Alex Darke sparked an interest in film the same way many people have in the past - in his backyard. From a young age, Alex was creating films for school projects and using basic effects to create narratives and animations. After high school, Alex ventured out to California where he attended the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. He honed in on the craft of filmmaking and made a number of films and television series along the way. After graduating, he was quickly snagged by the theatrical distribution company 41 Inc. where he went on to become the Executive Vice President of Acquisitions (one of the youngest executives in Hollywood at the time). After leaving 41 Inc. he decided to consult other distribution companies in marketing, acquisitions, and fulfillment - including the highly successful international sales agency Highland Film Group. Missing the action of the set, Alex left the distribution world and moved into television as Cinematographer for Larry King's company Ora Media. There he has produced, directed, shot, edited and worn every hat possible as an original key crew member for the company. Since then, Alex has been creating projects with his business partner Trevor L. Nelson and his company Gilded Cinema. The company is devoted to the production of independent cinema and reigniting the spark of creative vision in the world of narrative video and film. Full Bio »
Greeting and Introduction
YouTube & Social Video as a Business
Cinematography: Back to the Basics
Why DSLRs are a great tool to learn cinematography
Graduating from DSLR to Cinema Camera
Faces are the cornerstone of cinematography
3-point lighting is not a rule
There is no darkness, but ignorance. It doesn’t matter what fixture it comes from, it is your task as a cinematographer to mold and shape it into the quality of light that you want.
Wrapping Up. The be-all and the end-all.
Internet TV is not “TV light”, in fact it’s not TV at all. It’s a completely different sandbox than TV and while many of the rules of the game are the same, there are distinctly different rules you must know before you break them. In this informative and entertaining seminar, Digital Strategist and Web Series Launch Expert, Brian Rodda outlines the Top 5 things to consider while in pre-production for your digital series. Items to be discussed are: Appropriate length and form specific to different video distribution platforms (Youtube vs. Vimeo vs. Netlfix, etc…) casting/working with a Digital Influencer, expanding your world with Ancillary Content, Marketing Budgets, securing social media real estate and so much more! To read the Television Academy's interview with Brian click here!
Learn directly from Mitch Aunger, a leading authority in the world of HDSLR from planet5D! In today's increasingly digital world the choices for cameras to capture your film or television project can be overwhelming. Whether you are shooting your first project or you are preparing for your latest feature and thinking about changing your equipment, how can you possibly understand everything there is to know about what's on the market? It's rare that "in the can" exists on set, so how do you decipher between the new digital age - HDSLRs, RED, Blackmagic, GoPro, EOS and everything in between? Technology has evolved and so has the equipment. Who has time to understand the features and benefits of each of the different cameras? Mitch Aunger of planet5D does. He is one of the most knowledgeable resources of cameras and equipment. Join Mitch Aunger as he discusses digital filmmaking history and the cameras that go along with it. Mitch has written over 2,500 blogs about all different types of cameras and equipment to help filmmakers and directors discover what will be the best choice for their project.
Back by popular demand, Kristy Clabaugh and John Thomas from Element CPAs are going to be breaking down advanced level production accounting for film & television to Producers, Investors, Line Producers, Production Managers & Coordinators, and anyone else involved in accounting for film and television projects. In this exclusive webinar they’ll go over advanced level financial reporting requirements, production accounting, after you wrap, tax preparation and incentive reporting. Together, John and Kristy have serviced hundreds of clients in the industry - there isn't much they haven't seen, so bring your questions! John carries a Master of Accountancy and a Master of Business Administration and has more than 15 years experience navigating his clients through the complexity of the film tax credit audit process and advising on the project set up from development, pre, and post. Kristy serves on the executive board of directors as Treasurer for both the Georgia Production Partnership and Women in Film & Television Atlanta.
It’s no secret that many creatives are looking to take the necessary steps to work on a TV show or break into a writers' room. Stage 32 and Jon Stahl, HBO’s Emmy-Award Winning Veep script coordinator, have the answers to help you find your way. We're taking you inside the room of one of the top comedy shows on television today (Veep) to learn what it's like to break in and expectations once you get there. Your host Jon Stahl spent the last decade working in television, with the last third of it in comedy. Working alongside the writers of television’s best comedy, Jon not only knows what it takes to write great comedy, but also what is needed to take a seat at the table with the rest of them.
