Workshops

Our first inaugural film festival (which was held on April 18th - 21st, 2013) was a huge success. We featured over 50 films, many of which were Louisiana-premieres, and held over 10 workshops. Thanks to all of our sponsors and those who came out to enjoy the festival.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Celtic Media Centre / Baton Rouge

Sound Design with Jerry Gilbert

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Sound Design with Jerry Gilbert

Celtic Media Centre, Screening Room

Veteran film mixer Jerry Gilbert explains how audio works in feature films. Meeting in Post Digital's Mixing Theatre in Celtic Media Center, we will be able to go through a typical scene from a recent mix and show how audio can enhance and create drama and excitement. We'll also cover basic audio workflows in the digital age including production recording, assemblies, ADR, editorial, mixing and final deliveries.

Bio:

Jerry Gilbert, founder of Post Digital, is an accomplished sound re-recording mixer and post supervisor. In Los Angeles, Jerry mixed over 100 movies, including Saw, Narc, Brick, War Inc., Who killed the Electric Car, See No Evil and The Zodiac.

Cost: $10

From Pitch to Production with Steve Esteb

9:15 am - 10:15 am

From Pitch to Production with Steve Esteb

Celtic Media Centre, Glass Room

Why do you want to be a screenwriter, how to plan and write your script, and turning your script into a film.

Bio:

Steve Esteb is a versatile filmmaker that has worked as an actor, a Hollywood screenwriter and directed commercials, music videos, documentaries and features

Cost: $10

Hitting the Right Note with Alan Abrahams

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Hitting the Right Note with Alan Abrahams

Celtic Media Centre, Glass Room

The composers business of synchronization licensing, sound track licensing, copyrights, performing rights organization, recording sessions and scores. Roles in music on film from music producer, music supervisor and music editor.

Bio:

Alan V. Abrahams is an award winning record producer of more than 80 albums over the last 45 years, and is a five-time Grammy nominee. Alan Abrahams has worked with some of the most notable artists, songwriters/composers, and musicians in the music business and film industry including such notable artists as Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Les McCann, Taj Mahal, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dolly Parton, The Memphis Horns, The Blind Boys of Alabama and 14 top Gospel albums that topped the Billboard charts.

Cost: $10

Future of Film in Louisiana: Studio Conversations with Patrick Mulhearn, Diane Wheeler, and Todd Lewis

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Future of Film in Louisiana: Studio Conversations with Patrick Mulhearn, Diane Wheeler, and Todd Lewis

Celtic Media Centre, Launch Media Room A

Future of FIlm in Lousiana deals with the importance of incentives and selling filmmakers on Louisiana and Baton Rouge as well as shooting in a studio versus a warehouse.

Bio:

Patrick Mulhearn is the immediate past president of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association (LFEA). Mulhearn joined Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre as the Director of Studio Operations in September of 2009. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of Film and Television for the State of Louisiana having joined Louisiana Economic Development in 2006.

Diane Wheeler joined The Shooting Gallery (TSG) a foundling independent film company in 1992 after an early career working as production and writing assistant to diverse directors such as Sidney Lumet, Alan Rudolph, Robert Altman, Costa Gravas, Warren Leight, and Frank Pugliese.

Todd Lewis is a Producer and Production Manager for motion pictures and television. Some of his credits include X-Men: The Last Stand, Mr. Brooks, The Final Destination, and 21 Jump Street.

Cost: FREE

(You must add to cart and checkout to reserve a spot)

Film Finance and Louisiana Tax Credits with Will French

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Film Finance and Louisiana Tax Credits with Will French

Celtic Media Centre, Launch Media Room A

Learn about the mechanics of film financing, the decentralization of Hollywood, and why Louisiana has arguably one of the best film tax incentive programs in the country and what we must do to protect it.

