Bay Area Film Mixer Workshop Series
The Philosophy The Teachers The Classes
Next Class Upcoming classes (Not in any particular order) THE MATRIX OF FILM DIRECTING (Matthew Jacobs) An intense 3 hour workshop that explores how to find one's unique voice as a director, and pointers on how to direct actors so they convey the three dimensions in such a way that the scenes direct themselves. Be ready to participate, this is not just a lecture. ADR, WALLA & LOOPING (Elaine Clark) Background actors add visual interest to a movie... but they don't talk! This makes it easier to edit together different film shots. When the final movie edit is complete, those missing background voices need to be added back in. That involves hiring a loop group to sync voices to on-screen actor’s lip movements, ambient voices in crowd scenes, and off screen voices heard in announcements and computers. This requires research, improv skills, versatility, and mic technique. Join this class to learn these techniques. INTRO TO VOICE-OVERS (Elaine Clark) Participate in a 3-hour workshop designed to provide an overview of the local and national voice-over industry, current and future trends, agents, unions, demos, financial possibilities, what it takes to make it, and more. Plus, everyone in class gets an opportunity to read copy on mic and receive direction from Elaine Clark. HOW TO MAKE THE MOVIE MATCH THE MONEY (Don Starnes) Long hours, broken schedules, busted budgets and lousy results: a huge amount of pain on productions is due to a mismatch between the movie and its funding. This seminar offers tips on how to match these up, from the first conversations with the client to pre-production to production. [This would be somewhat based on my article Money]. Skill level: intermediate GUERILLA INTERVIEW LIGHTING (Don Starnes) The equipment doesn’t matter as much as where you point it. This workshop explores how to get History Channel results with Home Depot tools. Skill level: beginner WHAT THE CREW NEEDS FROM PRODUCERS (Don Starnes) The crew sometimes complains about producers behind their backs, but producers seldom get actual feedback. This workshop for producers (and producers-in-training) polls each department and discloses their often un-met needs and tips on making a production go smoothly. Skill level: intermediate BLOCKING BEFORE COFFEE (Don Starnes) The proper and improper uses of storyboards / shot lists and the wonders of the Block. Light. Rehearse. Shoot method. Skill level: advanced AUDITION ESSENTIALS (Jeffrey Weissman) Cold Reading Technique, Using Improvisation with the Script, Making Active Choices in the Moment, Business of Acting (Pic/Resume, Building your Team, Cover Letter, Marketing and Making a Living), Demo Reel. ACTING FOR FILM (Jeffrey Weissman) Rehearsal for Film: How to move out of your comfort zone, deepen emotions, follow impulses, instant character development, arc and scene study. We'll use exercises from the Acting Masters; Meisner, Adler, Chekhov, etc. WORKING ON SET (Jeffrey Weissman) Be prepared for the technical demands of a professional film-set. Talent learn the on-set essentials; matching action, making your mark, frame-line, eye-line, effective close-ups and production breakdown for character continuity. Also learn who does what on set, and on set' communication & protocol, development of a support team, staying involved when not on set, and how to stay centered under heavy pressure. DIRECTORS WORKSHOP (Jeffrey Weissman) How to speak in 'Actor Terms' , learn to stop being 'results oriented', and know what terms resonate with acting talent. Using the methodologies of the acting masters, directors will get the actors' perspectives from audition to on set challenges. We will simulate auditions, call backs, rehearsals and shoots. THE LEAN FILMMAKER (Ben Yennie) How to build a career in independent film career with almost no money. In this workshop you will learn how to develop your voice and your brand. How to build your audience and reputation. How to fund and monetize your first major project. How to best utilize self-distribution and manage your momentum to growth. (includes basics of email marketing, social media, and platforms.) ATTRACTING TRADITIONAL DISTRIBUTION (Ben Yennie) In this class you will learn what distributors are looking for and we will answer many questions that filmmakers have at any level that you are at. We will explore the best format for your project, where to find distributors, when you can get an MG, things you should you look for in the contract and what rights should you keep for yourself? FINANCING YOUR FILM (Ben Yennie) Filmmakers will learn the different types of financing for a films, how to build the proper Financial Mix, differences between Equity and Debt, the difference between Institutional (VC) and Angel Equity, the difference between Backed and unbacked (gap) Debt. You will also learn about tax incentives, how they pay you, and how to go about getting sponsorships, Brand integration, and product placement? OPTIMIZING YOUR VOD DISTRIBUTION (Ben Yennie) Ben will walk you through proper windowing for your VOD Distribution, when you should give the film away for free, how to get reviews and build your mailing list for sales? IMPROV FOR ACTORS: (Marcus Sams) This improv class is a 3 hour crash course in fun, connection and awareness. An improv class that is specifically geared towards actors. If you are an actor looking to become a more grounded and present performer, this class if for you. If you are an actor that has never taken an improv class or you fear improv, this class is also for you. My teaching style creates a safe space where both beginner and advanced students experience growth wherever they are at along their path. Through games and exercises you will learn specific techniques that will allow you to focus on the present moment and in turn become more connected. You will learn how to trust your partner while yesANDing yourself. We will work with several techniques to create well-grounded characters. This ultimately leads to more fun, creativity, and presence on stage/camera and adds richness to your personal interactions off stage. IMPROVISING SCENEWORK: DON’T TRY SO HARD! (Marcus Sams) In this 3 hour workshop students will learn how to improvise scene work without trying so hard. The fact is, the moment we get our ego out of the way and we stop trying to control the scene is the same moment the scene reveals itself. When we try to be funny or invent things that are not already there, we make it harder on ourselves and we work too hard. All you need is your partner and yourself and your brilliance will shine. Welcome to your first step towards EFFORTLESS IMPROV! IMPROVISING ON CAMERA (Marcus Sams) In this class we will look at the three most common forms of improv the actor will encounter. The Two Shot, The direct to camera monologue, and the interview (AKA- A Christopher Guest). Students will get tips and tricks to help them succeed whether they encounter one of these improvised moments in the audition room or on set. WRITING FOR THE SCREEN: HOW TO SAVE CATS AND KILL YOUR BABIES (Dave Moutray) How do you get from concept to execution? Writing is a process -- treat it like that and it can be your carpool lane on the freeway, and not your writer's roadblock. In this interactive workshop, we'll take some of the story ideas brought in (or create our own as a group), and take it through the steps of prewriting, engage in active story development exercises and games, break down the process for writing effective dialogue, and how to write within the three act structure. To give us a foundation to be inspired from, we'll look at the shooting scripts from a few successful films, and deconstruct what makes them work so well, and through that, discover how saving cats and killing your babies can lead you to your best story. SCREENWRITING FOR ACTORS (Dave Moutray) In this 3-hour intensive, interactive workshop, students will learn how to take a story idea from inception to shooting script. While geared towards actors who are trying write their own material, the class is a primer on writing for actors, both as a screenwriter and for actors who want to write for themselves. Screenwriting and acting are both world-building crafts – bringing them together on the inception of an idea can make the produced film everything it can be. Students will experience that by seeing a script fleshed out, and then acted out, breaking down what works and doesn’t work, and how dialogue can work to advance the story, and not merely as filler to get from one moment to the next.

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