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Outfest Fusion 2016 Workshops

Fusion Workshops are informative classes in screenwriting, storytelling, cinematography, editing and directing. These classes are taught by Outfest Alumni filmmakers and are a great introduction to filmmaking. We encourage you to purchase your ticket for classes in advance, although you are welcome to walk-up and attend on a space-available basis.

Fusion Lab classes will take place at the Outfest Offices, 3470 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 935 Los Angeles, CA 90010. Parking is not full validated parking – on site parking for classes after 6:00pm and on weekends will be $3.00 with validation.

Sunday, March 6, 11:30am (Arena Theatre) BUY TICKETS NOW

Best Practices for Making a Film and Building an Audience on the Road with Sekiya Dorsett

Want to live like a rock star and go on the road to make a documentary? Need to survive shooting on location across the country? Check out this interactive presentation on how to create and produce a documentary.

Sekiya Dorsett is a queer filmmaker giving voice to issues of equality. In 2008, her first film, WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, made its debut at NewFest Film Festival and the Oakland Black LGBT Festival. In 2009, her short SISTERS was screened at the Austin LGBT Film Festival.
By day she is a writer-producer-editor, where she has created work for LOGO TV, USA Network, Cloo and Oxygen Network.

Monday, March 7, 7:30pm (Echo Park Film Center) BUY TICKETS NOW

Guerrilla Feature Filmmaking Workshop with Quentin Lee

Learn everything from casting and preproduction to budgeting and scheduling your LGBT independent feature – not to mention planning ahead for production and post-production. Short filmmakers welcome!

Based in Los Angeles, Quentin Lee is an accomplished writer-director who has directed six features, including SHOPPING FOR FANGS, DRIFT, ETHAN MAO, THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH, WHITE FROG and THE UNBIDDEN. He has also produced NUMBER ONE SERIAL KILLER and BIG GAY LOVE.

Tuesday, March 8, 7:30pm (Echo Park Film Center) BUY TICKETS NOW

Getting the Word Out: Using Social Media to Market Your Film with Nneka Onuorah

Nneka Onuorah used the power of social media to catapult her film THE SAME DIFFERENCE into the spotlight, winning Best Documentary at festivals across the country. Let her teach you how to put social media to good use to promote your own work!

Nneka Onuorah started her career at Viacom by being dubbed the “Super-Intern” at BET Networks. After moving her way up from intern, to coordinator, to producer, Onuorah used her television experience and personal story to create her very first film THE SAME DIFFERENCE, a documentary about lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians based on gender roles. With press outlets like Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, and AfterEllen supporting the film, Onuorah is on the path to diversifying the stories told in mainstream media.

Wednesday, March 9, 7:30pm (Echo Park Film Center) BUY TICKETS NOW

How to Make a Web Series with Ean Weslynn

Web series have become fertile ground for young talent to showcase their talents, find their voice and discover their audience, but how do you start? In this class we will discuss the paths to get your story from your brain to YouTube, discussing everything from script to shooting, casting to promoting and everything in between.

Ean Weslynn is a writer and digital content creator. Weslynn worked in online marketing before moving to Los Angeles to write full time. He was a producer on Property Envy for Bravo as well as the creator, writer and star of Day Drunk Gays, a web series about gays with issues talking about gay issues. Weslynn currently writes for The Advocate and spends his time on that hustle.

Thursday, March 10, 7:30pm (Vidiots Video) BUY TICKETS NOW

Directing Workshop with Angela Robinson

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Learn how to maximize your talent as a storyteller and make the most out of your resources. In this workshop you will learn how to approach a script and bring it to life, create a shot list and get the best performance out of your actors.

Angela Robinson is an award-winning writer and director best known for her feature films D.E.B.S. and HERBIE: FULLY LOADED, as well as her work on television shows including How to Get Away With Murder, The L Word, Hung, Charlie’s Angels and True Blood.

Saturday, March 12, 12:30pm (Vidiots Video) BUY TICKETS NOW

Directing Actors with Doug Spearman

What every director needs to know about working with actors: The relationship between actor and director can be fraught with all sorts of miscues, misunderstandings, and a lack of common dialogue. On low-budget features, where time and money create even more pressures and possibilities for misunderstandings, here’s how you can avoid them and successfully communicate your vision.

