Seminars - Thurs. Sept. 15, 2011

Video Symphony

266 East Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91502



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Allan Steelgrave


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Marketing and Artist Relations

Other than being in the music buisiness for 21 years as a player, engineer, consultant, and now as Director of Marketing for ESP, one of the leading guitar makers in the world. Allen Steelgrave’s talents have always been with artists, team management in regards to events such as: NAMM, AES, NAB, NSCA, and Music Messe.

Organizing of press, and media events also part of my training. Goals are to eventually run, and or manage a successful musical/ technical related company with goals and a culture based on being visionaries.


Teresa Decher


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The growth of the Internet has made distribution of content to the end-user easier, but that still does not change the fact that the content creator needs funds to create. Crowdfunding’s increasing amount of success stories over the past two years proves that the modern spin on traditional fundraising is a viable option. Filmmakers Kholi Hicks and Teresa Decher, who have had a successful Kickstarter campaign, will join the Burbank Film Festival this year to speak on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of crowdfunding.

Kholi Hicks
  Writer/director Kholi Hicks and actress/producer Teresa Decher joined forces in late 2010 to create the ambitious feature film SUPERSEEDS, pitched as Superbad with superpowers. Funding the project with a successful 17.5k Kickstarter campaign, the duo spent six months in production, and is currently nearing the end of post-production.  

Paulette Lifton


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Production Management - CEO Oracle Post

Paulette will be discussing her 20 year career as a film and music editor, working on music video in LA and Nashville.Along the way, Ms. Lifton has written and directed 4 features, airing on HBO and Showtime. Her career has led her to become an Emmy and MPSE Award-winning Supervising Sound Editor and CEO of Oracle Post
Paulette Victor Lifton started her film career 20 years ago as a video and film editor for film and music videos in LA and Nashville. Along the way, Ms. Lifton has written and directed 4 features, airing on HBO and Showtime. Her career has led her to become an Emmy and MPSE Award winning Supervising Sound Editor and CEO of Oracle Post for Animation, TV, documentaries and features. Her clients included, DreamWorks Animation, WB Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, MTV/VH1 Networks, Lionsgate, Universal, NBC, ABC, FOX and countless others.  

Eve Honthaner


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Production Management

Eve will be discussing her career from being a PA and line Producer to authoring her current books The Complete Film Production Handbook and HOLLYWOOD DRIVE: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry. It offers its readers the practical tools they need to give themselves a good fighting chance at success – allowing them to proceed with their eyes wide open, knowing exactly what to expect and what’s expected of them.
Eve Honthaner’s career in the entertainment industry spans many years, primarily in the field of production management. She has worked in various staff positions and in every freelance capacity from PA to line producer. A member of the Producers Guild of America, she has worked in television and features; on shows budgeted anywhere from $1 million to $250 million and on projects that have been shot throughout the U.S. and internationally. A few of her credits include Titanic, Just Married and Tropic Thunder. In 2008, she landed a job as a staff production executive at DreamWorks and was there until the company split from Paramount.  

Toni Suttie


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Casting - Process, Placement & Career

With over 25 years experience in the Entertainment industry, Toni is an experienced casting Director, instructor, and lecturer having worked with talent from 2 months to 100+, She has knowledge of the selection process, placement and career planning for up and coming actors. Toni has been responsible for locating, auditioning, hiring and negotiating talent fees for major production companies in feature films, corporate industrial films, television shows and commercials, video games, live events, and much more.
Tony Suttie is an industry professional with many years of experience in a wide range of professional capacities. As president of Integrity Casting, Toni has developed a sold reputation of quality, reliability, and a positive casting experience. Toni will be discussing her career and Integrity Casting

Lisle Engle


9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mixing and Running an Independent Studio

Lisle will be discussing his career as a veteran Film and Television Mixer, from working the major studios to designing and operating TFK Studios. Lisle Engle, an Emmy Nominee and three time Golden Reel Award Winner. He is known for his work on a long list of notable projects including Austin Powers, Vanilla Sky, CSINY, Alias and Mad Men.
Lisle is a sound designer and mixer at TFK Studios. TFK Studios brings 20 years of experience in Film and Television and Music to the independent film maker as well as the budget minded union house or the band whose tracks just aren’t sounding like a record. TFK is guided by the vision of veteran Sound Designer and Mixer, Lisle Engle, an Emmy Nominee and three-time Golden Reel Award Winner. He is known for his work on a long list of notable projects including Austin Powers, Vanilla Sky, CSI-NY, ALIAS and MAD MEN.

