On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the Filmmaker Skills Workshop was hosted by the award-winning Bryan Michael Stoller. Alongside him was Little Bear, canine co-star of Stoller’s own First Dog and The Amazing Wizard of Paws. Stoller is a professional director, writer, producer, and editor with a career spanning nearly 30 years. His filmography includes such films as Undercover Angel, First Dog, and Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls. He has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Michael Jackson, Steven Spielberg, and Nancy Reagan. He also wrote Filmmaking for Dummies, with a foreward by Dan Ackroyd, stating, “I know of nobody more suitable than Bryan Michael Stoller to author a manual on how to get a film made”.
Filmmaking for Dummies was the basis for the Workshop. Topics that were covered consisted of everything from writing and pitching a good story, to hiring a cast and crew, to having good production values, to the proper procedures of post-production and distribution.
The Workshop was held at the El Cortez Mexican restaurant and tequila bar from 11:30 am to 2 pm. While the workshop was open to the general public, each contestant who submitted a film to the festival received a complimentary ticket to this once-in-a-lifetime event. Each ticket holder also received a custom menu, signature drink specials, and a multi-media presentation.
Thank you to everyone who attended 2015’s Filmmaker Skills Workshop.