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DAY 1

September 20, 2019

Pre-Production: Bringing Ideas to Life

Learn the secrets and importance of of pre-production work. From film funding, set design, writing from idea to screen, audition secrets, and insights into the industry.

Speakers include Hollywood's top Casting Directors, Art Directors, Music Composers, Acting Coaches, and Wardrobe Designers.

4:30 PM

Writers Panel: Character vs Story
  • "Ideas to Script"

  • Putting your ideas into words

  • Creating a fictional universe

  • Fiction vs Reality

  • Character vs Story personal anecdotes

Claire Sera

Writer & Actress 
(Smallfoot, Blended, The Princess Diaries, Pie N'Burger)

Rob Moreland

Writer & Producer (Gnome Alone, Happily N' Everafter, Ground Control)

4:30 PM

Casting & Auditioning Panel
  • "Audition Secrets: Impress the Casting Director".

  • Hollywood's Top Casting Directors Reveal "How to Book That Audition".

  • Submissions to get into the audition room.

  • Casting Secrets: Get that next role.

Molly Jane Knight

Casting Director (Corona, Walmart, ESPN, Manulife)

Carly Granovsky

Casting Director (TD, Verizon, Clean & Clear)

Shasta Lutz

Casting Director (The Tuxedo, Millions)

6:00 PM

Storyboard & Previz Panel
  • A look into the preparation and planning for live action and animated films

  • Panel will be discussing PreViz and Storyboarding in live action and animation

Kevin Conran

Art Director and Designer
(Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Monsters vs Aliens, Bee Movie)

Dan Milligan
Storyboard artist (Black Panther, I, Tonya)
Nicolas Mantzanis
Storyboard artist (Mansour, The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest)
Gergley Kapus
Storyboard artist (Future Man, Locke & Key, The Expanse)
Gabe Sapienza
Storyboard artist (Jorgen's List, Jim Woo's Renderers List)

6:00 PM

Voices in Animation Panel
 
Jamie Thomason

Voice Director
(Disney Aminations, Daytime Emmy Nominee)

Ron Rubin

Voice Actor (Camp Lakebottom, Sailor Moon, Avengers, X-Men Series, Care Bears: Big Wish Movie, Beetlejuice and much more.

6:00 PM

Music Design &
Musical Score Panel

How the composers set the mood, invoke the emotions & create the magic through music.

Klaus Badelt

Composer and mutiple award winnner (Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl, The Time Machine, Constantine, Gladiator)

Andreas Carlsson

6X Grammy nominated songwriter, ASCAP Songwriter of The Year, 4x Emmy nominee

David Hayman

Music Supervisor (Utopia Falls, Kim's Convenience, Once Were Brothers, Stockholm, Born to Be Blue)

Michael Perlmutter
Music Supervisor (Arbitrage, Pontypool, Beauty and the Beast, Unnatural History, Spinning Out, Private Eyes)

7:30 PM

​ACTING FOR THE 21st CENTURY NOT THE 19th or 20th 

The world has evolved since Stanislavsky,  Lee Strasberg, and Uta Hagan. The mediums have changed and evolved. Our understanding of the human psyche and the nature of how our brains function has grown exponentially. Acting techniques, however, have not been updated. Lewis’ approach to acting is rooted in 21st-century thinking and science. He will demonstrate and discuss these techniques.

 
Lewis Baumander

Founder LB Acting Studio, Actor Coach for names such as Keanu Reeves, Eric McCormack, Michael Rappaport, Malcolm McDowell and Stacey Keach

7:30 PM

Uncovering Secrets of Directing

Finding the right tools for you.

Director X

Director with over 103 directing credits. Winner of BET Award for Video Director of the Year(Across the Line, Mister Tachyon, Superfly, Drake: Started from the Bottom, Backstage, Rihanna Feat. Drake: Work, Kendrick Lamar: King Kunta, Drake: Worst Behavior, Busta Rhymes Feat. Nicki Minaj: Twerk It, Justin Bieber: Boyfriend, Nelly Furtado: Mas

Disclaimer: Speakers are subject to cancellation or schedule change, due to professional commitments.

DAY 2

September 21, 2019

Production on Set: Storytelling Through the Lens

Take a deeper look into the marvels of filmmaking. Bring out the filmmaker in you, get the chance to be up close and personal to the world's greatest filmmakers.

Speakers include Hollywood's Academy award winning: Directors, 2nd Unit Directors, Distribution Panels, Line Producers, Music Composers, Special Effects Makeup, and writers.

