FMC’s June Master Class Week

Monday June 66-9pm
Tanya Van Rooy
TANYA VAN ROOY is a filmmaker (HOWL AT THE MOON FILMS and entrepreneur (CULTURERODEO.COM).

Tanya is an advocate and supporter of all things of the arts, encouraging people to engage their creative fingerprint unabashedly. She is the Director of Special Events at the Simcoe Little Theatre for 3 years, has owned her own local art gallery. Through Culture Rodeo, she employs her filmmaking skills and love of art in an attempt to increase the accessibility and profile of art in Southern Ontario.

Tanya has recently produced, directed, shot, and edited a web series called ‘Independent’s Day’, a political satire series that is provocative. It has yet to hit the festival market, being edited into a short. In 2014 a full feature she produced called
‘Homages’ won the Hamilton Film Festival for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor.

Lesson to be Shared:
You do not need a massive budget to do projects, you need a lot of grit and passion.

Producing on a ShoeString
-importance of a plan
-how to fly by the seat of your pants
-how having time can save cash

-what to keep in mind when writing to keep the budget low
-reworking existing screenplays to not break the bank, thinking outside of the box

Basic Tool Kit needed on Set
-keep it simple
-options of trading volunteer hours to save on rentals

How to Find Locations for next to nothing

How to Find Casts and/or Crew for free or for food

-understanding the rhythm of a piece
-dealing with Divas
-the importance of vision
-knowing what you want to accomplish

Tuesday June 76-9pm
David J. Fernandes
Directing Actors with David J. Fernandes

David J. Fernandes is an award-winning director whose last film, The Bad Mother, premiered at the Hamilton Film Festival in 2015 and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress.

Directing actors can be scary. Not so much because actors are scary people (though maybe some are!), but because for all the info you can find online and in books about making a movie, there’s very little out there about HOW to actually work with actors.

How do you work collaboratively with someone who may have way more experience making films than you do? If a scene isn’t working right, how can you help correct the performance in a constructive way? The sheer number of answers to questions like these can be daunting. There’s really no right way except for the way that works. Taking this workshop will give you a toolkit of solutions you can apply to your work and help you think about directing actors from the perspective of getting the best performances possible.

Join Director David J. Fernandes in an interactive workshop designed to put directors in the actor’s shoes. Through exercises like improv, role-play and slow reading, you’ll gain valuable insight into how to communicate your vision to actors, be they novice or pro.


* What is the director’s role in working with actors?
* What is ‘bad direction’ and how to avoid it.
* Objective based direction – what is it and how and when to use it.
* Warm up and practice tools.
* Acting exercises – taking direction from others.
* Ice-breaking and emergency interventions.
* Giving feedback in a way that will improve performance.
* Q&A

Wed June 86-9pm
Jennifer Dysart

Jennifer Dysart is a director of short films, a set decorator, an assistant director, a field producer, an archival researcher, legal clearance coordinator and production coordinator. She is the recipient of the York University master’s thesis prize in 2014 for her documentary film Kewekapawetan: Return After the Flood as well as recipient of recent Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants. Although based out of Hamilton, Ontario, she is part Cree from northern Manitoba and German-Canadian from the vast place they call “out West.”

– A selection of my past creative endeavours
– 2017 ushers in new era in Canadian media production (Heritage Minister’s survey, Census, New Canada Council model)
– What does this look like for me? What does this mean for you?
– What is moss graffiti? What are the different ways to make it?
– What are the challenges when trying to create art using a living material that requires care.
– i.e. Using technology for documentation, vs. using media to tell a story within a living and breathing landscape, and/or process-based experimental film-making.