CLASS 1 Section I: THE OVERVIEW 1. Introduction to Jason 2. Creative Aspects of the Job Prep – Breakdown & Scheduling from Script to Game Plan Shooting – Set Management & Directing Background Differences between Film&TV; Day & Night; Stage & Location Working Relationship between the AD and Director, Producer, DP & Actors 3. Why We Do It What I’ve learned over the years We are a mix of; Traffic Cop, Bartender, Kindergarten Teacher, Cheerleader, Psychologist, Juggler & CEO Day to day Energy, Pace, Crew Moral and Motivation Tools of the job. Shoes and what to carry in your pockets The need for outside influences and a life away from the work Section II: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS 1. Prep (In this section Jason will share his computer screen to show how to actually breakdown a script using two scenes from Jurassic World as an example. Inputting it into Movie Magic Scheduling and then using that material as a launching board for teaching call sheets and other paperwork) 1st AD – What is Expected (Schedule, Scout, Dept Meetings, Background and how to do it) 2nd AD – What is Expected (Assist 1st, Rehearsals, Fittings, Interface with Actors, Tech Scout, Background Casting) 2. Shooting 1st AD – What is Expected Run the Set, Move the Company Forward, Execute the Schedule 2nd AD – What is Expected Assist 1st, Set BG, Prep Next Day, Run 1st Team, Communication Liason with Office and Rest of World 3. Safety Meetings Legal Responsibility Knowing When to Say No, Knowing how to say no Know all the Equipment Know what it takes to get it done Trust in your Departments Live Q&A with Jason - bring your questions! CLASS 2 Section III: THE FUN PART - PAPERWORK 1. Paperwork Call Sheet Production Report Exhibit G “Sag” Sheet One-Line Schedule Shooting Schedule Cast Day Out Of Days Section IV: ON-SET STORIES & PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS Practical stories to show good and bad days of the job Live Q&A with Jason - bring your questions!
To kick off your directing career with Roger Ebert calling your film "One of the best films of the year" you can pretty much be assured you're on a path to success. We are proud to present to you the director who has done just that - Michael Polish. After his Sundance darling Twin Falls Idaho garnered Roger Ebert's critical acclaim he has gone on to direct over 10 feature films including: The Astronaut Farmer, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen Northfork, starring Nick Nolte and James Woods The Smell of Success, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tea Leoni & Ed Helms Hot Bot, starring Zack Pearlman and Danny Masterson Stay Cool, starring Winona Ryder and Sean Astin (Nominated for best feature at Tribeca Film Festival) Big Sur, an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel starring Kate Bosworth For Lover’s Only starring Stana Katic (CBS’s hit show Castle) 90 Minutes in Heaven, starring Hayden Christensen Amnesiac, starring Wes Bentley The upcoming Sharon Tate biopic adapted from Greg King’s book Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders Michael will be teaching the 2nd installment of our Stage 32 Masters of Craft series - The Indie Filmmaker's Toolkit: Maximize Your Resources, Creativity and Profits. In this online event Michael will share with you how a professional director approaches a film from inception and carries it through to post-production including a discussion of available distribution options. The goal is to give you the agency to make your films without the necessity of the Hollywood studio system (though this information will be handy if that's your path as well). He will go in-depth about the director’s process from finding superior scripts and setting your priorities in pre-production to the challenges of running your set, leading your crew and balancing the demands of your producers. He’ll explain how to interact with everyone vital to your film’s success from producers and film executives to actors, cinematographers, and editors to get the best version of your film. Finally, Michael will share insider knowledge on effective methods to market and distribute your film that will give you the power to maximize your profits. From his experience writing and directing 10 feature films, he’ll share his war stories (like losing vital funding in the middle of a shoot) and his strategies for dealing with any obstacle that arises. You’ll be better equipped to deal with mishaps and avoid filmmaking pain points. If you want to make your film and you want to know where to start, how to proceed and how to ensure you walkaway with a masterpiece, this is the webinar for you! You’ll leave with a comprehensive understanding of what is necessary to succeed as an indie director and gain control over the direction of your career.