The Next-Generation of Visual Storytellers Conference, presented by EEI Creative Arts School of Film & Entertainment, was created with the goal of bringing the filmmaker experience to middle and high school students. Participants of this conference will have the chance to attend panels featuring Hollywood's best and brightest filmmakers as well as senior leaders from the top film schools. Attendees will also participate in live virtual screenwriting & pitching workshops led by award-winning professionals.


Event Highlights

Fireside Chat & AMA Session

Hollywood filmmakers, producers, and actors speak about their experiences in the entertainment industry and participate in Q&A discussions where they answer questions from the audience.

Ryan Saul, Talent Manager & Producer

Bob Orci, Award-winning Screenwriter & Producer (Hawaii Five-0, Star Trek, Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen, The Mummy, The Amazing Spiderman II, Mission: Impossible III)

Tim Reckart, Oscar-nominated Animator & Director (Head Over Heels, Community, High in the Clouds)

Pat Casey, Screenwriter & Producer (Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2)

Josh Miller, Screenwriter & Producer (Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2)

Hilliard Guess, Award-winning Screenwriter & Producer (Deadly Class, We Got Issues, Ticker, New Dimensions)

The Collaborative Process and Elevating Your Network
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Sonic the Hedgehog
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Deadly Class
Head Over Heels
What to Know Before You Break into the Industry
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The Amazing Spiderman II
Hawaii Five-O
Grey's Anatomy
Black Lightning

Story Creation

Led by award-winning screenwriter, Michael Tabb, panelists speak about the creative process of crafting a story and how they got into the business of storytelling.

Michael Tabb, Award-winning Screenwriter & Screenwriting Educator

Bob Orci, Award-winning Screenwriter & Producer (Hawaii Five-0, Star Trek, Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen, The Mummy, The Amazing Spiderman II, Mission: Impossible III)

Zoanne Clack, Award-winning Screenwriter, Producer, Actress, & Medical Doctor/Consultant (Grey's Anatomy, ER)

Lamont Magee, Screenwriter & Producer (Black Lightning, The Fastest Man Alive, Saints & Sinners, Single Ladies)

Putting Together Your First Short

Accomplished filmmakers recount their experiences with navigating their own production and discuss topics from film festivals to securing funding.

Jess Henric, Award-winning Filmmaker

Elaine Mongeon, Award-winning Screenwriter & Director (Edge of Tomorrow, Contagion, Logan Lucky, The Knick, Magic Mike, Side Effects)

Peter Hyoguchi, Award-winning Director, Writer, & Producer (Gods of Mars, The Tarot, Unknown Sender, Better Off)

Navid MciIlhargey, Film Development Executive & Producer (Modern Love, Logan's Run, Black Hawk Down, Anger Management, RocknRolla)

Consuelo Costin, Singer, Actress & Founder of SohoMuse

Valuable Tips When Shooting Your Short Film
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Modern Love
Edge of Tomorrow
White Chicks
The Tarot
The Importance of Learning How to Tell a Story
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The Aviator
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction

Pitch Like a Pro

Before a film or TV show can get in front of an audience, you have to pitch the idea to a buyer. Learn vital tips on how to move beyond the idea generation phase and make it in the industry.

Sandy Climan, Award-winning Producer & Entertainment Executive

Gaylyn Fraiche, Film Producer & Development Executive (Sparkle, Memories of Christmas, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2)

Kevin Hamedani, Award-winning Director & Producer (Tether, Junk, In Her Place, ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction)

Travis Betz, Award-winning Director & Screenwriter (Tether, Little Graves, Lo, The Dead Inside)

Applying to Film School

Professors and senior leaders from the nation’s top film schools discuss what makes an applicant standout and what to expect at a film school.

Joe Climan, EEI Creative Arts Head of Operations

Teri Schwartz, Former Dean, UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television

Michelle Gillie, Screenwriter & Professor, Loyola Marymount School of Film & Television

Brian Harke, Former Dean of Students, USC, School of Cinematic Arts

Consuelo Costin, Singer, Actress & Founder of SohoMuse

Introverts and Finding Your Tribe
Speaker Backgrounds
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