DC Shorts Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8–18, 2016

Workshops

DC Shorts is proud to present seminars for the Film Community. While these events are free to attend, tickets are required.

Sponsored by: AudioBlocks, C47, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Final Cut Pro, Final Draft, Government Video Expo, Graphic Stock, Jungle Software, KvM Rental, Landmark Theater, MovieMaker Magazine, NewBay Media, The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment, Pigmental Studios, Pond5, Quick Film Budget, Red Giant, Road Map Writers, Simple DCP, Sony Creative, The Tracking Board, VideoBlocks, Vivitek, Write Brothers

Community Sponsors: Arune, Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Barbizon Capitol, DC Casting, DC Filmmakers, DC Media Makers, DMV Arts and Culture, Docs in Progress, Kimberly Skyrme Casting, Kimberly Skyrme Entertainment, Make a Movie in a Month (DC Filmmakers), Reel Affirmations, Reel Independent Film Extravaganza, The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, WALA, Wheaton Film Festival, Women in Film and Video

Friday, September 9th

THEATER #A

Eventbrite - Filmmaker Education Seminars

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM / HD & 4K CAMERA PRODUCTION

In this session with Jem Schofield of the C47, who will take attendees through the process of understanding how modern digital cinema cameras work, so you can make informed decisions in terms of how to shoot your next project(s). While he will use certain cameras to go over these features and choices, the data covered in the workshop will apply to all modern digital camera systems and is intended for anyone considering using modern camera systems for their narrative or documentary based projects.

INSTRUCTOR: Jem Schofield

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM / HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL W/ HD & 4K IN POST

Modern digital camera systems require more than just support for high resolution productions. Today’s non-linear post production solutions need to support HD, UHD, 4K & beyond. Also, there are a myriad of formats and workflows needed to successfully work with the many camera systems that are being used on narrative and documentary productions. This session will focus on using Final Cut Pro X with camera systems from Canon, RED and Sony to successfully working with and process footage from each of these systems. This will include establishing the correct workflows for importing footage, managing media, and working within the application. It will also cover working with Log footage, using LUTs and other plug-ins to edit your project.

INSTRUCTOR: Jem Schofield

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM / CAMERA DEMOS AND MORE!

If you joined us for either of Jem Schofield’s sessions on video production, filmmaking and post-production and still have some burning questions, then join him for an extended Q&A with demos.

INSTRUCTOR: Jem Schofield

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM / LIGHTING WITH TINY LIGHTS AND EVEN SMALLER BUDGETS W/ BRAD MINARDI, BARBIZON CAPITOL

An open discussion led by Brad Minardi from Barbizon Capitol on Film & TV lighting using smaller LED fixtures on tight budgets. We will discuss some tips, tricks, and other real world examples that hopefully will make everyone’s lives easier while lighting a show. Hands on demos of a couple of smaller units will also be available.

INSTRUCTOR: Brad Minardi, Sales Rep, Barbizon Lighting Company

THEATER #B

Eventbrite - Filmmaker Education Seminars

10:00 AM – 11:30 PM / FUNDRAISING: WHERE TO FIND MONEY

Looking to fund your film, but don’t know where to start or look?  Join us as we look at different funding options and more. 

MODERATOR: Paul Marengo, Director of Development, DC Shorts

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM / READING THE FINE PRINT with WALA

Good legal counseling is tough to find. You won’t want to miss our friends from the Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) breakdown contracts, permits, and how to best protect yourself (and your films) legal troubles.

PRESENTER: John Mason, Board President, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM / FISCAL SPONSORS 

Are you planning to raise funds for your documentary through grants or from individuals who would like a tax benefit from a charitable donation? Are you a nonprofit organization? If the answer to your first question is Yes and the answer to the second question is NO, you may be in need of a fiscal sponsor. This program will help demystify fiscal sponsorship for filmmakers. While the speakers will provide information on their respective organizations’ fiscal sponsorship programs, they will also discuss the broader context for what fiscal sponsorship is, what it is not, and how to go about determining the fiscal sponsor who is the best fit for your project and needs.

MODERATOR: Paul Marengo, Director of Development, DC Shorts Film Festival
PANELIST: Melissa Houghton, Executive Director, Women in Film and Video
PANELIST: Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director, Docs in Progress

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM / PREP, PERFORMANCE, PRODUCTION!

How do you work with actors to reveal subtext without giving them result-oriented direction? If you can put the camera anywhere, how do you decide? Explore the best practices that will take your directing to the next level—and beyond.

