Sunscreen Film Festival | Film Workshops

2017 Workshops

All these events are held in the conference room at American Stage Theatre Company, 163 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg.

You MUST have an Industry, Filmmaker, Sponsor, Day, VIP or Volunteer Pass to attend that day’s workshops or panels.

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Schedule Subject to Change.

  1. DISTRIBUTION: Distribution (PANEL) – If you don’t get your films into the market, you won’t last long as a producer. Our panelists tackle the difficult subject of film distribution from the viewpoints of both independent filmmakers and the studio. If you’d like to make your second feature film, you can’t afford to miss this panel.

Moderator: Dwight Cenac

Speakers: Marty Poole (Distributor, Fairway Film Alliance), Jonathan Gray (lawyer, Birth of a Nation, Blind) and Michael Mailer (Producer, Blind).

Time: 10-11:00am, Friday, April 28th

Place:  American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. WRITING: Professional Screenwriting Basics (WORKSHOP) – There’s a reason Tim Albaugh’s students have done so well in the industry – it’s called professional structure and story basics. As one of LA’s leading screenwriting gurus, Tim Albaugh will teach his coveted screenwriting techniques for the 1st time in FL. Bring lots of paper and pencils, because you WON’T want to miss this one!

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Tim Albaugh (UCLA, Pixar)

Time: 11:15am-12:30pm, Friday, April 28th

Place:  American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. FILM FINANCE: It’s not called Show-art, it’s show business! (Workshop) – We’re not going to mince words here – if you are an independent Film producer, this is the most important class you will EVER take on film financing and how it all works. Literally, one of the leading experts in independent finance and Seriously, buckle your seat belt and take notes like a maniac! As someone who lives in this space everyday, lawyer Jonathan Gray takes you through the up-to-date nitty gritty of how movie finance and marketing works.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Jonathan Gray (Birth of a Nation, Blind) and Michael Mailer (Producer, Blind).

Time: 12:45pm-2:00pm, Friday, April 28th

Place:  American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. ACTING: Kicking Ass And Taking Names (WORKSHOP) – Don “The Dragon” Wilson and our other speakers have kicked a lot of onscreen tail! Actors who have “been there and punched that” share tips, tricks and advice for acting in Action/Adventure movies and TV shows. You’d better attend, or they might find you!

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Joe Pantaliano (The Marix), R. Marcos Taylor (Straight Out of Compton), Robert Davi (James Bond), kickboxing champ Don “The Dragon” Wilson (The Martial Arts Kid, Batman Forever, the Bloodfist series), Selenis Leyva (Orange is the New Black), Michael Raymond-James (Jack Reacher), Timothy Omundson (Psych), Sean Cameron Michael (Black Sails), Brandon Auret (District 9).

Time: 2:15pm – 3:45pm, Friday, April 28th

Place: American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. WRITING: 21st Century Cinematic Storytelling! (WORKSHOP) – One of the most innovative minds in Hollywood, John Bucher, will guide you through the modern landscape of storytelling. Whether it be writing for Virtual Reality, Transmedia, online periodicals, Feature films, blogs, short films, and more, John will guide us through where we’ve been, where we are and where we are headed.

Moderator: John Bucher (HBO, Sideshow Media)

Speakers: John Bucher (HBO, Sideshow Media), Gregg Perkins (Artist and Film Professor) and Aaron Walker (Screenwriter, Film Professor).

Time: 4:00pm – 5:15pm, Friday, April 28th

Place:  American Stage Conference room.

 

 

  1. MARKETING: Hey World, I’ve Got A Movie! (PANEL) – This is an in-depth look at how to strategically, and economically market your movie. Learn best practices for best utilizing the marketing tools available to market your movie projects.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Katie Bucher (DC Comics and Entertainment), Susan Engel (PMK Publicity) and John Bucher (HBO, Sideshow Media).

Time: 10:00am-11:00am, Saturday, April 29th

Place:  American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. ACTING: Discovering the Male Voice (WORKSHOP) – This is an interactive workshop that is focused on helping male actors, find the distinct traits of their characters and how to effectively bring that to the screen.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Robert Davi (James Bond), Joe Pantaliano (The Matrix), Shane Obedzinski (The Sandlot), Bill Duke (Predator), Don “The Dragon” Wilson (The Martial Arts Kid, Batman Forever, the Bloodfist series), R. Marcos Taylor (Straight Out of Compton), Michael Raymond-James (Jack Reacher), Timothy Omundson (Psych), Sean Cameron Michael (Black Sails), Brandon Auret (District 9), Jennifer Gelfer (Acting coach) and Cinda Snow (talent manager, Snow Entertainment).

