From Story to Screen:  The Wild Ride of Getting Your Film Made

Friday, June 21, 1:00 PM – Registration $12.00

You have an idea. It’ll make a great film. What has to happen to see this idea on the big screen? There’s an amazing and interesting road between “I’ve got an idea” and “Now showing at your local theater.” But first, you have to get that great idea out of your head! This workshop focuses on how to take a great idea and start developing it. Bring your film concept. All experience levels welcome.

Instructor: John Heinsen

Producer John Heinsen navigates the convergence of media, developing a range of TV, film, and emerging media projects via his Los Angeles-based company Bunnygraph Entertainment. His credits include a three-year run as Transmedia Producer for the Academy Awards. His passion project Remembrance of the WWI Centenary featured his grandfather’s wartime photo archive and garnered national press in the U.K. John is a veteran of FOX, ABC, International Creative Management (ICM), and Castle Rock Entertainment. He serves on the executive committee of the Producers Peer Group of the Television Academy, and is former vice president of the Producers Guild of America. John is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory and the University of Arizona.


You’ve Finished Your Film. Now What?

Friday, June 21, 3:00 PM – Registration $12.00

You’ve worked really hard and made a film. Now what do you do? This masterclass is a workshop on the ins and outs of audience building, marketing, DIY distribution, festival strategy, and monetizing your film after it’s done.

Instructor: Christopher Everett

Instructor Christopher Everett is the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival communications manager. He’s a film director, producer, social media specialist and graphic artist from Laurinburg, N.C. Christopher is a graduate of King’s College who founded Speller Street Films in 2015 and went on to produce and direct the award-winning documentary “Wilmington on Fire,” which has screened at 12 film festivals and counting. His film company recently remastered and is distributing the 2002 cult classic “As an Act of Protest.”


Screenwriting Masterclass

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 AM – Registration $25.00 (includes lunch)

Take your screenplay to the next level and learn alongside two Hollywood screenwriters, Joy Goodwin and Janet Scott Batchler. In this masterclass, attendees learn writing tools that pros use to create stronger concepts and scenes. Students should bring an idea or concept for a feature film screenplay and the first few pages of that script, either as a hard copy or on laptop. All levels of experience are welcome. Free software such as Celtx may be useful in creating the screenplay pages.

Instructor: Joy Goodwin

Emmy-award winning screenwriter Joy Goodwin serves as Director of the MFA Screenwriting program at the UNC School of the Arts. She’s developed and co-produced films that’ve won Golden Globe, Sundance and Spirit Awards, and have been distributed by Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight, HBO Films, ABC and Focus, among others. She’s written, produced and directed documentary television for ABC, ESPN, NBC, A&E, and The History Channel. She won a 2002 Emmy Award for sports, and is a former theater critic and reporter for The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Instructor: Janet Scott Batchler

Janet Batchler - USC

Janet Scott Batchler has written Hollywood blockbusters BATMAN FOREVER and POMPEII, as well as the films SMOKE & MIRRORS, and MY NAME IS MODESTY, among many other projects. She’s a screenwriting professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Based in Calif., Janet’s a graduate of the prestigious Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute, and served on the board of directors of the Alliance of Women Directors from 2004 to 2010.


Zombiepalooza! Are You Shooting a Zombie Film or Just Shooting Zombies? 

Saturday June 22, 10:00 AM – Registration $12.00

The cherished cinema genre that every first-time filmmaker likes to sink their teeth into. A zombie film offers you the perfect setting for a great drama, comedy or horror film. Sometimes all three at the same time. Join us for a workshop on how to attack the script and cut scenes into bite-sized chunks filmed with minimal crew. We’ll focus on storytelling with technical tips to help achieve those over-the-top zombie deaths. All skill levels are welcome.

Instructor: Peyote Perryman

Peyote Perryman runs the television production company, Digital P Media. He oversees projects ranging from broadcast brand campaigns for the Atlantic Coast Conference to animated films and much more. Peyote directed and filmed his short zombie film starring only family members over one New Year’s weekend. Enjoy learning how to shoot zombies with Peyote!