Workshops at the Prescott Film Festival

All workshops are held in Bldg. 15, Room 209, accessed by walking around the north side of the YC Performing Arts Center. Just follow the signs. First-come, first-served. Space is limited. Each workshop provides plenty of time for Q&A with our presenters.

This year save your ticket stub from a 2014 Film Festival screening; this is your admission into PFF’s EIGHT amazing workshops!

Inside the Trailblazing Adventure A Person Known To Me!SherroFallsIntoCrowd232w

Friday, July 25, 2-3 pm

Presenters: Filmmakers Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm

Catch a glimpse into their new project – a ground-breaking, multi-part compendium of movies, illustrations and the written word, which is being created in installments all over the United States – including in Yavapai County last December! THRILL to tales of your friends and neighbors as they raise rabble on Jerome’s streets! (On Saturday at 3:30 pm, come see a sneak preview of part of the Arizona chapter (Parcel No. 7), shown right before Mark Rydell’s The Cowboys! Plus their film, A Person Known to Me – Parcel No. 5: ‘A Thrilling Existence’, is a Festival Official Selection and shows Thursday at 12:30 pm.)

PhilipSedgwick_179Screenwriting I: Breaking In

Friday, July 25, 3:30 – 4:30 pm Presenter: Filmmaker Philip Sedgwick

Last year, Philip’s screenwriting workshop was the talk of the Festival, so we invited him back! For a new screenwriter with a script to shop, the industry seems slanted against their every effort. What’s a newbie to do? In this workshop, Philip will trace a series of options available to beginning scribes to help kick open a few of the doors that seem closed. Be ready to take notes. We’ll discuss contests, script consultants, social media, e-mail blast services and many other tools.

Workshop participants will be able to sign up to receive FREE screenwriting-related software, courtesy of Write Brothers Software (

Frederick-Fichman-Photo_200wHollywood or Arizona — Writing for Television

Friday, July 25, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Presenter: Fred Finchman. Veteran TV Scriptwriter

Writing for television in the current fragmented production environment is a challenge; especially if you are a novice, don’t live in Los Angeles, or have no screen credits. But there are steps you can take that will get you started. Whether it is choosing writing and formatting software, hooking up with an agent or using the Writer’s Guild West registration service, there are positive steps toward your goal you can take.

Project- User Prescott Film Festival posterGo One-on-One with Filmmaker Miles Levin

Saturday, July 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Moderator: Dr. Suzanne Waldenberger, Professor of Humanities, Yavapai College

SukeySpend a lively hour plus talking with Filmmaker Miles Levin whose film, Project: User, will show at this workshop. The discussion will be hosted by our own Dr. Suzanne Waldenberger, Professor of Humanities at Yavapai College. Her workshop last year, “How to Read Short Films”, was a Festival highlight.

Tom_portrait-at-sunset_200wFILMING the WILD BLUE OCEANS: Underwater Cinematography at its Finest

(Formerly titled: Photography at its Best)

Saturday, July 26, 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Presenters: Tom Campbell, World-renowned Underwater Cinematographer

Tom_filming-soft-coral_400wBeing located in Arizona, many people may not have heard of Tom. Fact is, he is a world renowned cinematographer & producer who has worked for nearly all of the major production companies (BBC, NatGeo, Discovery, History Channel, etc. – and one of the very first cinematographers to film white sharks without using a cage.) He’s been a guest speaker at most of the major film festivals around the world (Norway, France, UK, Jackson Hole, Missoula, and BLUE Ocean Film Festival – the largest underwater film festival .) His story of success has inspired many young filmmakers & provided advice for seasoned filmmakers in how to succeed in the challenging & competitive production world.  In addition to discussing how to make your career successful, Tom will show two short films: one, a 25 minute film shot for the King of Abu Dhabi (“The Dugongs of Abu Dhabi”) and a 13 minute, exciting reel filmed in 10 countries.TC_Yanaguni_400wTC_Manta_turning-2_400w

PhilipSedgwick_179Screenwriting II: Make ‘Em Ache, Make ‘Em Heal

Saturday, July 26, 2:15 – 3:15 pm Presenter: Filmmaker Philip Sedgwick

There’s nothing that will make a butt in a theater seat ache faster than a character that fails to arouse a viewer’s immediate interest. In this session, Philip will discuss methods for creating fascinating characters that will stay in the memory of the audience long after the film ends. He will define character flaws, developing character arcs, and the use of irony. Based upon character archetypes, Philip will discuss how to create characters that engage the plot and are inspired to take on all challenges at all costs, and in so doing, capture the attention and minds of viewers.

Workshop participants will be able to sign up to receive FREE screenwriting-related software, courtesy of Write Brothers Software (

Dune1stPrinting_250wDune: Its Lasting Legacy

Saturday, July 26, 3:45 – 4:30 pm Presenter: Alan Dean Foster, Author

A Prescott-dweller, Alan Dean Foster is known worldwide as an author of fantasy and science fiction. He’ll share his knowledge and insights into the book, Dune, a 1965 novel by Frank Herbert. Jodorowsky’s Dune, a 2013 American documentary about the “greatest film that was never made”, screens at 6:30 pm, July 26. Attend this session to maximize your understanding and appreciation of Dune.

How to Make Your Film Tell Its Story WellDGphoto_200w

Sunday, July 27, 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Desiree Garcia, Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies Program, Arizona State University

Storytelling is a developed art. Most people think of it in terms of an experienced person who creates and shares a story, or series of stories, with a live audience. With film, there is no opportunity for “reciprocity with the audience” and to adjust one’s story as one “reads” the audience’s reaction. Learn the essentials of good storytelling in this session. Several filmmakers are expected to be co-presenters.

A ticket stub from any 2014 Film Festival screening is your admission into PFF’s amazing workshops! 

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