Aaron Wolf is a director, actor and writer based in Los Angeles. He graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and worked with the improv comedy troupe, The Groundlings. After a time at Warner Brothers, and working with Disney, Dreamworks and Fox, among others, Aaron made the decision to create passion-driven stories independently, keeping his own voice with Howling Wolf Productions. Wolf’s narrative films include the award-winning Guest House, starring Michael Gross and Heather Lind; and The Walk, starring Wolf, along with Oscar- and Emmy-nominee Peter Riegert. Wolf will be releasing the adventure thrillerTAR in theaters in 2018. Wolf stars as the son beside Oscar-nominees Timothy Bottoms, Graham Greene, and Max Perlich. Wolf is currently touring around the country with his feature, Restoring Tomorrow, a universal story of hope. The film has received extensive coverage in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Tablet Magazine, Guideposts and The Times of Israel. Aaron’s other work includes writing a theatrical film for The Walt Disney Studios, a documentary for DreamWorks and co-hosting a sports show on the Dodgers and Clippers for Cox TV. Wolf has directed documentaries for The Museum of Tolerance, commercials for software giant Adobe, Lucky Brand, and Microsoft. He has directed TV pilots, including a partnered pilot with animation studio Six Point Harness, a film for the University of Southern California and worked with David Talbert on the screenplay for the Fox Searchlight feature, Baggage Claim. Wolf is in pre-production on the comedy LD University and its companion documentary (We Are All) disAbled, drawing from his personal experiences to tackle the urgent topic of learning disabilities and education and is currently in a national ad campaign to raise awareness and change stigmas on the issue. Aaron uses his passion for storytelling to create change where it is so desperately needed. Twitter: @TheAaronWolf Instagram: @TheAaronWolf Facebook: Aaron Wolf Full Bio »
Just going to film school doesn’t prepare you for the endless obstacles you’ll face trying to make it as a filmmaker. You learn that pieces that come together to make a movie in school but this is the film industry and it's totally different.
From studios to independents, your host Aaron Wolf has learned some secrets of the trade....come on the journey! You can’t find this stuff in school or in a book. You have to live it. And Aaron has. From being a student at NYU to being a part of The Groundlings, to working with FOX, Warner Bros. and Disney and dealing with film festivals and independent distributors, Aaron has seen it all in a short time. He wants to share the secrets with you. Just going to film school doesn’t prepare you for the endless obstacles you’ll face trying to make it as a filmmaker. Just getting a job in LA doesn’t prepare you. Creativity comes in many forms. One form is creatively navigating the business so that YOU can live your dreams.
With his recent film, Restoring Tomorrow, being acquired by Seventh Art and featured in Variety, Aaron has learned through trial and error on how to make a living as a filmmaker. Join him in this exclusive Stage 32 webinar as he discusses what he's learned, and what you need to know for your own journey!
After acting in and directing countless films, working in the studio system with companies like DreamWorks, Warner Bros. and Disney, and creating independent films through his production company Howling Wolf Productions, Aaron wants to share his outside-the-box insight into how you can make your magic in the industry.
**Please note - if you can't make the live sessions, don't worry! They will be recorded and you can watch on-demand at your convenience. CLASS 1 - APRIL 8, 2017 11am PDT - 1pm PDT Section I: THE OVERVIEW 1. Introduction to Jason 2. Creative Aspects of the Job Prep – Breakdown & Scheduling from Script to Game Plan Shooting – Set Management & Directing Background Differences between Film&TV; Day & Night; Stage & Location Working Relationship between the AD and Director, Producer, DP & Actors 3. Why We Do It What I’ve learned over the years We are a mix of; Traffic Cop, Bartender, Kindergarten Teacher, Cheerleader, Psychologist, Juggler & CEO Day to day Energy, Pace, Crew Moral and Motivation Tools of the job. Shoes and what to carry in your pockets The need for outside influences and a life away from the work Section II: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS 1. Prep (In this section Jason will share his computer screen to show how to actually breakdown a script using two scenes from Jurassic World as an example. Inputting it into Movie Magic Scheduling and then using that material as a launching board for teaching call sheets and other paperwork) 1st AD – What is Expected (Schedule, Scout, Dept Meetings, Background and how to do it) 2nd AD – What is Expected (Assist 1st, Rehearsals, Fittings, Interface with Actors, Tech Scout, Background Casting) 2. Shooting 1st AD – What is Expected Run the Set, Move the Company Forward, Execute the Schedule 2nd AD – What is Expected Assist 1st, Set BG, Prep Next Day, Run 1st Team, Communication Liason with Office and Rest of World 3. Safety Meetings Legal Responsibility Knowing When to Say No, Knowing how to say no Know all the Equipment Know what it takes to get it done Trust in your Departments Live Q&A with Jason - bring your questions! CLASS 2 - 1 HOUR, APRIL 8, 2017 11am PDT - 1pm PDT Section III: THE FUN PART - PAPERWORK 1. Paperwork Call Sheet Production Report Exhibit G “Sag” Sheet One-Line Schedule Shooting Schedule Cast Day Out Of Days Section IV: ON-SET STORIES & PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS Practical stories to show good and bad days of the job Live Q&A with Jason - bring your questions!