Spearman, a trained actor, is best known for starring as Professor Chance Counter in the hit LOGO series Noah’s Arc. Spearman has written, produced, and directed more than 2,000 network television promos and trailers. In 2013, Spearman directed his first feature film, HOT GUYS WITH GUNS, which was released by Wolfe in April 2014.

Saturday, March 12, 2:30pm (Vidiots Video) BUY TICKETS NOW

Shooting on Your Smart Phone with Deondray Gossfield and Quincy LeNear Gossfield

How to use what ya got and make quality films with only what you have available (i.e. your smartphone, and the editing software that comes bundled with it, or the simplified online software). The session will be interactive, with a crash course in storytelling, producing, camera operation, lighting techniques, editing and using social media distribution to get your work seen.

The Gossfields have produced, written, directed, and even acted their way all over town. They are the creators and executive producers of the GLAAD Award–winning TV series The DL Chronicles and The DL Chronicles RETURNS. They have produced numerous reality TV shows, including Kocktails with Khloe, SyFy’s Face Off, ABC’s The Family Dance Off, Disney Channel’s Shake it Up Dance Off, NBC’s The Sing-Off and MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.

Sunday, March 13, 12:30pm (Vidiots Video) BUY TICKETS NOW

Cinematography Workshop with Colin Oh

Focus on the art and craft of visual storytelling by learning how to move an audience with visual interpretation of the narrative. This workshop will teach you the ins and outs of shooting your film, different styles of shooting, and basic techniques to add dramatic effects to your story by approaching a scene through the eye of the lens.

Colin Oh was born in New York and grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. He has been surrounded by art since birth, his mother being a trained painter and his father being a still photographer. He graduated from Drexel University in 2008 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in cinematography. He is an alumnus of the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory with a M.F.A in cinematography. He has shot many narrative films and music videos that have gone the festival circuit. Colin’s work has also been featured on MTV, Huffington Post, Vogue, Milk, and Nylon. For 2013-2014, he was chosen to be a Cinematographer for Film Independent’s Project Involve. While at Project Involve, Colin has been receiving 1-on-1 mentorship from Eric Steelberg, ASC. A true believer that the next project is his greatest, Colin is always looking towards the horizon for unique and interesting stories to tell.

Sunday, March 13, 2:20pm (Vidiots Video) BUY TICKETS NOW

Space Out Of Time: Experimenting with Virtual Reality

VR is to film what painting is to architecture. In these early days of experimentation in the form, as we figure out how to tell our stories, we must come to terms with the unprecedented narrative capacity of the medium.

“Space out of Time” will walk participants through the basic conceptual, technical, and logistical elements of producing VR, while also diving into the medium philosophically. After all, a VR headset isn’t another screen through which to watch a movie; it’s a portal into an entirely new kind of immersive storytelling.


Monday, March 14, 7:30pm (Outfest Offices) BUY TICKETS NOW

Storytelling Workshop with Mario Novoa

Join Mario Novoa as he helps you tell your story through digital storytelling and explains how to reach a larger audience. This class will also cover how to use creative platforms to find intellectual property, and what tools you can use to develop your work.

Mario Jose Novoa is a writer, producer, director and editor based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015 Mario wrote and directed THE BABY CRIES for his company Film Bliss Studios. He also produced the feature documentary L.A.: A QUEER HISTORY and completed the award winning documentary short NANCY FROM EASTSIDE CLOVER. Novoa is the current president and founder of the Los Angeles Film School Alumni Association.

Tuesday, March 15, 7:30pm (Outfest Office) BUY TICKETS NOW

Editing Workshop with Jamie Renee Williams

Learn how to master this popular nonlinear editing tool — use Final Cut Pro to edit a video, tell effective stories, and even correct color.

Jamie Renee Williams lives in Silverlake and works as a director and producer in Los Angeles, where she received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (School of Film/Video). Her work has screened at festivals and venues nationwide — including the Austin Film Festival, REDCAT and the Palm Springs International ShortFest — and has also been broadcast on PBS. She currently works as a video producer and director at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.