Your Moderator, Courtney A. Smith has recently completed work as a script coordinator on FOX’s upcoming limited series SHOTS FIRED under Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood. She was a staff member on Baz Lurhman and Shawn Ryan’s THE GET DOWN for Netflix. She spent four years as a Sony term deal assistant for Patrick Massett & John Zinman, who she met while working on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. She has worked in both television and feature films and had her work under contract with IM Global and Sony International. Courtney’s television pilot, HIGHER, was recognized by the Austin Film Festival in 2015. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is originally from Northern Virginia. Full Bio »
With more television being created just about everywhere, this is actionable information for everyone, no matter where you live in the world!
Your accomplished instructors are:
Sonia Kharkar - Showrunner's Assistant - FOX's The Mindy Project - NBC's The Blacklist
Sonia began her career at WME and moved on to be a showrunner's assistant for ABC's The Blacklist and now is a showrunner's assistant for Mindy Kalig on The Mindy Project.
Nicole Ranadive - Staff Writer - TNT's The Librarians, Script Coordinator - FOX's Sleepy Hollow
Nicole has been active in the TV industry for years having worked in various writing positions on 24, Everybody Loves Raymond, Hawaii Five-O, Smallville and Dawson's Creek.
Solange Morales - Writer's Assistant - FOX's Shots Fired
Solange is currently a writer's assistant on FOX's Shots Fired. She started at Fox Searchlight Pictures as an assistant to screenwriters, producers and directors for the feature films Notorious and The Secret Life of Bees. Her next stop was the world of documentaries, casting her as associate producer of ESPN’s One Night in Vegas, a doc chronicling the parallel lives of undisputed heavyweight boxing champ, Mike Tyson and iconic rapper, Tupac Shakur.
Melissa Brides Ockman - Script Coordinator - NBC's Blindspot
Melissa is currently the Script Coordinator for NBC's Blindspot. From New York, Melissa graduated from City University of New York-Hunter College with a Bachelor's degree in Film, Cinema and Video Studies.
Here’s what you can expect to learn from this talented panel of ladies:
- How to write something to get you noticed
- Why breaking in as an assistant is a great way to get started.
- Pitfalls to avoid in the interview and on the job.
- What you don’t know (and no one ever tells you) before you start.
- How to handle the inevitable politics that can take over a writer's room
- What to expect on a typical day
- How to get your ideas heard.
- How to stay the course and get yourself in a position to run your own show
Plus - - Each panelist will provide 2 resources – A book or website that will benefit your career. A conference or festival to make the most of your networking.
Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is extremely excited to bring you They Said “No” – Why Did They Pass? hosted by Dan Wiedenhaupt, former Creative Executive at Atlas Entertainment (American Hustle, The Dark Knight Trilogy). Many filmmakers and writers look forward to that exciting moment when they get their work in front of executives. Once in front of an executive, it's exhilarating waiting for the decision makers to view a reel, hear a pitch, or read a script. Then, when the call comes and the decision has been made, sometimes it's a "pass" or "no" and the only question left on a filmmaker or writer's mind is "Why?" Why did they pass on my material? Says Dan, "After reading thousands of scripts and hearing hundreds of pitches, I found that there are many common problems and red flags in scripts and presentations that nearly everyone makes - problems which will immediately make me, or another executive, pass on the script or idea. This is something that affects every single director or writer at any stage of the process - whether you're a first-time filmmaker or a Hollywood veteran. I have spent several years working in all aspects of film, television, and commercials - from both a physical production and development angle. I've seen the best of the best and I've seen some of the worst. After this time of cultivating my taste and my thick skin, I'm ready to pay the wisdom forward. I will be brutal, direct and to the point, and hopefully a little funny, pulling back the curtain of the development process." We are thrilled to bring you an executive of this caliber to be able to teach you directly about what you can do to help that crucial moment once you get in front of an executive. In this webinar, Dan will bring you a fun and informed approach to what it's like from the executive side of the table.
Learn directly from award winning non-fiction producer of 8 films, Jim Young, President of Animus Films: Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), The Words (Bradley Cooper), Life of a King (Cuba Gooding Jr.) - Exclusive for Stage 32 members! With all the recent success for true story dramas including 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, and Dallas Buyer's Club (among many others), it’s an exciting time in the marketplace for non-fiction. If you have found a story that truly inspires you and know it will make a great film, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start to make that happen. The easy part is finding the right story, the hard part is knowing what to do with it. Whether it’s a book, a newspaper or magazine article, a documentary, or even if it’s a story of someone you’ve met or are related to - If you want to learn how to take the kernel of an idea or acquire existing material and develop it into a feature length film, this is the webinar you need taught by one of the most experienced independent producers on the subject. Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is thrilled to bring you Developing a True Story Into a Film (Acquiring / Developing / Writing / Producing / Distributing), hosted by award-winning Producer Jim Young of Animus Films (Lovelace, The Words, Life of a King). Jim is a leading independent non-fiction producer, with 8 films under his belt. We are honored he is bringing his knowledge exclusively to the Stage 32 community. In Developing a True Story Into a Film, Jim will take you through the steps of acquiring the rights to a particular article, book or other printed material about, or the life rights of, a given person (or persons). From there he will cover writing and developing the script, getting buttoned up legally to avoiding pitfalls in the pre-production and production phases, and navigating the process of releasing and distributing the film. He will provide real life case studies using some of his own films as examples to help you gain real world experience and make the process painless.
