2017 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL — Creative Conference

As ATLFF's educational programming track, the five-day Creative Conference consists of more than 40 panels, talks and demos that delve deeper into the captivating world of cinema, focusing on topics such as screenwriting, acting, producing, casting, funding and distribution—and how they all come together to make a film or television episode.

INDIVIDUAL PANELS:
$12 at door/$10 in advance

DAY PASSES:
$30 at door/$25 in advance


 
 

Day 1 — Monday, March 27:

PLAZA THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Trust Me"

Trust Me
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM,
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs
Documentary filmmakers explore when and how to build trust with their subject(s), the difficulty of staying neutral, and the lines to avoid crossing.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Breaking In"

Breaking In
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM,
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs
Production Assistants discuss how they got started, what they wish they'd known, tips for success, and networking best practices to keep getting gigs.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "SAGindie: Get Great Talent"

SAGindie: Get Great Talent
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM,
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs
Producers and production staff: SAGindie offers an indepth look at the various low budget contracts that the Screen Actors Guild has to offer.

 

7 STAGES THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Location, Location, Location"

Location, Location, Location
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

A director, production designer, and location managers discuss finding the right location and how collaboration can produce the perfect look.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Reputation is Everything"

Reputation is Everything
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 7 Stages Theatre, Black Box

From your resume to the basics of IMDb, learn to accurately and properly list your credits whether you're an actor or crew.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Create Me"

Create Me
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

A writer, director, actor, propmaster, and costume designer work together to construct different characters from the page to the stage.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Make It Work"

Make It Work
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

Development is crucial to success—what's involved, why it's about more than just script rewrites, and how the right team can help bring your ideas into focus.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "I'll be in my Trailer"

I'll Be in My Trailer
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

Actors working on network television shows and studio features share what it took to get there, and how indie film started their careers.


Day 2 — Tuesday, March 28:

PLAZA THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Fincannon & Associates: Casting Master Class"

Fincannon & Associates: Casting Master Class
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Plaza Theatre, Downstairs

Mark Fincannon explains the art of casting, self-taping, auditions, discovering new talent, and more.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference "The Pinewood Panel: Candy Jar"

The Pinewood Panel: Candy Jar - An Indie Case Study
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Downstairs

Please join Producing team Judy Cairo and Michael A Simpson, Line Producer Carole Peterman, and Director Ben Shelton as they discuss their new film shooting at Pinewood, Candy Jar.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Working in a Virtual World"

Working in a Virtual World
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM,
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs

Directors and DPs examine the differences and challenges of VR storytelling vs typical narrative work.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "The Business of The Biz"

The Business of The Biz
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM,
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs

Former film crew members explain how their insider knowledge allowed them to start an ancillary business that serves the film industry and their previous craft.

7 STAGES THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Based on a True Story"

Based on a True Story
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM,
7 Stages, Main
Narrative, reality TV, and documentary filmmakers discuss the pros and cons of crafting stories based in real life.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Back to One"

Back to One
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

Actors and directors explore how to find a common language to best communicate intention, and what makes a good working relationship.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "A Fist Full Of Dollars"

A Fist Full Of Dollars
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM,
7 Stages, Black Box
Art department members share tips and tricks to save money, like recycling big budget sets to keep them out of landfills.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Note to Self"

Note to Self
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

A writer, director, producer, and editor talk about the art of giving and receiving notes, whether from each other or a studio.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Block, Light, Rehearse, Shoot"

Block, Light, Rehearse, Shoot
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

From shot lists to scheduling, how the DP, Director, and 1st AD collaborate to ensure a production runs smoothly.


Day 3 — Wednesday, March 29:

PLAZA THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "The Fine Print"

The Fine Print
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Plaza Theatre, Downstairs

Entertainment attorneys discuss the contracts necessary to protect everyone involved on your next production.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Stop and Care: Set Safety"

Stop and Care: Set Safety
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
From insurance and safety meetings to stunts and guns, how to get the shots you need, encourage your crew to speak up, and keep your set safe.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Show Me The Money"

Show Me The Money
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
Film investment, tax credits, sales reps, and self distribution; panelists share how their process works and best practices.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Media Services: Payroll-101"

Media Services: Payroll-101
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
Everything you need to know about payroll: union issues, workers’ comp, incentives, budgeting and the latest digital tools from Media Services Payroll.

