2017 Christian Worldview Filmmakers Guild

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Media Talk 101 is a non-profit ministry dedicated to teaching media discernment in the light of following Christ. Our desire is to help families navigate through this digital age with wisdom by discovering how Biblical principles apply to the unique challenges we face today. For 10 years we have been reaching out to media consumers across the country and around the globe. We also have a desire to reach out to media producers and encourage Christian filmmakers to pursue excellence in their craft of filmmaking while communicating truth through a solid Biblical worldview.

In conjunction with the fourth annual film festival we are organizing filmmaking workshops which will provide an excellent opportunity for Christian filmmakers to showcase their work while networking with others in the industry. The Christian Worldview Filmmakers Guild will be held from March 13-18, 2017 at the Norris Conference Center in San Antonio.

The Filmmakers Guild will have several keynote speakers, but the really exciting part of this event is that we are offering over 40 unique workshops that reach out to Christian filmmakers with a variety of interests and skill levels. We will have workshops for the beginners as well as intermediate and more experienced filmmakers.





2017 Filmmakers Guild Tentative Schedule



  • Monday, March 13th

    8:30 – 10:15am – Main Session
    10:15 – 10:30am – Workshop Introductions
    10:30 – 10:45am – Break
    10:45 – Noon – Workshops:

    Daniel Schwabauer – No One Is Above the Five Elements of Story
    Garry Nation – Character Study: One Actor’s Approach
    John-Clay Burnett – Movie Trailers
    Director’s Track – TBA
    Andrew Bolzman – Production
    Austin Jaquith – Summoning Our Emotions, The Composer’s Toolbag
    Matthew & Marcela Shaw – Basics of Art Department: Part 1


    Noon-1:00pm – Networking Lunch
    1:00 – 2:30pm – Main Session
    2:30 – 2:45pm – Workshop Introductions
    2:45 – 4:00pm – Workshops:

    George Escobar – Cracking The ‘High Concept’ Code
    Stacey Bradshaw – Building Your Acting Career
    Luke DeBoer – Post-Production Management – Lessons from the trenches of Beyond the Mask
    Ken Carpenter – The Working Director
    Marketing & Distribution – TBA
    Travis Palmer – Nuts and Bolts Cinematography
    Stacie Graber – Filmmaking 101


    4:00 – 4:15pm – Break
    4:15 – 5:30pm – Main Session
  • Tuesday, March 14th

    8:30 – 10:15am – Main Session
    10:15 – 10:30am – Workshop Introductions
    10:30 – 10:45am – Break
    10:45 – Noon – Workshops:

    Daniel Schwabauer – Building Conflict to Withstand Assault
    Rebekah Cook – Inside & Outside: Exploring Your Character
    John-Clay Burnett – The Cutting Edge
    Director’s Track – TBA
    Luke DeBoer – Production Coordination – How to Make a Movie Without Losing your Mind
    John Doryk – Composer/Director Relationship & Process
    Matthew & Marcela Shaw – Basics of Art Department: Part 2


    Noon-1:00pm – Networking Lunch
    1:00 – 2:30pm – Main Session
    2:30 – 2:45pm – Workshop Introductions
    2:45 – 4:00pm – Workshops:

    George Escobar – Story Structure Essentials
    Actor Panel – Panel Discussion (w/Q&A)
    Nathan Ashton – Audio Post Signposts
    Director’s Track – TBA
    Marketing & Distribution – TBA
    Travis Palmer – Proper Exposure
    Alex Lerma – Making Cinematic Promotional Films


    4:00 – 4:15pm – Break
    4:15 – 5:30pm – Main Session
  • Wednesday, March 15th

    8:30 – 10:15am – Main Session
    10:15 – 10:30am – Workshop Introductions
    10:30 – 10:45am – Break
    10:45 – Noon – Workshops:

    Daniel Schwabauer – Four Layers of Meaning: Theme and Ideal Done Right
    Rebekah Cook – Mastering Your Audition
    John-Clay Burnett – Communicating With Color
    Brett Varvel – Directing through Camera Angles
    Joseph & Stacie Graber – Documentary 101
    John Doryk – The Power of the Soundtrack in Narrative Film Production
    Matthew & Marcela Shaw – Basics of Production Design


    Noon-1:00pm – Networking Lunch
    1:00 – 2:30pm – Main Session
    2:30 – 2:45pm – Workshop Introductions
    2:45 – 4:00pm – Workshops:

    George Escobar – 22 Essential Storytelling Tips
    Rich Christiano – Live In The Casting Room
    David Beal – Motion Design & World Domination
    Director’s Track – TBA
    Marketing & Distribution – TBA
    Nathan Ashton – Faking Reality – Audio for Reality & Documentary Film
    Alex Lerma – A Short Film That Gets You Noticed


    4:00 – 4:15pm – Break
    4:15 – 5:30pm – Main Session



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