Cross Cultural Storytelling: Looking into the Directing Process
Featuring: Fernando Lebrija (Writer)
NALIP Members $25/ Non-members $35
En estos tiempos de solidaridad y convivencia entre las comunidades alrededor del mundo, director internacional, Fernando Lebrija, compartará cómo ha podido atraer y inspirar a gente en un nivel mundial. Lebrija a realizado películas independientes y tambien con estudios mayores, desarrollado un estilo versátil. El director, Fernando Lebrija nos comunica los pasos que se necesitan tomar para crear proyectos, como #Reality High y Sundown, para cruzar fronteras y influenciar audienciasintercontinentales. Los invitamos a un taller para aprender su receta secreta de cómo ha logrado captivar a las audiencias estadounidenses y sur americanas y analiza su forma de dirigir desde lo que empieza en el papel hasta lo que termina en la pantalla.
In a time of coexistence, international director, Fernando Lebrija, will share how he has been able to weave his art to engage and resonate with different audiences globally. Whether it has been as an independent filmmaker or at large networks, his work has a signature touch of versatility that he is going to share with our community. We will delve into the process in creating work that is able to cross over into intercontinental audiences with films such as Sundown and #RealityHigh. Join this Latinx film director as he breaks down his process from script to screen and shares his secret recipe for captivating both the American and Latin American market!
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Fernando is a very driven and active writer-director, skilled in directing in both English and Spanish. His career spans multiple genres such as Action, Drama, Comedy, Thrillers, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy.
Fernando has worked in the Film and TV business, producing/directing more than 30 different TV Shows for companies like MTV, Televisa Mexico, and Fox Sports. He directed many Music Videos: Molotov, Mana, Tigres del Norte to name a few, and also directed commercials for international brands such as Mini-Cooper, Honda, Snapple, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.
In 2010 he received various nominations and awards such as LAS DIOSAS DE PLATA (Mexican Golden Globes) where he won the Best New Director for Amar a morir. The film received others nominations in the CANACINE Awards (Industry awards) for Best Feature Film and Best Director among others. Fernando was also nominated for Best Director in the IMAGEN FOUNDATION AWARDS who recognizes the most respected Latin talent in the US. The movie was very successful in Mexico and has been having great sales all around the world. A great directorial debut.
Fernando’s movie SUNDOWN was his first English-speaking film that had a theatrical release in the U.S. Mexico, and Latin America in spring 2016, then later released by Netflix. His third film as a director is a Netflix Original romantic teen comedy movie called #REALITYHIGH. His last job was as an Executive Producer for the sequel of the hit movie NO MANCHES FRIDA for Pantelion films, the movie will come out in 2019.
Two Special Guests Include:
JUAN SOLA, born in Spain, founder of Ombra Films partner with the very successful director/producer Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop, The Commuter, The Shallows, Orphan, Jungle Cruise), Ombra is based in Hollywood, California and represented by CAA.t
Best known for his charismatic and positive personality, Alejandro Edda was born in Puebla, Mexico. He studied under the Stanislavsky Method in Mexico City. After completing his studies, Alejandro moved to Los Angeles where he commenced more training at the Meisner Acting Studio. Working as a valet parking boy, waiter and delivering wines, he managed to pay his tuition and in July 2007, he graduated as one of the top five actors in his class. His most notable projects in films and TV are: THE BRIDGE recurring role for season. "FEAR TEH WALKING DEATH giving life to Marco Rodriguez. Soon after that he landed the role of Luis Caldera, a villain in the new T.V hit show from FOX Network "LETHAL WEAPON". His current movie projects include the feature film "SUNDOWN" 2015, starring Camilla Belle, Devon Werkheiser and Jordi Molla, and Netflix's "#REALITYHIGH" both directed by Fernando Lebrija . His biggest role so far in 2017 as one of the strong supporting characters in Tom Cruise "AMERICAN MADE" Directed by Doug Liman. And soon everyone will be able to see Alejandro in the next season of Netflix hit TV series NARCOS, playing the role of the iconic drug lord EL CHAPO.
