Beyond Directing: Jobs in the Film Industry

11:30AM TO 12:45PM - 6th floor - theater 25

Description: Not everyone is going to be the next great director. There are myriad job opportunities in the film industry. This panel will explore some of the options, from the obvious to the obscure.

Shawn Kasinger - Associate Chair of Film and Television/TV Producing at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 

Shawn Kasinger currently serves as the Associate Chair of Film and Television/TV Producing at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) - Atlanta. SCAD was recently recognized in the 2015 Hollywood Reporter rankings of 'Best American Film Schools'. 

Since 2001, Shawn worked in creative and production environments, as a screenwriter, director, and producer, and within various roles in the film and television industry. He engaged and developed projects for numerous international networks and production companies, including History Channel, Discovery Channel, SYFY, PBS, BBC, ABC (Australia) and many others. He also worked on several major productions shot in Australia, ranging from the popular Big Brother TV series to the Hollywood blockbuster, Peter Pan.

Shawn has written and/or contributed to numerous film and television screenplays, series concepts and pilots, formats, and other media work.

Several of his written projects are optioned or in development with key industry partners around the globe. He also wrote and produced a number of TV and documentary projects, including The Road to Gulu (2005), a documentary about Uganda’s ‘invisible children’.



Craig Laurence Rice is an entertainment executive, entrepreneur, educator, award-winning producer and director who is nationally recognized for his distinguished career in the music industry, commercial, television and feature film industries. His credits include Producer for the 90-minute PBS variety show special, “A Prairie Home Companion 30th,” Executive Producer on the nationally syndicated series “Million Dollar Idea,” and Executive Producer as well as Director for the feature length documentary “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks” for HBO, which was nominated for three Emmy Awards,and an NAACP Image Award. 




Richard Gershman: Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Chair and Associate Professor, Directing and Production

BS, University of Pennsylvania; MFA, New York University Tisch School of the Arts; MFA, the American Film Institute


Professor Gershman, who relocated from Los Angeles to assume the position of Chair of the Film School, has a long list of credits in theatre, television and film. Selected projects include: directing episodes of Chicago Hope and Judging Amy; working as an assistant director on Lost, Ugly Betty and Gossip Girl; serving as production manager on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer; and working in several production capacities on feature films such as The Hunt for Red October and Queen’s Logic. Extensive theatrical experience includes directing at Seattle Rep and the Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles) and assisting on the Broadway and/or London productions of Children of a Lesser God and Neil Simon’s Fools. Recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Directing, he is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.




Fredrick Johnson is an award-winning filmmaker who has made short films, documentaries, commercials and music videos. His films have won many awards, including the CINE Eagle and the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award, and his work has screened at festivals around the world, including the South-by-Southwest Film Festival; the Deauville Festival of American Film; the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival; the Atlanta Film Festival; CineAsia Hong Kong; ShoWest Las Vegas; the One World Human Rights Film Festival (Prague, Czech Republic); and the Pan-African Film Festival (Los Angeles).   Fred teaches courses in screenwriting, cinema history, and production.  He was born in Pittsburgh and earned an MFA from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

APPLE Presents- Internet Filmmaking with Apple Video Applications

1:00PM TO 2:15PM - 6TH FLOOR - THEATER 25

Description:  - Apple Product Marketing will lead a panel discussion with several leading online video creators on how they build and distribute their content online and through social media using Apple video applications including Final Cut Pro X. Learn how to build compelling online content, identify and build an audience and make a living online.

Lynette Cenee

Lynette Cenée is a multi-faceted beauty expert and entrepreneur that was raised in the entertainment and beauty industry offering her several more years of experience prior to diving into the professional world on her own.

Lynette has been the go-to artist for many celebrities, commercials, photo shoots, music videos, fashion shows, tv/film/web series, magazine spreads, national ad campaigns, and every major award show. She has been seen on National Television as a Trend Reporter for New York Fashion week,  a featured "Style Crush" by Racked LA, recently referred to as one of Hollywood’s “It Girls” by The Zoe Report and one of Michelle Phan's protégés via Mashable. Currently, Lynette just signed on with Ipsy, the online beauty company founded by Michelle Phan as their newest stylist, and has been rapidly growing an online audience her personal YouTube channel.