 

7 STAGES THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Grip Truck Show and Tell"

Grip Truck Show and Tell
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 7 Stages Theatre, Back Parking Lot

Day 1 Production Services showcases the typical 3-ton non-CDL grip truck used by indie features and smaller productions.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Light and Shoot Your Indie"

Light and Shoot Your Indie
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

PC&E demos cameras, lighting, and grip equipment to help you choose the right gear for your next production.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Sound is Half the Picture"

Sound is Half the Picture
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

From on-location sound recording and basic equipment to post audio and foley, the dos and don'ts of sound recording.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "ShareGrid: Cinematography"

ShareGrid: Cinematography
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

Directors of Photography discuss cameras, lenses, and the best approach for investing in gear. Get tips on branding yourself as an owner/operator and how to fully monetize your time and gear. 

Join us for a ShareGrid sponsored Happy Hour at Highland Ballroom following panel discussion! 

THE WORKSHOP

 
Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Animate It"

Animate It
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, The Workshop

Hands-on workshop provides the tools, equipment, and know how to create an animated project in under an hour.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that due to last minute venue changes, attendance is limited to 30 people. As a result, all badge holders must RSVP to attend. Badge holders can RSVP by simply accessing the Eventbrite ticketing page for “Animate It”, and using comp code “ANIMRSVP” to receive a free ticket (limit 1 per badge holder). Make sure to bring a printout of your free ticket AND your badge to get in. Anyone with a comp ticket, that does not have a badge, WILL NOT be allowed entry.  (Note: “Film” badges are not eligible to use the comp code.) We look forward to seeing you at the event!

 

Day 4 — Thursday, March 30:

PLAZA THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "I Recognize That Voice"

I Recognize That Voice
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
From animation to VO and narration, Atlanta's voice talent community examines what it takes to succeed.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Unions & Guilds"

Unions & Guilds
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
Reps discuss who their unions/guilds represent, how to join, how they work with indie productions, and what to expect when under a union contract.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Truth or Consequences"

Truth or Consequences
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
Documentary filmmakers examine ‘truth’ in today's climate, its affect on their power to persuade, and whether agenda based or neutral approaches may work best.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "#ShePersisted"

#ShePersisted
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
Film Fatales, PGA WIN committee, BWFN, WIFTA, New Mavericks, and more discuss opportunities for females in education, mentorship, and support.

7 STAGES THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Disrupting Hollywood"

Disrupting Hollywood
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

The Hollywood system has made movies the same way for over 100 years. Is Atlanta poised to disrupt the status quo using data and new technologies?

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Good, Fast, Cheap: Pick Two"

Good, Fast, Cheap: Pick Two
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

Filmmakers share the challenges and freedom of low budget filmmaking, plus tips and tricks to help you succeed.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "It's a Small World Afterall"

It's a Small World Afterall
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

How diversity behind and in front of the camera increases marketability and sales; delivering your message to an ever-growing diverse, worldwide audience.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Not Your Parents' Cartoons"

Not Your Parents' Cartoons
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

Network animated series creators share how new digital platforms expand distribution possibilities for their shows as well as animators in general.


Day 5 — Friday, March 31:

PLAZA THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Playing Games"

Playing Games
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
With over 100 video game studios, Georgia is a hotbed of talent, creating opportunities for gamemakers and interesting alliances with filmmakers.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Airport Shorts: Puppetry and Stop Motion Animation"

Airport Shorts: Puppetry and Stop Motion Animation
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
Molly Coffee and friends discuss the making of “Passing 66,” her felt puppet stop motion animation airport short.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Case Study: VFX in GIFs"

Case Study: VFX in GIFs
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Plaza Theatre,
Downstairs
Self-taught viral video GIF maker Chris Nik demystifies the process, explains improv comedy's influence, and how to VFX problem solve on a DIY budget.

7 STAGES THEATRE

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Managing Media"

Managing Media
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

Post-production companies handling studio features, network TV shows, and indie features explain best practices for organizational workflow.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Georgia On My Mind"

Georgia On My Mind
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

Georgia has a deep and diverse music scene—how to license songs, get an original score, and use music to complement rather than overwhelm the moment.

Eventbrite - Atlanta Film Festival | Creative Conference: "Case Study: A Scene for Sound Design"

Case Study: A Scene for Sound Design
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre, Main

John Kassab, sound designer and producer of last year's ATLFF feature “Like Lambs,” dissects scenes from the movie to illustrate the art of sound design.