2022 WORKSHOP - 11/17/2021 (Zoom) 

2022 sESSIONS:

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Time Title Presenter
9:00 AM

General Lighting & Sound for Documentaries

Dave Lamm
9:00 AM

Storytelling through Screenwriting

Doug Keith
9:00 AM

Anatomy of a Film Set: Practical Tools for Making a Living

Courtney Fusselman
10:00 AM

The Pitch Meeting

Sheela Shrinivas
10:00 AM Page to Screen Roman SantaCroce
10:00 AM Crazy Ideas That Can Actually Work Julianna Guilianti
10:00 AM

Screenwriting

Matthew Kaufhold
10:00 AM

Location Scouting

Troy Coffee
11:00 AM Screenwriting Matthew Kaufhold
11:00 AM

Narrowing Down Your Documentary Ideas

Michael Schweisheimer
11:00 AM Screenwriting Doug Keith
11:00 AM

Location Scouting

Scott Currie/Kevin Streckewald
11:00 AM

Producing for TV and Films

Andre Robert Lee
12:00 PM Lunch  
12:30 PM

Directing & On-Set Management

Jamie Root & Greg Poppa
12:30 PM

Production: What It Is and How to Succeed

Craig Hacker
12:30 PM Screenwriting Matthew Kaufhold
12:30 PM

Producing for TV and Films

Andre Robert Lee
12:30 PM

Anatomy of a Film Set: Practical Tools for Making a Living

Courtney Fusselman
12:30 PM

Location Scouting

Troy Coffee
1:30 PM Safety on Set and How to Network for a Film Career Jamie Root & Greg Poppa
1:30 PM

Casting the Right People & Crazy Ideas

Julianna Guilianti
1:30 PM

Documentary Ideas, Lighting & Sound

Dave Lamm
1:30 PM

Location Scouting

Scott Currie/Kevin Streckewalk

 

  

               2022 Session Details

General Lighting & Sound for Documentaries -If Greenfield had a Hall of Fame for Workshop Presenters, Dave Lamm would definitely be in it! Dave has presented it all to us over the years. He is most well known for his show-and-tell approach to teaching students the best practices for all of the technical aspects of filmmaking. This year, Dave is concentrating on documentary filmmaking. He will be discussing how to identify the central idea of your story and sticking with that idea throughout the film, as well as the best uses of cameras, microphones, and lighting to make your documentary the best it can be!

Storytelling through Screenwriting - Screenwriting can seem like a mysterious process that only “writers” can figure out. But we are all storytellers, and the best scripts are really just simple stories, well-told. In this workshop, writer/director Doug Keith will talk about the key aspects of compelling stories. Submit your story ideas in advance and several will be selected for discussion during the session.

The Anatomy of a Film Set: Practical Tools for Making a Living - Entering the film industry is intimidating. Unlike many other career paths which offer tried-and-true, systematic training or a common blueprint for advancement, the individual process of climbing the ranks in film is extremely varied. This course aims to provide practical information for making a living in the industry of Film &  Television. In this course, we will: 

- Learn the basic structure of a professional film set  
- Explore the countless job opportunities beyond traditionally popular creative roles 

- Learn what it’s like to book work as a freelance crew member  
- Cover relevant social issues in the film industry - from diversity to workers’ rights.

- Discuss any questions you have about your future in film!  

Many people enter film with lofty creative goals like directing, screenwriting, or cinematography. It is great to have those goals! But these are very popular positions, and unless you are wealthy enough to fund your own films, it is likely that no matter your desired career, you will have to start at the beginning.

The Pitch Meeting - Your teachers and parents have already heard most of your incredible story ideas, so why not show them to someone who hears cool ideas all the time? Someone who can help you develop the steps needed to take it to the highest levels? Sheela Shrinivas will be doing just that at this year’s workshop! Get your ideas ready in advance and prepare to pitch them to an expert.

 Page to Screen -Preparing your Script for Screen This workshop will go into the details of how to properly prepare a written script for shooting and how to best prepare for problems when they arise during production.

