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Biola Media Conference Delivers 23 Top Industry Experts, Announces 8 Workshops

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General Sessions Anchored by Dick Cook, Mark Zoradi,

Ralph Winter, Terry Botwick & Michael Flaherty

 Studio City, CA -- The 2010 Biola Media Conference will kick off with an opening performance by Grammy winning recording artist and producer David Pack, former lead singer of the group Ambrosia, best known for the hit song “Biggest Part of Me.”

Speakers at this year’s conference include Dick Cook, former Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, as well as a special presentation to Mark Zoradi, former President of The Disney Motion Picture Group, who will be the 2010 recipient of the Briner Impact Award for excellence in media. The host of this year’s conference is Phil Cooke, founding partner at TWC Films, and director at Cooke Pictures.

 

Scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the renowned CBS Studio Center lot, the Biola Media Conference continues its 15-year tradition of gathering leading entertainment experts to help attendees navigate the challenging world of film, TV and digital media around this year’s theme of “WORLDS COLLIDE”.

 

“Our new BMC format allows us to offer an extra round of workshops this year to the event, adding even more value to the day!” states Jack Hafer, Producer, To End All Wars and Chairman of Biola’s Cinema & Media Arts Department.

 

Workshop session speakers and topics include:

THE LATEST TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY IN PORTABLE PRODUCTION

This workshop will cover specially designed workflows and the latest advancements in mobile devices and apps for film production - making the organizational side of the craft more transparent and freeing up creativity to do its thing.

  • Jim O’Keeffe:  Director and veteran Cinematographer
  • Paul Skidmore: Producer, Shotgun Stories

THE HORROR GENRE: MORALITY AND MYTHOLOGY

Award winning writers, Jim Krueger and Brian Godawa discuss the horror genre in light of the Bible and explore the power of its mythology to embody redemption — with an emphasis on the vampire.    

  • Jim Krueger: Comic book writer, former Creative Director, Marvel Comics
  • Brian Godawa: Award winning screenwriter, To End All Wars, Cruel Logic 

THE MORAL PREMISE & THE TOP 10 SECRETS OF BOX OFFICE SUCCESS

Learn the ten interrelated secrets to writing, which when consistently applied to character, scene, and dramatic beat of your tale will empower your storytelling and connect with your audience for box office success! 

  • Stanley D. Williams, Ph.D.: Script Consultant on six of Will Smith’s films

CREATING AND MARKETING DIGITAL CONTENT IN A CONVERGENT UNIVERSE

Film, TV, Online and Mobile have all converged affecting the way content is created.  Learn how to create content and utilize each platform for distribution, marketing, and how to best to leverage social media to market your project.

  • Dan Rupple: Producer, Writer and former Supervising Producer for CBS
  • Cindy Ronzoni: Media Strategist, Former VP Publicity, Game Show Network
  • Brian Boyd: Media Strategist with TrakVu, BoydGroup Solutions

THE MOVIE MONEY TRAIL:  FILM ECONOMICS FROM A STUDIO PERSPECTIVE

Get the complete insider look at how studios finance films and how to use this knowledge to tailor your script or project to be more financially inviting for a studio’s consideration. 

  • Perry Lanaro: VP of Finance for Paramount Pictures

 

“WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE” – THE NEW AGE OF CHURCH MEDIA

The worship experience has forever been changed, thanks to a new generation of media producers with a passion to reach culture through the art of visual storytelling.  With media impacting the local church, what does this mean for the next generation of Christian filmmakers?

  • Jesse Bryan: Creative Director for Mars Hill Church, WA 
  • Dave Schwarz: Producer, Prolifik Films & Willow Creek Global Summit

 

SCORING BIGTIME: HOW TO GET THE SOUNDTRACK RIGHT FOR YOUR PROJECT

Understand the world of music licensing, music libraries, temp tracks, soundtrack deals, publishing, public domain, agents, and music on the web – and how to get composers to accomplish your vision and move your story from point A to point B!

  • James Covell: Music Composer, The Elevator, The Ride
  • Adam Watts: Songwriter/Composer, High School Musical, Prince Caspian
  • Jennifer Campbell: Director, A&R/Strategic Markets, Sony Music

YOUR PROJECT THROUGH THE LENS OF A CRITIC

With more Christians watching and making films than ever before, what do movie critics think of our product?  Talk to the opinion leaders who have seen it all and then some.  What do they know that they wish every Christian filmmaker knew?

  • Justin Chang: Film Critic and Editor for Variety Magazine 
  • Lisa Swain:  Producer, Assoc. Professor, Biola Cinema & Media Arts

 

The Biola Media Conference will close out the day with a talk entitled “The Ugly Truth About of Launching a Production Company in 2010” by producers Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick, and the showing of never-before-seen CLIPS of the upcoming Narnia release, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, followed by Q & A with Michael Flaherty, President of Walden Media.

 

Registration is currently open for the Biola Media Conference: $150 General Admission through April 27; and $180 at the door.  Lunch and coffee bar included.  For more information or to register online, visit www.BiolaMedia.com.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available through FrontGate Media at http://tinyurl.com/biolamedia.   The Biola Media Conference is proud to be part of the FrontGate Media group.

 

About Biola Media Conference

In its 15th year, the Biola Media Conference exists to educate, inspire, and network media professionals while providing creative inspiration into the spiritual nature of any career in the media industry. BMC attracts participants who will benefit from direct interaction with acclaimed industry pros who are at the top of their craft. From CEOs to students, attendees secure valuable information, insight, and contacts that strengthen their character and careers. Follow the conference on twitter at twitter.com/biolamedia

 

About FrontGate Media

FrontGate Media is the largest pop-culture media group & marketing service reaching the faith and family values audience which represents $4.6 billion worth of Christian products purchased by consumers annually according to USA Today. The FrontGate Media group reaches 15 million email subscribers, 25 million monthly page views, 600,000+ at annual events and 46 million+ television households. The firm serves as both conduit and coach for brands and companies desiring to reach any and every demographic of faith-based consumers through promotional campaigns within its media group. FrontGate also provides social media services, public relations, merchandise development and mobile giving services. The company has been repeatedly honored by World Vision as their #1 emedia partner, and plays a key role in the success of movie studios, non-profit organizations, publishers and authors, record labels and artists and more seeking “creative & emerging media” outlets.  The company has been featured in Adweek as an authority on the “Role Of Religion In Modern Consumer Culture.”

 


 
 
 
 
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