Christopher Morrison is a multi-talented writer-director-educator who has worked on theatrical productions, VR, video games, and immersive entertainments on three continents. His VR branching narrative “The Werewolf Experience” is currently in festivals after winning multiple pitch contests and being in the Stereopsia Booster program. His next VR project “Drunk Zombie Duelists'' received a grant from the Dutch government to shoot its proof of concept in 2021. It was also selected for the Stereopsia Booster program the same year. His feature film ‘The Bellwether’ was released in 2019. He has written and directed 360° films as well. He has been commissioned for screenplays and plays alike. He recently added “Narrative Designer” to his credits as he’s written and designed for the multiple videogames. Cirque du Soleil called him “A huge asset to the creative process.” He frequently speaks on storytelling in WEB3.0, recently addressing the House of Lords in England and he will be a guest speaker at the LEAP conference in Saudi Arabia in February of ’23. He is an Adjunct II Professor at the California College of the Arts where he teaches Immersive Storytelling. Full Bio »
A New Exclusive Stage 32 Webinar
Learn about the Metaverse from a writer-director who works in virtual reality, video games, and immersive entertainment around the world.
One of the biggest opportunities (and buzzwords) to appear in the 21st century: The Metaverse.
So what is the Metaverse? Where is it? And are we in it now? How does gaming, filmmaking, and XR fit into this space? Will it really "change everything?" And if Disney appointed a Chief Metaverse Officer, what does that mean for our industry?
All these answers and more await you in this webinar!
If we don't understand what Web3 means and all its opportunities, we, in the entertainment world, stand to lose out to corporations and big studio productions. Web3 is here and as entertainment professionals (from producers to writers) don't grasp the meaning of it you risk losing out on the biggest advancement in the entertainment biz since YouTube and streaming.
Blumhouse ran an immersive experience in 2021 and Netflix regularly has immersive launches for their content. Here's the great news... you do NOT have to be a computer wizard to understand this space or create in this space... it's one of the greatest level playing fields today in entertainment. But you DO need to understand the basics of what it actually IS and the basics of immersive storytelling.
Stage 32 has exclusively brought in Christopher Morrison, a multi-talented writer-director-educator who has worked on VR, video games, and immersive entertainments all around the globe. His VR branching narrative “The Werewolf Experience” is currently in festivals after winning multiple pitch contests and being in the Stereopsia Booster program. His next VR project “Drunk Zombie Duelists'' received a grant from the Dutch government to shoot its proof of concept in 2021. It was also selected for the Stereopsia Booster program the same year. His feature film ‘The Bellwether’ was released in 2019. He has written and directed 360° films and recently added “Narrative Designer” to his credits as he’s written and designed for the multiple videogames. Cirque du Soleil called him “A huge asset to the creative process.” He frequently speaks on storytelling in WEB3.0, recently addressing the House of Lords in England, and he will be a guest speaker at the LEAP conference in Saudi Arabia in February of ’23.
Not only will this webinar explore what the term "Metaverse" means, but also how it is being actually applied by businesses and the entertainment world alike. Finally, we will also address how we can tell stories in these brand-new immersive spaces (some of which already exist). You have metaverse questions... the answers are here.
PRAISE FROM CHRIS'S TEACHINGS:
"I am very excited to be working with Stage 32, I love what they have been doing for the industry, in fact I use Stage 32 quite frequently!” -Christopher Morrison
"Fantastic, meaty, fast-paced entertaining class." -- Brenda K.
