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This series consists of behind the scenes interviews with regional, national and international filmmakers, editors, directors, writers, cinematographers, producers and many others who work in the film industry. Each program includes questions taken from a live studio audience consisting of students in the film and film studies division at George Mason University. Covering all aspects of the filmmaking process, each program is designed to enlighten students and take them through all the steps to Make It in Film. From the roles of sound editors to assistant directors, scriptwriters to location managers, cinematographers to producers, webisode producers to film critics and documentary filmmakers to actors, they'll discover the role of each position and what it takes to Make It in the business.

DENNIS BONI is an award-winning cinematographer who has worked on such projects as the PBS series Journey to Planet Earth. A Steadicam operator for more than 20 ears, Boni was one of the few cinematographers handpicked to be trained by Garret Brown, inventor of the Steadicam. He was ...
Roshini Thinakaran is a filmmaker with National Geographic. Her focus is on regions devastated by war. Through her travels she has met women who are dedicated o moving on with their lives, supporting their families and rebuilding their homelands. "My goal is to bring awareness to women who ...
Kathleen Jones has served as Unit Coordinator for Special Units, Field Producer and Associate Producer for programs at National Geographic TV. She is a writer and co-founder of Doc&aDrink, a blog for those hooked on documentaries.
Producer and one of the web series mediums earliest adopters. OTESSA GHADAR'S series, Orange Juice in Bishops Garden, is presently the longest continually running show online. OJBG is the recipient of numerous awards, including ones from the ...
Kathryn O'Sullivan is the Producer/Writer of Thurston. Paul Awad is the Director of Thurston, a Western drama about the inhabitants of a remote mining town and their struggle for survival in the rugged ...
ESTEL DILLON is a photographer and editor with over 30 years working at NBC, NBC News, NBC Universal, NBC News Washington, D.C., and WWBT-TV. His awards include a National Emmy, several first place awards from the White House News ...
TOM KAUFMAN, cinematographer for NOVA Series and Fahrenheit 9/11. He has worked for National Geographic, Discovery Channels, British Broadcasting Corporation, WGBH, WNET and Academy
CUONG LENGUYEN, Cinematographer/Producer/Director for Arlington Public School in Virginia for which he co-produced and edited the series, Claro! English for parents, a program geared toward parents for whom English is a second language. LeNguyen is Senior Motion Graphics Designer at ...
MIKE WALTER, broadcast journalist turned filmmaker. His documentary film, Breaking News, Breaking Down, reveals for the first time how traumatic news events effect those who report them. Breaking News, Breaking Down won the 2010 Cannes Best Short Documentary Award.
HOLLY and PAUL FINE are a husband and wife team of documentary producer/directors. With over 38 years of experience in the industry, their works have garnered ten National Emmy and 75 Local Emmy awards, as well as three Peabody awards. The couple had a long association with the CBS news ...
CAREN CROSS began her filmmaking career as writer/director of award winning documentary Lost and Found in Mexico. The film focuses on the reasons why U.S. citizens move to Mexico. *Gracie Award Winner, American Women of Radio and Television.
CHRISTIAN D'ANDREA is credited with co-developing a widely used energy bar for soldiers and civilians alike called SoldierFuel; an idea he came up with while working on HALO: Freefall Warriors, a documentary he created and executive produced for Discovery Communication. D'Andrea ...
LANCE KRAMER is co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures, a platform for producing independent social impact documentaries, commissioned films with leading nonprofit organizations and innovative media arts education programs. In 2014, Kramer accepted the Mayors Arts Award in ...
AVIVA KEMPNER is a long time filmmaker whose works covered a broad range of issues, both domestic and international such as homelessness, civil rights and the Holocaust. The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is one of her most noted works. She served as the documentary's writer, ...
MIMI MACHADO-LUCES, Emmy, Telly and ProMax award winning; Producer, Writer, Director of documentary films, television programs, health education films, commercial advertisements and television promotion spots. She won critical acclaim with La Vida in Black, a character portrait of ...
Aaron Peters wrote, consulted on, or produced over 150 episodes of broadcasted television, including Foxs The Simple Life; CBS My Big, Fat Greek Life; NBCs Just Shoot Me; and MTVs The Tom Green Show and The Andy Dick Show. Covering all aspects of the filmmaking process, this program is ...
Megan Holley, was named one of Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch, is best known for her film script, Sunshine Cleaning, starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Covering all aspects of the filmmaking process, this program is designed to enlighten students and take them through all the ...
Michael Kang is a Korean American writer and director, best known for his film, The Motel which was first shown at Sundance. The Motel went on to win the umanitas Prize in the Sundance Film Festival category and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. ...
As an actor, writer, producer, and director, Ron F. Maxwell has a wealth of filmmaking experience. His titles include Little Darlings, Gettysburg, Gods and generals, and Emmy award- winning Verna: USO Girl. Silver Award, Davey International Award honoring creative excellence. ...
Jamie Nash, scriptwriter for films including Lovely Molly, ParaAbnormal, Seventh Moon and Altered. Covering all aspects of the filmmaking process, this program is designed to enlighten students and take them through all the steps to Make It in Film. From the roles of scriptwriters they'll ...
Eduardo Sanchez, Cuban-born American director, most famous for co-directing and writing the psychological horror The Blair Witch Project. His other films include Altered, Seventh Moon and Lovely Molly. Covering all aspects of the filmmaking process, this program is designed to enlighten ...
Richard Squires is an up and coming filmmaker whose recent credits include writer/director of Crazy Like a Fox, a story of a Virginia farmer's struggles with betrayal and how he chooses to deal with it. The films stars include Emmy award-winning actor Roger Rees and Academy award nominee ...
Lyn Vaus, screenwriter, is best known for his award winning Miramax romantic comedy Next Stop Wonderland. Vaus began his career as a story editor for a production company in Hollywood and also served as scriptwriter and Director for the film, Siegfried and Roy. Covering all ...
Marshall Herskovitz is an American film director, writer and producer and created the acclaimed television series, thirtysomething, My So-Called Life and Once and Again. He is credited with writing and directing several episodes of all three series. He runs the Bedford Falls ...
Eric Weissmann is a senior partner for the Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall LLP's entertainment department and was one of the founding partners of the firm. He represents actors, directors, producers and financiers. Weissmann also has extensive international ...
Videographer Award of Distinction. Barry R. Sisson, businessman turned filmmaker, is the President of Virginia based independent Cavalier Films. His aim is to merge his business principles with independent film production. His first film project, The Station Agent, won the coveted Audience ...
Craig Maniglia is the Vice President of Virginias MVI Post Inc. He created award-winning sound tracks for Discovery Communications, LLC networks: Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet as well as for PBS. Maniglia has also earned CINE Golden Eagle and Telly awards and was ...
Robert L. Henninger is President & CEO of the Arlington, Virginia based Henninger Media Services, Inc. Following a stint as a freelance editor, he founded what was then known as Henninger Video. In the last thirty years, Henninger Media Services, Inc. has grown to become one of ...
Eric Espejo is the Vice President of the Virginia based 19th & Wilson, Inc. and the director, producer and writer for TechFellas, Love Story of Henry and Carol and Ghosts Don't Exist. With a background in sports, Ghosts Don't Exist, marks Tanner Cooley's first credits as a filmmaker. ...

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