Seminars - Fri. Sept. 16, 2011

Video Symphony

266 East Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91502

Bill Plympton


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bill Plympton's Master Class: How to thrive as an Independent Animator

Twice Oscar nominated Bill Plympton, this year's honoree as "Pioneer in Theatrical Animation" will discuss the artistic side (design, layouts, storyboards, writing, editing, etc.) and business sides (budgets, funding, festivals, etc.) of animation, present a live drawing demonstration, show a selection of clips from his recent projectss and give each attendee a free drawing.
From Portland Oregon, Bill struck out to forge a career as a catoonist. After studies at New York's School of Visual Arts (SVA), his work began to appear in publications like The New York Times, Vogue, House Beautiful, The Village Voice, Screw, and Vanity Fair, and his cartoons appeared in such magazines as Viva, Penthouse, Rolling Stone, National Lampoon, and Glamour. After his short Your Face was nominated for an Oscar, Bill created his own studio, Plymptoons, and has completed nine feature animated films and over 50 short films, making him an fully self-sustaining artist.

Tom Beiner


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Audio Restoration & Practices for Archiving Sound

Tom will be discussing his career as a professional “Audio Restoration Engineer and Music Mixer.” Credits include: Engineering sessions with Brian Wilson, Ronnie James, Dio, Cher and Robbie Robertson. Tom does restoration/ preservation archiving for Sony, MGM, Disney and the Independents.
Tom Biener has 26 years experience in the business of audio. Right out of “Sound Master” recording school he was hired at Cherokee Studios, and worked with varying artists from Bob Dylan to Motley Crüe. He landed an assistant engineer job at “The Village Recorder” assisting on various albums. Tom has worked with such great artist as Anita Baker and Sadoa Wantanabe. Tom is doing full- blown eval, restoration/ preservation, archiving in both analogue mag creation and digital archiving.

Douglas Greenfield


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Douglas Greenfield - Dolby Labs, L.A. &
SVP Engineering

Winner of the Academy Awards "Medal of Commndation," Mr. Greenfield will be discussing The History of Dolby Labs from it’s creation in 1965 to the advent of Dolby 3D and Digital Cinema.
Senior Director of the Production Services Group of Dolby Laboratories, responsible for programs in motion picture post-production, motion picture exhibition, and special projects, including 3D presentations. Credits include: Jurrasic Park, Batman Forever, and True Lies.
Douglas Greenfield contributed to many engineering projects, including the development of professional film dubbing equipment, miniature noise-reduction modules for C-format VTR’s, and the development of Dolby SR. He directed the product development for the Dolby SR single-channel and multitrack modules before transferring to the Los Angeles office in June, 1987 to support the Dolby Stereo and subsequent Dolby Digital film programs.

Greg Russell


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Your Career in Audio Mixing with Greg Russell

Academy award nominated, re-recording mixer Greg Russell will be discussing his mixing career, from working as a young 2nd engineer to mixing his current shows The Green Hornet and Michael Bays Transformers: Dark of the Moon Greg will be covering the aspects of mixing in Dolby 7.1. Other credits include: The Usual Suspects, Spider-Man, and Alice In Wonderland.
Greg mixed the music for the cartoon series Transformers with Michael Bay. In 1988 Greg went to work at Warner Hollywood, mixing Tequila Sunrise with Bob Litt. Receiving his first Oscar nomination on Black Rain: with Don Mitchell. In 1995 Greg was offered a mixing position at Sony Studios mixing with Kevin O’Connell, going on to do some of his best work with Michael Bay, The Rock and then onto the Transformers s eries. The move to Sony also meant the transition from music to mixing effects. Greg’s latest endeavor is moving from Sony to the new Technicolor Digital Facility on the Paramount Studios lot.

Eileen Horta


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sound Supervision & Preparation

The discussion will center around the importance of choosing the sound supervisor at the time of prepping the film. The relationship of the sound supervisor and production sound mixer so that the best quality of sound is achieved at the time of principle photography. This will help keep costs down in post and minimize the need for ADR.
Eileen Horta began working as a sound editor in 1977, worked primarily in animation for Hanna-Barbera and Chuck Jones, and on television movies for EMI and CBS. At MTM, Horta acted as co-supervisor of sound editing on Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Cagney and Lacey. Horta won her first Emmy for the pilot of Hill Street Blues, and a second Emmy for the same series. She received two Emmy nominations for Hill Street and the pilot of L.A. Law. Most recently, she was nominated for HBO’s John Adams. Currently she is supervising the FX series Rescue Me and Secret Life of the American Teenager for ABC Family.

