Jake Wagner is one of the most respected literary managers working in the business today. Jake has also been one of top selling spec script managers of the last decade. Jake was responsible for the largest spec sale of the last 10 years (and one of the biggest in history), with SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN which sold for over $3MM to Universal Pictures. After an illustrious and celebrated career at Benderspink and Good Fear and Film + Management, Jake is now the owner of Alibi Management. Jake’s clients have written some of the most popular recent horror films including POLAROID and CRAWL. Full Bio »
The challenge for most horror writers or filmmakers is coming up with either a totally new concept (THE CONJURING), or coming up with a new twist on what has already worked in the past (INVISIBLE MAN). Or, if you are a horror short film maker your story has to stand out and grip the viewer in a way we haven't seen before...and in horror/thriller, almost everything has been done. But once you have fleshed out the concept, you need to make sure the writing is on point. That includes a perfect opening, a cadre of memorable characters, a plot that keeps those pages turning, and a close that makes a manager want to pick up the phone and schedule a meeting.
Jake Wagner is one of the most respected literary managers working in the business today. Jake has also been one of top selling spec script managers of the last decade. Jake was responsible for the largest spec sale of the last 10 years (and one of the biggest in history), with SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN which sold for over $3MM to Universal Pictures. After an illustrious and celebrated career at Benderspink and Good Fear and Film + Management, Jake is now the owner of Alibi Management. Jake’s clients have written some of the most popular recent horror films including POLAROID and CRAWL. He is a producer on the Studio Canal film BAGHEAD written by Stage 32 member Christina Pamies.
Now, exclusively for Stage 32, Jake will teach writers of horror screenplays and filmmakers of horror short films what managers look for in a spec screenplay or film. As one of the leading sellers of horror specs in the market today, Jake will tell you the common mistakes horror writers make and how to avoid them. To start, Jake will take you through the types of horror scripts attracting financing and producing interest in the market right now and he will explain why certain feature scripts stand out above the rest. Then, Jake will dive into the writing and the reading habits and needs of a manager. He will dive into what your first 10 pages tell a manager and how you can not only make them shine, but how to do so in a manner that keeps a manager turning pages. He will discuss the importance of your first act, the introduction and nuances of your characters, how to make sure your plot is not only interesting, but clear, and how to stick the landing.
And, as a bonus, Jake will take you through 10 case studies of some of the most successful horror feature and short film projects of recent years including A Quiet Place, No Good Deed, Meet Jimmy and more.
PLUS! You will get to download and watch each of the case studies!
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Praise for Jake's Stage 32 Webinar
"Jake was terrific, and the value of the webinar was immeasurable."
"It was amazing!! It was the inspirational kick in the butt that I needed. The discussion sparked a couple great ideas for fresh twists to the genre. I'm excited for the possibilities and am looking forward to seeing where these ideas take me. Grateful to Jake for making me believe in the power of my ideas. Thank you!!"
"Outstanding! Informative and entertaining. Thoroughly covered the topic from my perspective. Gave me a lot of ideas and direction to new plans. Inspirational. Great speaker--seemed very genuine and down-to-earth."
Payment plans available - contact email@example.com for details Limited Class Size - Reserve Your Spot Now Learn how to access financing from a producer who's raised over $15 million for projects, and receive exclusive materials, including a workbook for Finding Your First 100 Investor Leads There has never been more money available to make your film or series. But how do you get your hands on it? You have to know where to take your project and how to pitch it to them. In this exclusive, four-part class, you'll see everything you need to find, pitch, and secure quality investments from someone who has raised over $15 million in financing for their own projects. This interactive course guarantees you walk away with crucial materials in hand and how to use them. You'll also see numerous examples, including pitch decks, one-sheets, operation agreements, investor flow charts, and more. Your host, Sara Elizabeth Timmins, is giving you a behind-the-scenes look at strategies she's used as the creative director and producer at LIFE OUT LOUD FILMS while also helping you create a game plan that specifically fits your needs and providing feedback to your and your classmates. Founded in 2008, Sara and Life Out Loud Films work to create quality, inspiring, impact films that champion women. You've seen her work on HBO, The Hallmark Channel, Starz, Showtime, internationally, and in theaters. Each of her projects has featured award-winning talent and international distribution. She field produced the Emmy-nominated docuseries MCMILLIONS for Mark Wahlberg's company, which premiered at Sundance in 2020, and she is developing several feature films and series. Sara is also the founder of NO FILM SCHOOL. NO TRUST FUND. NO PROBLEM, a community that works to educate, inspire, and motivate indie filmmakers while producing national campaigns. By the end of your four sessions, you'll know how to find investors, how to nail your pitch and how to close on your money raise. This is a fantastic opportunity to see how you can secure the financing you need and launch your next project today. Praise for Sara Elizabeth's Previous Stage 32 Courses "Finding leads for support for a project is one of the most intimidating and overwhelming parts of filmmaking. I was skeptical about Sara Elizabeth's affirmation that everyone could find 100 leads based on their existing network. About 20 minutes into her webinar I found myself "eating my words". I'm thrilled to say that I was absolutely able to not just find my 100, but also have a plan for how to approach and talk to people about my film project." -- Day A.