Prep for the Fest: Taking it to the Big Screen
Date: August 18th 2018
Location: 304 E Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91502
NALIP Members: $40 / Non-Members $50
As Film Festival season comes to the fore there are many things a filmmaker needs to consider. There are many steps that need to be taken from camera before a short is ready for the Big Screen. As a director and producer, being able to communicate your needs to your post-teams is critical. The MPS Labo team is ready to break this down and demystify the process. They will talk about best post-practices to prepare your short for the best film festival run possible. In addition, Lisa Franek from AMC will delve into the expectations surrounding theatrical releases and marketing strategies that films utilize during the festival season.
Javier Robles is a writer, producer and director. He has directed several music videos including “Inmovil” for Latin Alternative icons Kinky which made several top 10 lists that year, including Noisey, Remezcla and Rock MX. His screenplay “1000” won the 2009 Final Draft Latino Screenplay Competition and was an official selection of the 2009 NALIP Latino Media Market and Writer’s Workshop. Javier has been a proud member and supporter of NALIP since 2008 and proud alumni of 4 of its programs.
At MPSLabo since its creation in 2017, Javier acts as General Manger bringing over 18 years’ experience in every aspect of the film industry to a world-leading name in post and distribution services, understanding the challenges and strategies of distribution from a producer and filmmaker’s perspective and offering hands-on solutions to each client’s needs, establishing MPSLabo as a new go-to provider and partner for independent film.
After graduating from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama with a masters degree Eloise started her career in independent film on the set of British crime/thriller Dead Man Running, starring Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson. As a freelancer, she worked her way from Production Coordinator, Production Manager, Assistant Producer to Associate Producer on her most recent film 'That Good Night' featuring Sir John Hurt and Charles Dance.
Always wanting to follow her dream of working in Hollywood, Eloise couldn't refuse the role as VP of Commercial & Client Relations at MPSLabo. As an advocate for contestant change and evolution in the arts, when the opportunity arose to work with MPS and Labodigital to revolutionize the way that film is distributed and viewed across the world, making it more accessible for every market and audience, she couldn't turn down the challenge.
Rafael Portillo is originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where he began working on film sets and production in 2006. A few years later he became interested in post-production specialized in motion graphics for local and national clients including ESPN, Major League Soccer and several music videos for major label artists.
He moved to Los Angeles in 2017 to work at MPSLabo. He currently occupies the position of Operations Supervisor, overseeing technical operations, IT, projection systems, DCP mastering and duplication and graphics.
Lisa Franek is the Manager of Inclusive Programming at AMC Theatres. In this role, she oversees bookings of Asian-Pacific and Latino films, and assists in sourcing content from emerging filmmakers and working with established distributors. Lisa is also part of the team that manages film festival bookings at AMC Theatres across the US. Previous to her work with AMC, Lisa taught film classes at the community college and university level, and was a film festival programmer.
Due to limited space, it will be first come first serve
The Structure of One Hour TV Pilots with Ligiah Villalobos
Featuring: Ligiah Villalobos (Writer, Consultant, Producer)
NALIP Members $250/ Non-members $300
Are you a writer? Do you wish you could build your knowledge of writing a TV pilot?
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is calling you to apply now for an opportunity to join us for a five session writer's workshop. The mini-series will take you through the process of pitching a one hour TV pilot to constructing your final outline. This is an opportunity to not only build on that concept you've been wanting to work on but also making genuine connections with other fellow writers.
Due to limited space we are asking all who wish to participate to submit a writing sample.
The application will be open until March 12th 2018 at 5pm. PST.
For questions regarding applications please contact email@example.com.
*Note: All Participants will be required to attend all five of the sessions of the mini-series. If accepted you will be asked to pay the full price of the Workshop.
