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The Film and Video Director's Master Workshop I

Third Cousins Media

Thursday, July 3, 2008 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

The Film and Video Director's Master Workshop I

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Director's Pass Ended $99.00 $2.48
Austin Film Festival, Austin Film Society, Reel Woman, Alamo Drafthouse, Austin School of Film, soulciti,African Film Club Discount Ended $78.00 $1.95

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The Film & Video Directing Master's Workshop

Come out and join legendary filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka and author/filmmaker Maxie D. Collier , as they share their experiences and lessons on directing independent feature films and more! The workshop includes: Lectures, Sample Film and Video Clips, Q & A Sessions, printed resources and training materials.

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Who Should Attend?

Anyone wanting to direct their own commercials, musicvideos, documentaries, short films and feature films.

1st Time Filmmakers & Amateurs
Learn the planning, previsualization, preproduction, andpost production processes for commercials, docs, shorts and feature films.

Film Student
Gain valuable insight into the business, politics, and crafts of professional filmmaking.

Experienced Filmmakers
Learn information and resources that that can save you time, money, and frustration during pre-production, production, post production, and distribution.

Workshop Outline

Introduction & Welcome Understanding A Director's Role

  • Commercials
  • Music videos
  • Documentaries
  • Narrative films

The Challenges of the Writer/Producer/Director The Director During Development

  • Pitching projects
  • Selecting projects
  • Working with Writers

The Director During Preproduction

  • Casting
  • Rehearsals
  • Pre-visualization
  • The director's team

The Director During Production

  • The director and producer relationship
  • Directing the crew
  • Directing the cast

The Director During Post Production

  • Working with editors
  • Editing your own projects
  • Working with composer & muic team
  • Working with special effects
  • Finishing your project

The Director During Distribution

  • The Sales & Marketing Team
  • Film festivals
  • Marketing & Promotions

Directing Practice Execises

Common Director Mistakes

Open Q & A

About The Instructors

Jamaa Fanaka - Instructor

The writer, producer, and director of of the success Penitentiary film trilogy, Fanaka was born Walter Gordon on September 6, 1942 to Robert L. and Beatrice Gordon in Jackson, Mississippi .

In 1971, Fanaka was accepted into the film school at UCLA. During his years at UCLA Film School (including study in both the undergraduate and graduate programs), Fanaka received competitive academic grants including a Ford Foundation Grant, Rockefeller Grant, UCLA Chancellor's Grant, UCLA Black Studies Center Grant, New York State Council for the Arts Grant and an Independent Filmmaker Grant from the American Film Institute. Fanaka took his undergraduate degree summa cum laude and his Master's degree with a straight-A average.

In 1979, he released the first Penitentiary film, starring Leon Issac Kennedy. According to Todd McCarthy of Daily Variety and Turner Classic Movies' Web Site (TCM.com), Penitentiary became the most successful independent film of 1980 at the box office. The film received excellent reviews from such major newspapers as the San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Variety, and the Los Angeles Times. Gertrude Gipson, the entertainment editor of America 's top black-owned newspaper, The Los Angeles Sentinel, called Penitentiary "Jamaa Fanaka's brutal masterpiece of violent prison life."

Scenes from Penitentiary I

Maxie D. Collier - Host/Instructor

A film and video professional for 18 years. Maxie is a former employee of BET and the author of the IFILM DV Filmmaker's Handbook. He is the writer, producer, director, co-star BMORE HACKS and the classic hip-hop documentary film Paper Chasers, a co-production with the Independent Film Channel. To date, he has interviewed more than 150 media artist, executives, and entrepreneurs including Ludacris, Damon Dash, Flavor Flav. He has most recently directed the reality TV show Houston Ink. He is also the co-founder Third Cousins Media and the African Film Club .


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When & Where

1165 Angelina Street
Austin, 78702

Thursday, July 3, 2008 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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Third Cousins Media

Third Cousins Media is a media management company based in Texas. They help business owners establish relationships and gain new clients using web video and social media. 


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