Time: 11:15-12:30pm, Saturday, April 29th

Place: American Stage Conference room.

  1. PRODUCING: Making Films That Make A Difference: Steve Michelson (WORKSHOP) – Join filmmaker/producer/distributor Steve Michelson and Tony Stopperan from Ringling College as they discuss Making Media that Matters, a new program that will provide a detailed understanding of what it takes to achieve successful distribution of cause-related documentary films and generate sales that drive the success of these projects.  Two of Steve’s films Nature’s Orchestra and The Burden premiere at Sunscreen Film Festival this year!

Moderator: Tony Stopperan (Producer & Ringling College)

Speakers: Steve Michelson (Producer).

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Saturday, April 29th

Place: American Stage Conference room.

  1. ACTING: Discovering the Female Voice (WORKSHOP) – This is an interactive workshop that is focused on helping female actors, find the distinct traits of their characters and how to effectively bring that to the screen.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Selenis Leyva (Orange is the New Black, I Can I Will I Did), Edy Ganem  (Devious Maids, Created Equal), Daphne Zuniga (Spaceballs, Those Left Behind), Eugenie Bondurant (Hunger Games 2), Thada Catalon (Created Equal), Jennifer Gelfer (Acting coach), Andi Matheny (The 5th Wave), Mary-Rachel Dudley (Fantastic Four), Suraya Santos (Last Broken Darkness), Samaire Armstrong (Carter & June) and Cinda Snow (talent manager, Snow Entertainment).

Time: 2:15pm-3:30pm, Saturday, April 29th

Place: American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. WRITING: Pitching Your Script! (WORKSHOP) –As one of LA’s leading screenwriting gurus, Tim Albaugh has taught some of the best story pitchers in Tinseltown and during this informative workshop, you’ll learn Tim’s secrets to successful pitching. This workshop will not only help you effectively tell your story, but will also prepare you for the Pitch Fest!

Moderator: Tim Albaugh (UCLA, Pixar)

Speakers: Tim Albaugh (UCLA, Pixar)

Time: 3:45pm-4:30pm, Saturday, April 29th

Place:  American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. WRITING: Pitch Fest! (WORKSHOP) – This is your opportunity to pitch movers and shakers in the industry! There will be a sign up sheet and you will be given one minute to pitch and then receive two minutes of feedback from our panel of big industry machers. It will be 1st come, 1st serve and once the sheet fills up, there won’t be an opportunity to pitch your big idea to the panel. Do you have what it takes to be the next big thing? We’ll find out!

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Tim Albaugh (UCLA, Pixar), John Bucher (HBO, Sideshow Media), Jonathan Gray (Lawyer, Birth of a Nation, Blind), Katie Bucher (DC Comics & Entertainment), Michael Mailer (Producer, Blind), Sean Covel (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite), Nicholas Kalikow (Carter and June), Diony Kempen (Last Broken Darkness)

Time: 4:45-6:00pm, Saturday, April 29th

Place:  American Stage Conference room.

  1. DIRECTING: “But, What I Really Wanna Do Is Direct” (PANEL) – Learn from industry veterans, the essentials every director should know and the potential pitfalls. Also, expect a dose of healthy cynicism, with a dash of optimism in this directing panel.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Michael Mailer (Blind), Michael Baumgarten (Martial Arts Kid), Harold Trompetero (Perros), Nicholas Kalikow (Carter and June), Christopher-Lee dos Santos (Last Broken Darkness), Justin Head (Making a Killing), Ron Chapman (The Forbidden Shore, The Poet of Havana) and Carola Fuentes (Chicago Boys).

Time: 10:00am – 11:15am, Sunday, April 30th

Place: American Stage Conference room.

  1. LEGAL: Ask the Lawyer (PANEL) – Learn about the legal fundamentals needed for your project. Referred to as one of the top lawyers for independent film, Jonathan Gray will discuss ownership rights, clearing, production/financing/distributions deals, insurance and more. The information covered is worth thousands of dollars, so bring a notebook and get ready to write fast!