Judner Aura

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Judner started his tech YouTube channel while studying at Drexel University in 2012. Always an avid lover of tech, Judner spent a great deal of time on YouTube learning about the latest products. His studies led him to discover a need for videos about technology that were accessible to average people, regardless of age, or experience. Thus, "UrAvgConsumer" was born. His videos are centered around creating content about the latest technology that are engaging and contain minimal tech jargon. Today his channel has over 730,000 subscribers on YouTube and 67 million video views.





Jonathan Morrison is creator of the tech-lifestyle brand TLD, the cornerstone of which is his YouTube channel— which has over 1.6 million subscribers and counting. A native of great Los Angeles, Jonathan prides himself on being able to combine his signature visual style with the interaction only possible through digital media— creating unique content that both engages and entertains his millions of fans.


2:30PM TO 3:45PM - 6TH FLOOR - THEATER 25

Description: Tips and tricks for the aspiring young filmmaker. Experts share the little things that make a big difference.


Moderator: Cheryl Wayne



Currently on faculty at KD Conservatory, Dallas Texas, in Acting Performance and Motion Picture Production programs.  Workshops and guest artist contracts include Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, Southeast Theater Conference, and Texas Commission on the Arts. Award-winning broadcast talent with international clientele. Founding member of Lone Star Comedy. Regional theater and Indie Film credits spanning U.S. Television credits include AMC’s and ABC’s Emmy- winning Breaking Bad and American Crime. Memberships include Women in Film (past President, Dallas), and SAG-AFTRA (currently Vice President, D/FW local). Production credits: co-writer of award-winning documentary short Cowboys of Color, and writer/producer/director of feature documentary The Lion’s Roar, in pre-production, about legendary Texas arts educator, Paul Baker. Represented by The Callidus Agency, Dallas, Texas.


Lyall Bush: writer, editor, teacher, producer, Chair of Film at Cornish College of the Arts.

He has published personal essays, feature essays, and reviews for a variety of publications, including The Iowa Review, Film Comment, MovieMaker, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, and Cinema Studies Journal. His writing has been feature on the National Public Radio station KUOW 94.9, at Bumbershoot (Seattle's music and arts festival), and his book and film recommendations were regular parts of Art Zone, hosted by Nancy Guppy. In 2006 he was selected by The Stranger as "One to Watch" in its annual "genius" awards. 

From 2008 to 2015 he was executive director of Northwest Film Forum, Seattle's premiere film arts center. An interview on KUOW 94.9 catches up on news at the Film Forum since 2010. He is writing a collection of stories, two of which appeared in public, one at the Rendezvous Room and one featured at Bumbershoot, each time in collaboration with Devin Sullivan, who wrote (and sang) songs in, and about, sections of the stories. He has taught film and film history for two decades and is the executive producer of What She's Having, a show pilot about food. 


Terry Borst - Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Writers Guild of America member Terry Borst has worked as a professional screenwriter for 30 years. His writing credits include Midnight Runaround (a sequel to Midnight Run, which starred Robert De Niro); the independent film A Private War; many episodes of the popular internationally syndicated television series Bugs; and Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV (two of the most popular video games of the late '90s).

Borst has been commissioned to write feature-film screenplays for studios and a television series pilot for the BBC. He has performed uncredited script rewrites, optioned and sold screenplays to a variety of independent film and TV producers, and collaborated on the scripting and development of other video games.

In the past decade, Borst has developed and scripted videogame training simulations for the U.S. Army and for professional firefighters. His work in these areas inspired him to co-author two books about combining classical Hollywood storytelling techniques with game development processes, and these projects led to consulting assignments on cutting-edge intelligent narrative technologies in both the U.S. and UK.

Prior to coming to SFUAD, Borst taught screenwriting at UCLA, USC, and other universities. He authored Mastering Celtx, the first book about this new screenwriting and preproduction authoring tool. His scholarly interests include the continuing evolution of screenwriting in the 21st century and the convergence of media across multiple platforms. Since coming to The Film School, he co-founded and has been executive-producing SFUAD’s Outdoor Vision Fest®. He also has two feature film screenplays in development.

George LaVoo: Director, Producer, Screenwriter and current SVA Professor 

George LaVoo is a film director, producer, and screenwriter. Real Women Have Curves, for which he was both producer and screenwriter, won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Audience Award. In 2006, he wrote Blood Monkey, and his 2008 film A Dog Year was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. Mr. LaVoo is now working as a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.