Master Classes

Master Class: 20 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Great Indie Film

Saturday, November 4 at 1:00pm

It has been said that wise people learn from their own mistakes but that smart people learn from the mistakes of others. In that helpful spirit, this humorous and informative presentation discusses 20 major pitfalls that tend to trip up beginning (and even more... Read more

Master Class: Directing an Indie Film

Sunday, November 5 at 1:00pm

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Mirvish will lead a master class in indie-film directing. In a fun, participatory workshop, Dan will focus on a wide range of relevant topics, including financing, casting, directing actors, working with cinematographers, production... Read more

Master Class: Reconstructing Reality

Saturday, November 11 at 11:00am

Directors Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest and executive producer Jeff Truesdell — the filmmakers behind the St. Louis-shot “For Ahkeem,” which screens at SLIFF — lead a conversation about transforming a real story into a narrative, discussing how to shoot a... Read more

Master Class: Suspense with a Camera

Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm

Film scholar Jeffrey Michael Bays — who attended Webster U. before earning his M.A. in cinema from La Trobe University — brings the secrets of suspense out of the shadows. This master class explores easy techniques for keeping a film’s audience in a state of... Read more