Workshop Information

The GYFF Workshop is a full-day event during which students have a chance to learn from and interact with professionals in the film industry as well as film students and teachers from other high schools. The goal of the workshop is to help the students prepare to make their films not only for the film festival but college and beyond.  Our hope is that the students will be encouraged and excited to tell their story and to learn the technology, the skills, and the power of creative expression.

November 2014 Workshop

This school year, the Workshop was held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Upper Dublin High School Performing Arts Center and Upper Dublin Township Building. Click here for a photo gallery of the event. Click here for an article and photos from Montgomery Media.

The sessions at this workshop were:

  • Keynote: Things Lead To Things - Jeff Schock, award winning producer/director of hundreds of music videos and who's clients have included Billy Joel, Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Luther Vandross and Kenny Loggins
  • The Story: A Filmmaker's Best Friend - Chris Fetchko, writer/director of films released by Warner Brothers, Shoreline Entertainment, etc.
  • Time-lapse - Daniel Innovate, who's roles have included pre-production writing, directing and varied roles as Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Editor and Colorist.
  • Tips & Tricks to Get Your Story Across - Pat Ganley & Dave Lamm, Director of Postproduction and Director Production at PWPvideo. Click here to view their session and click here for their handout.
  • Advocacy Filmmaking: Documentaries in the Social Justice Tradition - John O’Leary & Steve McWilliams, professors at Villanova University Communications Department and co-founders of Villanova's award-winning Social Justice Documentary Program. Click here to view their session.
  • Tips on Developing, Pre-producing and Producing your Short Film - Tammy Tiehel-Stedman & Marty Zied, Academy and Emmy award winning producers/directors

January 2014 Workshop

2014 instructors were Collin Leahy - Primitive World Productions, André Robert Lee - writer, director, and producer of The Prep School Negro, Steve McWilliams - Villanova University, John O’Leary - Villanova University, Michael Schweisheimer - Primitive World Productions, Tammy Tiehel-Stedman - Producer and Academy Award winner and Marty Zied - writer, producer, and six time Emmy award winner.

  • To watch Andre’ Robert Lee’s workshop presentation click here
  • To watch Marty Zied and Tammy Tiehel-Stedman’s presentation click here
  • To watch Michael Schweisheimer and Collin Leahy’s presentation click here
  • To watch John O'Leary and Steve McWilliams' presentation click here

Click here to see Marty Zied's Filmmaking Top 10 List and click here for PWP's Video handout.

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