Panels & Discussions

All panels will be in the Hyatt Regency.

Friday

1:00 pm

Social Media for Filmmakers
Independent filmmakers have never had better tools for finding an audience, but social media is a tough business of its own. We’ll be talking about how to discover your niche, engage your fans, & monetize your work in a social media universe.
Presenters: Jeff Ello (M), Kristin Jackson, Tyra A Burton, Hunter Cressall, Jeff Burns [rm Spring]

Film Festival Opening: What to Expect & Award-Winning Film Screening
Your starting place for 4 days of film. We cover the films & panels to see, what to do, & the festival philosophy. We discuss what makes a film good. We also give out the Spirit of Dragon Con Award & screen the winning short film.
[rm Learning Center]

 

2:30 pm

Zombies in Cinema: Is There Still Room for Brain Eating?
Our zombie experts & directors of zombie films discuss why they made zombie films, what are the best zombie films, & with the death of the father of modern zombie films, what the future of the sub-genre is.
Presenters: Anthony Taylor, Yfke van Berckelaer, Devi Snively, Phil Bucci
[rm Spring]

 

4:00 pm

The Universal Monster Squad
As Universal creates a shared universe around its horror properties, we look back at the studio’s classic horror, from Frankenstein to the Wolf Man, Dracula, & more! Get ready to debate which Universal monster is the definitive one & how these films could influence the new “Dark Universe.”
Presenters: Kristen Welch, Andrew Alonso, Marya Gates
[rm Spring]

 

5:30 pm

The Women of James Bond
Thumper from Diamonds are Forever joins us to look at the role of women in the Bond films. From damsels & femmes fatales to empowered partners with James, women often drove the plot of the films. How much have Bond girls influenced the new crop of female action characters?
Presenters: John L. Flynn (M), Trina Parks, Matt Sherman
[rm Hanover C-E]

Gear for the Indie Filmmaker
You can do amazing work on a shoestring budget. We’ve assembled our favorite tech for this low-budget show-and-tell session.
Presenters: Jeff Ello, Hunter Cressall
[rm Spring]

 

7:00 pm

Filmmaking Essentials: Sound for Film
Need help with the audio for your film or just interested in how it’s done? Our sound experts cover it all: sound design, ambiance, Foley, establishing proper levels, ADR, loudness metering, stereo vs 5.1 mix, effects tracks, digital audio workstations, & software like Pro Tools & Logic.
Presenters: Aron Siegel, Angelo Panetta, Chuck Budreau
[rm Spring]

 

8:30 pm

The Most Important Science Fiction Films of All Time
We dig deeper than Star Wars & 2001 to find the most important sci-fi movies–the ones that changed the genre. We’ll be looking at the history of SF film & come up with some films you may have missed & need to see.
Presenters: John L. Flynn, Shannon Strucci, Matthew M. Foster
[rm Learning Center]

 

10:00 pm

George A. Romero: Remembering the Man Who Changed Film
Horror & independent film was redefined by George Romero, creator of modern zombies. We discuss his career & celebrate one of the most important filmmakers of our times.
Presenters: Anthony Taylor, Patrick Roberts
[rm Learning Center]

 

Saturday

10:00 am

Festival Filmmaker Meeting
Calling all DCISFF filmmakers! Come and join in. This is your chance to meet your colleagues, talk about your work, & make connections.
[rm Spring]

 

11:30 am

Storyboarding Secrets
Enter the future of storyboarding. Discover the secrets of storyboarding and how to earn big $. Story artist & author Mark Simon demos the latest hardware & software and shows you how he works on major film & TV projects.
Presenter: Mark Simon
[rm Spring]

 

1:00 pm

Lighting & Camera: Shooting Like a Pro
It’s more than pointing a camera & turning on a light. If you’d like to create movies people want to watch, you need to think like a cinematographer. We demo the fundamentals that professionals use every day for great films & photos.
Presenters: Jeff Ello, Hunter Cressall
[rm Spring]

Making Horror Films
Our horror filmmakers will discuss putting monsters & madmen on film–why they do it, how they do it, what it means, what makes horror films so eternal, and…oh, BLOOD!
Presenters: Matthew Green, Jazz Walker, Scott O Hara, Samuel Goodwin, Chuck Budreau (M)
[rm Learning Center]

 

2:30 pm

Noir…in Space!
What happens when gritty detectives & femmes fatales find themselves placed out of time & space? See how film noir has shaped writers’ views of our not-so-distant future with future noirs like BladeRunner, 12 Monkeys, Logan, & Soylent Green. We debate which can be considered noir.
Presenters: Shannon Clute, Marya Gates, Andrew Alonso
[rm Spring]

 

4:00 pm

Independent Filmmaking: Film Music & Working with a Composer
Music & sound are half your film–a good score will help it stand out. What kind of music is needed? Where to get it? Where to find a composer? What if there’s a small (or no) budget? How to communicate your vision? A lively discussion that’ll put your fears and misconceptions to rest.
Presenters: Ken Feinberg(M), Stephen Richard Letnes
[rm Spring]

Bringing Classic Monsters to Modern Films
Many have tried to bring Frankenstein’s Monster & the Bride of Frankenstein–and their kin–into modern film. Most have failed. Our panelists have succeeded. They discuss what they did right, & we look at what others have done wrong. Where does Universal’s Dark Universe fit?
Presenters: Carlee Baker, Devi Snively, Kristen Welch
[rm Learning Center]

 

5:30 pm

Filmmaking Essentials: Producing
Our experts in different types of film production will cover the basics of the what & how of producing. Come if you are curious or if you want to take the first step into film/video production.
Presenters: Lloyd Kaufman, Jack H. Walsh, Charles de Lauzirika
[rm Spring]