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Jonathan Gray (Lawyer, Birth of a Nation, Blind)

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm, Sunday, April 30th

Place: American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. PRODUCING: Florida Film…???? (PANEL) – This panel comprised of experts with unique knowledge and understanding of the film scene in Florida, will take you through the tropical landscape of shooting a film in the sunshine state! From permits, to state and local incentives, this panel is your one stop shop for figuring out how, when and why to shoot in Florida.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Tony Armer (Film Commissioner, St. Pete Clearwater), Tyler Martinolich (Vice President of Operations Tampa Bay), Gregg Perkins (Artist and Film Professor) and Aaron Walker (Screenwriter, Film Professor) and Joseph Restaino (Producer).

Time: 12:45pm-1:45pm, Sunday, April 30th

Place:  American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. PRODUCING: But Seriously, What Does a Producer “Do?” (PANEL) – This is an in-depth look at how to get a film/TV project made with a variety of panelists representing different aspects of the industry. Take lots of notes and come with your own questions. If you’re a filmmaker, you CANNOT afford to miss this panel!

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Sean Covel (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite), Jonathan Gray (lawyer, Birth of a Nation), Tony Stopperan (Producer, Sugar), Kyle Roper (Producer, Carter and June), Michael Mailer (Producer, Blind), Tyler Martinolich (Line Producer) and Diane Richey (Producer, Carter and June)

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm, Sunday, April 30th

Place: American Stage Conference room.

 

  1. FILMMAKING: Women in Film (PANEL) –Explore the triumphs and setbacks of women in the industry. Expect to be challenged and inspired by our panel of experts.

Moderator: Eugenie Bondurant (Hunger Games 2)

Speakers: Diane Richey (Producer, Carter and June), Cinda Snow (talent manager, Snow Entertainment), Andi Matheny (The 5th Wave) Gloria Munoz (Our Everlasting Universe of Things), Mary-Rachel Dudley (Fantastic Four), Suraya Santos (Last Broken Darkness).

Time: 3:15pm-4:15pm, Sunday, April 30th

Place: American Stage Conference room


Here are some of our past workshops:

  • Acting workshops taught by Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Watchmen), Ethan Suplee (The Wolf of Wall Street), Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum), Alexa Vega (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Ayanna Berkshire (TV’s “Grimm” and “Parenthood”), and Solomon Trimble (Twilight).
  • Develop a Character and Deliver It with Confidence: Presented by John Jackson, casting director of the Oscar-nominated movie The Descendants.
  • Acting for Kids and Teens: Lauran Iron (TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “GCB”) shares her experiences breaking into the industry.
  • Creating a Killer Movie Comic: Presented by Leo Partible, author and producer; contributor to the book Who Needs a Superhero? Finding Virtue, Vice, and What’s Holy in the Comics. Partible also shares how to tell a visual story through storyboards.
  • Screenwriting Story Origins: Rules of the Game: Screenwriter David Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia) discusses adapting a script from another source, as well as optioning material.
  • Master Screenwriting Workshop by Dean Batali (producer and writer, TV’s “That 70’s Show,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).
  • Indie Film Producing Workshop by Sean Covel and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (both of Napoleon Dynamite).
  • The Business of Blockbusters: Producer Ralph Winter (X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Planet of the Apes) reveals the challenges, frustrations, and successes of producing movies in the range of $100 million and higher.
  • Build a Real Career in Entertainment: Tips from Phil Cooke, author, filmmaker and media consultant for both industry newcomers and longtime veterans.
  • Creating a Soundtrack and Acquiring Music: Presented by Michael Tolcher, composer and musician (Last Sunset, TV’s “One Tree Hill”).
  • The Power of Distribution: Finding the Right Audience with producer Ralph Winter (X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Planet of the Apes) and Phil Cooke, author, filmmaker and media consultant.
  • Faith and Film Panel: Producer and director Steve Taylor (The Second Chance) and others explore the impact filmmakers’ faith has on the way they operate on set and within the industry.
  • How to Get a Sales Agent & Sell Your Film: An in-depth look into the business side of independent film sales.
  • Building Your Audience & Making Money: Digital distribution platforms and screens, branding and new media marketing offer film producers and distributors additional paths to building audience and making money.
  • How to Make a Film for Under $10K and Get Distribution: Producer Robert Enriquez (The Grind, John Leguizamo’s “Freak”) takes you behind the curtain and shares how to make a sellable film for little capital.
  • Social Media, Publicity and Branding: Presented by Antony Francis and Amber Osbourne of Head of Lettuce Media.
  • How to Get a Hollywood Talent Agent: Presented by veteran talent agent Michael Greenwald, who has worked with Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Scarlett Johansson.

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