Bio:

Will French is the co-founder and President of Film Production Capital, L.L.C. which provides tax incentive-based financing and financial services to the domestic motion picture industry. The company has provided more than $300,000,000 in tax credit-related financing to over 100 motion picture productions with aggregate production budgets far exceeding $1 billion.

Cost: $10

Animation and Visual Effects with John Miralles

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Animation and Visual Effects with John Miralles

Celtic Media Centre, Glass Room

In this demonstration-based workshop, students will be introduced to Blue/Green screen theory and practice. Topics covered will include: theory, screens, lighting considerations, as well as keying software. Blue/Green screen keying and digital compositing techniques will be demonstrated using Adobe After Effects.

Bio:

John Miralles is the Director of LSU Shreveport's Animation and Visual Effects Program drawing on his 15 years in the entertainment computer graphics field with a specialization in advanced feature film composition to guide the growing program

Cost: $10

Digital Camera Tech with Tyson Birmann

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Digital Camera Tech with Tyson Birmann

Celtic Media Centre, Glass Room

Digital Cinema Tech seems to change daily these days. This pace makes people feel like there is no way to keep up. The reality is, all digital cameras work on the same principles. The workshop will discuss and define these universal principles and terminology. This primer of knowledge will help you keep up with, and contribute to any technical, production conversation with a new confidence.

Bio:

Tyson Birmann is a 15 year industry veteran. The last many years he has found his niche as a Digital Image Technician and served as such on over 15 feature films and many commercials, music videos, and TV shows. Tyson spent 2011 as a "Technical Sales Rep" for ARRI INC. In that role he presented, gave instruction, and supported the ARRI Alexa camera all over the west coast. Shortly after that he started, and currently runs, "The M.I.L."

Cost: $10

Louisiana Incentives with Chris Stelly

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Louisiana Incentives with Chris Stelly

Celtic Media Centre, Launch Media Room A

Understanding the nuts and bolts of Louisiana Incentives and how it works. Learn about inventive programs targeting development of the film production, digital media, sound recording, and live performance industries.

Bio:

Chris Stelly is the Executive Director of the Louisiana office of Entertainment Industry Development. Prior to that position, Stelly served as interim director and served as Director of Film and Television.

Cost: FREE

(You must add to cart and checkout to reserve a spot)

Actor's Workshop with Billy Slaughter

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Actor's Workshop with Billy Slaughter

Celtic Media Centre, Launch Media Room A

Topics will include basic acting and improvisation exercises, audition and cold-reading techniques, business and industry discussion and Q & A.

Bio:

Billy Slaughter is an award-winning actor from New Orleans and has trained in England and New York, and was brought to Los Angeles at the invitation of Dustin Hoffman. He holds a B.A. in Drama and Communications from UNO, graduating first in his program. Billy has taught acting for over a decade and has performed in over 40 films. Billy has been honored to work with some of the top talent in the business, including Mr. Hoffman, De Niro, Hackman, Streisand, Stallone, Sandler, and Ferrell.

Cost: $10

Jonathan Batiste

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

JAZZ IS: NOW! with Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human band

Celtic Media Centre

JAZZ IS: NOW! is the innovative, interactive performance series presented by the Jon Batiste and his band, Stay Human. As the Artistic Director at Large at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Batiste created this unique educational concert series to service the community of Harlem.

Bio:

Jonathan Batiste is the Co-Artistic Director at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (104 E 126th). He has created programs there ranging from incredible live shows, summer festivals, and jazz video games to name a few. Batiste latest program began in 2012 on EVERY Wednesday night in January and February, starting at 7pm. This program is called "JAZZ IS: NOW!"

Cost: FREE

(You must add to cart and checkout to reserve a spot)

Media Services: Budgeting / Scheduling

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Media Services: Budgeting / Scheduling with Steve Bizenov

Celtic Media Centre, Glass Room

Budgeting and Scheduling talk about the budgeting and scheduling tools to make a production go smoothly. We will go through various budgeting and scheduling software, including Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling, Showbiz Budgeting and Scheduling and Light Speed EPS. Also look at the new Film and TV Cash flow software that imports the budget from both Showbiz Budgeting and Movie Magic Budgeting. Q & A.

