Film Festival Programming for Comicon 2015

 

First twelve people in line get to participate, the rest can ask questions and will be the audience. Some basic improv/acting games and techniques.

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The film makers behind Aether, a steampunk fantasy motion picture about a group of outcasts banding together to defend their homeland from a power hungry political saboteur, outlander assassins, and a ruthless chancellor obsessed with keeping his floating kingdom sky born, will be having the world premiere of their concept short for their multi-million dollar film: Aether.  The credentials for the film makers on this independent film are the stuff of studios: The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Blade Runner, Demolition Man, even Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.

Come and learn how to develop your own independent epic feature film!

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  • Drew Hall
  • Horst Sarubin
  • Kim Bailey
  • Scott Robinson
 

Hal C F Astell of Apocalypse Later has presented steampunk film festivals in Phoenix, Tucson and San Diego. Come on down to see an hour's worth of award-winning short steampunk films from around the world and here in Arizona.

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  • Hal C F Astell
 

Here comes a trivia contest for teams hosted by the FLIM SPRINGFIELD Team.  Contestants will be quizzed on the first 10 seasons of The Simpsons, with a variety of types of questions: From general knowledge about the show, fill in the quote, identify the character, and stuff only hardcore Simpsons nerds will know!  Prizes will be given away, but the real reward is WINNING!

More at FLIMSpringfield.wordpress.com

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Nola Yergen is a costume designer and actor, known for Valiant (2014), Parallax (2012) and Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film (2012) not to mention that she has worked on Castle and is also a theatre professor and costume designer at Grand Canyon University.  She's also an avid Cosplayer.  Learn how to turn your passion into a career in film, television, or stage.

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  • Nola Yergen
 

Kevin R. Phipps is an assistant director and director, known for Grief (2015), Thicker Than Water (2014) and Friday the 13th Part 3: The Memoriam Documentary.  He is also an trained Meisner Acting Coach / Trainer.  Come and learn about directing from an actor's director and learn the differences between directing a narrative or a documentary.

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  • Kevin R. Phipps
 

Come and learn about shooting documentary video and photos in the Comicon environment and how to grow your skills to a professional level.  This was a very popular topic last year.

Greg Nosek has worked as a Freelance Documentary Videographer covering Broadcast Journalism, Rock & Roll, and the World of Corporate and Social Events for the last 30 years.

Jim Poulin has successfully nurtured a career spanning 35 years in the field of Editorial, Sports & Concert Photography. Jim Poulin is the Photo Editor for the Phoenix Business Journal is a proud graduate of Arizona State University.

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  • Greg Nosek
  • Jim Poulin
 

Hello to all of the Fans, Dorks, Geeks, and Nerds out there in Fanland, and welcome to the world of Fanboy Rant.  On this Podcast we strive to explore different forms of fandom,  Be it from cars to comics, books to Barbies, or Zebras to Zuul, we wanna talk about your fandom.  We wanna show that everyone has the right to let their nerd flag fly and show the love they have for the subjects they're passionate for! So I, your Fanboy (Josh) with my cohost Brian and a rotating cast of friends and special guests, will explore the world of Fanboys! So sit back, have a listen, have some fun, but in the end, "Don't forget to be a fan!"

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  • Brian Simonsen
  • Danielle Benjamin
  • Josh Benjamin
 

Before you shoot your movie, before you even start making costumes or sets, you need to develop your project.  Come and learn what it takes from two professionals that has gotten projects, both big and small, off the ground over the last 20 years.  Maybe even learn a little about current projects they have in development.

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  • Mark Newbauer
  • Ted Chalmers
 

Join us as we present this year's winners in the Film Festival and the Film Challenge...

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

On this last night of the Phoenix Comicon film festival, everyone is a winner!  Come and mix and mingle with your favorite panel hosts;  Learn more about film making; and  Celebrate the film makers behind your favorite films that screened at the festival.  Have fun, make friends, and learn stuff at the Renaissance Hotel!  Don't forget cards so you can show everyone what you do.  Cash bar provided

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  • Phoenix Comicon Film Makers
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Some people are just there for the loot bags. But most of the people at a film festival are trying to market and sell an independent film. Don’t be just one of the horde.  Come and learn the tricks and skills necessary to navigate the Film Festival waters from the expert and author of Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 4th edition: The Essential Companion for Filmmakers and Festival-Goers (Chris Gore's Ultimate Flim Festival Survival Guide).

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For aspiring writers-turned-producers, explore the creative - and sometimes arduous - process of taking a story from script to screen, including location scouting, casting, and hiring crew. DaVaun Sanders, last year's Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Winner won a one-scene shoot donated by Valley director, Kevin R. Phipps, producer, Ruben Angelo, and a variety of skilled crew. Follow DaVaun's journey from creating dynamic characters in a futuristic world to watching the filmmaking process unfold over the course of several months. Plus: Learn ways to bootstrap your own short film production.

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  • Cassandra Nicholson
 

An audience participation filled discussion lead by teachers who love Harry Potter.  This panel is filled with all the wonders of the wizarding world, and will make you never want to stop believing.

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  • Amber Gould
  • Brandon Riddle
  • Catie Whitten
  • Shalane Harris
  • Stephen Dzienis
 

Novels and Screenplays are two completely different types of writing, but that doesn't mean you can't do both.

