New Orleans Workshops

Young Creatives Freelance Workshop

October 21 & 22 from 1pm – 5pm @NOVAC

Are you a young creative with the portfolio, skill, and drive to be a top freelance artist, but don’t know where to start?

Don’t worry, we got you.

NOVAC is partnering with the YEP Design Works to offer this 2-day freelance workshop will examine the business side of being a creative freelancer. We will review industry standards in pricing, best practices for working with clients, and most importantly how to protect your work and your time, so you can make your passion a career.

By the end of the workshop participants will have a Client Intake Folder with the following items:

    • Design Survey
    • Proposal Template for Scope of Work
    • Contract
    • Method for processing payments
    • Invoice Template
    • 1099
    • Deduction spreadsheet

 

If you are interested, please email julia@novacvideo.org for more information or to register! We are asking for a suggested donation of $50 to support youth programing at NOVAC and YEP Design Works. 

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Music Supervision for Filmmakers

 11/11 & 11/12  from 10AM – 4pm @NOVAC

$100 for NOVAC members + $150 for New Members

Purchase tickets here! 

Can I use this song in my film? Is there any way for me to afford the rights to this Beatles song? How do I license this indie band’s song? Where can I find affordable, easily cleared music to play from the radio in that scene?

Music can an enigma for many filmmakers – small and large. But it doesn’t have to be! Understanding the basics of music licensing and music supervision can open up a world of creative opportunities for filmmakers. In this class we will answer all the above questions and more. We will open up the doors to basic licensing, where to find affordable music, how to afford big copyrights for small films, and how to best creatively choose music for your film.

About Sarah Bromberg:

Sarah Bromberg started her supervision career as Associate Director of music and talent at Creative License where she worked on Walmart, Subaru, Budweiser and handled several Super Bowl commercials. This lead to work in TV and film, including the second season of NBC’s SmashPitch Perfect 2, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and PeteThe Affair and more.

As a music supervisor at Bonfire Collective Sarah recently completed music supervising the film Youth In Oregon released wide by Samuel Goldwyn Films in February 2017 and associate music supervised Netflix’s The Get Down. Currently she is working on the films Uncle Drew – starring Kyrie Irving and based on Pepsi’s wildly popular viral campaign as well as Lena Dunham’s upcoming pilot based on her Lenny Letter newsletter series and Every Day a young adult film based on the popular book.

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De-Mystifying Distribution

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

The Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), a sister media arts center in Seattle, provides an array of technical and financial support to regional filmmakers, including the Start-to-Finish program. Since 1998, it has also been a film distributor, using its institutional muscle and expertise to shepherd local, regional and international films into the marketplace. Having built this component of NWFF’s offerings from the ground up, Former Program Director Adam Sekuler knows the behind-the-scenes terrain inside and out. Learn from his insights to plan and apply realistic solutions to properly promoting and marketing your film to the largest audiences possible (increasing your chances of creating a revenue stream). Case studies will reveal how the worlds of film festivals and publicity have played out with different films and how the network of North American film organizations fits in to today’s changing theatrical landscape. You might think with all of the new digital platforms out there now, it’s easier to get your film distributed. Actually, it’s just gotten more complicated. The good news is, there is a lot of opportunity to reach your audience and to keep more revenue. But you have to understand the new system and make the right choices for you and your project. This content-packed workshop will give you not only a comprehensive overview of all of those choices, but will also give you concrete steps to paving a path of success. There really are a myriad of workable options available out there, so don’t let the daunting challenges of distributing your own film become an afterthought.

 

Reserve your spot today! Tickets are $100 for members and $150 for new members.

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Editing 101 with Brent Joseph

September 9 – 10

Editing 101 will be a two-day workshop where participants will learn how to use Adobe’s Premiere Pro software to edit narrative & documentary films. The class time with be divided into four parts.

  1. Brief introduction to editing theory and style.
  2. Overview of editing in Premiere Pro CC (importing, organizing, editing, exporting)
  3. Watching and discussing original uncut footage.
  4. Workshop (footage will be provided for you to practice editing and get one-on-one feedback).

