April 29-30, 2007
Atlanta Institute of Art
April 21, 2007 (Atlanta)--Novices
and veterans of the film and television industry will soon converge
upon Atlanta for the second annual Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference
on April 29-30.
Approximately 150 people from across
the state and the Southeast are expected to convene at The Art Institute
of Atlanta, says Nancy Howard, founder and executive director of
The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation, which produces GABPC.
Since last November, Howard and a host of volunteer organizers have
been preparing for the successor to the first event held in 2005.
Their labor has resulted in an information-packed program geared
toward future filmmakers, producers, animators, actors, screenwriters,
editors, television broadcasters and digital media artists.
"This year we have a few more topics
on television - 'Inside Television News' and 'Reality Bites: All
about Reality TV Production,'" Howard says of the various session
topics planned for the conference. "We also have a special
session on mini movie production called 'The Incredible Shrinking
Screen: Mini Movie Production.'"
Sessions, which will be held from 8 a.m.
to 5:45 p.m. each day, are broken down into two tracks for beginners
and advanced participants, with topics such as "Adventures
in Editing for Beginners," "Weapons, Driving and Stunts,"
"How to Work Effectively with Actors" and "Film,
Video and Television Distribution."
More than 40 local and nationally known
industry professionals in film, television, screenwriting, animation,
editing, and weapons and stunts have been tapped to lead the educational
panel discussions and workshops.
"We're honored to have such a great
lineup of speakers from the filmmakers of the Atlanta-based feature
film The Signal, to the producers and winners
of CampusMovieFest, to numerous industry professionals, film educators
and attorneys," says Howard, an independent film and video
producer with more than 15 years of production experience. "The
speakers were selected by our Speaker Committee based on their reputation
in their respective industries and availability. Their expertise
will be of great benefit to our attendees."
Aside from the new topics, GABPC organizers
have added an awards ceremony.
"We're pleased to introduce our
Big Picture Awards, where we plan to award one high school film/video
instructor, one college professor and one professional industry
educator," Howard says. "Anyone is welcome to submit nominations,
and the winners will be notified and awarded at the conference during
the awards program at the end of the second day."
Among those being honored will be Tyler
Perry. Roger Bobb, a producer at Tyler Perry Studios and a GABPC
guest speaker, will accept the award.
Another element of the conference is
a two-part directors boot camp led by film director and producer
"It is one of the highest rated
and successful components of the GABPC and involves exercises to
help attendees learn everything involved in directing a film in
a fast-track group setting," Howard says. "Part 1 of this
dynamic and insightful session includes casting and auditions in
preparation for production in Part 2. Part 2 of the Directors Boot
Camp involves hands-on production, including set design, lighting,
sound, technical direction, director actors, and most importantly,
team exercises on how to work together to ensure a successful shoot."
The final piece, she says, is edited
during the conference's advanced editing session and then aired
at the end of the conference during the closing session and at the
student film festival. The student showcase is free to the public
and runs from 7 to 9 each night.
For more information about the conference,
or to register, visit www.gabpc.com.
(Photos by Joe Howell)