Two seasoned film editors will share their top advice regarding trailers, sizzle reels and demo reels in a panel discussion at the Oak Room at The Centre tonight, June 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The “Keep it Short: Cutting Trailers and Reels That Sizzle” panel will benefit independent filmmakers, directors and actors/actresses seeking to put their best foot forward and represent themselves boldly and effectively.
Panelists include Jeff Johnson (of Outpost Media) and Puppett (editor and Distribution Delivery Coordinator at Seed&Spark) with moderator Jennifer Fischer (former founder/director of the Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival and producer and distributor with Think Ten Media Group).
Puppett is the Distribution Delivery Coordinator at Seed&Spark. With more than a decade of experience editing, Puppett specializes in short-form work. Her short films have screened at 45+ film festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, Outfest Los Angeles, and Inside Out Toronto. Puppett is also an actor, and she knows how to accentuate an actor’s work in their clips or demo reels. She stays up to date with video editing standards, and supplies clips and demo reels for use on Actors Access and LA Casting.
Jeff Johnson has been in film marketing for the past 18 years. He has produced award-winning Trailers and TV spots at three different post production houses before starting his own company, Outpost Media in 2011. His clients have included Lionsgate, Disney, Dreamworks, Universal & Amazon, among others, for campaigns from Aladdin to The Hunger Games franchise. Jeff is also a stand-up comic, documentary filmmaker, play director, sometimes curler and father of three who has made Santa Clarita home since 2004.
Jennifer Fischer is a filmmaker, arts educator and film curator. Her last multi-award winning film, SMUGGLED, saw her tackling self-distribution, successfully securing theatrical screening events at universities, colleges and community organizations through the United States and abroad. She founded and ran the Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival for seven years. Indiewire recognized her Film Articles and Resources Pinboard as one of the Top 10 Pinboards for indie filmmakers to follow. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Harvard University.
The New Heights: Artist Development Workshop is a series of workshops, panel discussion and trips designed to assist artists, performers, and art organization representatives to expand their knowledge and to learn valuable tools. Past workshops have included crowdfunding, time management for artists, self-publishing your music and more.
The Centre is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway Blvd, Santa Clarita 91350.