Workshops

The Tryon International Film Festival was founded by the Polk County Film Initiative to further its mission to promote filmaking to our community. A major piece of this mission is focused on education which is why we’re very pleased to offer these workshops presented by stellar industry professionals.

The art of Filmmaking is the process by which a film is made. From Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production and Distribution, Filmmaking involves a number of complex and discrete stages including an initial story, idea, or commission, through screenwriting, casting, shooting, sound recording, editing, and screening the finished product before an audience in the hopes that it all may result in a film release and an exhibition. 

ALL Workshops are free to all Festival Passholders.
The Friday Workshops are FREE to the public!!

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS MOVED TO THE GREEN LIFE INN at the MIMOSA

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THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF FILMMAKING INSTRUCTOR: FRANK CALO

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 AT 2:30PM EDT
MOVED TO GREENLIFE INN at the MIMOSA

This workshop focuses on the reality of the business from all three stages of production: pre-production, production & post-production which includes shooting schedules, budgets, contracts, financials, actual shooting techniques, writing techniques and all aspects of any area of production for above the line and below the line crew questions.

Frank Calo

FRANK M CALO is an Independent Producer and Director whose film THE BELIEVER, starring Ryan Gosling and Billy Zane won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Festival.  That film won all the festivals that year including The Berlin Film Festival.  It was shown nation wide and had a great box office run.

His film, HERE & THERE with Cyndi Lauper and David Thornton has won the BEST NY NARRATIVE IN WORLD COMPETITION 2009 at Robert DeNiro’s, Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and had it’s official News York premier played to wide audiences domestically and overseas.

Mr. Calo has worked with Robert DeNiro (Godsend) Demi Moore, Mike Myers Shelly Winters, Marlon Brando and many more.  His film THE COOKOUT with Queen Latifah also had a great box office run distributed by Lions Gate Films.

He also worked for two years with The Motion Picture Bond Company under Robert Bordiga, as a Producer working on films throughout the tri-state areas.

He was one of the few and only directors who studied privately under Mr. Elia Kazan.

FROM SCREENPLAY TO SCREEN INSTRUCTORS: KEVIN BERNHARDT & STEVEN ESTEB

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 12PM EDT
MOVED TO GREENLIFE INN at the MIMOSA

This workshop covers everything from elevating your screenplay to the best it can be to the finance and production side of seeing your story come to life!

Kevin Bernhardt

KEVIN BERNHARDT has had over 30 very different screenplays – result in produced films. They range from commercial action – to critically and spiritually-acclaimed. In the past 4 years, he has had four films shoot as a writer, with budgets up to $30 million – and casts including Michael Caine, Orlando Bloom, Michael Shannon, Alex Pettyfer, Patti LuPone, Christopher Plummer and Ben Foster.

In addition to those, Bernhardt’s work has resulted in films with Academy Award winners and nominees  – including Donald Sutherland, John Lithgow, Nick Nolte, Djimon Hounsou, Sylvester Stallone and Dennis Hopper. Other prestigious notables include Kevin Bacon, Patrick Swayze, Chris Rock, Roy Scheider, Michael Biehn, Charlie Sheen, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jennifer Beals, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, Amy Smart, Matthew Goode, Til Schweiger and Wesley Snipes.

While building a career as a writer Bernhardt supported himself as an actor, with multi year contract/lead roles on GENERAL HOSPITAL and DYNASTY, followed by numerous leads in films such as Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER. Most recently, he returned with a supporting role opposite Michael Caine and Ben Foster in MEDIEVAL, which will be released theatrically in the U.S. in 2021. But screenwriting remains the passion.

Steven Esteb

STEVEN ESTEB – An award winning filmmaker that has worked as a Hollywood screenwriter and directed features, commercials, music videos, documentaries and was also a professor at Loyola University New Orleans teaching film and screenwriting. Founder of the Louisiana Screenwriters Bootcamp.  His film, HATE CRIME, received numerous awards at film festivals all over the world. He’s also known for the cult film, BALLER BLOCKIN’, a rap film for Universal starring Lil Wayne, hit #1 on the Billboard charts in DVD and video sales eventually going quadruple platinum. Steve’s been repped by top agencies as a screenwriter and worked as a script fixer, and screenwriting coach. He lived and worked at an AIDS hospice for two years while making the feature length documentary, LIVING WITH…A FILM ABOUT LOVE AND AIDS. It premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and traveled the world, contributing to the opening of new AIDS Hospices, his proudest accomplishment.

