Georgia’s “BigPictureCon” will be held at Clayton State University on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, primarily in the Student Activities Center.
The Big Picture Conference is a huge networking opportunity for emerging and established film and technology professionals, and serves as an experiential educational event. Filmmakers and technology specialists will be hosting panel sessions and seminars on a variety of topics including film production and web entertainment.
Featured in the conference is its Fifth Annual Short Film Festival. The festival serves as a showcase for student and developing filmmakers to display their work for evaluation by peers and professionals. Among the films to be featured in this year’s festival is “The Proposal,” a film produced in a Clayton State classroom by student Tim New.
“There are so many good short films being produced locally that it is very difficult to be accepted to festivals like this,” notes New’s professor, Clayton State Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts Jonathan Harris. “For a student to have a film accepted is remarkable.”
The Big Picture Conference Film Festival is held on Sunday night, Oct. 5, starting at 7:30 p.m. in room UC 272 of the James M. Baker University Center on the Clayton State campus. Admission is $5 for the public or free with an all-access pass to BigPictureCon.
Harris will also be one of the featured instructors for the conference, presenting a Beginning Editing Workshop on Adobe Premier – the same software he uses in teaching the Digital Video Production course.
Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier open the conference as the keynote speakers. Dortch is an accomplished filmmaker and web series creator. He is a Sundance Film Festival Alumni and Gotham Award nominee. Perrier is an actress, visual artist, filmmaker, and pioneer of online entertainment. She is co-founder of a television network, an actress for an upcoming HBO series, and a creator of multiple web series.
Wrapping-up the conference with the closing keynote is Michael Donaldson. He is an entertainment attorney who fights for independent filmmakers. His expertise is helping films to be made under the fair use doctrine.
As co-sponsor of the event, the Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts and the Student Media Division will be able to make many dreams real by offering hands-on experience to its industry-inclined students, as well as bringing new talent to reputable local and nationally known professionals.
The conference invites all filmmakers, animators, editors, writers, audio technicians, game developers, special effects artisans, and digital media specialists to attend.
Other sponsors of the conference include Visionary Marketing Group, Stage 10 Studios, Production Hub, The Hollywood Reporter, Film Freeway, and Josh Gary.
Registration for the conference, and the full schedule can be found on the conference’s website, www.bigpicturecon.com.