What would any Comicon be without films? Just comics? I don’t think so. Comicon is the place to be for any filmmaker; aspiring or experienced. You can find an audience to screen your home-made film or, discover new trends in filmmaking and see firsthand some brand new movies before they hit the theatres. The best part is meeting other filmmakers and learning from them what works and what doesn’t: everything from prosthetics to pyrotechnics. Not only does Phoenix Comicon provide an excellent venue for independent filmmakers to present their films, Comicon also offers a wide variety of filmmaking how-to’s. Everything you need to know to get started on that fan film/horror flick/splatter movie and yes, (sigh) that zombie movie. You can learn it all from the filmmakers that have been there themselves. Here are the events being offered as part of the “Phoenix Comicon 2015 Film School,” compiled and condensed from the 2015 Phoenix Comicon Programing Guide. All of the events listed below will be held in room 103 of the West Building.
Acting Workshop With Chuck Huber – Saturday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
The first twelve people in line get to participate, the rest can ask questions and will be the audience. Some basic improv/acting, games and techniques. Hosted by Chuck Huber.
How To Develop A Multi-million Dollar Indie Epic and Aether Prologue (world premiere) – Saturday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
The film makers behind “Aether,” a steampunk fantasy motion picture about a group of outcasts banding together to defend their homeland from a power hungry political saboteur, outlander assassins, and a ruthless chancellor obsessed with keeping his floating kingdom sky born, will be having the world premiere of their concept short for their multi-million dollar film: Aether. The credentials for the film makers on this independent film are the stuff of studios: The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Blade Runner, Demolition Man, even Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Come and learn how to develop your own independent epic feature film! Hosted by Drew Hall, Horst Sarubin, Kim Bailey, Scott Robinson, David L. Snyder.
Art Direction & Production Design: From Blade Runner To Mission To Mars and Beyond – Friday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Production Designers are the visual artists and storytellers, who, in consultation primarily with the director, create and develop the overall look, atmosphere and emotion that move the story in any film or television project. Learn abuot and discuss the “How To” of Art Direction and Production Design from it’s beginnings, to working in today’s modern art department with Designer Kim Bailey. Learn about the history and development of “Production Value” for films like Blade Runner, Mission to Mars, and the upcoming movie AETHER. Hosted by Kim Bailey
Costume Design: How To Go From Cosplay To Television, Film, and Stage – Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Nola Yergen is a costume designer and actor, known for Valiant (2014), Parallax (2012) and Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film (2012) not to mention that she has worked on Castle and is also a theatre professor and costume designer at Grand Canyon University. She’s also an avid Cosplayer. Learn how to turn your passion into a career in film, television, or stage. Hosted by Nola Yergen.
Directing Workshop With Kevin R. Phipps – Friday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Kevin R. Phipps is an assistant director and director, known for Grief (2015), Thicker Than Water (2014) and Friday the 13th Part 3: The Memoriam Documentary. He is also an trained Meisner Acting Coach / Trainer. Come and learn about directing from an actor’s director and learn the differences between directing a narrative or a documentary. Hosted by Kevin R. Phipps.
How To Make A Living As A Freelance Videographer – Friday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
You want to work in the entertainment business, but how do you pay the bills between film projects or while you are trying to get your project off the ground? Learn what it takes to put your skills together and make it as a freelance videographer. Sports, News, Commercials, Weddings? They are all options. Greg Nosek has worked as a Freelance Documentary Videographer covering Broadcast Journalism, Rock & Roll, and the World of Corporate and Social Events for the last 30 years. Hosted by Greg Nosek.
Documentary Film Making & Photography – Saturday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Come and learn about shooting documentary video and photos in the Comicon environment and how to grow your skills to a professional level. This was a very popular topic last year. Jim Poulin has successfully nurtured a career spanning 35 years in the field of Editorial, Sports & Concert Photography. Jim Poulin is the Photo Editor for the Phoenix Business Journal is a proud graduate of Arizona State University. Hosted by Greg Nosek, Jim Poulin.
Film Development: Putting it all together – Friday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Before you shoot your movie, before you even start making costumes or sets, you need to develop your project. Come and learn what it takes from two professionals that has gotten projects, both big and small, off the ground over the last 20 years. Maybe even learn a little about current projects they have in development. Hosted by Mark Newbauer, Ted Chalmers.
Film Festival Survival 101 with Chris Gore – Saturday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Some people are just there for the loot bags. But most of the people at a film festival are trying to market and sell an independent film. Don’t be just one of the horde. Come and learn the tricks and skills necessary to navigate the Film Festival waters from the expert and author of Chris Gore’s Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 4th edition: The Essential Companion for Filmmakers and Festival-Goers (Chris Gore’s Ultimate Flim Festival Survival Guide). Hosted by Chris Gore.
From Script to Screen: Bootstrapping Your Sci-Fi Film – Thursday, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
For aspiring writers-turned-producers, explore the creative – and sometimes arduous – process of taking a story from script to screen, including location scouting, casting, and hiring crew. DaVaun Sanders, last year’s Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay winner won a one-scene shoot donated by Valley director, Kevin R. Phipps, producer, Ruben Angelo, and a variety of skilled crew. Follow DaVaun’s journey from creating dynamic characters in a futuristic world to watching the filmmaking process unfold over the course of several months. Plus: Learn ways to bootstrap your own short film production. Hosted by Cassandra Nicholson.
How To Adapt Your Novel To A Screenplay And Vice-Versa – Friday, 10:30am – 11:30am
Novels and Screenplays are two completely different types of writing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do both. For over five years Eric worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a documentary film producer and editor, covering Mars Exploration. Getting an up close, behind-the-scenes look at planetary exploration gave him a great inspiration his screenplay that eventually became the novel and audiobook called “The Scout.” Hosted by Eric Tozzi.
Screenwriting The Corman way: Style And Structure – Saturday, 10:30am – 11:30am
Michael MacLean has written five films for the legendary Roger Corman, including Sharktopus, and Piranhaconda, and is currently working with Lady Death creator Brian Pulido on a comic book project. An Arizona local, Mike was born, raised, and still works in Tempe. If you want a few screenwriting tips or some behind the scenes Sharktopus gossip, now’s your chance. Hosted by Mike MacLean.
Set Photographer or How to get a job as a Photographer in Film – Friday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Here’s a career path that most photographers didn’t know existed: Set Photographer. Put your skills and your eye to good use capturing behind the scenes, production stills, and shots for use in marketing design. There’s a wealth to do and know. Hosted by Shannon Dia.