The detailed steps you need to get your project made-taught by a producer with over 70 projects produced. As a producer it’s your job to get a film up and running and to put the pieces in place so cameras can start shooting and something fantastic can actually get made. You might already have a great script that you feel is ready to shoot, but especially for newer filmmakers and producers, the next steps you need to take can feel uncertain. Where are you going to get the money and how much money do you actually need? Who’s going to direct, who’s going to star and how can you get each player on board? What materials do you need to prepare ahead of time and how can you use the connections you have (or make new connections you need) to get what you need going? The path from script to production can feel big, vague, and intimidating, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it, especially with the right guidance and understanding. Michael Wormser is a co-founder and producer at Cinemand and has produced over 70 projects over his career that span film, commercials, music videos, short films, branded content, interactive web series, and studio marketing campaigns. His most recent film work includes THE THINNING, THE THINNING: NEW WORLD ORDER for Legendary, INTERNET FAMOUS for Lakeshore (now on Netflix), and the award-winning indie drama FUNNY STORY which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival. Michael and his team at Cinemand are currently in pre-production on the true-crime thriller THE CULT, based on the true story of Heaven's Gate. Michael’s long, long list of completed projects attest to his honed ability to get projects off the ground, an important talent for any producer and one he is excited to share with the Stage 32 community. In this two part class, Michael will offer you a comprehensive and intensely helpful guide to the steps you need to take to actually get your project made by using your connections, finding the money, building your team, and closing the deals. His first class will focus on the steps you should be taking before “going out” with your script, including beta testing your script, putting together your materials like look books, budgets, and shooting schedules and how to package your project. In the next session, Michael will lay out how to actually “go out” with your project, including how to pitch, how to build your network and how to actually close the deal. Along the way, Michael will be answering your questions and giving you specific and helpful strategies you can take back to your own project. No matter how experienced you are, getting your passion project made is within your reach. Whether you’re a brand new producer or someone with more experience looking for a refresher or new perspective, Michael will give you the tools you need.
The key to packaging yourself as a screenwriter and preparing you for a career in entertainment is all about finding the right people, building relationships, and knowing where your voice fits into the marketplace. Industry veteran, Michael Schulman (THE AVIATOR, SIXTH SENSE) will show you how to navigate your career, from getting your foot in the door and beyond. So you believe you’re ready to launch your screenwriting career. Now what? Most writers hunt for representation in the hopes that they will sell their scripts. But what if you can find the right people to produce with on your own? In this Stage 32 exclusive webinar, industry veteran Michael Schulman will show you how to make yourself and your script an appealing package, and find the right producers to build relationships with. Michael’s extensive career includes time working at William Morris, ICM, and CAA, as well as three studios, including Netflix. His experience makes him uniquely aware of what both producers and representatives are looking for in a writer and their scripts. This gives you fantastic access to years of insight from someone involved with some of the most successful films, including THE AVIATOR, ALI, THE SIXTH SENSE, GROUNDHOG DAY, and many more. Believe it or not, accessing real industry pros is not as difficult as it looks. Michael will help you write to your strengths, determine what exactly your script needs, know how to choose the right producers for your package, and also know how to reach out to them. From there, you’ll learn how to prepare to meet with both producers and representatives, even establishing follow-up steps to keep the conversation going with them. By the end of the webinar, you’ll understand the producer’s mindset of how to look at and market your scripts, viewing yourself as a package that can kickstart your career.
Flashbacks Make sure your flashback scenes drive the plot forward, are not more dramatic than the present, reveal information about your character or situation, have a specific point of view.
In a short period of time, the world of podcasts has exploded and become an industry to be reckoned with. Over 100 million Americans listen to podcasts on at least a monthly basis, and individual shows can have millions of fans. An art form in its own right, podcasts have also become a proving ground for stories to be adapted for television or movies. Shows like HOMECOMING, DIRTY JOHN, and LIMETOWN would never have been greenlit or aired if they didn’t first find success and a fan base in podcast form. Yet before you can score that rich TV deal you first need a podcast HIT, but what does that actually take? It turns out to stand out you need more than a great concept and some fancy audio equipment. For a podcast to really pick up steam it needs to be packaged similar to a film or TV series. It usually needs producing partners, it needs banner names and talent, and it needs a distributor or network that is willing to pick it up. So what do you need to do know before you write that first word or produce that first .wav file? How can you put the odds in your favor and still enjoy the ride? Mark Ramsey is the creator, writer, and host of several imaginative, top-ranked podcasts for Wondery including INSIDE STAR WARS, INSIDE PSYCHO, INSIDE THE EXORCIST, and INSIDE JAWS. He wrote and directed POPS! THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF JAZZ LEGEND LOUIS ARMSTRONG starring Reno Wilson (MIKE AND MOLLY, GOOD GIRLS), and THE UNDERCOVERS, hosted by Ed O'Neill (Modern Family). Mark is currently co-producing the upcoming podcast AFTERSHOCK, a full cast fiction audio thriller just acquired by iHeartMedia and starring Sarah Wayne Callies (THE WALKING DEAD, COLONY), David Harbour (STRANGER THINGS), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (THE WALKING DEAD). He is also writing and narrating a podcast adaptation of THE LAST STONE, a true crime story from New York Times best-selling author Mark Bowden (BLACK HAWK DOWN) and is developing a podcast version of William Kotzwinkle’s classic THE FAN MAN, starring David Arquette (SCREAM). Mark will lay out how to properly develop and package your podcast in order for it to hopefully get picked up by a podcast network and serve as IP for future opportunities. He’ll delve into what the podcast landscape looks like and what it takes for a podcast to become a hit. He’ll share the 4 main ways you can increase your odds for discovery and discuss the need for getting a podcast distributor on board. He’ll also go over how best to bring name actors on board and get them excited on your project. Mark will then teach you how to nail your pitch to networks and podcast distributors, what sort of pitch documents you should prepare and how to communicate your show to get executives on board. Mark will even provide case studies of real pitch documents he’s created for his own shows and go through what about them worked and didn’t. Finally, Mark will discuss the path from hit podcast to IP and what next steps can be. Mark's deep experience in the podcast space and the success he has found through his career has given him the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to make a podcast hit, and he's going to share what he knows with the Stage 32 community. Making a podcast hit means more than a great concept or script. Mark will walk you through what you actually need to do to give your show the platform it needs to find success.