Dean St.John


9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sound Supervision & Preparation

Dean St. John is a 23-year veteran ADR mixer with over 300 Credits on features, television shows, and other media that include: Boogie Nights, Ronin, The Secret Life of Bees, Independence Day, Maverick and Flyboys. He also worked on the last 3 Star Trek TV series: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. His current series include Big Love, Rescue Me, The Defenders, Outsourced, Body of Proof, Drop Dead Diva, and The Glades.
Dean St. John is a 23-year veteran ADR mixer with over 300 credits on features, television shows, and other media, BOOGIE NIGHTS, RONIN, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, INDEPENDENCE DAY, MAVERICK and FLYBOYS. He also worked on the last 3 STAR TREK TV series, DEEP SPACE 9, VOYAGE, and ENTERPRISE. His current series include BIG LOVE, RESCUE ME, THE DEFENDERS, OUTSOURCED, BODY OF PROOF, DROP DEAD DIVA, and THE GLADES. Dean has also found the time to produce/direct 2 feature films of his own, and loves helping independent filmmakers.

Scott Wood


10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

AVID Sofware in the industry and its future in Digidesign

Scott will be discussing his long time career with Avid as an Applications Engineer, new and up-in-coming Avid Software and Hardware and were the direction of the company is going.
Scott Wood is a Technical Specialist with Avid Professional Services, living in Los Angeles. He has been involved in the professional film community worldwide for more than 20 years.

Seminars - Sat. Sept. 17, 2011

Video Symphony

266 East Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91502

Sushi Girl


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sushi Girl - a BIFF "One To Watch" EXCLUSIVE

"Revenge is a dish best served cold" - Catch the festival premiere of two clips (and the trailer) from the upcoming feature thriller SUSHI GIRL. On hand to discuss the film will be actors James Duvall, Andy MacKenzie, Noah Hathaway, and David Dastmalchian (schedules permitting) as well as PRODUCERS Neal Fischer, Suren M Seron WRITER/PRODUCER Destin Pfaff and WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Kern Saxton.
Also in attendance will be additional SURPRISE CAST members (see >> IMDb for info).
Fish has spent six years in jail. Six years alone. Six years keeping his mouth shut about the robbery, about the other men involved. The night he is released, the four men he protected, celebrate his freedom with a congratulatory dinner.; a lavish array of sushi, served off the naked body of a beautiful young woman. The "sushi girl" is trained to ignore everything in the room, even if things get dangerous, and with the loot from the robbery missing, things quickly turn dangerous.

Michael Selig


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Distribution Plans for Your Short Film -
another BIFF "One To Watch" EXCLUSIVE

Michael Selig is wrapping production on the Sci-Fi feature thriller The Gunrunner Billy Kane. Using the Internet to cast, coordinate shooting, and audition for key roles. Michael is an example of the pioneering Indie Filmmaker taking full advantage of Distributed Filmmaking, and pioneering the future of film production via the Internet.
Michael David Lynch

Michael David Lynch has swept many, many awards for his short film Burden, developing a global network of production and postproduction specialist to deliver an exceptional film currently in development as a full-length, effects-laiden, Sci-Fi superhero adventure.

Together, looking forward to a global model of film production, BIFF offers you a ground-floor look at the Indie Blockbusters of tomorrow, and the directors making it happen.


John Roesch


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Award-Winning Foley Artist on the Future of Foley

John Roesch will discuss the history of foley, its current condition and where we might be headed in the future.
There will be questions and answers and a few surprises!
Two-time Golden Reel award winner, John Roesch is a Professional Foley Artist in feature films, video games and commercials spanning thirty years. He is based at Warner Brothers Studios recent credits include:Transformers 3 , Thor and Tangeled. John has worked on sixteen films that have won for either Best Sound Editing or Best Sound thru the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Member of AMPAS, MPSE.

Larry Benjamin


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Advances in Audio Tools And Technology

Advances in Audio Tools and Technologies have changed the way people make sound tracks. Larry
Benjamin will provide an overview of the current tools and how methods have evolved over the
years, how new tools have affected work flows and the economics of film making. Larry is a Cinema Audio Society Award nominee for Sound Mixing on Swingers, Love Hurts, Babylon 5, Charmed, CSI: Las Vegas, JAG NCIS, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl and more.
Larry Benjamin has wored in sound for pictures for over twenty years, mostly in episodic television. His filmography includes: Swingers, Love Hurts, Babylon 5, Charmed, CSI: Las Vegas, JAG NCIS, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl and on and on. He was nominated for the A Cinema Audio Society’s Award for his work on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2000. He made the transition from mixing on traditional large format mixing consoles to working entirely in the ProTools Enviroment and hasn’t looked back.

