Promoting Excellence throughout the Iowa Production Community
One of the services that we offer is continued training and education through training sessions, mentoring and networking. Please send us an email indicating which kinds of workshops would be most beneficial to your own professional development.
When you join the Iowa Motion Picture Association, you receive immediate discounts on IMPA Awards entries – and all workshops, seminars, and events throughout the year. The Iowa Motion Picture Association has conducted more than 175 professional workshops and networking events throughout the past 25 years.
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Here are just a few of our recent workshops:
Script Adaptation Workshop - with Sally Walker
SATURDAY JUNE 10th, 2017 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
COUNTRY INN & SUITES, 1350 NW 118TH STREET, CLIVE, IA 50325
2016 Iowa Motion Picture Assocaition Workshops:
The Iowa Motion Picture Association is pleased to announce
A Workshop with Lisa Crnic
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 1- 4 PM
Iowa native Lisa Crnic has been working in Los Angeles during the past seven years in film and television, including at Creative Artists Agency with clients such as Stephen King, Robert Towne, Rob Minkoff, and Wolfgang Petersen -- and at Paradigm Agency, where she sought out the best undiscovered writers and directors. After 3 ½ years working on the representation side of the business, she transitioned to a more creative role at the production company Kerner Entertainment where she works in development, making studio franchise films under veteran TV/Film producer, Jordan Kerner, whose credits include Charlotte's Web, Fried Green Tomatoes, Mighty Ducks 1,2,3, Smurfs 1 & 2, and George of the Jungle.
Lisa's workshop will address the following. You may also bring your own questions!
Lisa said, "I know it’s sometimes challenging for Iowans to connect to the industry out here -- and I want to help bridge that gap by sharing my knowledge & insight to Iowans interested in developing a successful career in Los Angeles (or in the film/tv industry anywhere!)."
This workshop is free -- and professionals, students, and members of the public are welcome, but fire code regulations limit the number of seats in public library meeting rooms.
The Iowa Motion Picture Association
Promoting Excellence throughout the Profession
FILM FINANCING WORKSHOP
BENJAMIN F. RENZO, Esq.
The IMPA is proud to present a workshop that focuses on the business aspects of the independent film industry. Benjamin Renzo, Esq. will discuss film financing, development, marketing, and distribution. He will also talk about the current issues facing the independent film industry and provide an overview of various film transactions he has been involved with. He will be open to taking questions from the audience.
Mr. Renzo has been on the legal and finance side of many films, both fictional and documentary, including most recently, Nate Parker’s “The Birth Of A Nation” which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and sold for a Sundance record $17.5 million at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The IMPA thanks our partners for their cooperation with this workshop:
Iowa Motion Picture Association Workshops 2011 - 2015
Red Camera. One Red Camera workshop presented by Paul Hickey. Another Red Camera workshop presented by Fairfield University. A third contemporary multi-camera workshop is planned.
3D Animation. Presented by Benjamin Rosales, animation instructor at Southeastern Community College. Concepts and techniques of 3D computer animation.
Creative Acting & Set Etiquette. Presented by Dr. Jim Brockhohn with 21 years’ experience in 75 projects, including with the Coen Brothers in A Serious Man and Inside Llewyn Davis, John Goodman, Nicholas Cage, director Joan Darling & many others.
Getting a Jump Start on Your Project with Social Media & Crowd Funding. What it takes to market your project in a digitally-connected world. Raising funds, building your audience, & protecting your future. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Facebook, and more – including finding money in unexpected locations. Presented by Kevin Brubaker, Executive Producer at Media Adventures, LLC.
Careers in the Real World of Television, Film, & Other Media – including hands-on pitching and auditioning with critiques. Presented by Gary Kroeger, who co-founded the Chicago Practical Theater Company with Julia Louis-Dreyfus & was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for 3 years (56 episodes). In L.A. Gary starred in the CBS series Spies with George Hamilton, appeared in numerous TV series, including HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, and acted in a number of movies.
Speed Pitching of Projects with Barry Morrow, who won the Oscar with Ron Bass for writing Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. What happens in different auditions and cold readings in various genres from the points of view of the producer, show runner, director – and the persons auditioning.
Screenwriting & Career Planning with Oscar-winning Barry Morrow
Producing Outstanding Documentaries
Film Financing, Marketing & Distribution
Casting/Auditioning Workshop for Actors and Filmmakers
Film Festivals of Iowa Showcase
Special Effects – The Magic – and Pyrotechnics – The Practicality. Presented by Paul Steffensen, an Emmy-nominee for Hallmark’s Harvest of Fire.
Business of Filmmaking from the Perspective of an Entertainment Attorney.
Intellectual Property Rights with an Entertainment Attorney.
Reel Magic – A Seminar on Art Direction. Presented by Paul Steffensen, an Emmy-nominated Art Director and IMPA Board Member with decades of experience providing excellent art direction, special effects, pyrotechnics, and prop master skills for feature films, including Hallmark's Harvest of Fire, Cora Unashamed, The Return of Captain Kidd (in production), The Experiment, South Dakota, Ticket Out, 16 to Life, Boone Style –and many others.
Once you’ve gone behind the scenes to explore the magic of art direction, your movie life is forever enriched – because now you experience and appreciate a film on so many different levels – the look and feel of a movie ( including how it affects perception of the characters), the texture of its time period, the color of its emotion.
When filmmakers and moviegoers grasp the tremendous possibilities in Art Direction, they go back and watch their favorite movies again and again – and are blown away by the experience. And then the way THEY MAKE MOVIES is changed forever.In fact, Art Direction is so much fun that some people have switched careers once they were hooked on it !
In addition to the magic, here are some of the very practical elements Paul includes in his seminar
Television Broadcasting in the Digital Age Workshop
An Iowa Motion Picture Association Event
For Students and Professionals –
The actual transition from analog to digital television broadcasting began in February through June & July, 2009. All analog television transmitters had to be shut down by September 1, 2015.
David Rehr, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, has described this as "the most significant advancement of television technology since color TV."
How has this changed television broadcasting? What does it mean for your career – whether you will work in television or deliver material to television at some point in your career?
Find out at a workshop hosted by the Iowa Motion Picture Association – Television Broadcasting in the Digital Age – on Saturday, November 2, at KDSM, Channel 17, 4023 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321. The first workshop begins at 10 AM. The workshop will be repeated at 1 PM. Because each workshop combines lecture-tour, demonstration, and hands-on, each of the two sessions is limited to 15 persons each.
Topics include –
Each workshop on November 2 is hosted by Mike Banks, Assistant Operations Manager for KDSM Channel17, and board member of the Iowa Motion Picture Association. Mike has worked for 30 years in television engineering, beginning when Channel 17 was the first UHF station in central Iowa. He is also a professional photographer and actor with experience in community theater, independent movie productions, and commercials – so he is familiar with life in front of the camera. Mike recalls that the last analog program aired by KDSM Channel 17 was a Seinfeld episode right before midnight.
This valuable workshop is $10 for IMPA Members and $25 for non-members. Student memberships in the Iowa Motion Picture Association are $25, Professional Memberships $55, and Corporate Memberships $250. To reserve your spot in the workshop, go to impa.tv. Information about the workshop appears on the Home Page. If you have questions,. email IMPA Treasurer Deb O'Bryan email@example.com
IMPA is an educational and professional 501(c)3 organization whose members include the state’s media production community, related industries, and the public – coming together to promote excellence throughout the Iowa production community – and to provide professional development and support to all who are developing careers in media creation in all its forms.