Bio:

Steve Bizenov has more than 25 years experience in the entertainment industry with a strong background in entertainment production and operations management, payroll, accounting and software

Cost: $10

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Cinemark Perkins Rowe/ Baton Rouge

Know Small Parts: A Conversation with Laura Cayouette

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Know Small Parts: A Conversation with Laura Cayouette

Cinemark Perkins Rowe, Grand Hall

How to obtain and maintain work in film and television industry. From audition tips, who you know, networking, creating a support system, and how to make the most of festivals.

Laura will be available afterwards from 11:15 am - 11:45 am for a book signing.

Bio:

Laura Cayouette is an actor, producer, director and author of "Know Small Parts: An Actor's Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career" with a foreword by Richard Dreyfuss.

Cost: $10

Acting in Louisiana vs. Hollywood: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Acting in Louisiana vs. Hollywood: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Cinemark Perkins Rowe, Grand Hall

Explore the differences between Hollywood and Louisiana as it relates to an Acting career, the advantages and disadvantages of both locations, as well as answers to other key questions including: When is the best time to go (if you decide to go), How to Prepare, and more.

Bio:

Louis Herthum (Actor/Producer) is a native of Baton Rouge, LA whose career started in the late 1970's. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1982, Louis has preformed in over 100 movies or TV shows.

Cost: $10

Women in Film Panel Discussion with Shanna Forrestall, Laura Cayouette, Nikki Brown, Megan Coates, Donna Duplantier, and Lindanne Lewis

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Women in Film Panel Discussion with Shanna Forrestall, Laura Cayouette, Nikki Brown, Megan Coates, Donna Duplantier, and Lindanne Lewis

Cinemark Perkins Rowe, Grand Hall

Discussion on helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment field. From wearing more than one hat -- acting/producing /writing/directing -- to setting your goals and knowing how to trouble shoot.

Cost: $10

Presentation and Hairstyle Demo with Dana Boisseau / Makeup Demo with Nikki Brown

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presentation & Hairstyle Demo with Dana Boisseau / Makeup Demo with Nikki Brown

Cinemark Perkins Rowe

Bio:

Dana Boisseau is a Movie and Celebrity Hairstylist. She has styled for such movies as Django Unchained, Ray, Big Mammas House and much more. She has worked with award winning actors Christian Slater, Tariji P. Henson, Oprah, Jason Lee, Jerry O' Conner , and Jill Scott. Dana is also Founder and President of her own Movie Hairstyling School, TFH Academy. She is now sharing her 12 years of experience and knowledge of Movie hairstyling by training and motivating other hairstylist and hair school students who are interested in movie Hairstyling.

Nikki Brown is a professional film and television makeup artist who has worked in the business for more than seven years. Nikki is a licensed esthetician and cosmetologist who brings creativity and professionalism to every project she is involved in. She has worked with a wide array of actors, actresses, and musicians throughout her career. In seven years, Nikki has worked on over thirty feature films and several television projects. The Great Debaters, The Expendables, Looper, Last Exorcism 2, Hours, Treme, and Django Unchained are just a few of the projects that she has been a part of. Thirteen years ago, while attending beauty school; Nikki's makeup career was born. Her makeup approach is to enhance and improve what her clients already possess. Nikki goes the extra mile to make everyone who sits in her chair, whether celebrity or not, to feel beautiful and special. Her personality is warm and infectious. She is constantly learning and seeking to improve her craft. Mentoring is very important to her because she believes in paying it forward

Cost: $10

Headshot Photography with Bret Lovetro

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Headshot Photography with Bret Lovetro CANCELED

Cinemark Perkins Rowe

Interested in acting? Show people what you've got! Get your headshot taken with professional photographer Bret Lovetro from Lovetrolux Photography.

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