Learn directly from Rachel Crouch, who works in development at Cold Iron Pictures (Sundance award-winning Swiss Army Man, Diary of a Teenage Girl, winner of an Independent Spirit award and more) as she sets out the basics of the pre-production process! Pre-production is the most important time for filmmakers. How you plan and the crucial decisions you make will determine the success of your production and ultimately, your film. No matter what experience level you are at, pre-production can quickly become an overwhelming process. To make the most of this valuable time to prep you'll want to take it step by step to ensure no loose ends come back to derail your film. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Rachel Crouch will use her experience from Cold Iron Pictures to help ensure your pre-production process runs smoothly. She will provide an overview of the prep and planning that will need to happen during the pre-production process. Then she will break it down to help you understand how to hire the right crew, put in place your department heads and why communication every step of the way is so vitally important. You will learn how to define the budget for your film and the differences between prepping a micro-budget film and a film with a significantly larger budget. Rachel will also cover location scouting and why that is so important to the success of your film, key advice on how to avoid common pitfalls in pre-production. She'll also use case studies from film pre-production cycles that she has assisted in to give you a real-life look at how to get started on the right foot. Rachel Crouch has worked on such films as the Spirit Award-winning The Diary of a Teenage, this summer's Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, Time out of Mind starring Richard Gere,and Mike Birbiglia's latest Don't Think Twice, as well as produced a series of short YouTube videos in her "off" time.
2 part class taught by Joe Bohn, Assistant Director who was worked with the Russo Brothers, David Fincher, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and more! AVAILABLE ON DEMAND! Are you interested in being the point person on a film set responsible for how the day runs and coordinating the structure and workflow of the day? Do you have a drive to shoulder the responsibility of keeping a production on track, ensuring clear and concise communication between the higher ups and the below the line team and being the directors right hand for any and all needs? Welcome to being a 1st AD. Stage 32 is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 2 part class: Pictures Up! Thought, Theory and Practice of Being a 1st AD taught by Joe Bohn, Assistant Director with over 50 IMDB credits! This intensive class will give you an in-depth and thorough examination of the 1st AD position, supplemented with exercises that simulate real world responsibilities. Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class. Although Joe is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate.
Internet TV is not “TV light”, in fact it’s not TV at all. It’s a completely different sandbox than TV and while many of the rules of the game are the same, there are distinctly different rules you must know before you break them. In this informative and entertaining seminar, Digital Strategist and Web Series Launch Expert, Brian Rodda outlines the Top 5 things to consider while in pre-production for your digital series. Items to be discussed are: Appropriate length and form specific to different video distribution platforms (Youtube vs. Vimeo vs. Netlfix, etc…) casting/working with a Digital Influencer, expanding your world with Ancillary Content, Marketing Budgets, securing social media real estate and so much more! To read the Television Academy's interview with Brian click here!
We've brought in veteran development executive Marla White to give you an ultimate guide on dissecting the first 10 pages of a TV script. Marla has worked with writers who have sold pitches to Fox, TNT, CBS, NBC and ABC and have been staffed on premium cable dramas. By looking at specific examples from great scripts like “Justified,” “Weeds,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family” and more, she's going to break it down for you why and how those pilots succeed where others failed.
Learn directly from Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom (Short Term 12, Louder Than Bombs, It Follows, Friends With Kids)! Film festivals. They are one of the best ways to network, market your film, get feedback from judges and audiences, and most importantly, get your work seen. Even better, winning awards at festivals can help you gain major recognition and momentum as a filmmaker. But, if you haven’t submitted a film or attended a festival before, it can be a daunting task to try to get your film into a major festival such as Sundance or South by Southwest. What festival do you choose? How do you submit your film? What happens once you make it into the festival? How soon should you be booking accommodation? Questions like these often prohibit filmmakers from entering the ever-important film festivals. But fear not – we’re here to give you a breakdown of the process of getting your film into a major festival, what to expect once you’re there, and how to give yourself the best chance of making a good impression. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom will guide you through the navigation of getting your film into a major festival. Amanda spent years heading up production and development at NYC production shingle Animal Kingdom. Having co-produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s film Short Term 12, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW 2013, as well as shepherding over 7 films into major festivals, Amanda knows the ins and outs of what it takes to get into a major film festival and what to do once you’re there.