RIFF WITH US MAY 19-21 • 2017


Storytelling for Filmmakers with Billy Shebar

  • SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
  • 11:00AM  12:30PM

What makes a good story?  Writer-producer Billy Shebar will lead a hands-on exploration of story construction in both narrative and documentary film.  Participants are encouraged (but not required) to submit an idea for a film or TV series one week before the class.*  Shebar will select one or more of these ideas for discussion in class. The goal is for everyone to walk away with a better appreciation of the craft, as well as tools and techniques they can use to turn an idea into a finished script.

*Submissions should include a one-page outline or description of the story, and contact information for the writer.  Ideas for fiction, nonfiction, film and TV all welcome.  Email ideas to billy.shebar@gmail.com by May 12.

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Film Style and Form: How Visual Elements Communicate Action and Emotion with Emily Keating

  • SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
  • 1:00PM  2:30PM

Through clips and conversation, this class will help you watch a film in an entirely new way. Cinematography, editing, and performance are some of the many visual elements of film that communicate action and emotion to an audience. You’ll leave with a  deeper appreciation of all the tools and techniques filmmakers use to tell a visual story. Students in middle and high school are all encouraged to attend, and the content will be curated accordingly. Emily Keating is the Director of Education at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY.


Voice-Over Acting with Justin Barrett

  • SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
  • 3:00PM  4:30PM

Do you like the sound of your own voice? Join Justin Barrett, actor/narrator/writer/producer, for an introduction to voice-over acting. For the past 15 years, Barrett has voiced campaigns for CNN, HBO, Bloomberg News, VH1, Nickelodeon, MTV, BBC America, NBC Sports, Versus, FOX, ABC and has done hundreds of narrations for Biography on A&E, Discovery, HGTV, TLC and WNET among others. This class will give an overview of the current national market and various types of work (commercials, promos, narrations, trailers, animation, video games, political advertising and audio books etc… market trends, union jurisdiction, etc) for voice-over actors. It will provide a brief analysis of the different types of jobs with a focus on effective approaches for each and will explore copy and script analysis and interpretation, performance and auditioning technique, and how to construct a good voice demo.