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Big Island Film Festival Offering Educational Component

The Big Island International Film Festival will present an educational component at this year’s 11th annual event. The festival is again showcasing outstanding indie cinema, music, culinary events and the world class hospitality presented by the Fairmont Orchid Resort.

Photo by Kirk Aeder

Photo by Kirk Aeder

The Big Island International Film Festival is hosting two special industry workshops on Friday May 27, 2016. These added value events are free and have appeal to all emerging filmmakers, entertainer’s, students and cinema lovers alike. The seminars take place at the Fairmont Orchid Hawai’i, and there will be daytime film screenings, indoors at the Lehua Theatre and evening movies under the stars at Plantation Estate.

First off, at 9:45 a.m., Jen Grisanti will be presenting, “TELLING AND SELLING YOUR STORY”.

Jen Grisanti

Jen Grisanti

She will illustrate proven techniques to raise the elements of a screenplay and increase your opportunities for marketability. A longtime television programmer, Grisanti will highlight how to bring emotion into your script.

At 4:30 p.m., Raymond Rolak, veteran sports producer and content provider, will be speaking on, “THE HARMONY OF MUSIC AND CINEMA”.

Ray RolakRolak will also showcase new trends in product placement, trans-media and the important implications of IRS Section-181 for indie investments.

The BIIFF will have 58 films, with seven from the State of Hawai’i and three produced on the Big Island. Speaking at a recent announcement of the festival Executive Director Leo Sears said, “I am so impressed with the quality of films this year.” He added, “Picking the Official Selections was very difficult. The features are excellent, and the shorts are so good that we added an extra film block so we could show six more. This is a great selection that any movie-lover will enjoy and we hope everybody will come and support indie films with us.”

There are also receptions with featured guests Bellamy Young and Michael Gross. Also there are free children’s films at, The Shops at Mauna Lani. A host of events can be accessed thru the BIIFF website. http://www.bigislandfilmfestival.com/wp/

The BIIFF concludes with a “Best of the Fest” concert featuring HAPA on Memorial Day, Monday, 5-7 p.m. at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Plantation Estate, near the Tennis Park. It will be followed by the Best Short Film and Best Feature, chosen by audience votes. There’s also a silent auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center.

Big Island Film Festival Workshop – “Adding Fiction to the Truth in Your Writing”

This morning at the Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, a Filmmaker Workshop was held with Story/Career Consultant Jen Grisanti about “Adding Fiction to the Truth in Your Writing”.

Jen Grisanti leading a filmmaker workshop at the 2014 Big Island Film Festival.

Jen Grisanti leading a filmmaker workshop at the 2014 Big Island Film Festival.

When you come from a place of emotional truth in your writing and add fiction to it in your story, you connect with your audience.  Grisanti spoke about how to take inventory of your history and identify your universal life moments through looking at your dilemmas, your failures and your successes.  After taking the time to mine your creative well, you will find your gold.

Celebrity Portia Doubleday and Jen Grisanti

Celebrity Portia Doubleday and Jen Grisanti

International speaker Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at her company Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for the Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and the upcoming book, Change Your Story, Changer Your Life: A Path To Your Success.

Big Island Film Festival Workshops Filling Up – Tickets Still Available

The 2014 Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i kicks off this Thursday with a welcoming reception by Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Click to view the program guide

Click to view the program guide

A lot of folks may think that the festival is all about films, however, the festival offers filmmakers and folks interested in making movies educational workshops over the course of the festival.

On Friday there will be a workshop on “Trade Journalism as it relates to Film & Television” put on by Peter Caranicas.  Caranicas is Deputy Editor of Variety. His responsibilities include managing the paper’s features sections, which are published over 200 times a year. These specials cover film festivals, celebrate industry anniversaries, provide in-depth analysis of awards shows such as the Oscars and the Emmys, identify up-and-coming talent, and list key players among youth, women and lawyers in entertainment.

Saturday there will be a workshop on “The First 10 Pages” presented by Ron Osborn.

Ron Osborn

Ron Osborn

A writer/producer for 30 years, Ron has worked in half-hour comedy and animation, hour-long comedy and drama, feature originals and feature rewrites, on such series as Moonlighting, Duckman, Cupid, and The West Wing, as well as such features as Meet Joe Black, and has developed with Stephen Spielberg, Ron Howard, and George Lucas. He has been nominated for 7 Emmys, 3 Cable Ace Awards, and 2 Writers Guild Awards. He has written pilots for every primetime American network, as well as for such cable networks as Showtime, FX, USA, ABC Family, Lifetime, and Disney.

Finally, on Sunday there will be a workshop on “Adding Fiction to the Truth in Your Writing” presented by Jen Grisanti.

Jen Grisanti

Jen Grisanti

International speaker Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and the upcoming book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success.

This will be the third year that Grisanti has presented at BIFF and I asked her about what her favorite thing is about the Big Island Festival and Grisanti said, “My favorite part of my last experience at the Big Island Film Festival was seeing films that really resonated with the audience on an emotional level. It was a tremendous feeling to be able to celebrate the massive accomplishments of these incredible filmmakers.”