 

11:00 AM

Producers Film Funding Panel: Independent Film Start to Finish

Join as these amazing producers discuss how to get your project off the ground. Focusing on development and filom funding. Find out the secrets of what producers look for. Panellists from this section will be apart of the pitch sessions

Marcus Englefield

Executive Producer, Co-founder of Venture 3D (Danger Close, Animal Crackers, Beyond the Velvet Rope)

George Lee

CEO & Co- Founder ofVenture 3D and Storyoscopic Films (Animal Crackers, Danger Close, Beyond the Velvet Rope)

Brent Baum

Executive Producer, Writer (Wedding Planner, Charming, Finding Noah, Thomas the Magic Railroad)

Steve Shapiro

Head of Production for Das Films (The November Man, Winter's Bone, Into the Forest

11:00 AM

Getting Into Your Role:
The Making of a Superhero Body

Rehan Jalali is an internationally recognized Fitness Expert, KABC show host, Filmmaker/Producer, Best Selling Author, and Superhero Maker based in Beverly Hills, Ca. His clients include Oscar® winning actors, Emmy® award winning TV stars, and Grammy® winning musicians. Rehan has appeared on numerous TV shows including “The Doctors”, “CBS Morning News”, “Breakfast TV” and “The Art of Building Bodies” in Canada. He has appeared in numerous movies including “Rocky 6”, “Bigger, Stronger, Faster, “REHAN: The Making of a Superhero Body”, and the upcoming “Supps: The Movie” and “The Skinny Truth”!

Rehan Jalali

Celebrity Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Specialist.
Celebrity body Transformation Expert and Best Selling Author "Six Pack Diet Plan" & President of the Supplement Research Foundation.

2:00 PM

Insurance Coverage and Drone Certification: What every 
filmmaker needs to know!

Stephanie Herrera
Rorie McIntosh

2:00 PM

2nd Unit Action Direction
  • Action Design & Direction. Stunts, Choreography, Training, Safety.

  • Action scenes on location VS in studio.

Larnell Stovall

2nd Unit Director (Titans, Ride Along, Creed, Captain America)

2:00 PM

Producing Animation Panel
  • Thoughts on productions in Canada.

  • What are some major pros and cons when choosing to produce a film in Canada?

  • How Canadian filmmakers can create attraction and interests for foreign producers?

Penney Finkelman-Cox

President Patchwork Productions, Former Executive VP Sony Pictures Animation, Former Co-Head of Dreamworks (Terms of Endearment, Shrek, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Prince of Egypt)

Jeremy Ross

Executive Producer and founding partner in 3QU Media (Gnome Alone, Charming, Trouble, Fearless)

3:30 PM

Animation Panel
  • Into the world of imagination and art.

  • Character Development and Design.

Peter Lepeniotis

Animation Director (Surly Squirl,Nut Job, Dinosaur, Casper)

Jeremy Ross

Executive Producer and founding partner in 3QU Media (Gnome Alone, Charming, Trouble, Fearless)

Simon J. Smith

Dreamworks Head of Layout, Director(Antz, Shrek, Shrek 4-D, Bee Movie)

3:30 PM

VFX - Concept Design
  • "A Look Into the World of Fakery".

  • Preparation and design style.

  • What is the role in your job.

  • In-depth look at  amazing films like Ready Player One, Star Wars, The Revanent, and how much preparation it takes.

Luis F. Carrasco

VFX Art Director & Concept Designer ( The Revenant, Ready Player One, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

5:00 PM

Production Legal & Business Affairs
  • ​Business Affairs.

  • Obtaining talent.

  • What to be aware of.

Tara Sattler

Production Legal (Cold Pursuit, Stuck in Love, Maniac)

Jeremy Ross

Executive Producer and founding partner in 3QU Media (Gnome Alone, Charming, Trouble, Fearless)

5:00 PM

Tactical Rifle

How to handle and use arms for film.

Daniel Levinson
FDC Fight Master, FDC President. Daniel has created fights for companies such as The Stratford Festival (5 seasons), Canadian Stage, Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway, Volcano Theatre, and more.

5:00 PM

Tech & Motion Picture Marketing

Dennis Rice

CEO & Founder of Visio Entertainment (Former President of World Wide Marketing- United Artists, Former SVP- The Walt Disney Studios Former President- Marketing for Miramax Films)

6:30 PM

Distribution & Aquisitions

Chad's seminar will be on how to seek & negotiate distribution deals, as well as tips on what the major players look for in terms of content acquisition. Distribution 101 (Amazon, Hulu, Netflix).

Chad Miller

Founder & President of Cinea Management (Cinema Machine Management, packaging expert for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon)

8:00 PM

Lights, Action, Real Talk!

Vincent Ward

Actor (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven, Bringing Down the House, Walking Dead)

6:30 PM

Unions vs Non-Union Panel
  • The pros and cons of Union and Non-Union.

  • What that means for your career.

Nabet

NABET 700-M UNIFOR is a union of film, television and new media technicians that has serviced the greater Toronto area for over 45 years.  

8:00 PM

Cinematography
  • ​Capturing the Image.

  • Cinematography and aligning with the vision.

  • How to capture your subject in action.

Russell Gienapp

Cinematographer (Prince of Pot, The Shadow of Gold, Men of the Deeps)

Michael Jari Davidson

Cinematographer (The Void, Super Grid, Sick: Survive the Night, Familiar)

12:30 PM

MOVIE EXPO
SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Opening ceremony with special performances, industry experts, and Toronto Councilors.

