FROM DEVELOPMENT TO DISTRIBUTION
An introduction to Production for film and television
December 6th and 7th at 7:00PM 25CI for both classes or 15CI each!
Cayman Media Academy classroom at the HSBC house at 68 West Bay Road
During this two-day seminar, Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk will talk to you about the fundamentals of film and television production. During this general overview, we will broadly discuss what it takes to turn an idea into a filmed project.
On the first night of the Seminar, Calia will introduce you to the job of the Producer and what it takes to develop a story and turn in into a working production. During the evening she will review the process of writing, planning and financing production. What does it take to turn an idea into a show or a film? We will discuss, development, script writing, legal matters, creating a breakdown, budgeting, funding, casting, pre-production, locations, and all matters that lead you to principal photography.
During the second night of the seminar, we will talk about the actual production process – what happens during a television show or principal photography – who are the players? What is proper set etiquette? What should you think about when you are on set and anticipate needs so that you do not go over budget? We will also discuss the items that affect postproduction: music, sound recording, rights and clearances. Finally, we will make suggestions about how to promote and distribute your project.
Our guest speaker:
Ms. Brencsons-Van Dyk is a daytime Emmy and multiple James Beard award-winning Producer with over twenty-five years of experience producing live and filmed events ranging from film, to television, live events and theatre. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Caliativity Productions, and the Chief Creative Officer for Many Roads Productions. In this capacity, she is currently in development on several television shows, and in production on several documentaries. She is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Cayman Media Academy and CayFilm and is in pre-production on a project here in the Cayman Islands.
For twelve years, she was has been a part of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's award-winning production team where she worked on the Emmy-award winning The Martha Stewart Show for seven years, and on numerous other television shows including: Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn (Hallmark Channel), Emeril's Table with Chef Emeril Lagasse (Hallmark Channel), Martha Stewart's Apprentice Finale (NBC), Martha Stewart’s Cooking School (PBS), Martha Bakes (PBS), The Live Finale of the 45th Annual Pillsbury Bake-off (Hallmark Channel) , Whatever, Martha! (Fine Living) and Whatever, You're Wrong (Hallmark Channel) as well as seven television specials (Hallmark Channel) along with ad campaigns, print projects, web specials, applications and other programing.
Calia began her career in the entertainment industry at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in the President's Office where she worked with playwrights August Wilson, Herman D. Farrell, III and Joe DiPietro and was a coordinator for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Center. She also worked with Academy Award and Kennedy Center-honoree, Jacques d’Amboise at National Dance Institute. On Broadway, she worked at Richard Frankel Productions on the Broadway Hall of Fame and Surviving Grace.
Additionally, Ms. Brencsons-Van Dyk has worked at McKinsey and Company and in the President’s office of The French Petroleum Institute.
Ms. Van Dyk is a State Department Alumna and a member of the Producers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA and NATAS. Calia has been a guest speaker at NYU, New York Women in Film and Television, St. John's University and the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals. She is a graduate of Mills College where she was honored last year for her distinguished achievement in the Arts and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts where she was the President of the Alumni Association and a member of the Academic Council. She is currently an alumni- mentor for Cultural Vistas, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Producers’ Guild and an Emmy voter.
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