1. Understanding the Terms (w/Examples)
2. The Market
3. Writing for the Metaverse
4. The Future: Emergent Narratives
Q&A with Christopher
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You only get one chance to make a first impression… And the same goes for your characters in your scripts. A compelling character introduction can hook a reader instantly so they climb aboard for the rest of your story. So many people talk about how a screenplay needs to grab a reader within the first five pages – let's dive in to how you grab them and keep them turning pages. Includes real world examples from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, WHIPLASH, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and BREAKING BAD. If we don’t care about the characters, we won’t be invested in the story. Far too often, we’re so eager to get into our script’s plot, that we don’t give our characters the attention they need. Ultimately, a character doesn’t have to be likeable, or even relatable, but they do need to be captivating. If you’ve ever received a note like, “I don’t like your protagonist,” or “I’m not sure what the character wants,” or “the characters felt one-dimensional,” or “the story took a while to get going,” then this is the webinar for you. Steve Desmond is a screenwriter who works across a variety of genres. His sci-fi adventure screenplay, HARRY'S ALL NIGHT HAMBURGERS, was sold to Warner Bros in a bidding war and now has an Oscar nominated producer attached. FilmNation (ARRIVAL, THE KINGS SPEECH) hired him to adapt the Stoker-award-winning horror novel THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD. His short film, MONSTERS, which he wrote and directed, has amassed over one million views online and screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide, winning 45 awards including being a winning film in the Stage 32 4th Annual Short Film Contest. Steve will focus on different methods to introduce your protagonist, antagonist, and supporting characters in your projects. By using both real life examples and case studies in film and TV, he’ll help you tailor your thinking to “character first, plot second.” Whether your characters are larger than life heroes, cruel villains, or average Joe’s and Jane’s, he’ll give you tips to help them leap off the page from the first time that we meet them. Steve will not only dive into your main characters, but supporting characters including your villains. He will also go deeper into how to create suspense, setting up opposites for your characters, and establishing contrasting needs. Finally, Steve will illustrate everything he's gone over with real world examples from films and shows such as PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, WHIPLASH, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and BREAKING BAD. Praise for Steve's Stage 32 Webinar: "This was fantastic. Steve offered so much insight, dozens of little nuggets that rang true or gave me pause to think of something I'd never considered before."-Ed K."Perfectly laid out, clear and concise material taught by a genial host!"-George P."Steve was fantastic. His examples and insights were on point. Thanks!"-Adam H."I made 3 pages of notes; good pertinent topics with simple fundamental answers presented. Very helpful, worth the time and fee."-Thomas W.
With more and more content being created and more avenues for films to be seen, the overall distribution market is changing at a rapid pace. But, the classic in-theater experience is still alive and well – if you have the right type of film and you understand how tailor your approach to the market. Don't think for a second that your film is not a fit for theatrical distribution or that all theaters and screens are controlled by the studios. There still IS an opportunity for a film to be distributed to the US market in theaters. Independent film acquisitions with the intent to distribute in the US theatrical market still make up a profitable part of today’s film business. Unfortunately, many filmmakers aren’t aware of the elements a film must have to be considered for theatrical distribution. Understanding everything from where your content fits to how to put your film in the best position to be acquired is absolutely necessary in order for you to give your project the best chance to attract a buyer and give you the opportunity to have your masterpiece, the film you worked so hard to make, seen in a theater. Jason Resnick is the Executive Vice President of Acquisitions for Aviron Pictures and has had decades of experience in theatrical distribution on films of all budget levels. He Jason was formerly the GM of Worldwide Acquisitions for the Universal Pictures Group and in charge of all acquisitions for Universal, Focus Features, Rogue Pictures and Universal Home Entertainment. Now, exclusively for Stage 32, he'll go over what the current US theatrical market looks like for film acquisitions. And, it's more accessible than you think! To fully understand how the market has shifted and how the old thinking has become obsolete, Jason will break down the last 10 years of theatrical distribution to show you what's still working and what has dramatically changed. This information alone will give you a competitive advantage in the space and make you more attractive to buyers. He will also make you understand limited, wide, and day-and-date releases and identify the key players in each. He will show you the proper way to approach these reps and buyers so you stand out in a competitive market. Most importantly you will learn how a film is acquired for US theatrical release and what can hurt and help your chances of getting acquired. You will walk away knowing exactly makes your film look attractive for an acquisition for the US theatrical market. "I learned a lot. Really appreciate Jason's experience and expertise. Jason's presentation was considered, articulate, to the point and very informative. Was well worth the class fee." - Rebecca D.