Crazy Ideas That Can Actually Work - If you are reading this, you’ve probably had a crazy idea that you thought would make an awesome movie. Well, you’re probably right! Julianna Guilianti is not only someone who started thinking of her own crazy movie ideas as part of Greenfield, but it inspired her to take it to the next level and make it a career! This session is an opportunity to understand more about how to get those crazy ideas made into film as well as how to cast your project by holding auditions and get just the right fit for your next production!

Screenwriting - Get ready to write it all! Matthew Kaufhold is the director of Drexel’s Screenwriting program. He will be helping students develop their thoughts and get the ball rolling for screenwriting narrative films and videos, overall story development, animation, visual effects, and even game art and production programs! Bring your creative stories and let Matthew help you create your next big screenplay!

Location Scouting - This year we are very fortunate to have several film location scouts handpicked for us by the Philly Film Office! Some of the best movies made by students are when they use other locations beyond the places that are familiar to them. But how do you choose the right location? How does it work with your story, screenplay, and production team? How can the right spot become an important part of the film, almost as a character? Our team of presenters will also tell you to find the right spot that is so perfect, you can concentrate only on helping the characters tell your story as best as they can.

Narrowing Down Your Documentary Ideas - 

Producing TV and Films - In the Summer of 2021, André Robert Lee produced and directed episode 5 for season 8 of the CNN Original Series This is Life With Lisa Ling. In this session, André will talk about how to take a TV show from concept to broadcast. What does it mean to produce and direct a TV show? What are the steps? What does it mean to jump in with a production team that has been producing an award-winning show for over a decade? Participants will gain inside information about creating for and with a major network and have a chance to pose questions.

Directing & On-Set Management - Since graduation, both Jamie Root and Greg Poppa have been busy making their cinematic dreams a reality. By taking on every job film crew position they can, they have honed their skills. They have gone on to direct several projects. In this presentation, they will be helping students understand how to do every job in order to achieve goals. They will also be teaching students about set management, what it’s really like behind-the-scenes on a real set, safety on the set, how to get the most out of your actors, and how to network to make that next big project happen!

Production: What It Is and How to Succeed - When most people think about filmmaking they think about the nuts and bolts jobs; camera, lights, sound, etc. What most people don't realize is that there is an entire world behind the scenes working to make sure that everything that needs to be in place for filming to actually happen is happening. Welcome to production! We are the brain and nervous system of the filmmaking process and no one, including most of the people on set, has any idea what we do. Think about the logistics of moving 300+ people, all with individual departments and requirements from place to place, multiple times a day for weeks on end. That’s what we do. Learn to take your minds "off set", stand back, and look at the big picture. There may also be a discussion of the best practices for networking and the "Do's and Don'ts" of getting work in the business.

Safety on Set and How to Network for a Film Career - 

Casting the Right People & Crazy Ideas - If you are reading this, you’ve probably had a crazy idea that you thought would make an awesome movie. Well, you’re probably right! Julianna Guilianti is not only someone who started thinking of her own crazy movie ideas as part of Greenfield, but it inspired her to take it to the next level and make it a career! This session is an opportunity to understand more about how to get those crazy ideas made into film as well as how to cast your project by holding auditions and get just the right fit for your next production!

Documentary Ideas, Lighting & Sound - If Greenfield had a Hall of Fame for Workshop Presenters, Dave Lamm would definitely be in it! Dave has presented it all to us over the years. He is most well known for his show-and-tell approach to teaching students the best practices for all of the technical aspects of filmmaking. This year, Dave is concentrating on documentary filmmaking. He will be discussing how to identify the central idea of your story and sticking with that idea throughout the film, as well as the best uses of cameras, microphones, and lighting to make your documentary the best it can be!

                 Presenter bios

Troy Coffee: Troy Coffee is a location scout specialist from Philadelphia. Along with his extensive and impressive resume, he loves turning the most ordinary or extraordinary places into a part of a film! In this workshop, Troy will tell you about some of his experiences. Students will learn about the best places for them to film their own movies and how to make them safe and effective even in a short film like in Greenfield!

