Studio City, CA — The 2010 Biola Media Conference will kick off with an opening performance by Grammy winning recording artist and producer David Pack, former lead singer of the group Ambrosia, best known for the hit song &ldquoBiggest Part of Me.&rdquo
Speakers at this year&rsquos conference include Dick Cook, former Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, as well as a special presentation to Mark Zoradi, former President of The Disney Motion Picture Group, who will be the 2010 recipient of the Briner Impact Award for excellence in media. The host of this year&rsquos conference is Phil Cooke, founding partner at TWC Films, and director at Cooke Pictures.
Scheduled to be held on
&ldquoOur new BMC format allows us to offer an extra round of workshops this year to the event, adding even more value to the day!&rdquo states Jack Hafer, Producer, To End All Wars and Chairman of Biola&rsquos Cinema & Media Arts Department.
Workshop session speakers and topics include:
THE LATEST TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY IN PORTABLE PRODUCTION
This workshop will cover specially designed workflows and the latest advancements in mobile devices and apps for film production – making the organizational side of the craft more transparent and freeing up creativity to do its thing.
·         Jim O&rsquoKeeffe:  Director and veteran Cinematographer
·         Paul Skidmore: Producer, Shotgun Stories
THE HORROR GENRE: MORALITY AND MYTHOLOGY
Award winning writers, Jim Krueger and Brian Godawa discuss the horror genre in light of the Bible and explore the power of its mythology to embody redemption &mdash with an emphasis on the vampire.
·         Jim Krueger: Comic book writer, former Creative Director, Marvel Comics
·         Brian Godawa: Award winning screenwriter, To End All Wars, Cruel Logic
THE MORAL PREMISE & THE TOP 10 SECRETS OF BOX OFFICE SUCCESS
Learn the ten interrelated secrets to writing, which when consistently applied to character, scene, and dramatic beat of your tale will empower your storytelling and connect with your audience for box office success!
·         Stanley D. Williams, Ph.D.: Script Consultant on six of Will Smith&rsquos films
CREATING AND MARKETING DIGITAL CONTENT IN A CONVERGENT UNIVERSE
Film, TV, Online and
·         Dan Rupple: Producer, Writer and former Supervising Producer for CBS
·         Cindy Ronzoni: Media Strategist, Former VP Publicity, Game Show Network
·         Brian Boyd: Media Strategist with TrakVu, BoydGroup Solutions
THE MOVIE MONEY TRAIL:  FILM ECONOMICS FROM A STUDIO PERSPECTIVE
Get the complete insider look at how studios finance films and how to use this knowledge to tailor your script or project to be more financially inviting for a studio&rsquos consideration.
·         Perry Lanaro: VP of Finance for
&ldquoWE&rsquoRE NOT IN
The worship experience has forever been changed, thanks to a new generation of media producers with a passion to reach culture through the art of visual storytelling.  With media impacting the local church, what does this mean for the next generation of Christian filmmakers?
·         Jesse Bryan: Creative Director for
·         Dave Schwarz: Producer, Prolifik Films & Willow Creek Global
SCORING BIGTIME: HOW TO GET THE SOUNDTRACK RIGHT FOR YOUR PROJECT
Understand the world of music licensing, music libraries, temp tracks, soundtrack deals, publishing, public domain, agents, and music on the web &ndash and how to get composers to accomplish your vision and move your story from point A to point B!
·         James Covell: Music Composer, The Elevator, The Ride
·         Adam Watts: Songwriter/Composer, High School Musical, Prince Caspian
·         Jennifer Campbell: Director, A&R/Strategic Markets, Sony Music
YOUR PROJECT THROUGH THE LENS OF A CRITIC
With more Christians watching and making films than ever before, what do movie critics think of our product?  Talk to the opinion leaders who have seen it all and then some.  What do they know that they wish every Christian filmmaker knew?
·         Justin Chang: Film Critic and Editor for Variety Magazine
·         Lisa Swain:  Producer, Assoc. Professor, Biola Cinema & Media Arts
The Biola Media Conference will close out the day with a talk entitled &ldquoThe Ugly Truth About of Launching a Production Company in 2010&rdquo by producers Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick, and the showing of never-before-seen CLIPS of the upcoming Narnia release, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, followed by Q & A with Michael Flaherty, President of Walden Media.
Registration is currently open for the Biola Media Conference: $150 General Admission through April 27 and $180 at the door.  Lunch and coffee bar included.  For more information or to register online, visit www.BiolaMedia.com.
Sponsorship opportunities are available through FrontGate Media at http://tinyurl.com/biolamedia.   The Biola Media Conference is proud to be part of the FrontGate Media group.
In its 15th year, the Biola Media Conference exists to educate, inspire, and network media professionals while providing creative inspiration into the spiritual nature of any career in the media industry. BMC attracts participants who will benefit from direct interaction with acclaimed industry pros who are at the top of their craft. From CEOs to students, attendees secure valuable information, insight, and contacts that strengthen their character and careers. Follow the conference on twitter at twitter.com/biolamedia
FrontGate Media is the largest pop-culture media group & marketing service reaching the faith and family values audience which represents $4.6 billion worth of Christian products purchased by consumers annually according to
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For more information on the Biola Media Conference and/or FrontGate Media, please contact:
Lori Lenz &ndash FrontGate Media