Castro Liu

Town of Richmond Hill Ward 3 Councilor

Joe Li

Regional Councilor of Markham

Billy Pang

MPP

Performances by
  • Pulse Academy, Conservatory of Dance

  • Fettish

  • Dr Draw

  • BuccNflvr and the FLVRSQUAD

  • and more

Disclaimer: Speakers are subject to cancellation or schedule change, due to professional commitments.

11:00 PM

Producing - Television
  • Role of the Line Producer.

  • Experiences of working on the set.
    Getting started in this role.

  • Differences between feature film productions and television.

Stewart A. Lyons

Co-Producer, 2x Emmy Award Winner (Breaking Bad, Everybody Loves Raymond, Step by Step, Better Call Saul)

DAY 3

September 22, 2019

 Post-Production Magic:  Bringing It All Together

Hollywood's top Producers take the stage to discuss the aftermath. What happens after filming? How do you get distribution. How do you market your film? Get the chance to ask your favorite filmmaker questions on the spot. Journey through the fascinating world of special effects and how the pros bring it altogether.

Speakers include Hollywood's Academy award winning: Producers, VFX Supervisors, Art Directors, Sound Designers, and Editors.

 

11:00 AM

​Distribution & Acquisitions Panel

Dennis Rice

CEO & Founder of Visio Entertainment (Former President of World Wide Marketing- United Artists, Former SVP- The Walt Disney Studios Former President- Marketing for Miramax Films)

Curt Marvis

CEO & Co -Founder of QYOU, Former Lionsgate’s President of Digital Media (Traditional and Digital Media Distribution)

11:00 AM

Acting Up: Etiquette, Safety & Children on Set
  • Importance of an OSLO (On Set Liason Officer).

  • Etiquette and Safety on set and working with child actors and parents.

Angelica Alejandro

Actor & Producer, Host, Master Class teacher and ACTRA On Set Liason Officer "OSLO".

12:30 PM

Distribution in Foreign Markets
  • Chinese co-productions and how to get there.

  • What are the key challenges.

  • What attracts Chinese producers and what are they looking for?

  • How we to attract more investors to produce films in Canada.

Beryl Huang

President, CEO of Bruber Media, 4x Emmy Award Winner (Belle, Death Wish, Wonders of the Sea)

Curt Marvis

CEO & Co -Founder of QYOU, Former Lionsgate’s President of Digital Media (Traditional and Digital Media Distribution)

12:30 PM

Sound Design & Follies
  • Amazing craft of sound design and sound effects.

  • Setting the atmosphere with the presence of Sound.

  • Follies and how it is captured and integrated into film.

Brian Eimer

Senior Sound Designer/President of ImagesInSound

2:00 PM

Action For Film
  • Learn what it takes and the difference in Action on Camera.

Emerson Wong

Founder of Pulse Academy, Stunt Coordinator/Performer(RoboCop, Pacific Rim, and Deadpool 2)

12:30 PM

Make Your Cult Movie

Cult Director Kalman Szegvary who made Cannibal Rollerbabes discusses the important aspects involved in producing a low-budget horror film with the unique elements that could enable filmmakers to produce a smash-hit on a low or no budget!

Kalman Szegvary

World Renown Filmmaker, Screenwriting Mentor & Head of Film and Television Production Program at Trebas Institue Toronto.

Kalman is known for Cannibal Rollerbabes, a film that became a hit in the cult film circles that shock jock Howard Stern discussed on air and is now available worldwide as well as on iTunes.

Steve Belford

Canadian actor Steve Belford (Degrassi) will be joining Kalman on stage as they discuss the elements that can make a great film, make the transition to Cult status. 

2:00 PM

​Women In Film Panel
  • Woman in the industry, how it all happened.

  • Challenges and Triumphs in the industry.

  • Words of Wisdom to young filmmakers.

Beryl Huang

President, CEO of Bruber Media, 4x Emmy Award Winner (Belle, Death Wish, Wonders of the Sea)

Penney Finkleman-Cox

President Patchwork Productions, Former Executive VP Sony Pictures Animation, Former Co-Head of Dreamworks (Terms of Endearment, Shrek, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Prince of Egypt)

3:30 PM

VFX Post Production

Luis will be sharing the tools and techniques he utilizes in the film industry. Sharing his experience with Pre and Post Production.

Luis F. Carrasco

VFX Art Director & Concept Designer ( The Revenant, Ready Player One, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

2:00 PM

Film Sales

Mark Lindsay

President of Distribution Goldcrest / Saboteur (Sin City, Finding Neverland, Kill Bill)

3:30 PM

Foundations of Single Swords

Luis will be sharing the tools and techniques he utilizes in the film industry. Sharing his experience with Pre and Post Production.

Daniel Levinson
FDC Fight Master, FDC President. Daniel has created fights for companies such as The Stratford Festival (5 seasons), Canadian Stage, Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway, Volcano Theatre, and more.

Disclaimer: Speakers are subject to cancellation or schedule change, due to professional commitments.

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