Roman Santa Croce: Roman Santa Croce is a member of the Director's Guild of America and an assistant director for film and television. Roman has worked on several prestigious shows such as Stranger Things: Season 2, The Walking Dead, Watchmen, The Outsider, and Doom Patrol. Originally from Spring City, PA, Roman's career has taken him all over the country for various projects. He now resides in Atlanta, GA. When not working as an assistant director, Roman directs and produces his own work through his company, Creative Force Films LLC.

Scott Currie: Scott Currie is a seasoned motion picture production veteran with 36 years of film production and distribution under his belt.  He possesses a wealth of experience, out-of-the-box thinking, and contacts the can take your project to the next level. Scott’s career started with Mark Harmon’s first feature Worth Winning and proceeded to Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia and Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys.  

Courtney Fusselman - In 2015 Courtney quit her job at a sandwich shop and started freelancing as a Production Assistant. She has been working full-time in the film industry ever since.  Now she is an Assistant Director on non-union film and commercial sets, mainly in Philadelphia and NYC. 

Julianna Guilianti: Since the age of 14, Julianna Guilianti had her sights set on Hollywood and making it in the entertainment world. Juliana is a graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School. During her time, she won several awards as a filmmaker. These accolades include a Greenie for a Mockumentary that she made as a middle schooler student over one summer at LBI. After spending a semester in L.A. and graduating from Temple film school, Julianna returned home to Philadelphia where she started working on casting background actors for local indie films. Through this work, she was able to land her first desk job working in commercial casting for one of Philly’s top Casting Directors, Kathy Wickline. During this time, Julianna was able to meet the Head of Casting at DreamWorks, who ended up reaching out years later with the job offer of a lifetime. Overnight Julianna began working for the Head of Casting at Steven Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Partners. After a year of dabbling in scripted casting, Julianna’s focus shifted yet again, and soon found her calling working in reality TV. Since diving into the unscripted casting world in 2019, Julianna has worked as a freelance Casting Associate Producer on a series of shows including Seasons 1-5 of Netflix’s hit-competition show The Circle and HBO Max’s 12 Dates of Christmas.

Craig Hacker: Craig Hacker is a graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School and Temple University's 2015 Film program. He has been working professionally in the business since he was 17 years old and has worked with some of the biggest actors and crew in the world in his decade-long time in the industry. For the past two years, Craig has worked as an assistant coordinator for large-budget shows. He recently wrapped up Hustle, a new Adam Sandler movie for Netflix. Prior to this, he was out in Montana, working on reshoots for Yellowstone for Paramount. Craig has also worked extensively on set and spends extra time on a side job doing special effects. As an SPFX tech, he has worked on shows such as Apple TV's Servant and Mare of Easttown on HBO.

Matthew Kaufhold: Matt Kaufhold has over 20 years of experience in the film industry working as a director, producer, screenwriter, script consultant, and director of photography.  His feature screenplay, Soulwalker, is under a shopping agreement with Actium Pictures in New York for co-production with Three Professors Media, a start-up production company in which Matt is a partner. Matt wrote and produced the award-nominated short film, Customer Service, which had a festival run in 2013.  Matt’s background also includes commercial and industrial work for clients ranging from Frito-Lay to the Haverford Township Historical Society.
Program Director for Drexel University’s Screenwriting & Playwriting Program, Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and American Literature and Languages from Harvard College and a Master’s Degree in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He teaches classes in advanced screenwriting concepts for the Screenwriting & Playwriting Program, narrative video production for the Film & Video Program,  and serves as a story development advisor for the Film & Video, Animation & Visual Effects, and Game Art & Production Programs.

Doug Keith- Doug Keith has been writing and directing short films, music videos, documentaries, and PSAs for more than 20 years. He has also served as a judge for the Greenfield Youth Film Festival.

Dave Lamm​ - Dave Lamm graduated with a BA in Film and Video from Penn State. He has worked freelance for film and TV. In recent years he has been a full-time staffer for PWPvideo. A Philadelphia-based production company that specializes in short-form pieces for non-profit, educational, and human services organizations.

