opaque and enigmatic. With so little information on the inner workings of the streamers, it can seem confusing, maybe even impossible to get your own proverbial foot into the portal and get your project noticed. After all, there isn’t exactly a submission platform to upload your script for Amazon to review. The truth is, unless you’re already established or have that ‘in’ with a streamer, it’s very unlikely to get straight through and have them consider your work blind. There IS another way though, a way to get your project to a streamer, not by going through but by going around. Michael Schulman is a Feature Story Analyst for Netflix as part of its Independent Original Film Division, and his job revolves around evaluating feature screenplay submissions and deciding which ones to pass up to the executives to consider. Prior to his role at Netflix, Michael spent nearly a decade in the story department at CAA where he found projects for CAA clients. Over his storied career, Michael also served as an agent at ICM’s Motion Picture Literary Department and held numerous studio creative executive positions at Orion, TriStar, and Disney where he worked to develop film and television projects with some of the top talent in the industry. Michael is very familiar with what it takes for a script to find its way to decisionmakers since this has been a key feature of his job for over a decade. As a companion piece to his previous webinar that details the script evaluation process at Netflix and other streamers, Michael will teach you a smarter and more viable way to get your own feature film considered by streaming platforms, not by targeting the streamers themselves, but instead focusing on their content suppliers. He’ll begin by laying out how the normal streamer system works and go over specific reasons why your script might NOT be as good of a fit for them as you think. Michael will then delve into how “outsiders” can get in the streaming game by taking advantage of resources along the way and better understanding the content pipeline. He’ll explain what streamer “originals” actually are and show how streamers rely on production companies to fill their slate. Michael will show you how you can use this to your advantage by finding your way in with specific production companies and what you can do to make them want to produce your film with you. Michael will even offer a live demonstration, showing how to find the right production companies for your own project and the best contacts within them. Getting your work on Netflix and other streamers will never be easy, but you will leave this webinar with a better understanding of the best way forward. Praise for Michael's Previous Stage 32 Webinar "I loved Michaels honestly. His advice is invaluable." -Linda R. "Very genuine, authentic, knowledgeable." -Lissa C. "Michael was highly competent, extremely knowledgeable about his subject, and not afraid to share hard truths about the industry that many just won't be upfront about." -Lee T. "Michael did not sugarcoat anything. He gave honest information that clarified a lot of questions I had." -Nikki J.
Learn everything you need to know to make a short film that festivals will love and that can kickstart your filmmaking career from an award-winning short filmmaker! PLUS, receive exclusive handouts from your instructor to help make your short film. Whether you have a great idea that can be told in a several minutes or you want to create a proof-of-concept for your feature film, a short film is a fantastic way to get your foot in the door of the entertainment industry. But you don't just want to make a short, you want to make a short that grabs people's attention. That means getting accepted into festivals, filling up screenings, getting the word out, and more. And in this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, we're showing you how to make your short film - from concept through post-production - and get it the attention it deserves. This webinar is for any filmmaker looking to jumpstart their career or add to their portfolio with a short film. You'll learn all of the practical tools for producing a short film from concept through marketing and even festival debuts. You'll discover how to shape an idea into a short script, how to fundraise and access resources, what's required to produce a short film, and gain crucial directing techniques every filmmaker should know. Most importantly, you'll cover what it takes for a short film to get into a film festival and how to market your short so that your project gets seen. PLUS, you will receive exclusive handouts, such as a production resource guide and sample short film documents, including a script, shot list, lookbook, budget, and the final product. With so much to cover in a short amount of time, we brought in an award-winning short filmmaker, Tash Ann. Tash is a writer, director, and producer who launched her short film career with BIZARIA, which screened at Hollyshorts, was quickly licensed by ShortsTV, and aired for three years on DirecTV. Tash currently has a web series pilot, ABSTRACTION, making the festival rounds, and to date, it has won 22 awards and screened at 10 additional festivals. She has also directed 10 short films and produced 45 pieces of short-form content for Icon Media. In addition to the years of experience and knowledge Tash brings, she'll also be answering questions from you and your fellow filmmakers. Tash knows from experience how easy it is to get lost in making a short film when you lack previous hands-on experience. She'll show you how to avoid common pitfalls like writing without a budget in mind, creating a story that's too big or long for a short, not budgeting enough time or money, and hiring the wrong people. By the end of this on-demand webinar, you'll know what makes a good short film story, how to produce a short film, and how to get your short film into festivals and in front of audiences, all so that you can take your career to the next level. Don't miss out on your chance to learn from Tash's incredible experiences and kickstart your short film journey. TESTIMONIALS FOR TASH'S WORK: "Tash is very dynamic and extremely hard working. She is very passionate about her work and creating meaningful and powerful stories. She's an extraordinary talent with a beautiful vision for crafting and producing films and videos that truly impact her audiences." -- Aastha Lal Vice President of Operations, Icon Media
Learn how to effectively execute your pre-production from a multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author! It might not be the most glamorous, but pre-production is arguably the most important aspect of putting together a film. The crucial decisions you make and the team you build during this phase will determine the success of your production and ultimately, your film. But no matter what experience level you are at, pre-production can quickly become an overwhelming process. From hiring and budgeting to location scouting and scheduling there are always going to be a lot of plates you have to keep spinning. Yet approaching pre-production with a plan, with discipline, and with the appropriate knowledge will keep your film on track and even elevate it to a level you might not have previously thought possible. Whether you're filming a project for $1 million or $1,000, pre-production is the foundation to make sure your production goes smoothly. But with so many I’s to dot and T’s to cross, there are A LOT of traps and pitfalls you can fall into as a producer. That’s why it’s imperative you have a clear understanding of the work and challenges you have ahead of you and what you need to be aware of to ensure you can ultimately get your film made. So what exactly do you need to ensure gets done during this critical phase of your project? How can you build the best team possible and put together the resources you need without going over budget? Let’s dig in. Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and SEINFELD and producing films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG a #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane recently released his book What You Don’t Learn In Film School, which covers filmmaking from concept to delivery and has already landed on required reading lists at several universities across the country. Shane continues to produce and direct independent films of all levels, and just wrapped production on his latest action thriller BREAK EVEN. Over the countless films he has produced, Shane has gotten pre-production down to a science and knows what it takes to prepare a film of any level. In this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand webinar, Shane will dig into his deep producing knowledge to break down the pre-production process and outline how you can best prepare for your own project. Shane will explain how to define your budget, including where you should put most of your money towards and will dive into crewing up, focusing on the five most important members of your team and how to find the right fits for your project. He will next discuss the challenge of finding locations, how to do so for cheap, and how to best communicate with property owners and take care of permits. Then Shane will give tips on how to schedule, how many shooting days you should plan for and how to adjust when things inevitably change. Lastly, he will talk about the final steps producers should take before moving to production and when you should feel ready. Praise for Shane's Previous Stage 32 Webinar: "Shane was thorough, gave me a realistic view into the market as it is now, yet encouraging. Easy to listen to and follow. I'll be signing up for other classes he teaches in the future." --Karena K. "Just straight-forward, real, the kind of producer most of us would kill to work alongside." --Clark R. "Shane was relevant, knew what was happening, and could walk the walk." --Chuck R.