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Vaughan Film Fest offers seminars for budding filmmakers


Enrico Colantoni, above centre, star of the hit TV series Flashpoint, will be the guest of honour, along with co-star Amy Jo Johnson, at the VFF’s Inspiring Future Filmmakers seminar called An Actor’s Guide on Directing Actors Agenda.

By Karen Bliss 

The Vaughan Film Festival, which will hold its inaugural shortCUTS: Cinema Under The Stars late this month, has put together the Inspiring Future Filmmakers seminar series, four afternoon workshops for just $25 each — $25.12 to be exact inc. fees and HST — two each day, one after the other, on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. 

Vaughan student or residents get 50% off (with proof of address – just email for the discount code) 

Held at The Studios at Assembly Park, the lineup for three of the four seminars has been announced (the fourth topic is TBA). Facilitating the conversations is host Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng, Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) at York University.  

The first, titled An Actor’s Guide on Directing Actors Agenda, is Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon-3 p.m., including a Q&A, a breakout session and time for networking. The guests of honour are actor-directors Enrico Colantoni and Amy Jo Johnson, best known for their roles on the series Flashpoint. 

The second, Weaving Sound Webs: Editing Dialogue, Sound Effects, and Music for Film, starts at 4 p.m. with supervising sound editor, sound designer and re-recording mixer Steven Ticknor, who has worked on nearly 100 feature films, including Bad Boys for Life, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and The Karate Kid.  The workshop ends at 7 after the networking segment. 

The following weekend, seminar 3, starting at noon, is Picture Perfect: Creating a Powerful Narrative Through Editing with picture editor J.J. Geiger (Gossip Girl, The Carrie Diaries, Reacher). Again Bay-Cheng will moderate and it follows the same format of breakout session and networking opportunity.

Check in as the date approaches for the topic and panelist for Seminar 4. 

Karen Bliss is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Billboard, Rolling Stone, Pollstar and others. She has interviewed thousands of musicians, including Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Eminem, Shania Twain, Metallica and Michael Bublé.

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