Over the past few years, studios, independent production companies, networks and streamers have been turning to stories based on IP (Intellectual Property). Often times screenwriters, filmmakers and producers find great source material based on a book, article, life or public domain and the next part is struggling to figure out how to adapt it. You want to make sure that you are able to tell your story in the best possible way. Could it make a good movie? Or, do you have more elements that could make it extend longer into a full TV show? Or, what about creating a podcast that could sell? Making this crucial decision on how to adapt your story can help accelerate your path toward success. When embarking on a strategy to figure out how to adapt your IP, it's important to understand the potential and the limitations within the material. This includes considering many variables including the genre, budget, and story beats. Although you may have begun with a specific format in mind, sometimes you may find that your material may inherently lend itself to one format or another. So, how do you truncate a story into a 110 page script? Should you include more characters and write a pilot that can serve multiple seasons? Could you write a podcast to help your characters come to life? Understanding your audience and where that audience consumes content today might alter your thinking. And, most importantly, you must be paying attention to the marketplace - what's selling, who it sold to, where it will live - so that you don't waste time and navigate the landscape in a productive, more successful manner. Jim Young of Animus Films is a leading independent non-fiction producer, with almost two dozen films under his belt. Jim has created a successful career producing true-story films such as THE CATCHER WAS A SPY with Paul Rudd, LIFE OF A KING with Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr., THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY with Oscar-nominee Dev Patel, LOVELACE with Oscar-nominee James Franco and Amanda Seyfried, and the upcoming film, THE PEOPLE VS. VEGAS DAVE. Jim has a long history of producing critically acclaimed features and documentaries including YEAR OF THE BULL at Showtime, THE WORDS with Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana. Almost all of Jim's projects are based off of IP and he has a clear grip on what adapts best to what medium and what the marketplace is currently looking for. Jim will go over how determine your objective for your project whether you're a director, writer, actor or a hybrid. He'll go over what is important to you in the overall process in order to help you be clear on what you want to get out of adapting your IP into a film, television pilot or podcast - whether it be creative satisfaction, financial gain or proof of concept. He'll go over what the flow of your story is - open ended or single climax, event vs. character driven and visual vs. storytelling. He'll help you determine your writing style to help cater to which format will work best for your project, discussing comparisons between X-FILES, DIE HARD, STAR WARS and STAR TREK. You'll learn how different genres and budgets play into a project based off of IP. And, most helpful, Jim will go over the current marketplace in terms of popularity of projects based on IP, and break down the pros and cons of working in each medium - film, television and podcast. You will have a clear direction on which format will work best for your project. Like what you heard from Jim from during this webcast? Send your script to Jim and speak with him for an hour by clicking here. Praise for Jim's Stage 32 Webinars: "This was my first webinar and I learned so much. I thought Jim was thorough in his descriptions of what each medium has to offer regarding IP" -Marietta K. "Jim opened up new avenues for our IP that I didn't realize existed. He was a great presenter and shared his own experience with relevant info. It was really motivating." -Ricki L. "Thoughtful way of exploring options. Using podcasts was inspirational." -JoAnne E. "Tons of new information. Thanks!" -Jacqueline L.
Stage 32 and Vail Film Festival have joined forces to bring you an exclusive FREE virtual Q&A with top female filmmakers from the festival! Now, no matter where you live in the world you can tune in! The 2020 Vail Film Festival took place online from May 15-17, and had a special focus on female filmmakers. In addition to film screenings, the festival included filmmaker Q&A sessions, a filmmaking workshop, and a women in film panel discussion featuring leading female producers, actors, and directors. The 2020 film program will showcase narrative features, documentaries, short films, and student films. This year's lineup includes films starring Simon Pegg, Annette Bening, Juno Temple, Alexandra Daddario, Wendie Malick, Danny Trejo, Maggie Siff, Sabrina Carpenter, Natalie Zea, Jay Mohr, Jason Ritter, Kristen Vangsness, Rose McIver, and more. The lineup for the 2020 Vail Film Festival is unparalleled, and we encourage Stage 32 members to attend the virtual festival and support their fellow filmmakers. As part of our partnership, Vail Film Festival is offering Stage 32 members an exclusive 25% off discount on all-access passes to the online festival. Stage 32 members can use the code stage32 at checkout. For more info and to purchase a pass to the online Vail Film Festival please visit: www.vailfilmfestival.com