Mastering Your Craft: Directing Actors with Jessica Holt
Featuring: Jessica Holt (Director, Acting Coach)
Date: March 27th
Location: City Garage Theatre
NALIP Members $23/ Non-Members $33
This master class is for anyone interested in how directors can best communicate with actors to bring forward emotionally truthful and memorable performances on camera. Focusing on a process-based approach, Holt's set of strategies, tips and tricks will help you unlock the secrets of the scene and ignite the imagination of your actors. She will provide you with techniques for breaking down the scene, share basic principles for working with actors and rehearsal techniques that will ready actors for the shoot, and provide insight on how to clearly and briefly communicate playable direction with your actors while shooting in order to create the conditions for truthful and unforgettable performances to thrive.
Showrunning: How to Creatively manage a TV series
Featuring: Gloria Calderón Kellett (Executive Producer / Co-showrunner, One Day At A Time)
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Sony Pictures
Complimentary for NALIP Members / Non-Members $20
Spaces are limited, priority given to those who RSVP and submit a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this hour long workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to begin their career as a TV showrunner, as well as learn more about the role itself in a television production. Designed to give participants insights on the day-to-day life and duties of a showrunner; participants will learn about handling different responsibilities, from being in the writer's room, managing talent, to working with producers/directors.
"DIVING INTO DIGITAL: AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP WITH PROVEN PRODUCERS"
Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: City Garage Theater
$20 NALIP Members / $35 Non-members
Join us at the next workshop in our Latino Lens Workshop Series, on Saturday, December 16th.
"IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING: HOW TO PRODUCE THE VR/AR EXPERIENCE"
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: City Garage Theater
$25 NALIP Members / $39 Non-members
Join us at the next workshop in our Latino Lens Workshop Series, on Thursday, November 30th.
"Immersive Storytelling: How to Produce the VR/AR Experience" invites content creators to learn more about navigating VR/AR and the process of creating diverse immersive experiences.
Mariana Acuna Acosta - CEO, JoltVR
Mariana explores new & emerging technologies and finds ways in which they apply to our clients. With over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry she brings her expertise in films, visual effects, animation and interactive media to develop cutting-edge Virtual Reality for creating fully immersive 360 experiences.
Jonathan Yomayuza - VR Technical Director, Emblematic
At Emblematic Jonathan Yomayuza has helped deliver multiple VR projects for the Vive, two of which have been screened at Sundance and another that was presented to the United States Congress. With ten years of experience in the video game industry, he has mastered programs like Unity, Unreal, Z-brush which have allowed him to continually push the boundaries of VR within Emblematic Group. Jonathan is also an expert and pioneer in photogrammetry - a revolutionary technique that is paving the way for the VR of the future.
Jason Bral - CEO, Well Played Studios
Executive producer on over twelve original digital video series. Experience in working directly with Fortune 100 companies on creating engaging content.
"THE BASICS OF WRITING A TV SPEC"
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Complimentary for NALIP Members
This interactive workshop is designed to guide lead aspiring writers through some of the techniques that will be helpful in getting their first (or next) spec script started, be it a one-hour drama, or a half hour comedy.
Writing a great spec script that will get you noticed starts before any script writing is done. It begins by acquiring a knowledge of the show you are writing for, being able to copy the existing characters' voices of that show, coming up with an episode idea/story that is not only original and highlights your unique voice, but also stays true to the story structure already established, and choosing the right spec script to write. This 2 1/2 hour workshop will lead aspiring writers through some of the techniques that will be helpful in getting their first (or next) spec script started, be it a one-hour drama, or a half hour comedy. The workshop will also include the basic structure of a beat sheet and how to break the A, B, and C storylines for their one hour, or half hour spec.
Ligiah Villalobos, who we was previously featured in our #WeAreInclusion Campaign, a writer, producer and director, who has worked both in feature films and television. Before these roles, she was a studio executive, working at the Walt Disney Company. She has overseen the ABC Diverse Program and worked at the CW, overseeing six shows, such as Steve Harvey and The Jamie Foxx Show. Today, Villalobos teaches at Cal State University, Los Angeles, and is also currently developing two TV series ideas.
Complimentary for NALIP Members
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Priority will be given to writers who submit their work to Latinolens@nalip.org