Day 3 at 2011 Gideon: Actors’ workshops, insights at this year’s Gideon conference

Arledge Armenaki shoots Christian Movie Connect's Cheryl Wicker interviewing Kyle Saylors at the 2011 Gideon. (Photo credit: Donna Botts)
Arledge Armenaki shoots Christian Movie Connect's Cheryl Wicker interviewing Kyle Saylors at the 2011 Gideon. (Photo credit: Donna Botts)

Arledge Armenaki shoots Christian Movie Connect’s Cheryl Wicker interviewing Kyle Saylors at the 2011 Gideon. (Photo credit: Donna Botts)

After an inspiring morning devotion by filmmaker Kent Williamson, Day 3 at the 2011 Gideon Media Conference and Film Festival unfolded with lots of interaction, workshops and more networking.

One of the highlights of my day was Michael Joiner‘s workshop on “LA Style” Acting Technique, which was the one I had shot the scene for yesterday. I particularly enjoyed the class especially since Michael has a way of challenging us to really go within the character while pulling from our own experiences. He put

Christian Movie Connect's Cheryl Wicker gets ready for her shot at Michael Joiner's workshop at 2011 Gideon. (Photo credit: Donna Botts)

Christian Movie Connect’s Cheryl Wicker gets ready for her shot at Michael Joiner’s workshop at 2011 Gideon. (Photo credit: Donna Botts)

us actors with the filmed scenes in the hot seat, gave helpful direction, and let us perform our scene over. It allowed me to learn some really valuable techniques on the spot. My favorite part of the entire day was when Michael told the class, “This girl’s my favorite comedy partner. She makes me laugh.” Wow, to be told by a comedian that I’m funny certainly made my day! Hmm, time for a career change? Har-har!

The unique and wonderful thing about Gideon is the wonderful fellowship and sharing that takes place. For instance, I got some great tips from Brian Stewart, who led the afternoon workshop on content hosting, which helped me with my Christian Movie Connect website. We have scheduled a meeting to discuss iTunes submission for the CMC podcast.

Brian Stewart discussing "Content Hosting: Getting Your Stuff Out There & Getting Paid For It Too!" at 2011 Gideon.

Brian Stewart discussing “Content Hosting: Getting Your Stuff Out There & Getting Paid For It Too!” at 2011 Gideon.

Talking with Gideon attendees were very insightful and worth mentioning here. Paula Wood of Crazy LuLu Productions commended the finance workshop on “Financing Your Media Dream” with Art Ayris. According to Paula, Art inspired her by his heart and passion to really immerse herself to her own project and share this same passion with other kindred souls.

Gary Voelker of Experience Studios, meanwhile, said, “My favorite part was the Honored Author/Producer pitch session. It was really cool. I made some good connections and am excited about future collaborations.”

Brian Bird and Sandra Van Natta at "The Shunning" Q&A

Brian Bird and Sandra Van Natta at “The Shunning” Q&A

When I went to the lobby at 1 a.m. to prepare for tomorrow morning’s workshop, I ran into Paul Munger of Declaration Films, who was busily editing the 168 mini film project in exactly the same spot he had been in all day. Paul said he came to Gideon to do just this. “I am grateful to Christopher Shawn Shaw and Gary Voelker for the opportunity to co-edit this,” he said, adding that he had still been able to do a bit of networking from his makeshift editing bay in the Mountain Laurel lobby though.

As always, special screenings for movie buffs were held in the evening with “The Shunning,” which was followed by a  Q&A with  executive producer Brian Bird and actress Sandra VanNatta. “The Shunning,” the first book in a series written by Beverly Lewis, had 3 million viewers when it aired on Hallmark. Brian also announced the sequel to “The

Christian Movie Connect host Cheryl Wicker interviews Brian Bird. (Photo credit: Donna Botts)

Christian Movie Connect host Cheryl Wicker interviews Brian Bird. (Photo credit: Donna Botts)

Shunning,” “The Confession.” The Q&A was then followed by the 2010 documentary film, “Beware of Christians,” directed by Will Bakke and produced by Michael B. Allen and Alex Carroll.

Do check out Christian Movie Connect for my upcoming interview with Brian Bird and award-winning producer/director from Nashville, Kyle Saylors. More treats coming up soon!

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