Full course description
What you'll learn:
- The overall process of producing and directing.
- Different modes and approaches to working in filmmaking and documentary.
- The importance of telling stories that matter and being bold in your own storytelling.
- Directorial techniques which make a film as good as it can be when working with a small budget.
- In depth discussion on matters important to the LatinX filmmaking community & market.
- Being a Latina director in Hollywood.
- Creating content independently.
- The life of a working actor of color in Hollywood.
Who this course is designed for:
Alumni and anyone interested in working in the film and television industry.
Meet the instructors
Fanny Grande, Director/Producer
Fanny Veliz Grande is an actress and producer, known for Our Quinceañera (2019), John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway (2018) and Homebound (2013). Fanny Grande is a Venezuelan-American award-winning filmmaker, actor, and director with more than 15 years experience in the entertainment business. A three-time Imagen Award nominee, she has received several recognitions for her work both in front and behind the camera. Her work focuses on creating content that celebrates diversity and her main goal is to transform the way Latinos are portrayed in the media. 3 years ago she co-founded Avenida Productions with her husband Nelson Grande. Avenida is firm that specializes in empowering independent media content creators with a focus in diversity. To date Avenida has helped raise millions of dollars via crowdfunding for over 100 media projects. She currently has two feature documentary films in post-production that she directed. One about DACA and one about a community Quinceañera that takes place in Texas.
Nelson Grande, Line Producer
As a native Los Angeleno, Nelson Grande is no stranger to the gravitational pull of the entertainment industry. Growing up in Highland Park where a typical Saturday included witnessing Tarantino shoot Reservoir Dogs or Gregory Nava shoot Mi Familia. At the age 21, Grande took a leap of faith and started pursuing a career as an actor and never looked back. Years later, Grande has been in national and regional commercials and has done guest spots on several TV shows including a recurring role in the critically acclaimed HBO show Eastbound and Down and several episodes on General Hospital. Although he continues to thrive as an actor, he felt the familiar strain many actors experience in Hollywood. He refused to let this deter or distract him from pursuing his career. However, it was the birth of his daughter that served as the spark that ignited his need for a change. The opportunity to create this impact on a local, national and global level came when he and Fanny Veliz founded Avenida Productions a production and consulting company that focuses on empowering the independent filmmaker.
Jason Scott, School Film, Dance & Theatre Asst Director & Asst Professor
Jason Davids Scott is an Assistant Professor and the Interim Assistant Director for Film and Media Production in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Dr. Scott has also worked for over thirty years as a public relations/marketing consultant for a wide variety of entertainment firms, and also has experience in feature film development and short film production. His first book, "Everything But the Script: Professional Writing in the Entertainment Industry," will be published by Cognella in Fall 2019.
Adam Collis, Film Spark Director and Professor of Practice, MY
Adam Collis is a filmmaker and film professor dedicated to making distinctive feature films and to giving his students one of a kind opportunities to learn filmmaking directly from world class filmmakers from both studio and independent realms. He accomplishes this by connecting his students and Hollywood pros through video conferences, at in-class visits, and on actual feature film sets. Six months after graduating from University of South California's (USC) School of Cinematic Arts, Professor Collis directed the 20th Century Fox feature film, Sunset Strip (2000), starring Simon Baker (The Mentalist) and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer's Club). Professor Collis has directed short form and feature length documentaries. Additionally, he earned his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business where he led a six-month, six-person research study on new business models for Independent Films. In 2014, he produced and directed Car Dogs, starring Patrick Adams (Suits), George Lopez, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help). Next up for Professor Collis is The Long Blue Yonder, which is being produced by Brunson Green (The Help) and has Tye Sheridan (Mud) attached in the lead role. Professor Collis also has a particular interest in helping young filmmakers get their footing in Hollywood. As a professor of practice of film directing at Arizona State University, he's created classes, programs and internships, including the successful Skype-screening series, Hollywood Invades Tempe, which hosted more than a dozen major Hollywood filmmakers and executives.
October 25, 2019, 1:30pm-9:30pm
October 27, 2019 9:00am-5:00pm
Sun Studios Screening Room
1425 W 14th St. Tempe, AZ 85281