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Montclair Film Festival and The Film Institute at Montclair State Announce 2015 Behind the Screen Program

Montclair Film Festival and The Film Institute at Montclair State Announce 2015 Behind the Screen Program

Montclair Film Festival (MFF) and The Film Institute at Montclair State have now announced the program for their annual Behind the Screen program, a day of filmmaking workshops and panels that are free and open to the public and are assembled as a standalone partnership between the two organizations.

Speakers will include Kahane Cooperman (“The New Yorker Presents”),
Michael Slovis (“Game Of Thrones”), Tim Squyers (“Life Of Pi)” and
Joel Stillerman (“The Walking Dead”). Register to attend at the Montclair Film Festival website.

READ MORE: Attention, Filmmakers: Montclair Film Festival Now Open For Submissions

Here is the full list of workshops and panels:

Development: “The Walking Dead” – From Comic Book to TV Megahit
Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC
and Sundance TV, discusses how the beloved comic book “The Walking Dead” became the #1 show on television. Having overseen the process from inception,
Stillerman will talk about adapting a niche comic book about survival in the
zombie apocalypse to the worldwide television franchise that it is today.

The Director: Building a Visual Vocabulary
Michael Slovis, the acclaimed cinematographer and director on such shows as “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Affair,” breaks down the visual
vocabulary and the different choices and decisions that go into shooting and
recording a scene. From budget and scheduling considerations to the collective
and creative collaboration among craftspeople, Slovis discusses the meaning
and emotional impact that every decision can have in a scripted show.

The Producer: Getting it on the Air, Online, or in Theaters
Kahane Cooperman, Executive Producer and show runner for Amazon’s new
series “The New Yorker Presents” and formerly the longtime producer of the
Emmy and Golden Globe winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as well as
documentary filmmaker, takes us behind the scenes of the of what it means to
be a producer and filmmaker. Kahane will dissect the role of the producer and
discuss what goes into getting a show on the air.

The Editor: Transforming Dailies into Oscar Nominated Films
Tim Squyers is the editor of renowned films including “Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon,” “Syriana,” “Life of Pi,” “Rachel Getting Married,” and “Gosford Park” and many
others. Having edited almost all of Ang Lee’s films and currently at work on their
latest collaboration, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Squyers offers a unique
perspective on how the editor pulls together a film to ultimately illuminate the
director’s vision.

Film Festivals: Building Strategies To Get Your Film or Pilot Seen
Tom Hall, Executive Director of the Montclair Film Festival, will lead a
discussion with leading film festival programmers about best practices and
strategies for emerging filmmakers to get their films onto the festival circuit and
in front of the industry, audiences, and beyond. 

The Behind the Screen program will take place on Sunday, December 6 at University
Hall on the campus of Montclair State University. 

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