Learn directly from Alex Franklin, Veteran Studio Executive for New Line Cinema, Dimension Films, Lionsgate Films and Artisan Entertainment! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Alex Franklin will discuss the globalization of Hollywood and what filmmakers need to know about important countries and markets around the world to stay ahead of the game. You will learn which markets are becoming the top foreign markets (including China, Russia, India, Brazil and more), important statistics and international comparisons, how foreign audiences, industries, and governments are changing the Hollywood system, and what all of this means for your career. You will learn how globalization is changing the distribution, marketing, production and development processes, and you will leave with a clear understanding of how industry-wide changes resulting from globalization are impacting the job market for writers, producers and directors in the U.S. The growth of international markets continues to impact studio filmmaking decisions, and foreign markets like China dominate the entertainment news. Therefore it is critical that the next generation of Hollywood producers and filmmakers understand the ways in which globalization is reshaping the industry. Your host Alex Franklin is a veteran of the Hollywood studio system, having worked in development and production at New Line Cinema, Dimension Films, Lionsgate Films and Artisan Entertainment. As a Studio Executive, he was involved in the development and production of films including Halloween (directed by Rob Zombie), Saw, Saw 2, The Punisher, 1408 and Youth in Revolt. After leaving the world of studio development, Franklin co-founded Pangea Pictures, a visual effects company which was involved in the postproduction of films including A Perfect Getaway, Brothers and The Warrior's Way. Currently, Franklin is head of film and television at Partos Company, where he specializes in working with A-List cinematographers, production designers and costume designers.
Have you ever been to these industry events? Film: The Cannes Film Market, The American Film Market, The European Film Market TV: MIPCOM, NATPE, Real Screen What do you really know about these events? Do you know how projects really get bought, sold and funded? Do you know how to work these markets? Strategically? Do you know how to best position and pitch your projects to the industry - to move your career forward? This Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, How to Work the Film & TV Markets is taught by former IFTA liaison for the American Film Market, Heather Hale. In this jam-packed webinar Heather takes independent filmmakers, television and digital content creators on an online tour of the circulatory system of the global media landscape. She is breaking down the entertainment industry’s trade show circuit – where content is bought and sold around the world, year after year. Heather demystifies these markets, makes them less intimidating, less confusing and less overwhelming. She shows you how to strategize and navigate these events, making them far more accessible, productive – and fun! She contextualizes her state-of-the-art, from-the-trenches insights into immediately implementable practical advice if you’re hitting the markets, and even if you're not. This webinar highlights the most significant annual entertainment industry events around the world, dossiers all the players you will run into. You will learn how to best work with them before, during and after the market. She reveals the elements that establish the market value and predict profitability of entertainment properties – and how you can raise the bar for your own projects to be more successful. You will walk away knowing how to make the most of your investments of finite funds, time and creative energy attending markets. Take the step to optimize your odds for success in this mainstream, business-to-business market ecosystem!
Ever heard an exec say something like: "I'm looking for a grounded, high-concept genre film"? Join Stage 32's Allen Roughton and learn to decipher what execs are actually saying when they tell you what they're looking for! As the Stage 32 Writing Services Coordinator, I spend most of my time talking to execs about the kind of material they want, specialize in, or think is the next big thing. And I have to admit that sometimes it feels like I need a translator. High-concept? Grounded? Smart? Supernatural... but not horror? A Ten-by-ten? What the heck are these people talking about? Luckily, I've googled my hear out, asked a ton of questions, immersed myself in the script development world, and learned their language so you don't have to! Now I'm here to put it all together in a FREE Webinar breaking down the lingo of Screenwriting Development! Live Wednesday, May 2nd at 1pm PST, I'll become your translator and help you understand the world of development as I break down the lingo so you can make sure you're sending the right project to the right exec. Have a question for Allen? Join Allen live and participate in the Q&A at the end of the webinar! or
3-part previously recorded online class taught by Regina Lee, Producer and Former Studio Executive who’s developed and/or supervised movies and TV shows set up at Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, New Regency Productions, New Line Cinema, Summit Entertainment, MRC Film, HBO Series, Starz, CBS, The CW, Sony TV, and Paramount TV! As you break into writing professionally, the one thing you’ll always need to do is to hook your reader from the get-go, within the first 5 pages of your project. Whether you’re submitting your script to a screenwriting contest, a manager, an agent, a non-writing producer, a series showrunner/producer, a financier, a star, or a director, you have to get through your reader’s initial skepticism and earn every single page that is read. In fact, first impressions are cemented when reading page 1. And that goes for all scripts, whether you’re a beginner trying to place in your first contest, or you’re a professional, with scripts sold to major studios and networks. It’s a challenge that never goes away. Stage 32 is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 3 part class: How To Hook Your Reader In Only 5 Pages, taught by producer and former studio executive Regina Lee! In this class, Regina covers what executives are looking for, the typical paradigms for a script’s opening, what an opening must deliver, and how you can give executives what they want to see. You will leave this class with a solid understanding of how to get your reader hooked in only 5 pages or less! Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class. Although Regina is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate. Testimonials: "Thanks for a wonderful class! Your efforts have been amazing." -Heather F. "Great class, very helpful and useful information." -John R. "Thank you for a great class filled with valuable info. I think the way you delivered the info seemed fresh and insightful. A few different slants to the way I see the same material made a difference. The point about ‘clean writing’ really resonated with me. I appreciate your ‘personal’ content in what to expect, your encouragement, etc. Thank you so very much." -Lynne L. "I've just watched the recording in the UK and I have to say the content was brilliant! I learnt so much in that 2 hours, especially knowing you are the real deal. It makes the information so much more valuable to me." -David E. "It was a great educational experience taking your class!" -Heather P. "Regina offers great insight, [this class] instantly made me a better writer.” - David L. "I just re-wrote my first five pages based on this class and Regina's incredibly insightful feedback, and wow! What a difference it made. This class is a "must take" Stage 32'ers!" - Shari F.