The GYFF Workshop is a full-day event during which students have a chance to learn from and interact with professionals in the film industry as well as film students and teachers from other high schools.
The goal of the workshop is to help the students prepare to make their films not only for the film festival but also in college and beyond.
Our hope is that the students will be encouraged and excited to tell their stories and to learn the technology, the skills, and the power of creative expression.
Presentations at the 2019 workshop on November 14, 2018,
1. Dave Lamm & Pat Ganley - Lighting - “Filming the Story”-Cinematography 101- The theory behind why and how we film and how to let the scene help tell the story. How do I get coverage?
2. Joe DiVita - “The Sound of the Story" - Sound Design - How can the right mix of score, sound fx, background and dialogue help to tell the story.
3. David Greenberg - “Writing the Story Part 1”- Writing genres of film. How do I start writing a comedy? A drama? Horror? How do I find the story in the film? Getting inspiration.
4. Ian Abrams - “Writing the Story Part 2”- Dialogue. How much is too much? I have my actors and an idea, now what? How do I write dialogue for them in a short film? How much is enough? How much is not enough? How do I write a conflict? How do I use non-verbals with my actors? POWER POINT
5. Tammy Tiehel-Stedman & Amy Tiehel - “Producing the Story”- I have pre-planned everything I can think of…...How to be ready to put the story on the screen...from blocking to rehearsal….how do I not “wing this”? POWER POINT
6. Marty Zied - “Putting the bite in my Documentary Story" - The Art of the Sound bite. How to set-up and carry out a descriptive interview that will lead my documentary? How do I narrow down my soundbites and let them tell the story for me? An interactive lesson teaching students how to ask open-ended questions and get results for their documentary.
Presentations at the 2017 workshop (held 11/15/16) were:
The Screenplay and Story Arc – Ian Abrams. Click here to view the PowerPoint from his session.
Lights, Lenses, and the ‘Film Look’ – Pat Ganley & Dave Lamm of PWPvideo. Pat is Director of Postproduction and Dave is Director of Production. Click here to view their session.
Audio versus Video – Joe DiVita from Drexel. Click here to view his session.
From Concept to Pre-Production – Tammy Tiehel-Stedman. Tammy is co-producer of the feature film “Slow Learners” along with Tommy Joyner, Jamie Lokoff, and Brian O’Connor. Watch Tammy’s presentation here.
Documentary - Marty Zied. Marty is Senior Producer for the Paul F. Harron studios at Drexel University and is currently working on “Voice Messages,” a documentary on the human voice. Watch Marty's Presentation here.
Audio Engineering Workshop – Tommy Joyner, founder of MilkBoy the Studio. Tommy is co-producer of the feature film “Slow Learners” with Tammy Tiehel-Stedman, Jamie Lokoff, and Brian O’Connor.Click here for his presentation.
Presentations at the 2015 workshop (held in November 2014) were: