Free online educational programs with a networking component presented by the Missouri Film Office and the Missouri Motion Media Association.
We hope you can join us, each month in 2021, for virtual meet-ups bringing the filmmaking community together across the state. Each month there will be an educational session followed by networking time. Join our e-mail list to get details on each session.
January 23 @ 10 a.m. – ‘Production in the Era of COVID-Safe Sets’ Panel
Moderated by KC Film Commissioner Stephane Shannon, hear from producers and COVID supervisors on how they have implemented health protocols to work safely during the pandemic.
Rachel Kephart has a background in casting, freelance production work, and film incentive consulting for commercial and network television projects. Until the Covid pandemic, Rachel was the KC Film Office Coordinator Specialist. Since then she has led the effort for safe sets as a Covid Coordinator and Covid Safety Supervisor on sets like American Ninja Warrior that filmed recently in St. Louis and Temptation Island that filmed this fall in Hawaii.
Eric Bowles is a Nationally Registered Environmental Health Specialist and Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS). He has more than 20 years of environmental health experience (regulating, inspecting, assessing, licensing, educating, investigating, etc.) for private, public, and non-profit organizations. He is currently employed as an Environmental Hygienist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Eric is the co-author of Kansas City Film Offices ‘A Safe Return to Production’ Guidelines and has served as the Infection Prevention Compliance Supervisor (IPCS) a role the industry know refers to as Covid Coordinator/Supervisor on commercial and corporate productions in the Midwest.
Austin Walsh is a seeker of adventure and creativity. Born and raised on the lakes of the Midwest, he’s as real as they come. Continually drawing inspiration from real-life experiences and passions, Austin has a knack for creating imagery that is genuine, energetic, and authentic. When Austin isn’t chasing images and stories with a camera, he’s out living the stories and traveling with his wife and daughter. In fact, the two often go hand in hand, embracing the ‘Work hard. Play hard.’ style that describes his approach to life. In the early 2000’s he founded what would eventually become AWStudio in the spare bedroom of his house. Since then, Austin and his team have grown the studio into one of the region’s top production companies headquartered in the historic Hemingway Building. Now with photographers, directors, and post-production partners spanning North America, AWS supports productions of all sizes and budgets. Austin was selected as a top 200 Ad Photographer Worldwide in 2020.
Pete Halliday is a 25 year veteran of the media production industry. Pete Halliday has produced content in just about every corner of the world. His early experience allowed him to work across each department on the call sheet and helped him transition into a producer role seamlessly. As Executive Producer/Director of Production for 90 Degrees West in St. Louis, Pete collaborates with advertising agencies and the world’s biggest brands in creating nationally recognized television commercial campaigns, branded content, and marketing/promotional pieces for all platforms and media outlets. Halliday has also been recognized with over a dozen EMMY wins in three different Regional Chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Full Schedule: (subject to change)
January 23 – COVID-Safe Sets Panel
February 20 – Audition Self-tape 101
March 20 – Film Festival Programmers Panel
April 24 – Finding Financing
May 22– Working with a Casting Director and SAG Contracts
June 26- Distribution Options
July 24– Nonfiction Productions
August 21 – MoStories Winning Script Readings
September 25 – Legal Agreements and Deliverables Panel
October 23– TBD by participant input
November 20 – New Filmmaker Forum Directors Panel with St. Louis International Film Festival
December –TBD by participant input