 

8:30 pm

Hunter & Jello Rip on Movies
Plot holes, illogical action, crazy dialog. If failure is the greatest teacher, then we’re bringing a world-class university to Dragon Con. We’ll take a sideways look at what happens when filmmakers throw out common sense & push the story along at all costs.
Presenters: Jeff Ello, Hunter Cressall
[rm Learning Center]

 

11:30 pm

Lloyd Kaufman: Celebrating 50 Years of Feature-Length Filmmaking
Lloyd Kaufman marks his 50th year of making feature-length movies! In his 7th year as a director, Kaufman and Yale friend Michael Herz co-founded the legendary Troma Entertainment. At 43 years, Troma is the longest-running independent movie studio in the world.
Presenters: Lloyd Kaufman
[rm Regency VI-VII]

 

Sunday

10:00 am

The State of Fan Films
Batman, Star Wars, & Star Trek–Oh my! Our experts & filmmakers discuss their own fan films, why they (or anyone) make fan films, & the effect of the Axanar/Star Trek case on the future of fan films.
Presenters: John Hudgens (M), Trey Albright, Haleigh Ciel, Jeremy Garcia, Andrew Akler
[rm Learning Center]

 

11:30 am

Filmmaking Essentials: Directing
Our experienced directors of horror, action, & comedy will discuss how they do what they do, & why. Maybe you’ll learn a few tricks of the trade.
Presenters: Matthew Green, Devi Snively, Etta Devine, Gabriel Diani, Patrick Roberts (M)
[rm Spring]

 

1:00 pm

Digital Effects vs Analog Effects & How It’s All Done
The war between CG & model-making is raging in Hollywood. We won’t settle it here, but the final battle sequence will be AMAZING. Learn a lot about both worlds & why there may never be a winner.
Presenters: Jeff Ello, Hunter Cressall
[rm Spring]

1950s Creature Features (Giant Monsters Attack)
Big monsters, smashing things, destroying cities…as popular today as it was when ginormous ants & blobs took over drive-ins in the 1950s. We look at the decade’s love of monsters & debate who should be crowned the king of the 1950s monster movies.
Presenters: John Miller, Andrew Alonso, Marya Gates
[rm Learning Center]

 

2:30 pm

Women in Film: Gender Issues & Cinematic Politics
Did Wonder Woman change the world? Did Ghostbusters mean something very bad about geek culture, or did a corporation take advantage of a situation? Is the film business different for women? How? Can a female director get a break? Do women have different insights to bring to filmmaking?
Presenters: Lynne Hansen, Devi Snively, Yfke van Berckelaer, Ibba Armancas, Heather Mason (M)
[rm Spring]

 

4:00 pm

How NOT to Make a Movie: The Filmmaker’s Confessional
Was your drone shot down by a farmer? Did the set catch on fire? Was your life needlessly imperiled for the sake of content creation? You’re not alone! Bring your stories & share with a room full of entirely too-human filmmakers, vloggers, & enthusiasts.
Presenters: Jeff Ello, Hunter Cressall
[rm Spring]

 

5:30 pm

Movie Physics & Other Stupid Things
Scientists & filmmakers ponder the usually ludicrous & often hilarious realm of movie science. Can reality ever be enough?
Presenters: Les Johnson, Mika McKinnon, Kishore Hari, Kevin Grazier, Jeff Ello (M)
[rm Spring]

The State of Superhero Cinema
For years, we had next to nothing, but now superheroes are everywhere. We discuss the movement, the effects & future of the MCU and DCEU, what Wonder Woman may mean for culture, & what’s next. We crown the best & worst superhero films.
[rm Learning Center]

 

8:30 pm

Enuattii: Dragon Con Exclusive World Premiere Trailer & Panel!
Exclusive world premiere of the trailer & debut panel for the feature film Enuattii from director Rashaad Santiago and writer/producer Rick Prince, featuring Gigi Edgley, Jason Faunt, Steve Tolin, Santiago Cirilo, Michael Hutter, & Daniel Gilchrist as the title character Enuatti.
Presenters: Gigi Edgley, Rashaad Santiago, Rick Prince, Jason Faunt, Steve Tolin, Daniel Gilchrist
[rm International South]

The State of Geek Cinema
Wonder Woman! Guardians V2! Spider-Man in the MCU! But also Transformers, Tom Cruise & the Mummy, & more pirates. It was the year of post-horror & the return of Kong. Is this a geek film golden age or the death knell of smart SF?
Presenters: Chris Gore, Shannon Strucci, Matthew M. Foster
[rm Learning Center]

 

Monday

10:00 am

Film Festival Filmmaker Discussion
Do you want to get your film into a film festival? We’ll tell you the tricks. This is a no-holds-barred discussion of the good & bad about festivals, films, & filmmakers. If you are–or want to be–a filmmaker, this is necessary information.
[rm Regency V–2 hrs]

 

11:30 am

Editing for Story
A quarter of a second can change a scene from funny to creepy, inspirational to awkward. We’ll discuss the tricks an editor uses to hack your emotions.
Presenters: Jeff Ello (M), Matthew Green, Hunter Cressall
[rm Spring]

 

1:00 pm

Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony
Welcome to the annual Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony. We’ll see clips of the finalists & hand out the awards for 2017. Cheer your favorites & congratulate the winners!
[rm Regency V]

 

2:30 pm

Big Ideas, Tiny Budgets
Strategies for bringing out your larger-than-life story on a shoestring budget.
Presenters: Ken Feinberg, Jeff Ello, Hunter Cressall (M)
[rm Spring]


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