TRIFF FAST FILMMAKING WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR: ALISON MAREK

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2021 AT 1 PM EDT – 3 PM EDT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2021 AT 1 PM EDT – 3 PM EDT
The Wilcox on Melrose

 In between watching exciting, groundbreaking TRIFF films, why not make one yourself?

Have you always wanted to make a movie, but don’t have the time or money to invest in years of film school?

Have you made videos before but don’t feel satisfied with the result?

Do you wonder how you can create a short film or video that tells a story and takes your audience on an unforgettable journey?

The TRIFF Fast Filmmaking Workshop provides you with the basics of storytelling, cinematic grammar, and shooting strategies so you can craft short films that are memorable and emotional.

All you need is a smartphone with a camera, an editing app, plus a burning desire to share your dreams and perspective with an audience.

2-day Workshop

1-5 minute silent documentary or narrative film

 Day 1: 

2 hours – Basics covered include:

  • Preproduction – How to craft a story and develop a shooting strategy that supports it
  • Production – Shooting efficiently so that you go into the editing room with everything you need

SHOOT YOUR PROJECT at TRIFF!

Day 2:

2 hours – Basic concepts of postproduction

How to decide which shots to choose, when, and why, based on the experience you want your audience to have

Help promote TRIFF and support other filmmakers by shooting key moments from the festival weekend. Finished films may be selected for uploading to the TIFF site! 

ALISON MAREK

ALISON MAREK (MFA, New York University) is an award-winning writer and director who’s combined words and images professionally since she was in her late teens. Her short films have played in festivals around the world and aired on cable TV. Her writing and directing have won grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Showtime Networks, Inc., been nominated for a Los Angeles Emmy Award, and received a Gold Aurora, Bronze Telly, and other awards and nominations. She’s produced shorts, features, and TV. She also built and ran the video department at an online magazine, where she shot and edited thousands of videos. Her graphic novels “Desert Streams” and “Sparrow” were published by Piranha Press, an offshoot of DC Comics.

SCREEN ACTING TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTOR: ASHLEY CRANE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2021 2:30PM EDT
The Wilcox on Melrose

Ready to make the transition from stage to screen? How can you use specific shots and framing to enhance your performance and bring the film’s story to life?

This workshop will allow you to see yourself in front of the camera, learn movement and blocking technique for screen acting, and answer questions you may have about what it’s like to be on set! Portrait of Ashley Crane

ASHLEY CRANE grew up just twenty minutes from Tryon, and spent her summers hiking, kayaking, and climbing the foothills. After graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Cinema/TV program and working with the Spartanburg Youth Theatre to launch screen acting classes, as well as assisting with planning and the production of the first two Tryon International Film Festivals & judging the Student Category for the third, Ashley moved to NYC to work with Industry Leading Acting Coaches Denise Simon, Penny Templeton, Bob Marks, T. Schreiber, and ReelArc! Ashley’s clients have worked on- and off- Broadway, gone on National Tours, and worked on TV and in film! She continues to study with her coaches in NY, coach other actors all over the world, write, and act!

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY: Adventures From the Independent Doc World INSTRUCTORS: JAMIE HUSS & GREGG JAMBACK

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2021 3PM EDT
The Mahler Room, Tryon Fine Arts Center

Join us – Gregg Jamback and Jamie Huss, producers/directors of “In Pursuit of Justice”- (a feature-length criminal justice doc awarded Tryon’s “Audience Choice Award” in 2019) for a wide-ranging discussion about independent documentary production.

We’ll discuss “behind the scenes” obstacles, setbacks, and pitfalls we (like many filmmakers) went through – from production setbacks, frustrated “talent,” the joys of co-producing while “in relationship” to editing challenges, fundraising stress, and film festival success/failure. We’ll facilitate sidebar discussions on the current state of “documentary” production. Let’s all discuss resources to help with your film project.

