Tryon Film Festival offers free public filmmaking workshops

Published on Thursday, September 8, 2022

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Tryon Film Festival offers free public filmmaking workshops
The Tryon International Film Festival is opening up its filmmaking workshops to the general public for free this year, Oct. 7-9.

During the three-day weekend in Tryon, there will be 12 workshops and discussion groups, covering topics from screenwriting to acting. You do not have to be a Film Fest ticket holder to attend the workshops and discussion groups.

All of the educational programs will be free to both the public and ticket holders. The programs are designed to be interesting and useful for anyone -- casual interest, students and professional development.

While the breakout sessions are free, RSVPing in advance ensures your seat in select workshops. Register online at TryonInternationalFilmFestival.com and search under education.

“Every day new projects are popping up all over the Southeast, and we’re thrilled to be able to equip the aspiring artists in our area with the tools they need to become cast and crew members and walk confidently onto their next set,” Director of Education Ashley Crane said. 

Attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent and be able to remain focused and calm during the session. “This helps us maintain a distraction-free zone for hosts and attendees alike,” Crane said.

Tryon International Film Festival will screen 50 films from around the world. The 3-day event starts on Friday, Oct. 7, with workshops and the Opening Gala. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with screenings and workshops in several downtown locations. In addition, there will be several parties and social events.

The films will be in eight categories, including the newly added animation cinema. For more information, visit TryonInternationalFilmFestival.org.

Descriptions of educational programs offered:

Friday, Oct. 7

• Noon - Documentary Workshop
Hosted by Clay Johnson
Learn how to create a documentary… everything from pre- to post- production.

• 1 p.m. – Screenwriting & Financing Workshop
Hosted by Kevin Bernhardt and Steven Esteb
How to translate your story into this visual medium and fundraise to get your project off the ground.

• 3 p.m. –  Smartphone Filmmaking Workshop, Part I
Hosted by Alison MarekShooting an incredible film with the technology you already have, right at your fingertips.


• 9.am. –  Honeyhead Films Discussion Group
Hosted by Honey Head Films’ Krista Ray and Erika Arlee
Kristi and Erika discuss how they started their female-centered production company and their experiences as filmmakers.

•¨11 a.m. – The Nuts & Bolts of Filmmaking Workshop
Hosted by Frank C. Calo
Learn how to create a narrative film, from pre-production, to post-production, and everything in between.

• 1 p.m.–  Cinematography Workshop
Hosted by Erik Olsen
Lights, Camera, Action! Exploring lighting and shot composition.

• 3 p.m. – Smartphone Filmmaking Workshop, Part II
Hosted by Alison Marek
Learn how to edit on your smart device.

• 5 p.m. – Content Creation Panel
Moderated by Jashiel Valerio. Panelists: Jazelle Foster & Cruz Crane\
YouTube, Instagram and TikTok have created new channels for content creation. Learn how to create your own content and boost viewer retention.


• 11 a.m.  – Voice Acting & Motion Capture Workshop
Hosted by Francesca Calo
What to expect when recording voice overs, and working with motion capture technology.

• 1 p.m. Screen Acting Workshops
Hosted by James K. Fulater
Learn how to translate your performance from the stage to the screen.

• 3 p.m. – Casting Panel
Moderated by Jazelle Foster. Panelists: Beverly Brock, Francesca Calo, James K. Fulater, Lisa & Steve Lopez, Alison Marek, Patti Price, Jashiel Valerio
Hear from Casting Directors, Agents, Managers, Directors, Producers, and Actors sharing their experiences in the casting room and answering your questions.

• 3 p.m. –  Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Adventures from the World of Documentary Filmmaking Discussion Group
Hosted by Jamie Huss and Gregg Jamback
Chat with Documentary Filmmakers Jamie Huss and Gregg Jamback as they tell stories about the rewards and trials of creating a documentary.





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