2020 Workshops

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Filmmaker Workshops

Finishing the Film

Sunday | November 8th, 11:00 AM | Virtual

You're ready to tackle other finishing stages of the post-production process. Join Liz Niles, Jeff Cornell (Scientology and the Prison of Belief, The Vietnam War, Fahrenheit 11/9, Country Music), and Jack Lewars (Her, The Giver, Manchester By The Sea, Eight Grade, Ken Burns' Vietnam) to learn about Online Conform and Color Grading. Attendees are encouraged to ask any questions about the film finishing process.

Daniel J. White

Moderator

Daniel J. White has been working in film for over 20 years and much of it at Ken Burns Florentine Films. He’s been an editor, associate producer and now post production supervisor shepherding documentary films through the post production and delivery from Ken Burns and Alex Gibney.

PANELISTS:

Liz Niles

Liz Niles has been a Senior DI Producer at Technicolor PostWorks since 2017. She started her career in production –working for CBS, CNN and MSNBC before moving to Post Production. She oversees the workflow and services for both tv and film projects ensuring deliverables meet project deadlines.

Jeff Cornell

Jeff Cornell has been part of the Technicolor PostWorks editorial team since 2013. He specializes in editorial finishing and workflow design for documentaries, television and feature films. For the past several years he has worked on documentary projects such as Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, The Vietnam War, Fahrenheit 11/9, Country Music, The Swamp, Agents of Chaos and Totally Under Control. Other recent television and feature credits include Split, Eighth Grade, The Looming Tower, Harriet, Mary Poppins Returns and HBO Series The Plot Against America.

Cornell began his career in 2008 at Deluxe New York where he filled a variety of roles including Scheduler, Projectionist and Dailies Operator. In 2007, he graduated from SAE Institute of Technology.

Jack Lewars

Jack Lewars - a graduate from the film school at Penn State University, Jack began his career in Los Angeles at Efilm and rose to become a DI Colorist in his first 5 years. In 2007, he moved to NYC and was part of the team that opened up the Deluxe facility in Manhattan. He then joined Technicolor Postworks in 2013 and has worked with many top cinematographers and directors (such as Ken Burns, Alex Gibney, Martin Scorsese, Kenny Lonergan, Jodie Foster, M. Night Shyamalan, Steven Soderbergh and many others). His career spans over 140 film and TV credits. Highlights include Her, The Giver, Manchester By The Sea, Eighth Grade, Ken Burns' Vietnam.

The Art of Sound

Saturday | November 7th, 11:00am | Virtual

How is sound important to your film? Join three industry veterans <>Ira Spiegel, Josh Berger, and Marlena Grzaslewicz as they share their insights and expertise on sound effects, dialogue editing, music editing and sound mixing. Learn how these different aspects of sound enhance the characters and story, making the film memorable and a complete, immersive experience for the viewer. Daniel White of Florentine Films will be your moderator, and participants are encouraged to ask any questions about the film sound mix finishing process.

Daniel J. White

Moderator

Daniel J. White has been working in film for over 20 years and much of it at Ken Burns Florentine Films. He’s been an editor, associate producer and now post production supervisor shepherding documentary films through the post production and delivery from Ken Burns and Alex Gibney.

PANELISTS:

Ira Spiegel

Ira Spiegel is is a two-time EMMY award winner and eight-time EMMY nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing. His film credits include more than 140 films, both feature and documentaries, and he has worked with directors including Spike Lee [SCHOOL DAZE], M. Night Shyamalan [PRAYING WITH ANGER & WIDE AWAKE], Nora Ephron [SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE], Brian De Palma [CARLITO'S WAY & SNAKE EYES], Robert Altman [SHORT CUTS], Milos Forman [THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLINT], Andrei Konchalovsky [MARIA'S LOVERS], Julian Schlossberg [Basquiat] along with the most prominent American documentary filmmakers Ken Burns [BASEBALL & LEWIS AND CLARK] & Ric Burns [THE CIVIL WAR & NEW YORK], Alex Gibney [Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room], Andrew Jarecki [Capturing the Friedmans] and many others. The films on which he worked have received awards at Sundance Film Festival as well as Oscar® and EMMY nominations.

Josh Berger

Josh Berger is currently a Re-Recording Mixer at Harbor Picture Company in New York. Since joining the team in 2013, Josh’s work has been seen at festivals around the world, such as Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, NYFF, Tribeca and Sundance. He has worked alongside directors such as Ron Howard, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Jim Jarmusch, James Gray and Aziz Ansari. Josh has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy and has won a New York Emmy. Previously, Josh worked as a Mixer at Technicolor-Postworks in New York City. There he honed his craft working on numerous commercials and promos as well as TV shows for Discovery, NBC, Food Network and The History Channel. Josh is passionate about film and dedicated to providing his clients with an exceptional soundtrack.

Marlena Grzaslewicz

Marlena Grzaslewicz is an Emmy-winning (Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming for The War, 2007) sound editor and graduate of the Lodz Film School of Poland. Her editing credits include Baseball, dir. Ken Burns; Jefferson, dir. Ken Burns; Lewis and Clark, dir. Ken Burns; Jazz, dir. Ken Burns; New York, dir. Ric Burns; The Donner Party, dir. Ric Burns; The Way West, dir. Ric Burns; Warhol, dir. Ric Burns; Celebrity, Woody Allen; The People vs. Larry Flynt, dir. Milos Forman; The Smartest Guys in the Room, dir. Alex Gibney and others. To see her complete list of credits, visit www.imdb.com/name/hm0344835. For Marlena, filmmaking is a fascinating profession. She has been happy to have been a part of the industry for the past thirty years. Having fulfilled her dreams as a successful editor, she is ready to share her professional experiences with younger generations while shifting to a less hectic work environment.

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