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Big Island Film Festival filmmaking workshops (May 14)


Professional filmmakers know great movies start with great stories, and to get from idea to big screen requires great skill in the art of “pitching.”

This year, Big Island Film Festival is proud to present a new workshop “Inside Pitch” by Larger Than Life Productions’ Naketha Mattocks in addition to popular Ron Osborn’s screenwriting workshop “It’s Alive: Breathing Life into Your Characters.”

Ron Osborn

Workshops take place Saturday, May 14 at The Shops at Mauna Lani, at a cost of only $50 each.

Motion picture industry veteran Naketha Mattocks has given and received more than a few movie pitches during her career. Her experience with Larger Than Life Productions includes Oscar-nominated projects like “Hunger Games,” “Seabiscuit” and “Pleasantville.”

With Paramount, she oversaw the development and production of “Charlotte’s Web” and “Coach Carter,” and she has worked with Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures and Oscar winning director Barry Levinson (“Wag the Dog,” “Rainman”) and Emmy Winning producer Paula Weinstein (“Blood Diamond,” “Perfect Storm”).

In the “Inside Pitch” workshop, Mattocks offers invaluable insights from a seasoned professional viewpoint.

Screenwriter Ron Osborn returns to BIFF 2011 by popular demand, to share his successful perspectives on the art of character-building. Osborn’s memorable characters have been making TV audiences laugh (and cry) for over 35 years in comedies like “Mork & Mindy,” “Night Court,” “Moonlighting” and “Duckman” as well as the award-winning drama “West Wing” and feature films like “Meet Joe Black.”

Osborn, who teaches screenwriting for Dreamworks, won BIFF’s first Golden Honu Award for Screenwriting in 2009.

“Let’s face it, we have a ton of talent on this island and in Hawaii,” said Executive Director Leo Sears, “But how often do you get the chance to meet people like Ron Osborn or Naketha Mattocks? These are the kind of industry professionals who can help take your idea, your script, possibly your career, to the next level — right here in our own backyard at Mauna Lani Resort. We couldn’t be more pleased that Naketha has chosen to join Ron and share insights with participants during Big Island Film Festival.”

Both programs take place Saturday, May 14 at The Shops at Mauna Lani (exact location TBD).

* “Inside Pitch” by Naketha Mattocks, 9-11:30 a.m.
* “It’s Alive: Breathing Life into Your Characters” by Ron Osborn, 12:30-3 p.m.

The cost is $50 each with advance registration required. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, happening May 11-15 at Mauna Lani Resort. Events include free family films under the stars at The Shops at Mauna Lani, daytime movies and nightly double features at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii (self-parking validated), stellar social events, networking opportunities, celebrity receptions, awards and a closing night “Best of the Fest” with a top Hawaiian music concert and audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short from BIFF 2011.

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