We hope to facilitate lively conversation for all, hear your stories, and provide encouragement to all who endeavor to “make a doc”. Filmmakers and film “lovers” are all welcome. See you at the movies!

JAMIE HUSS AND GREGG JAMBACK

GREGG JAMBACK (BA, University of New Hampshire, MS, Brooklyn College (CUNY)) is a film and video professional. For over thirty years his work has been seen on broadcast outlets, NatGeo, Animal Planet, ESPN, public television, and others. His clients have included corporations, IBM, Amex, Pitney Bowes, Deloitte & Touche, and many others. Institutional clients include numerous foundations such as the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Winston-Salem Foundation, Save the Children, and non-profits.

As a filmmaker Gregg has produced independent projects including, Discover Yourself with the Enneagram, The Little America’s Cup Challenge, Peelers, Busters, and Soft Shell Crabs (broadcast on UNC-TV), The Real Cost of Coal, and Greg Taylor – Ghost.

Awards have included “Best of the Fest” – Down East Flick Fest, “Judge’s Choice” – Eastern North Carolina Film Festival, and “Best Documentary” – Rugged Phoenix Underground Film Festival.

Jamie has worked as a producing partner at Swiftwater Media on three independent productions (and consulted on many others).

  • Discover Yourself with the Enneagram – 2001
  • The Real Cost of Coal – 2010
  • Greg Taylor – Ghost – 2014

JAMIE HUSS – With 11 years experience in a Fortune 500 corporate position involving communications, presentations, and training sessions spanning all levels of employees and executives, she is comfortable with organizing materials for comprehension and meeting new people….skills critical as we launched the PR part of this project. With 30 years experience in being a partner or a sole-proprietor of healthcare-related practices, she is able to oversee every aspect of a project as well as she has honed interview skills used when dealing with confidential, traumatic or emotional subjects. A longstanding commitment to social justice issues led her to devote 4 years to a local foundation where she focused her energies on donor development, re- branding, and creating marketing materials (including producing 3 annual fundraising “testimonial” videos)….skills also now critical to our film project. Jamie has been intimately involved with this cause and the film project from the first day. She conducted the majority of the interviews for our current project, In Pursuit of Justice, and offers a critical ear and eye as we complete post-production.

THE SHADOWS OF SILENCE: a documentary and discussion with KENNETH KIPPERMAN

SATURDAY OCTOBER 9, 2021 AT 2:00PM EDT
Lanier Library

Kenneth Kipperman is a picture engraver who retired after 45 years at the federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The protrait of President Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill was engraved by him. Kenneth was born just after World War II in 1946 somewhere in Europe. He spent the first eight years of his life living with his family in a refugee camp in Italy with thousands of people. He received no schooling so therefore could not read or write. He remembers there were, “no toys, no radio, no television and no candy.” In 1954 Kenneth and his family received permission to come to America. They spen 10 days on a boat called the SS Constitution, arriving in New York Harbor and “immediately moved to the world’s greatest resort by the sea – Coney Island.”

Kenneth Kipperman

“Iam not a scholar; I am not a member of the academic community. I am only an artist,” he stipulates. “My parents were Holocaust survivors, and I fell into this horrible, terrible sunject by accident.

WRITING: WITH AND WITHOUT INSPIRATION with PAUL REID

SATURDAY OCTOBER 9, 2021 AT 4:30PM EDT
Lanier Library

Paul Reid is an award winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. As a reporter he covered the Yugoslav war, narco-terrorism in Colombia, and the Troubels in Northern Ireland. In 2003, Paul was embedded with United States Marines at the start of the Iraq War.

Paul Reid

In October 2003 Pauls friend, the renowned historian William Manchester asked Paul to write the long-awaited third volume of Manchester’s biography of Winston Churchill. Manchester had suffered two strokes and cound no longer write. Seven months later Manchester died. In 2005 Paul left the Palm Beach Post and made the move to Tryon and the Blue Ridge in order to write THE LAST LION:Winston Spenser Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965. The book was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the Best Books of 2012 by the Wall Street Journal. In 2015 Paul was made a Churchill Fellow at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Churchill gave his Iron Curtain speeach in 1946.

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