THE SHOOTJune 9th: 10 am – Noon

Join members of Boston’s production community for an intense look at The Art of the Shoot. The discussion will illuminate feature, commercial, industrial and documentary considerations, with topics including: Producing, Directing, the DP’s role, Choosing Technology, Camera Prep, Storyboards, On location responsibilities, Rates, Union and Non-Union issues, and more!

Speakers and Panelists:
• Bestor Cram – Executive Producer, Northern Light Productions
• Eric D’Amario – Producer, Redtree Productions
• Courtney Kilmartin – Stylist
• Richard Klug – Documentary/Commercial Director
• Stephen McCarthy – Cinematographer
• Chris O’Donnell – Business Manager, IATSE Local 481



Bestor Cram – Executive Producer, Northern Light Productions
Northern Light Productions has been engaged in non-fiction motion picture production for more than 25 years. Today, they are admired for their creative excellence and technical innovation as designers and producers of museum media environments, interactive exhibits, and feature programming for television and theatrical release. Their interest in non fiction filmmaking is continuously expanding across boundaries-  seeking to navigate this world through our imagination tempered by history, culture, science, arts and the humanities. http://nlprod.com

Eric D’Amario – Producer, Redtree Productions
Eric is a staff Line Producer and Head of Production at Redtree. While a good part of his work is bidding, landing & overseeing projects, he’s spent the past 10+ years working on productions throughout the US, Europe/UK, and the Caribbean. Having produced live sporting events, in cranberry bogs, on cruise ships, as well as traditional commercial sets, his list of producing credits include clients such as Celebrity Cruiselines, Comcast/XFINITY, Ocean Spray, Volkswagen & Wendy’s. Eric is also a 2nd AD with the Directors Guild of America. http://redtreeprod.com

Courtney Kilmartin – Stylist
Twenty years ago, Courtney walked onto her first commercial set and knew she had “found her people” – a group of smart, diverse, creative, problem-solving individuals all working in tandem yet with great autonomy. She was hooked – enough to turn away from a long coveted job at an ad agency in favor of being a self-employed wardrobe stylist and makeup artist in the film industry and loving (almost) every minute of it. Possessing an innate understanding that small details are integral to great stories and images combined with an unyielding passion for aesthetics, Courtney’s work includes national commercials and print campaigns for Coca Cola, Volkswagen, McDonalds, TJ Maxx and Reebok to name a few.

Richard Klug – Documentary/Commercial Director
As a Director and Cinematographer of commercials, documentaries, short films and web content, Richard works with advertising agencies, corporations and non-profits to plan, create and implement visual communication strategies. He is a  filmmaker with wide experience in interactive video, interviews, celebrities, locations, tabletop and high speed photography. 35mm film, 16mm film and digital high definition video. In addition to his work for 50 Eggs Films (Lemonade Stories, we are BlackRock, and Ten9Eight), Richard has shot commercials for Gillette, ESPN, Hummer, McDonald’s, Hewlett-Packard, Volkswagen, and Ocean Spray. His work has won Gold awards at the One Show, Communication Arts, the Telly Awards, the International Film & TV Festival of New York, Boston’s Hatch Awards, Hugo, Cindy and Cine Golden Eagle festivals, as well as Minneapolis’ The Show. http://vimeo.com/richardklug

Stephen McCarthy – Cinematographer
Stephen is a director of photography with nearly thirty years of experience in non-fiction filmmaking.  His work appears regularly in prime time documentary series including PBS’s American Experience, American Masters, Frontline, Nova, Nova: Science Now and P.O.V.   Stephen’s recent credits include the Peabody- and Emmy-award-winning My Lai by frequent collaborator Barak Goodman, two seasons of HBO Family’s Masterclass by Oscar-winning producers/directors Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, and Bill Haney’s feature documentary The Last Mountain, which premiered in the documentary competition at 2011’s Sundance Film Festival.  Mr. McCarthy’s photography has been featured most recently in Richard Gordon’s Inside The Goat Rodeo Sessions – a behind-the-scenes documentary about recording the hit cross-over bluegrass album featuring Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Chris Thile; Clinton, a four-hour biography of the 42nd president – also by Barak Goodman – which joined American Experience’s The Presidents series in 2012; Nova’s Cracking Your Genetic Code and PBS’s Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Stephen lives in Boston with his wife and daughter. http://imdb.com


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