TELLING A GOOD STORY
A Screenwriting Seminar by David A. Cole
Learn the ins and outs of the screenwriting process.
Saturday, September 17, 10AM – 11:30 Tower Plaza, Workshop Room A
This seminar will help you understand the joy of creative screenwriting. Whether you are an experienced writer or just want an introduction to the craft of visual storytelling, David will inspire you to new levels of creativity. Come explore scriptwriting from the twinkle of an idea to the flash of the big screen.
David A. Cole is an attorney, writer and producer who served as Executive Consultant to the American Film Institute (AFI) for several years. He’s been on film juries and presented seminars at festivals worldwide. In addition to his Juris Doctor Degree, David holds a Masters Degree in Producing for Film and Television and a Bachelors Degree in Theater Arts.
PITCH IT, PITCH IT GOOD!
Saturday, Sept. 17, 11:30am – 1:00pm, Tower Plaza, Workshop Room B
Registration starts at the Workshop Room, 9:30am, Saturday, Sept. 17
A one on one mentoring session with Jason Brawner. Pitch your music, play live or pick his brain! This is your chance to pitch your music to a Hollywood Producer with the power to get you signed! Jason only has time to listen, consider and evaluate 15 songs. So sign up early in Workshop Room to be sure you are heard by this industry professional.
Jason Brawner is an independent record producer who specializes in helping artists and writers get signed. In the last 5 years, Jason’s artists have signed with nearly every major record label and dozens of publishers, managers and booking agents. His songs have been featured on all major television networks. Jason’s various credits include Carrie Underwood, Hilary Duff, Tom Petty, Steely Dan, Josh Groban, The Eagles and recent Billboard chart toppers Thompson Square.
Presented by JDS ACTORS STUDIO
Audition Techniques: Cold Reading / Script Breakdown / Introduction and Slate
Saturday September 17, 1PM, Tower Plaza, Workshop Room A
This will be a Workshop that focuses on the Audition process for Actors at every level - Actors will participate in theatrical exercises and games then receive scenes and / or monologues to break down and cold read. Actors will be instructed in basic stage presence, beats, rhythm and timing.
Scott and Diane Strand own and operate a very successful multi award winning Video Production Multimedia Solutions Company, JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc. which provides Green communication solutions for businesses in video and multimedia (web/CD-ROM/eblast emails), for marketing, internal/external communications, advertising, training, and client services. January 2010 Diane and Scott launched a new division of JDS – JDS Actors Studio where they teach Acting and Public Speaking for Toddlers/Children/Teens & Adults
Scott Strand He began teaching acting at Theatre 6470 in Hollywood, then founded Images and Imagination Children’s Theatre with his future wife Diane. Scott also continued acting in various Equity Theatrical plays “Brigadoon” and “Westside Story” at Fullerton Civic Light Opera and in “The Labor of Hercules” at the Laguna Playhouse. Scott then began to transition from live theater into mainstream entertainment earning his SAG card working on several TV Pilots, Commercials, and Feature films, including the HBO film “Tyson” working with the late George C. Scott, and going on location when he booked the feature film “Last Man Standing” with Bruce Willis and Christopher Walken.
PANEL ON SPECIAL/ VISUAL EFFECTS AND POST PRODUCTION
Moderated by: Gil Gagnon
Special Effects & Post-Production panel
Saturday, September 17, 1PM, Tower Plaza, Theatre 5 at UltraStar Cinemas
Learn the secrets of how movie magic is created by special effects wizards and the importance of the various technical aspects of filmmaking in post-production. Featuring VMA award winners, and Dot & Effects founder Jeff Dotson and producer Alex Valentine as well as former VP of Post Production for Walt Disney Studios, Gil Gagnon.
Music, Marketing and Artist Development in a Changing Industry
Moderated by Brent Harvey
Saturday September 17, 3PM Tower Plaza Workshop Room A
A diverse cross-section of producers, managers and songwriters, singer/songwriters discuss current issues facing independent artists, including creating music on a shoe-string budget; taking advantage of digital recording technology, strategies for hit making success, survival tips for the do-it -yourself artists, opportunities and challenges in a changing industry driven by technology. Panelists include: Jason Brawner, Jason Brawner - Record Producer / Songwriter; Jeryl Thompson - President, LTP Entertainment / Songwriter / Musician; Dennis Motkosky - Hit Songwriter / Record Producer; Greg Lawson - Grammy Winning Songwriter / Record Producer. Brent Harvey – Moderator, is Exec, Producer of Hollywood In Music and Media Awards.
THE INDIE INSIGHT 2011, a Producing and Directing Panel
Moderated by Steve Montal
Sunday, Sept. 18, 11:00AM– 12:30pm, Tower Plaza, Workshop Room A
Get the nitty - gritty realities of filmmaking from independent feature filmmakers’ perspective. From the idea to development of the idea to writing the script, to finding the funds to make the script into reality, the casting process, gathering the crew, the actual shoot, the post-production process and the ever daunting task of marketing and selling the finished product. In short…learn from independent filmmakers how to make the most of what you have with very limited resources. Panelists include: Producer/Director Valerie Weiss (LOSING CONTROL), Richard Friedman (5th & ALAMEDA), Kristen Hansen (UNTOUCHABLE), David Beier (VIEW FROM THE TOP) and David Robinson (THE LEVENGER TAPES), Traci Nickerson and Marquette Williams of Greenhouse Studios.
THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!
Sunday September 18, 1PM - 3PM Tower Plaza Workshop Room A
From his acclaimed 3-Day Distribution Program for features and documentaries, join Jerome Courshon as he discusses the current realities for filmmakers (it’s not as bad like many think), and explode some of the prevalent myths that have become viral in the filmmaking community. You’ll also discover key strategies to making your film more desirable to audiences and valuable to distributors. How do you get audiences to buy your movie if you’re selling it yourself? How do you get distributors to salivate over your film if you want a deal?
Jerome Courshon is an award winning Producer/Writer, whose critically acclaimed first movie, God, Sex & Apple Pie, was released by Warner Bros. His challenging journey to achieve meaningful distribution was profiled in the Los Angeles Times and documented on several prominent film sites. After acquiring enormous experience from playing “the game” of getting distribution for his own movie, he began assisting colleagues on their movies—with some of them achieving distribution in as little as 4 months by applying his information and methodologies.
After the persistent urging of colleagues to share this closely-held industry knowledge with other producers & directors, “THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!” was born.
A CONVERSATION WITH OREN PELI
Writer-Director-Producer, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
Sunday September 18, 3PM, Tower Plaza Shopping Center, Theater 1
Four years ago, Oren Peli decided to make a movie. He didn’t know exactly how, but he knew he had a good idea, and he knew he had friends who can help him and he knew he had $15,000 to spend. He hired a few actors and filmed his first movie in his own home for a total of a week. The film: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and as they say, the rest is history.
Mr. Peli parlayed a $15,000 investment to $108 Million, in box office receipts for PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. He has since produced and directed INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, which went on to earn Mr. Peli a combined total of $138 Million at the box office. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 will hit theaters on October 21, 2011.