André Robert Lee: André Robert Lee is a filmmaker, Keynote Speaker, consultant, writer, and educator. He has committed his entire career to build an army of change agents. His process includes Many Things; New York City Public Schools, The Ford Foundation, Miramax Films, Urbanworld, Film Movement, Diana Ross, BET, Universal, PBS, HBO, Sundance, Picturehouse, and Dreamworks. André directed and produced The Prep School Negro and took it on a worldwide tour over the past 12 years. André’s served as producer on the documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I? André received a Fellowship in 2013 and was tasked with directing and producing the 12-month series Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men. André created The Election Effect Project for Paramount TV. André’s film Virtually Free is the story of incarcerated youth in Richmond, Virginia, and has won best short documentary at several film festivals. André’s next film is The Road to Justice, which documents the Civil Rights Tours he has led throughout the American South. He is the executive producer of this film. His co-directors worked closely with André to craft this story. In the Spring of 2021, André directed firsthand Realizing Your Full Potential Through Stem, a short documentary for Strayer Studies in partnership with Blackhouse (Sundance), which will be used in Strayer University online classes with an effort to bring lessons to real life.

Greg Poppa: Greg Poppa is an actor, director, and writer based in Philadelphia. He has been writing short stories since the age of twelve. His first foray into acting came in the form of a middle school play when he played the role of Darth Vader. After graduating college, Greg wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature film, Let's Have an Adventure, with his long-time collaborator Diego Brazzo. He made his directorial debut with the short film, Foxes. Greg's films often deal with the psychology of its characters, blending realism with the mind's loose grip on reality.

Jaime Root: Jamie Root is an American director and cinematographer. She has over 12 years of experience in the production of short films, web series, pilots, commercial videos, and feature films. Her skills have been used in directing, shooting, and editing. Recently, Jamie has been assistant directing as well as camera operating for features being shot in the Philadelphia and New York regions. In 2013 she sold her first film to RLJ Entertainment and Ruthless Pictures for global distribution. In 2017, she sold a short film to 13 Horrors for online streaming. In 2015, she started her own media company, JRF Media. Through JRF, she has since been generating cinematic promotional, commercial, and narrative content. She’s recently assisted with shooting for the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Fusion, Fuzz on the Lens Productions, A Channel of Peace, and Netflix. Her next projects include the Stream Horror Franchise, the Terrifier franchise, and Night of the Living Dead 2.

Sheela Shrinivas: Sheela Shrinivas is an Emmy Award-winning and Annie-nominated writer. Hailing from St. Louis, Sheela is a graduate of USC's film school, where she won the Edward Small Writing Scholarship and was nominated for a Humanitas Student Fellowship. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Sheela did improv, sketch, and standup in New York City, and worked as a teacher and at nonprofits around the world, including India and Spain. She is currently working for Disney Television while also an adjunct screenwriting professor at USC's film school. Sheela has previously written for such shows as Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (Netflix), Pinky Malinky (Netflix), The Loud House (Nickelodeon), and Sanjay and Craig (Nickelodeon). Her work has appeared in The New York Times and Reductress.

Kevin Streckewald: With more than 15 years in the Philadelphia market, Kevin Streckewald is one of the region’s foremost location specialists. Kevin’s strong connection with the local people, businesses, and community will guarantee your project will land in the right place. He is passionate about creating effective and engaging media while balancing artistic vision with budgetary constraints. He leads both low- and high-budget productions in all media and communication formats: photography, video, commercial, feature film, television, web, live projection AR, and events. Kevin has scouted and/or managed locations for a variety of television and feature film productions. Credits include It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, This is Us, Queer Eye, Limitless, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Charlotte’s Web, Tenure and Lebanon, Pa. Kevin has also partnered with well-known artists Zayn and Meek Mills on several music video productions. Kevin attended Syracuse University and Temple University. He is a certified and experienced COVID safety consultant as well as an onsite officer for the media industry.

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