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How can you be a star in a universe of asteroids? Hollywood is the industry of make believe and happily ever after. However, in this wonderful world of dreams lives a nightmare of reality. Join us for an exciting session on practical, spiritual, and professional insights for a career in multimedia today. BUY NOW ON AMAZON!
As of 2009 there were nearly twelve thousand film actors in the United States. How do you stand out as an actor? Unlike theater where everything is over dramatized, acting in film must come across as genuine and real. In this session, learn the basic principles to give a structurally sound performance for the camera. BUY NOW ON AMAZON!
What is the difference between a pauper and a prince? Costuming identifies the character and reveals aspects of who the character is. It is the difference between a hero wearing white and a villain wearing black. It can show attitude, style, social background, geographical background, and age of the character.
Location, location, location! From cattle ranches on prairie fields to the White House on Capitol Hill, locations and production design are key to every film. Production design shows the audience what setting your characters are in. Location scouting then becomes an important role of any film set. Can you get the locations you need to set your film in the right place? Are your characters fighting villains on top of the Eiffel Tower or are they discussing stock market crashes in the New York Stock Exchange?
There are three films that you make: the film you write, the film you shoot, and the film you cut. But the only film that people watch is the film that you cut. Even after principle photography is completely shot, a movie can still change dramatically. Learn how to assemble a compelling story out of millions of frames, thousands of takes, and hundreds of shots.
When it is all said and done people do not watch actors, they watch movies. Cinematography is one of the most important parts of a movie. It is the difference between home video and Hollywood. Learn how to effectively use the rules and art of cinematography.
The lighting of a film communicates mood and emotion just as much as any character in the story. Lighting for a shot can be difficult and challenging, yet it is essential to every movie. How do you effectively harness the artistic power of light? In this session, learn about the different types of lights and how they can each be used to create a different look and feel.
With the explosion of new technology, the face of the entertainment industry is rapidly changing. Today, budget savvy independent filmmakers have an unparalleled opportunity to build successful media corporations through innovative technology and equipment. In this packed session, learn to use quality equipment for your low budget production.
Did you know that Pixar has won 26 Academy Awards and produced films with a $602 million average gross revenue? Besides the numbers, what differentiates Pixar from other studios? Unsurprisingly, their phenomenally successful releases are the result of diligent, hard work. Learn how to conduct test screenings, refine your edit, and create a film that your audience will love.
From director to caterer, every role on a film set is critically important. No movie would be made without the army of people behind the screen. In this session, learn about the numerous positions on a film set and how they all interact with each other. Do you know the difference between a gaffer and a best boy?
As you become engulfed in movie scripts and film edits, the tendency is to look purely at the technical side of the project. However, when you step back and watch your movie it is important to ask, what message is your audience taking away? What attitudes and ideals is your film supporting? What do your characters presuppose to be true and thereby defend? Do the aesthetics in your film present a Biblical worldview?
What does every hero want? What makes audiences passionately hate a villain? Learn to tell a masterful story through an understanding of the most basic human needs. Work through the basic structure and format of a script as you begin with a story concept and create your title, logline, synopsis, treatment, and screenplay.
Throughout history entertainment has played an important role in creating cultures, impacting society, and developing worldviews. From royal court jesters to popular modern musicians, entertainment is a tool that can be used in a powerful way. How do Christianity and entertainment work together? Learn more about the entertainment industry and how the Christian church can shape culture through the arts.
What is your goal for your film? YouTube hit? International theatrical release? Design your film for success before you begin. Learn how to plan an efficient and cost-effective production. Find your crew, draw storyboards, and assemble a realistic schedule that will guide you through the inevitable moments of chaos.
In an industry filled with piranhas and scam artists, how do you survive without getting ripped off? Learn about the practical side of filmmaking in this informative session on contracts, licensing, budgeting, and fundraising.
With the continuing media revolution spawned by new technologies and a changing distribution network, today’s media industry is in a state of rapid upheaval. Join us for a whirlwind session as we explore the brave new world of media production and distribution.
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