Today was my biggest — not to mention the most hectic — day at the 2011 Gideon with two workshops and six interviews spaced 20 minutes apart! I was a bit apprehensive about my first workshop at the Gideon as a new faculty member and I was very tired after only four hours of sleep. I also was thinking…what if no one shows up? But the room filled up for “Working on a Film Set and Looking Like you Belong There” with about 16 in attendance! Oh, bless you all for coming!
I just love sharing the things I have learned with others. It was actually a lot of fun. I also had an afternoon workshop, “The Art of an Interview,” that I co-taught with the very talented cinematographer, Arledge Armenaki. Arledge set up an actual interview set and we walked through the entire process of interviewing for documentaries, behind the scenes for movies, etc. I enjoyed hearing all about the technical side of the set up from Arledge. I learned a lot!
There were lots of other informative workshops conducted today, such as Gary Voelker’s “Screenwriting: Story Elements and Character,” Angela Walker’s “Everything I Know About Marketing I Learned from Weight Watchers,” Shelly Ballestero’s “Stage Do’s & Don’ts” and Torry Martin’s “Basic Screenwriting” workshop series, to name some. There was even a music video workshop where they actually made a music video with top Christian musician Erica Lane in attendance!
Kenny Vaughn, who came in today to share the devotional message, made quite an impression on the attendees. A national champion athlete and inspirational author/speaker, Kenny is the founder of Athletes for Christ and is the creator of the scripture-inscribed dog tag necklaces called Shields of Strength. Actor Gary Moore said that hearing him was one of his favorite parts of the day. Kathy Lonsinger of A Gentle Answer Ministries said that she could really identify with his struggle with loss and fear, as well as his courage and determination.
After my workshops, I went straight to the six back-to-back interviews for Christian Movie Connect. (I was having to change clothes so fast, I felt like a quick change artist!) Interviews included Dave Moody, Rusty Whitener, Isaac Hernandez, Gary Voelker, Dr. Jayce
O’Neal and Michael Joiner, star of “The Grace Card.” Michael was the featured interview for today and will be posted on ChristianMovieConnect.com under “podcast” so make sure to check it out! Podcasts take a little longer to prepare so be patient! Michael also provided the entertainment with his comedy act, as well as the keynote address for the evening festivities of the closing banquet and awards night.
Congratulations to all the Gideon award winners: “Family Circus” won for Best Comedy; “The Choice” won for Best Cinematography; “True Tale Monsters” for Best Sound; Francine Locke won for Best Actress; Patrick Hussion won for Best Actor; and Best
short film went to “True Tale Monsters” producer, Maiko Tomita.
The evening was concluded by a special showing of “The Grace Card,” immediately followed by a Q&A session conducted by Michael Joiner. Did I mention that I was extremely sleep deprived? I missed the second half of the awards ceremony and “The Grace Card” to get rested up so I can give the devotion tomorrow. That kills me since I was so looking forward to the movie. I’ll have to buy the DVD…now that’s a good idea: supporting our Christian film industry!!!