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Tallgrass Filmmaker Lab Workshops, Presented by Stor-All Wichita

Admission to all Filmmaker Lab Workshops is $10 GA/$8 discounted. Tickets may be purchased for the Filmmaker Lab Workshops online or at the BCC Box Office Tent. Filmmaker Lab Workshops are free for Pass holders. All educational programs take place at Candela at The Lux. Seating is limited.

Saturday, October 19:

9:00 - 11:00 am: Filmmaker Lab Workshop: Branding For Independent Films
Branding isn’t your logo or a fancy website. Branding is who you are, the reason behind what you do and why you do it. Our goal is to extract the pieces of you that no one else can replicate and turn them into a conversation worth remembering. It takes guts to own who you are and stand out from the crowd in this industry, but we believe in you! Krysta Masciale co-founded B!G DEAL BRANDING  in 2011 and continues to lead the agency as CEO, shaping their strategy for growth and leading the strategy team. She has a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in Integrated Marketing and Communications and a graduate degree from Chapman University in Organizational Leadership.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Filmmaker Lab Workshop: It’s The Sound, Stupid! Sound Design for Indie Film
As the Sound Designer on Gus Van Sant's film (MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, GOOD WILL HUNTING, FINDING FORRESTER), as well as animated features,  network television specials and his own features,  Kelley Baker has a unique approach to the Art of Sound Design.  Whether you're working with a huge budget, or a non-existent one, sound is the one area of filmmaking that always gets little attention, until the very end.  "We'll fix it in the mix..." is an often heard expression, but what does that mean?  As a sound designer it usually means you're in trouble.  There's never enough money or time to do sound right.  So what do you do?  Do you mix in digital?  Dolby?  How many formats are there and which one is going to give you the most options?  Kelley will share his insights, and show you creative solutions to many sound problems.  He'll also discuss what to do when you have no budget, and how to blow a lot of money when you do have it.

Sunday, October 20

3:30 - 5:00 pm: Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab Workshop: From Story to Storyverse: A Crash Course in Transmedia Storytelling
Take your projects further by bridging them with increased accessibility to new media technologies and the expanded adoption of social media. Add this with an understanding of ever-changing media models and you can grow the depth of your audiences’ engagement and increase the financial success of your projects. The convergence of these storytelling platforms is the new world of Transmedia Storytelling, and we are here to give you the basics! Using incredible examples, such as the “Why So Serious” campaign for Batman’s The Dark Knight, we delve into the power of multi-platform, multi-media, and multi-dimensional storytelling. On hand for this session will be other festival guests to share their experiences integrating transmedia into the films they have brought to Tallgrass. Presented by longtime festival programmer Eric J. Moore.

Filmmaker Roundtable Discussions

Filmmaker Roundtable discussions are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seating is limited.

Friday, October 18

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Filmmaker Roundtable: Lighting the Fire
An opportunity to learn from participating filmmakers about what inspired them.  From people, to books, to movies, what lit their filmmaking fire? Moderated by KMUW's Fletcher Powell.

Saturday, October 19

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Filmmaker Roundtable: The Present & Future: Online + Non-Traditional Distribution Platforms Join participating filmmakers to talk about the new era of online distribution platforms. What are the pros and cons for independent filmmakers? The panel will be moderated by Andrea Allen, Director Production + Community at Vimeo, and Wichita native.

Sunday, October 20

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Filmmaker Roundtable: The Next Step - From Shorts to Features
Thinking of taking the plunge into feature filmmaking? Participating Filmmakers will discuss the transition from making short films to making feature films and share their personal wisdom and experience. Moderated by KMUW's Fletcher Powell.