1 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions
1:10 p.m.: Renee Baker: The Art of Experimental Film
1:40 p.m.: CJ Powers: Screenwriting
2:10 p.m.: Jeremy Lynch: How I Made an Action Film for $3,000
2:40 p.m.: Vladimir Van Maule: Lighting (Hands On)
3:10 p.m.: Vladimir Van Maule: Cinematography (Hands On)
3:40 p.m.: Bob Beck: Auditioning
4:10 p.m.: Stan Harrington: Working with Actors (via Skype)
4:30 p.m.: Closing
Stan Harrington is a multi-award winning producer, writer and director. He manages the world famous, Stella Adler Theater, home to such legends as Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. He is the author of A Guerilla in the Midst, a book on the art of no-budget filmmaking, published in 2007 by the Sundance Media Group. He is a sought after speaker on the subjects of acting, writing and filmmaking and has made countless appearances at acting studios worldwide, international film festivals and conferences including The National Association Of Broadcasters (Las Vegas), The SEA Conferences (Los Angeles, Illinois) and Women In Film (Hollywood). Learn more about him at xristosproductions.com.
Bob Beck is a veteran stuntman, actor and model born and raised in Chicago. From an early age and through adulthood, Beck has excelled in various team sports including baseball, softball, football and volleyball and even competed in the Junior Olympics. As an adult, Beck has trained with various government agencies and has been trained in martial arts, fencing and weaponry.
Beck has worked in various roles in production, including extras casting, extras coordinating and as a body double. In addition to stunt work on projects such as The Dark Knight, The Dilemma and Chicago P.D., Beck has also had a guest starring role on Chicago Fire. While continuing to work on various projects throughout the land, Beck has begun to branch out into writing, directing and producing.
CJ Powers was in his first movie at the age of 11 months. At age 9, he saw the musical Oliver! and studied the souvenir magazine with behind-the-scenes pictures and articles. Powers soon found copies of American Cinematographer magazine in his local library and studied every issue. During his freshman year at university, Powers was given the opportunity to be a cinematographer on a CBS documentary. Other work followed at ABC, PBS, WGN, The Family Channel and The Wisconsin Television Network. Powers has worked on more than 300 television episodes and eight feature films.
Visual artist, film artist, composer and re-contextualist, Renee C. Baker is a true engineer of multi disciplines. Layering movement, film projections of real and imagined things, she creates an exquisite arena of surrealistic activity within a sonic theatre. Baker is founding music director and conductor of the internationally acclaimed Chicago Modern Orchestra Project (CMOP), a polystylistic orchestral organization that grew from the plums of classical music, as well as jazz. Her compositions are crafted from her many talents with carefully constructed environments that also allow indeterminacy and freedom. Learn more about her at reneebakercomposer.net.
Vladimir Van Maule
Cinematographer Vladimir Van Maule was born in Prague in the Czech Republic. Van Maule moved to America at age seventeen in 1969 and was educated at the School of Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Van Maule opened up his own studio Filmontage Productions in 1974 and shot his first feature film in the early 1980's.
Independent filmmaker Jeremy Lynch is devoted to touching the hearts of moviegoers through action and adventure stories. His adventures in the world of film have led him to work on indie sets as well as on productions for big studios like Warner Bros. Making his directing debut with his short film, The Scavenger, he has gained many valuable lessons to share with others. Jeremy currently works as a freelance editor when he isn’t involved with teaching the fundamentals of digital video photography and video editing.