This year, thanks to the Yavapai College Film and Media Arts Program, an impressive slate of workshops will be held during the Prescott Film Festival. These are fantastic offerings for new and experienced filmmakers, movie geeks and lovers of the art form! This is a chance to meet professionals in the industry, hear about their experiences and perhaps, through these workshops, take craft and/or enjoyment and appreciation of film to the next level. There will be a representative from RED Cinema camera giving a demo, a professional animation editor, an award winning sound designer and editor, a film preservationist, a film financer, (yeah; a “money guy!”) two screenwriting workshops and several successful indie filmmakers. These will all be “don’t miss” FREE workshops!
We’ve also reworked our schedule so that attending workshops will not conflict with seeing our great lineup of films.
Monday, July 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
In the history of motion picture cinema and television there has been many challenges in preserving and restoring titles from the past (film) as well as the future (Digital). Technical issues like obsolete formats and deteriorating media are part of the obstacles in working with an old library. Bob O’Neil takes us on a journey through the film vaults and the fascinating process that results in the preservation of our film heritage.
Bob O’Neil worked at Universal Studios for nearly 40 years, retired, and recently moved to Prescott. He spent the final 25 years doing analogue film preservation, restoration, and asset management. In this area he worked on such titles as Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, All Quiet On the Western Front, To Kill A Mockingbird, Double Indemnity, Psycho, and Rear Window. Bob’s favorite, and most challenging, film was Orson Well’s Touch of Evil that won the New York Film Critics, Boston Film Critics, National Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics awards for restoring the directors cut of this wonderful film. Bob is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Society of Motion Picture Engineers, and The Association of Moving Image Archivists.
Bob is also serving on our Jury for the 2016 festival.
Planting the Seed of your Film: Writing an Effective Log Line
Tuesday, July 19, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
A clear, concise, and compelling log line is to your completed story what the seed is to a mighty tree: It contains the potential and the necessary information to grow straight, tall, and tower above the rest. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss what a log line is (and isn’t), what the essential elements are, and how to craft one of your own. No experience is required. Participants will leave the seminar with one log line with a story begging to be written from it! Jeff Wood is the Screenwriting Instructor for the Film and Media Arts program at Yavapai College.
Micro and Macro Film Financing
Tuesday, July 19, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
The Sound of Fear
Wednesday, July 20, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Ever turned off the sound and watched a horror movie? Not so scary anymore is it? Noah Blough, Emmy nominated sound editor, is the person who made you jump during The Exorcist, fear for the survival of the planet in Independence Day, and hold your breath during Mission Impossible II. (Mr. Blough was also the Assistant Sound Editor for Purple Rain.) Join us as we take a filmatic tour through sound editing, design and Foley and find out how audio takes us on an emotional ride at the movies.
Noah Blough has over 30 years experience in the film industry. He started out as a PA and continued to move through the ranks working as an Assistant Cameraman, doing Prop/Set Dressing, being a location manager, Co-Director and many other jobs. He found his niche as an editor, sound editor/designer and post–prod supervisor. He’s worked in the industrial/documentary world with companies that include McGraw-Hill, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated. He also “did his time” at Roger Corman’s New World/ New Horizons editing films with titles like The Devastators, Naked Vengeance, Sorority House Massacre and Big Bad Mama 2. His feature sound work includes Field of Dreams, Stargate, Independence Day, Black Hawk Down, MI2 and many more.
Radio Silence — DIY Independent Filmmaking & Marketing
Wednesday, July 20, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Radio Silence will answer your questions about DIY and Independent filmmaking and marketing. The directors of V/H/S, Devil’s Due andSouthbound will talk about their unique approach to filmmaking, getting a project financed & produced, navigating the film festival circuit, finding a distribution outlet and marketing their films in a fun, creative and, hopefully, viral way.
