DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Workshops

DC Shorts is proud to present seminars for filmmakers of all levels.

All are FREE, but require registration. Click Here for Registration

SCREENWRITING: THE NEXT LEVEL

Friday, September 20th 

Landmark Theater – 555 11th Street, NW / Theater #4

12:00pm to 2:00pm: George Andre Tittle, working director/ screenwriter,  A former assistant to Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson, and a finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

You’ve written a solid screenplay.  You’ve won a couple of script competitions.  You’re even talking to producers. But you still haven’t sold anything. Learn A-list techniques that will elevate your writing, engage readers, and impact audiences.  Topics will include compression, misdirection, restrictive point of view, foreshadowing, visual storytelling, and advanced techniques for writing description and dialogue that will leap off the page—and launch your career.

ENTERTAINMENT LAW 101 FOR FILMMAKERS

Friday, September 20th

Landmark Theater – 555 11th Street, NW / Theater #7

12:30pm to 1:30pm: Brian Frankel & John Mason, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. (waladc.org)

Attorneys Brian Frankel and John Mason of WALA will provide an overview of key legal concepts for filmmakers, including copyright, trademark, work for hire agreements, funding, business organizations and more. There will be time for some brief Q&A. 

WALA DROP-IN LEGAL CLINIC

Friday, September 20th

Landmark Theater – 555 11th Street, NW / DC Shorts Lounge

1:30pm to 3:00pm Sandra Aistars & Maggie Gladson, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (waladc.org)

Questions about filmmaking and the law? Drop by for a conversation with WALA Board Member Sandra Aistars, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, and Legal Services Director Maggie Gladson, accompanied by students of the GMU Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic.  

SOUND FOR INDIES: BUDGETING & BEST PRACTICES

Friday, September 20th

Landmark Theater – 555 11th Street, NW / Theater #7

2:00pm to 4:00pm Mike Panfeld, Location Sound Mixer

Sound is one of the most important aspects of any film.  Join Mike Panfeld as he discusses finding the right balance between budget limitations and best practices to achieve stellar audio for your indie film.

DIRECTING: ADVANCED DIRECTING TECHNIQUES

Friday, September 20th

Landmark Theater – 555 11th Street, NW / Theater #4

4:00pm to 6:00pm:  George Andre Tittle

What do professional directors do that no one taught you in film school?  In this workshop you will learn many advanced techniques used by working directors—techniques that will immediately elevate your work.  You don’t need a big budget or the latest 8K camera. It’s about understanding what’s happening in each scene, and choosing where you position the camera and every element in the frame to express it.  Topics will include script analysis, the value of rehearsal, the actor-director relationship, point of view, how to develop a shooting plan, and developing a visual strategy.

 

 

 

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