Jen Grisanti at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

Jen Grisanti at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

I asked Jen what she has been up to since the last Big Island Film Festival and she’s been quite busy.
She has launched a new book, “Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Success”, Taught in Israel, participated in The Great American Pitchfest, the Story Expo and the TV Writers’ Summit in Los Angeles.  This was also her 5th year as the Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC.

 

Mayor Kenoi flanked by Hollywood Consultant Jennifer Grisanti (left) and television star Eloise Mumfort (right)

Mayor Kenoi flanked by Hollywood Consultant Jennifer Grisanti (left) and television star Eloise Mumfort (right)

I asked her what her workshop would be covering this year and she said, “My workshop is about adding fiction to your truth in your writing and defining your voice. In my career, I’ve found that the writers who know their voice and how to utilize their emotional truth are the ones that succeed. I will also cover story structure and how to write strong personal arcs for your life and in your story.”

You can check out some of her recent books she has written here:

Jennifer Grisanti

Here are five recent blogs that she wrote for The Huffington Post that she feels link with the upcoming workshop:

The deadline to purchase entrance fees to these workshops is May 20, 2014  and you can purchase online or Call: 808 883-0394

Big Island Film Festival Announces Huffington Post Blogger Gristani and Maui Filmmaker Kohne for Workshops

The Big Island Film Festival is proud to announce an exciting lineup of professional screenwriting and filmmaking workshops during BIFF 2012, May 24-28 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.  Limited space will be available on an advance registration basis, for workshops presented by Story/Career Consultant Jen Grisanti and Maui hit filmmaker Brian Kohne, on Thursday, May 24 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i Amphitheatre.

Jen Grisanti

Jen Grisanti – A Story/Career Consultant, Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, former 12-year studio executive, Jen Grisanti is a Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the new books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells.  After starting her career as an assistant to Aaron Spelling in 1992, and with him as her 12-year mentor, Grisanti climbed the ranks to become VP of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount.

 

Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc. launched in 2008 as a consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Since then, Jen has worked with over four hundred writers working in television, film and novels. Twenty-six of her clients have staffed as writers on TV shows and ten have sold pilots, two that went to series.

Grisanti’s Workshop, “How to Write TV Spec & Pilot Scripts” will help screenwriters get ten steps ahead by understanding what producers and executives are looking for in a TV spec and pilot script, including all the story components for telling the one-hour drama and half hour sitcom stories.

Grisanti says “With experience in staffing over 15 primetime shows, I will reveal secrets from the executive side and guide you to utilize your voice in your story as a way to help your TV spec/pilot scripts rise to the top of the stack.”

Brian Kohne

Brian Kohne – Named as “Person Who Made A Difference in 2011” by the Maui News, Hawaii native Brian Kohne is writer/director/editor/producer of “Get A Job,” an award-winning independent feature comedy starring islanders  Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Augie T, Jake Shimabukuro, Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaiali’i, and Mick Fleetwood. The movie won “Best of Fest” and “Best Hawaiian Feature” at BIFF 2011, along with numerous honors at festivals in the U.S. and abroad.  A Film and Art school graduate, and Music Producer of the “Barefoot Natives,” Kohne boasts a diverse work history which includes Sports Broadcasting, Interactive Television, Corporate Video, Concert Promotion, and Sales/Marketing. He is currently at work on a new independent island feature: “Brother’s Kuleana.”

Kohne’s Workshop, “From Conception to Completion: Indie Features”

“Movies were traditionally ‘made’ three times,” says Kohne.  “They were Written, Produced, and Edited. But with technological shifts, movement away from theatrical exhibition, and the evolution of distribution models, an independent auteur now ‘makes’ a movie four times. This workshop explores the necessary inter-connectivity, as Marketing/Distribution has become an integral part of the production process and equally critical to an indie’s success.”

In his interactive “Talk Story” workshop Kohne will use clips from “Get A Job” to structure the presentation and add levity.  “One of my big messages is meant to be nurturing and inspirational,” says Kohne.  “If a local knucklehead like me can do it, than you probably can too… or at least become a valued member of a team.”

Workshops cost $50 each.  Advance registration is required and participants will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.  Workshop registration forms are available at www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com Deadline for registration is May 20, 2012.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, Memorial Weekend, May 24-28.  Events include free family films under the stars at The Shops at Mauna Lani, daytime movies and nightly double features at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i (self-parking validated), stellar social events, networking opportunities, celebrity receptions, awards and a closing night “Best of the Fest” with a celebrity Hawaiian music concert, silent auction for the Wounded Warrior Project supporting America’s veterans, and the audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short from BIFF 2012.

Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i, The Shops at Mauna Lani, Hawai’i Tourism Authority/Hawai’i County CPEP and many others.  For more information and to purchase ticket online, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call 808-883-0394.