DIFF 2016 High School Day | 2016 Dallas International Film Festival—April 14-24

DIFF 2016 High School Day

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On Friday, April 15, hundreds of students from more than 40 North Texas high schools will participate in engaging workshops and discussions about creating and marketing independent films. The event exposes students to many of the exciting venues in the Dallas Arts District, including the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and Klyde Warren Park.


Sporting their High School Day T-shirts sponsored by SMU, attendees will descend upon Klyde Warren Park before being split into groups and directed to various Dallas Arts District venues for sessions on:

• Act it Out
• ‘Old School’ FX for the Digital Age
• Animation 101
• Coming Soon: How to Bring Audiences to Films
• Know Your Rights


Act it Out Presented by Improv Dallas
Want to learn from an acting professional who has experience in the industry? Join actress and Improv Dallas CEO Wendy Louise Pennington as she leads an interactive workshop that will help students improve their comedic timing and confidence. Regardless of experience, students will learn about being pros at improv!

‘Old School’ FX for the Digital Age presented by MediaTech Institute
Filmmakers such as JJ Abrams and Peter Jackson love using classic old school special effects in movies like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ whenever they can. During this class we will actually do some of these classic special effects like forced perspective, stop motion and real time laser effects. Join MediaTech Instructor Eric Jewell as he explores these effects on stage and updates them for the modern digital age!

Coming Soon: How to Bring Audiences to Films presented by Southern Methodist University Film & Media Arts
SMU Film and Media Arts professor Derek Kompare will discuss how film trailers work to connect art, commerce, and technology to entice potential viewers. Kompare is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Film and Media Arts at SMU, where he teaches courses on contemporary media culture, television history, comics, and video games. He is the author of Rerun Nation: How Repeats Invented American Television (2005), CSI (2010), and numerous articles on media culture and history.

Know Your Rights presented by Bell Nunnally Law and KD Conservatory
Don’t want to get sued? We don’t want you to either! This panel-style workshop will teach students everything they need to know about copyright law and music licensing. Students will be able to interact with two entertainment lawyers, a local film producer and director. Come ready to ask questions! This session could save you from a future predicament!

Animation 101 presented by REEL FX
Learn about the craft of animating stories, working across media and developing your unique style to make a successful animated short or feature. Animators Fred Gardner (The Simpsons) and Jorge Guitterrez (Book of Life) will you give you a glimpse behind the scenes of today’s most popular animated movies. Explore how a visual artist designs imaginative worlds that come alive on screen.

The day ends at about 4 p.m.


Alyssa Davis
Membership, Education & Outreach Coordinator


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ed lachman star awardOscar-nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman’s selected credits as a cinematographer include the Emmy nominated HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce and films including DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and the Academy Award nominated film, CAROL.



monte hellman star awardOur inaugural honoree, director, editor and producer Monte Hellman, has a career that spans six decades. He has exemplified cutting-edge filmmaking across multiple genres, working with budgets, from high-to-low, and with casts featuring stars to complete unknowns.



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