For over five years Eric worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a documentary film producer and editor, covering Mars Exploration. Getting an up close, behind-the-scenes look at planetary exploration gave him a great inspiration his screenplay that eventually became the novel and audiobook called The Scout.

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  • Eric Tozzi
 

You want to work in the entertainment business, but how do you pay the bills between film projects or while you are trying to get your project off the ground?  Learn what it takes to put your skills together and make it as a freelance videographer.  Sports, News, Commercials, Weddings?  They are all options.

Greg Nosek has worked as a Freelance Documentary Videographer covering Broadcast Journalism, Rock & Roll, and the World of Corporate and Social Events for the last 30 years.

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  • Greg Nosek
 

This panel is all about fun and getting a chance to learn skills with getting comfortable with coming up with stuff on the spot and going with it.  In the panel, the panelists teach the audience the guidelines to various improv games and then have the audience join in on the fun.  This is a good time all ages and nerds of all forms.

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  • Antoinette Martin-Hanson
 

This fan panel is a follow up to last year's hit panel, "Gone Too Soon".  But instead of discussing shows taht were cancelled too soon, this year this group of TV junkies will be talking about a selection of modern shows that went downhill fast and weren't cancelled soon enough!  We will discuss what ent wrong, if the show could have been saved, and what the future holds for these franchises.  Shows to be featured in this fan discussion include Heroes, Alias, The X-Files, and Lost, among others.

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  • Cody Hertig
  • Eric Downing
  • Hayley Tracy
 

In a race to your heart, which would win: the Tardis, the Impala, or John Watson and his cane?  Come to Last Fandom Standing to explore this deep question and many more, as panelits take turnsrepresenting nominated fandoms and engage in a point/counterpoint discussion.  Attendees will be able to suggest fandoms for debate, provide feedback and ideas, and audience interaction will determine the ultimate winner.  Join us at this totally-not-sarcastic-at-all panel and watch superfans rip fandoms, and each other, apart!

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  • Ben Mosey
  • Cody Hertig
  • Eric Downing
  • Hayley Tracy
 

A kickstarter launch party for Jump Ship Productions latest film, The Terminizer. Meet 426, "A Killer Robot Driving Instructor", and Blue Berry Crunch, a floating talking pie. Talk with the creators during the Q&A.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

A live podcast recording of the Educating Geeks podcast covering season 1 of Xena in celebration of its upcoming 25th anniversary. Come discuss the show with us and help create drinking game rules.

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  • Alice Baker
  • Cassandra Nicholson
  • Krissy Lenz
  • Sara Santiago
 

When people see the iconic T-Visor helmet, thoughts of Star Wars bounty hunters spring to mind. However, would it surprise you to find out that these fearsome warriors also do charity work? Meet the Shonare Vhekadla Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs Costumers Club! Join us as they talk about how they create their armor and the look of the Mandalorian Mercenary as well as the work the do for the community and charity.

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  • Chris Rensing
  • Mandalorian Mercs - Shonare Vhekadla Clan (3 panelists)
 

Production Designers are the visual artists and storytellers, who, in consultation primarily with the director, create and develop the overall look, atmosphere and emotion that move the story in any film or television project.  Learn about and discuss production design with the person, Kim Bailey, behind the design work of Blade Runner, Mission To Mars and the upcoming movie, Aether.

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  • Kim Bailey
 

Every day, history is made- whether it's the Rum Rebellion on January 26th, the birth of Nandor Fodor on May 13th, or the death of J.R.R. Tolkien on September 2nd, history happens every day.  And every day, comedians are painstakingly combing the headlines for new joke fodder.  With "This Day in History," comedians are challenged to write entirely new material about the past events of the date of the performance and bring their totally fresh, unrehearsed ideas to the stage!

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  • Jamie Sanderson
  • Jeff Turbitt
  • Matt Storrs
  • Steve Mandel
  • Steve Marek
 

AETHER: PROLOGUE (2015)

Considered a 2nd class citizen by the Skyborne, Wil Laran embarks on a journey to define his destiny or meet his demise in this steampunk inspired science fiction film.  This is a preview of the epic, Steampunk feature Aether.

CONVERGENCE (2015)

Detective Ben Walls finds himself in a modern day Dante world, passing back and forth between the present and the future. Surrounded by the residents seeking redemption, Ben is left with the task to find a way out.

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  • Drew Hall
  • Horst Sarubin
  • Scott Robinson
 

Michael MacLean has written five films for the legendary Roger Corman, including Sharktopus, and Piranhaconda, and is currently working with Lady Death creator Brian Pulido on a comic book project. An Arizona local, Mike was born, raised, and still works in Tempe.  If you want a few screenwriting tips or some behind the scenes Sharktopus gossip, now's your chance.

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  • Mike MacLean
 

Here's a career path that most photographers didn't know existed: Set Photographer.  Put your skills and your eye to good use capturing behind the scenes, production stills, and shots for use in marketing design.  There's a wealth to do and know.

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  • Shannon Dia
 

Cast and crew of the web series Space Rangers talk and field questions regarding the show.

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  • Amanda Lee
  • Amber Nichols
  • David Stipes
  • Douglas Monce
 

Check out the Top 10 Films from this year's challenge! Every film was made for Phoenix Comicon. Each team was given a piece of classical music and they were told to use obscure Star Wars merchandise as a prop.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
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