PRESENTER: George Andre Tittle, Film Director and Screenwriter

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM / ANIMATION PANEL

Join us and Pigmental Studios to learn about animation and animated content by top industry professionals. 

MODERATOR: Jon Gann, Reel Plan
PANELIST: Marina Martins, CEO, Pigmental Studios
PANELIST: Audrea Topps-Harjo, Head of DC Production, Pigmental Studios

Saturday, September 10th

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM / HOW TO WRITE A FILM REVIEW

Eventbrite - How to Write a Film Review

What should you include in a film review? Should you write about characters, colors, sounds, camera angles, etc? How much should you write about filmmaking? Should you write about the filmmaker? Join us, as these and many more questions will be answered.

PRESENTER: Nell Minow, Vice President, Washington DC Film Critics Association

Saturday, September 17th

DC SHORTS PRESENTS “ACTORS’ DAY”

In Partnership w/  DC Casting and Asian Pacific American Film Festival

MLK Library / 901 G Street, NW / Room A-9

Eventbrite - Actors Conference

Join DC Casting, DC Shorts, and the Asian Pacific American Film Festival for a full day of education, tips, and more as we answer all of your burning questions regarding how to launch and maintain your acting career. Don’t miss out as we give you an insider’s look into the field of acting!

SESSION #1: STARTING YOUR CAREER
MLK LIBRARY / 901 G STREET, NW / RM A-9

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM / RESUMES AND HEADSHOTS

Join us and Judy Go Wong as we talk about headshots, their proper framing, printing and use as a marketing tool. Acting resumes, formats and an effective way to print them will be among the industry tips Judy, a well-know SAG-AFTRA actress will share.

PRESENTER: Judy Wong, Filmmaker Hospitality, Asian Pacific American Film Festival

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM / ACTOR RESOURCES

Come join, Emily Morrison, the President of the Actor’s Center, as we discuss actor’s resources in & around DC!

PRESENTER: Emily Morrison, Board Chairperson, Actor’s Center

SESSION #2: MAINTAINING YOUR CAREER
MLK LIBRARY / 901 G STREET, NW / RM A-9

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM / CASTING AGENCIES: DO YOU NEED ONE?

Casting directors play a critical role in filmmaking, but how well do we understand their craft? How does instinct and experience play into their decisions? How does their work generate fresh and meaningful characters? And…do I need a Casting Agency? Join Kimberly Skyrme of Kimberly Skyrme Casting as we delve into these important questions.

PRESENTER: Kimberly Skyrme, CEO, Kimberly Skyrme Casting/Entertainment

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM / SAG-AFTRA: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW AND MORE

SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the World. With offices across the country, SAG-AFTRA works to ensure the strongest protection for media artists, including the best wages, working conditions, health and pension benefits, and work opportunities. Join SAG-AFTRA staff person, Jess Speaker, as we answer all of your questions about how to become a member of SAG-AFTRA and the benefits of membership.

PRESENTER: Jess Speaker, SAG-AFTRA

SESSION #3: CONNECTING WITH FILMMAKERS PRESENTED BY DC CASTING
US NAVY MEMORIAL / 701 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
 / PRESIDENT’S ROOM

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM / INTRO TO FILMMAKING AND MORE

Intro on DC Filmmaking with Questions & Answers and More

MODERATOR: Paul Worsham, DC Casting

8:15 PM – 9:00 PM / PROJECT PITCHES

Describe your filmmaking, script-writing, or similar projects (RSVP via Eventbrite). Please no product or service pitches!

MODERATOR: Paul Worsham, DC Casting

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM / ACTORS MONOLOGUES W/ DC CASTING & APA FILM

Free for Actors (RSVP via Eventbrite). Try out some lines on camera and network with other local actors and filmmakers. For the camera shy, closeted actors come see what it’s like being front of a camera and try a line or two. We’ll have scenes from hit movies for you or some friends to read from, if you don’t have your own. If you already have experience, it’s a great opportunity to try out your monologue over our professionally lit green-screen backdrop. A digital copy of your performance will be available.

MODERATOR: Paul Worsham, DC Casting

THROUGHOUT THE EVENING………

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM / HEADSHOTS / USNM’S FLEET ROOM

Through out the evening, we will have photographers available for headshots.  Headshots will be done first come first serve.

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM / CLOSING RECEPTION

Join DC Casting, DC Shorts and DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival for our closing night social for filmmakers, actors and those who just love film.

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