Learn how to produce your film that you direct from top producer and director, Shane Stanley, who's new film NIGHT TRAIN was #1 on Hulu for four consecutive weeks! PLUS! You'll receive exclusive handouts to help you produce your project! ***Flexible Learning: if you cannot attend any of the sessions live don't worry - you will be sent the links to the recordings of each session within 48 hours of the live session and you will have direct access to Shane on email to ask him any questions so you can keep up at your own pace and schedule.*** Payment plans available - contact email@example.com for details Are you a director eager to get your film made but have found it hard to find a producer that will get the job done and create the opportunity you’ve been looking for? Then maybe it’s time for you to take control of your destiny and learn how to produce your film so you can direct the movie you want. All it takes is learning how to produce and understanding how the money in your project actually flows. We live in a moment where filmmakers can wear many hats and can better control how and where production money is spent on a project, giving them more control over their careers. Filmmakers who know how to produce and have a more comprehensive overview of their entire project, and who are well versed in the financial nitty gritty of their films, not just the creative elements, have a massive advantage. If you're a writer who wishes to direct a film, you need to learn how to think like - and consider becoming - a producer. If you're a director, it's paramount as your production is being put together to understand how to save money not only in assembling your cast and crew but also in the day-to-day operations of your production. Decisions like choosing the right equipment that you actually need can be the difference of tens of thousands of dollars per-week added to production costs, often money that is never making it onto the screen. Cutting deals with talent, selecting the right locations and knowing how to cut post-production deals will also assure you cross the finish line not only on time, but on budget. Essentially, it now falls on you, the writer and/or director, to oversee and produce your project if you want to get your film made with you in your dream job. While it may seem like there is now more work for you to get your project made, it is actually a blessing in disguise. As the person helming physical production of your project, you will have a better understanding of the creative elements you can include on screen by knowing how and where you are spending the money. However, in order to do this, you need to know how to function as a producer. That’s where we come in to help. In this exclusive Stage 32 4-part class, you will learn how to take the bull by the horns and produce your own project that you intend to direct. You will learn everything from how to assemble the right team for production and post-production, how and when to effectively and efficiently disperse funds, and how to determine the monetary value of above and below the line talent to pay your cast and crew fair market value to how to get the best deal with different vendors and, ultimately, how to deliver a polished product with your production and post-production team to maintain your creative vision. Teaching you everything you need to know to produce your own project is multi–Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author Shane Stanley. Shane is the founder of Visual Arts Entertainment, a film and television production company based in Los Angeles and is best-known for producing the #1 Box Office hit, GRIDIRON GANG starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for Sony Pictures and directing several Music Videos that landed in the Top 20 on VH1. Shane’s recent projects include MISTRUST starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Jane Seymour, the surprise smash-hit action film DOUBLE THREAT starring Dawn Olivieri and Matthew Lawrence, and NIGHT TRAIN starring Danielle C. Ryan and Diora Baird, among many others. Shane has successfully raised independent capital and produced his own films and is sharing his unique skillset exclusively with the Stage 32 community! Shane's new film, NIGHT TRAIN, that he produced, directed, and edited was recently #1 on Hulu four consecutive weeks! You’ll walk away from this information-packed and interactive 4-part class with the skills you need to bring your project to life so you can move your career forward in the way you want to. Particularly in independent films, not enough people know the costs, nuts and bolts or general run of a project, but after this course you’ll be able to produce your project to guarantee it gets made with you directing. PLUS! You’ll receive exclusive handouts to help you produce your own project successfully. Downloads include: Tax rebates/locations/incentives Deal Memo Templates (cast & crew) Location Agreements And more! Praise for Shane's Stage 32 Courses: "Shane was thorough and 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 T. "Shane was relevant, knew what was happening, and could walk the walk." -Chuck R.
Creating a realistic budget can make or break a film before it ever makes it into production. Where should you spend? Where can you cut? How do you stretch your dollar? In short, how can you assure you're creating the highest quality film for the lowest price? Listen, not everyone can afford a line producer. And even if you can, you want to make sure he or she is protecting your vision and your money! Understanding this aspect of the business and how a film can be put together is everything! Let's make this complex aspect of filmmaking easier, shall we? Michael Madaville (Taken, Taken 2, Taken 3 to name a very few) is one of the most respected line producers in the business. Michael has created budgets from some of the most successful indie darlings, mid-majors and studio films in the business. And now, exclusively for Stage 32, he will take you by the hand, help you problem solve just about every issue that may arise, and help you toward financial success no matter what your budget may be. Using examples from his decades in the business, Michael will walk you through examples of micro to major budget films and discuss how to reduce costs for crew, locations, materials and more and how to apply that information to get your schedule tight and your budget to where it needs to be. No more chasing funds or getting caught short during filming! Michael will show you how to get on the path to a smooth shoot well before yelling "Action!"