Carolyn Day


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Film Stunts with Lane Leavitt & Carolyn Day

Day is a professional stuntwoman who landed her first jobs in Hawaii, rappelling from sea cliffs, riding horses and jumping out of the way of fast-moving cars. She shares how she found a way of doing what she loved while using her natural abilities. Day now resides in Hollywood and is a member of the United Stuntwomen's Association and a board member of Stuntwomen's Foundation whose credits includeDeathrace, and The Eleventh Hour, and TVs Lost and Make it or Break it. You can see her reel here on: YouTube.
Lane Leavitt

Over the last 25 years, Lane Leavitt has been redefining the stunt industry. His inventive new ways to do stunts has made them look bigger, safer, and more exciting than ever before. As governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lane has helped bring about an Action Emmy, highlighting the value that quality action brings to a production. His innovative work has come before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences three times for Academy Awardconsideration. Lane was formerly a professional competitive motorcycle trials rider for Bultaco motorcycles.


Eliza & Eric Roberts


9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

EEE Productions - Tripple E Management

Eric Roberts is an Academy Award nominee for his role in Runaway Train and a three-time Golden Globe nominee for Runaway Train, Star 80, and King of the Gypsies. He also won a Golden Satellite Award for the 2002 season of Less Than Perfect.


Eliza Roberts (nee Eliza Garrett) Casting Director of The Wayshower, Luck of the Draw, Breaking the Rules, and 23 episodes of TVs You Again, Eliza give insite into casting and the working actor's life in other areas of film and TV production.


Seminars - Sun. Sept. 18, 2011

Video Symphony

266 East Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91502


Michael Ray Brown


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Michael Ray Brown - How to Wow the Script Reader

You've written a wonderful screenplay. It has everything: an intriguing premise, fleshed-out characters, crackling dialogue rich in subtext, a twisty plot, brisk pacing, and an emotional denouement. It's your masterpiece. Your baby. And it's ready to go out and rock the cinematic world.

Or is it?

Michael, a top Hollywood script doctor and the founder of Story Sense, has more than 30 years' experience helping writers create successful screenplays. A story analyst for seven major studios, he contributed to the development of such films as Lethal Weapon, Braveheart, Red Corner, Contact, Hart's War, and many more. (View Michael Ray Brown's credits.) Since leaving MGM in 1999, he has achieved high rankings as a script consultant, and is much in demand by writers, producers, and literary agents.

Mike Crabtree


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mike Crabtree - Independent Foley Artist

Winner of Five Primetime Emmy's, Mike Crabtree has been a Foley artist for fifteen years. He has worked on featureFilms, episodic television, situation comedies, animation, video games, and has preformed live Foley in front of a studio audience. Mike will be discussing the aspects of Recording Foley as an Independent Artist. Credits include: Three Veils, Below the Belt, ER,
Smallville, Supernatural, Prison Break, Eyes, The OC and The West Wing.
Mike Crabtree has been a Foley artist for fifteen years. He has worked on feature films, episodic television, situation comedies, animation, video games, and has preformed live Foley in front of a studio audience.  

Dallas Malloy


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dallas "The Phenom" Malloy
- Iconoclast and BIFF "One To Watch"

She fought to be the first sanctioned female amateur boxer. She battled global competition for a bodybuilding championship, and she's carved a niche for herself in the film industry. She's one tough contender, and she'll share her latest projects, and her lessons learned in making it all happen, including TWO documentaries sure to make a splash on the Hollywood scene.
Credits: Jerry Maguire, Dragon Slayerz, Rule of Law, True Blood, Nipples and Palm Trees.


The first sanctioned U.S. female amateur boxer, and the 1st Place Heavyweight and Overall winner of the 2009 Tournament of Champions Bodybuilding Competition.

David Barbee


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

David Barbee Supervising Editor Todd-AO Studios

David will be discussing the art of sound effects editing and design in both television and features,
using example sound effects and clips from the worlds of television and film. David's credts include: Star Trek, Angel, and The Number 23, and TVs Mad Men, CSI:NY, NCIS, . You can see his reel here on: IMDb
For 13 years, David Barbee has worked as a sound effects editor and designer for television and features. His credits in television include “Angel”, “Mad Men”, and “Memphis Beat”. His feature credits include The Number 23, A Perfect Getaway, and 2009’s Star Trek. Along the way, he has received 8 nominations for the MPSE Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Effects Editing in multiple categories. He is currently beginning his seventh season on CSI NY.  

Silvia Kratzer


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sylvia Kratzer - The Turning of the Script

Silvia will address the harsh realities of a scriptwiter's challenge to break through to decision-makers. Not by formatting, technique, formula, or even budget-consciousness, but the toughest part of screenwriting no gimick-hyping guru dares to cover: Brilliant story telling.
Silvia Kratzer is a professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media at Chapman University and frequently teaches at UCLA and Pepperdine University. She has served as a jury member and as a film programmer of numerous national and international film festivals. Recently, she is expanded her German-US film co-production and distribution network as a German Film Liaison in Los Angeles. www.Hollywood101Now.Info