RADIO SILENCE is a team of three filmmakers: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella. Radio Silence has made two independent feature films (V/H/S & Southbound) that have screened at numerous film festivals, including Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, AFI, Sitges, Fantastic Fest, & NY’s Lincoln Center. Both were picked up for distribution, by Magnolia and The Orchard respectively. Their debut studio feature for 20th Century Fox (Devil’s Due) enjoyed a wide release and recouped five times its production budget at the box office.
For Television, the guys have sold three pitches—a horror anthology to NBC (with Blumhouse & Flame Ventures producing in association with Endemol Studios), a comedy (based on their online work as Chad, Matt & Rob) to Comedy Central, and an action/adventure/comedy for kids to Disney XD. Prior to the film and television work, the guys were known as Chad, Matt & Rob and their collection of interactive adventure and comedy shorts amassed over 100 million views on YouTube and various other digital platforms. By pooling their collective skills and utilizing a DIY ethic that fuels every project, the group effectively handles everything from producing, writing and directing to acting, shooting and editing.
Working in the Real World
Thursday, July 21, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Finding gainful employment in Hollywood has long been the ultimate goal for many aspiring filmmakers and television producers. In this workshop, veteran producers Bryan Matuskey and Kim Kapin will share their experiences working in the mainstream as well as offering tips on how aspiring content-makers can carve out a creative and profitable niche for themselves in exciting new areas.
Kim Kapin is currently the marketing and communications director at Yavapai College, but is also a veteran writer, director and producer.
Bryan Matuskey is an Arizona filmmaker, photographer, and music composer.
Invisible Art/Invisible Artist
Thursday, July 21, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The editor is often the unsung hero of the film world. Editors get to tell the story of a film and their contribution is essential to the final product of a theatrical, television and animated feature film. Tom will also briefly discuss the physical workflow necessary to create what we finally watch at home on our television or in the theater. Learn more about how Editors contribute to the art, craft and technology of filmmaking.
Tom Finan is a native Southern Californian born to an immigrant Irish father and a hard working Southern rebel homemaker/independent mother. He has worked for over 4 decades as an editor in television and film. The day he registered for community college Tom was offered a job as an assistant editor for a small production company that produced informercials, PSA’s, documentaries and sport shorts programs for NBC Sports. College would have to wait. He worked as an assistant to various editors on such memorable films as Food of the Gods, Empire Of The Ants, Squirm and many others. Later he worked on Comes a Horseman, Gremlins, Coal Miner’s Daughter. His credits include The Lion King, Platoon, Hercules and Stuart Little, among many others. Tom is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Screenwriting: I’ve Written a Script, Now What?
Friday, July 22, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Philip Sedgwick started out his writing career at a reality TV show, Everything Entrepreneur, which aired on a non network Arizona station. His second screenplay effort, Neon Cactus, was a quarter-finalist in the 1990 Nicholl Fellowship and a finalist in the 2011 Amsterdam Film Festival. Philip’s latest film, Mirage at Zabul Province won Best Short Film at the 2013 Prescott Film Festival.
RED Camera Demo
Friday, July 22, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
At the 2006 NAB show, Jannard announced that RED would build a 4K digital cinema camera and began taking pre-orders. More than one thousand people put down a refundable deposit, and RED began work to fulfill the orders. In March 2007, director Peter Jackson completed a camera test of two prototype RED One cameras, which became the 12-minute World War I film Crossing the Line. On seeing the short film, director Steven Soderbergh told Jannard: “I am all in. I have to shoot with this.” The RED One was arguably the first affordable camera that provided filmmakers customizable features and out-of-the-box functionality with the “feature film quality” known to much more expensive 35mm film. Films shot on RED include The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, Jurastic World, Avatar 2, Transformers: The Last Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean. TV programs include House of Cards, Better Call Saul, The Man in the High Castle and Game of Thrones. Need we say more? Yes we do! The Yavapai College Film and Media Arts Program will be accepting delivery of two RED cameras in the fall.
Come see a demo of this amazing camera by Colin Glenn, Road Warrior, RED Digital Cinema.