 

Brent Joseph is a New Orleans filmmaker who specializes in post-postproduction. He edited the SXSW feature film Five Time Champion as well as numerous shorts, commercials and documentaries like Shell Shocked (PBS) and MTV’s True Life: I’m Living in Iraq (2005 Edward R. Morrow award for Best TV Network News Documentary). He has also worked as an assistant in the editing rooms of David Fincher, Larry Clark, David Simon and Seth Rogen.

Tickets are $225 for members and $275 for new members. 

 

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FROM ZERO TO FILM W/ TUCKERGURL

Producer pathways to getting your idea off the ground

Saturday August 26 from 12pm – 3pm @NOVAC

 

Tickets are $50 for NOVAC Members + $100 for New Members

 

Angela Tucker has produced and directed in nearly every format including – documentary short, documentary film, short, TV series, TV documentary series, and TV movie documentary.  

In this 3 hour workshop, Angela Tucker will guide you through the process of turning your good idea into a real film project

The workshop will:

  • Go over the basics of the successful pitch, from knowing genre, audience and format to making your logline pop
  • Help you begin to develop materials including an elevator pitch and a production packet,
  • Guide you through the process of finding funding and determining the best type of funding for your project, and
  • Brainstorming the perfect distribution platform!

After an initial presentation, Angela will take on your projects as mini-case studies, helping you troubleshoot ideas for your own projects!

Angela Tucker (Founder/President) is an Emmy nominated producer, writer and director. Her directorial work includes PAPER CHASE, a teen comedy in pre production with Gunpowder and Sky; ALL STYLES, a dance movie in post production starring Fik-Shun (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) and Heather Morris (GLEE); BLACK FOLK DON’T, a documentary web series in its fourth season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life” and (A)SEXUAL a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction that streamed on Netflix and Hulu for four years. She is in her sixth year as Series Producer of the PBS strand, AFROPOP and was Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK. Previously, she was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company. There, she worked on several award-winning documentaries, including PUSHING THE ELEPHANT (PBS’ Independent Lens). In 2006, she co-founded TuckerGurl LLC, a production company passionate about telling compelling and irreverent stories about underrepresented communities. Tucker was a Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative fellow. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University.

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PA Bootcamp 8/12 & 8/13

August 12 & 13, 2017 from 9am to 5pm

Operation Spark (748 Camp St. in downtown New Orleans)

 

Learn the basics of being a production assistant in the film industry!

Our PA Boot Camp program is a 2-day intensive of in-depth production assistant training for locals looking to get their foot in the door of Louisiana’s film industry. Taught by instructors from Quixote’s PA Bootcamp, locals will gain the hands-on experience they need to prepare them for their first  job on a feature film, television or commercial set.

Topics include:

  • production paperwork
  • set terminology and protocol
  • hands-on short radio training
  • crew departments
  • finding work in the industry
  • and more!

PA Bootcamp is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Interested applicants should submit a completed application (including one-page resume and proof of residence) by Friday July 28 at 5pm.

You can submit an application here. 

 

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Perceptive Practices: the Observational Documentary Film

July 22 & 23

Adam Sekuler is a filmmaker and curator whose films strike a delicate balance between stylization and naturalism, anchored within an observational world while creating a poetic and lyrical form of visual storytelling. His work screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Locarno Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Walker Art Center, Seattle Art Museum, and dozens of other venues across the globe.

The task of this weekend course is to practice paying attention in our filmmaking. Using a looking and listening technique, we’ll investigate how our eyes and ears connect us to space and to others. We will use elements of personal storytelling, fictional narrative and environmental description to generate images and ideas; and then craft those images with further explorations of focus. Participants will be introduced to observational documentary filmmaking and will be invited to see and document their familiar surroundings in a new way. The goal will be to present lived human experience in a way that respects the context in which that experience takes place, while still presenting an artistic point of view. The workshop will consist of one day in the field practicing audio and camera work and one day editing. The class will include screenings and culminate in a 5-10 minute observational-styled documentary.

 

Reserve your spot now! Tickets are $150 for members and $200 for non-members. 

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