NYWIFT Blog

New York City Artist Corp Grants Information Workshop – Be Ready for Cycles 2 and 3!!

City Artist Corps Grants will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to more than 3,000 working NYC artists – including filmmakers – who will engage the public with arts activities across New York City’s five boroughs beginning this July. In conversation with Leslie Fields-Cruz.

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Owning It Skill Share in Partnership with NYWIFT and WIF

Join The Gotham’s Owning It program in partnership with NYWIFT and WIF for a community skill share. Looking for a certain skillset to help complete your project? Willing to offer your skills to support a fellow creative? At the Skill Share you’ll barter and exchange skills, learn best practices for bartering, and spend time networking with attendees.

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NYWIFT Development Program: Final Draft 11 Basics & Beyond

In this live webinar learn tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Final Draft 11. Learn how to clearly navigate the latest features, including how to use and customize templates, Beat Board, Story Map, Alternate Dialogue, Speech to Script, and more.

The first 60 minutes will be spent demonstrating Final Draft 11 and its features, with some opportunity for participation from the audience via chat.

The rest of the 90-minute webinar will be devoted to audience Q&A.

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One Week Online Program with Roadmap Writers (NYWIFT Members Only)

This one week workshop with Roadmap Writers offers expert advice from writers in the business! Join Roadmap Writers leaders Janet Jeffries, Audrey Knox, and Joey Tuccio as they interactively teach you the ways of writing!

Free to attend. Exclusively for NYWIFT members.

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“Pitching Virtually…It’s Easier Than You Think” with Jim Arnoff

This interactive workshop with Career Coach/Talent Agent Consultant/NYWIFT Member, Jim Arnoff will give you specific tips to create the most engaging interactions on-line. You'll hear pitfalls to avoid and how best to prep for a virtual pitch. Open to NYWIFT members only.

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New York Film Academy Teen 3D Animation Class

NYWIFT has partnered with the prestigious New York Film Academy animation department, which will provide expert animation educators from its award-winning program, Isaac Kalsky and Robert Appleton, to guide participants in working virtually to create their own finished short films. Not only are these skills used in film, television, and advertising, they are also an...

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New York Film Academy Adult 3D Animation Class

This Webinar explores basic methods of animation and how they are being implemented in Maya Autodesk's 3D computer graphics software. Topics will include: Disney’s 12 principles of animation, a demonstration of bouncing ball animation, a demonstration of a Pendulum animation and tail animation, walk cycle animation, and techniques for facial expression. This program is open to those 15-years-old and up. 

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Virtual Development Program: Demystifying Film Delivery: What Every Producer Should Know

Why should you be thinking about delivery now, when your production is on hold? Because the best time to start preparing for delivery—the crucial, final step needed to ready a film for distribution and GET PAID—is before you begin! And yet, delivery is often an afterthought in financing agreements, production budgets and workflows.

Join Stacey Smith of CinePointe Advisors for a “crash course” in film delivery. Stacey will review delivery terminology, explain how to negotiate the terms of delivery to distributors to save time and money and provide guidance in avoiding common pitfalls specifically related to legal and document delivery.

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Virtual Program: Individual and Small Business Planning During COVID-19

Individuals and small business owners: are you curious about the government programs available to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic turbulence?

NYWIFT corporate partners Gail Linn, CFP® and Bill Fischer, CFP® from Fortis Lux Financial will host an educational workshop where they will discuss the benefits of the recently passed CARES act and answer your questions. The entire act encompasses a full 900 pages, but Gail and Bill will cut to the chase by reviewing the most important issues that individuals and small business owners need to know.

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Retirement Planning for Freelancers – November 2019

Freelancers usually don’t have access to 401K and pension plans that so many workers take for granted. As usual, freelancers need to do it all themselves. Attend an in-depth and informative financial planning seminar geared towards the retirement needs of freelancers. Whether you are just starting to get your first few projects or you have been freelancing in film and television for years, this presentation is for you. Certified Financial Planners Gail Linn and William Fischer at Fortis Lux Financial (an office of MassMutual) will inform you about the key concepts you need to consider when it comes to saving for retirement, protection strategies, business transition, estate planning and more. Presentation will also cover tax savings strategies.

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Lunchtime Skills Workshop: Owning Your Power

Looking to have a lot more say in the way things are handled in your entertainment career? Tired of giving decisions over to your agent, manager, producer or collaborator? Feeling intimidated about money and talking a deal? This interactive  workshop will give you NYWIFT Member/Certified Career Coach/TV Packaging Agent Jim Arnoff's take on how to reclaim the decisions in your career. Learn the  most effective ways to build your confidence, communicate with conviction and ask for what you want. Gain the skills to negotiate in a way that minimizes the fears and maximizes the results. Hear the insider's tips on how to network that sets you apart  and creates the most memorable connections. You will hear the best ways to collaborate with ease, claim your authentic voice and honor your creativity. This workshop is all about claiming your power, leveraging your strengths and being fully expressed.

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New Date – Destination Co-Star! TV Tips for the Emerging Actor

Are you an actor transitioning from theater, independent film, background work, or just starting out? This workshop is for those seeking practical advice in booking their first television co-star role, and more importantly, building a life-long career. Mellini Kantayya, actor, writer, and humorist, will cover casting directors, agents, creating a network vs. networking, audition best practices (and managing those audition nerves), and more!

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Retirement Planning for Freelancers – March 2019

Freelancers usually don’t have access to 401K and pension plans that so many workers take for granted. As usual, freelancers need to do it all themselves. Attend an in-depth and informative financial planning seminar geared towards the retirement needs of freelancers. Whether you are just starting to get your first few projects or you have been freelancing in film and television for years, this presentation is for you. Certified Financial Planners Gail Linn and William Fischer at Fortis Lux Financial (an office of MassMutual) will inform you about the key concepts you need to consider when it comes to saving for retirement, protection strategies, business transition, estate planning and more. Presentation will also cover tax savings strategies.

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SOLD OUT – Writing the Half-Hour Television Pilot Treatment – March 2019

Whether you are writing a half-hour drama, comedy or a dramedy, a good treatment helps you identify and prevent important structural and character mistakes. The treatment helps as a diagnostic tool once you’ve completed your draft to foolproof your story. It is also a useful selling tool in a marketplace where, in a practical sense, no one reads it until you have an insider’s attention. Attendees will learn: A foolproof method for the half-hour structure; An easy way to create compelling character arcs within an episode; How to organize your act breaks and your A & B stories with ease; and Participants will create an outline for a script that can then be turned into a treatment. Presented by Marilyn Horowitz.

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Lunchtime Skills Workshop: Jim Arnoff Coaching Group

With the start of a new year, join NYWIFT Member/Certified Career Coach/TV Packaging Agent Jim Arnoff in a highly interactive coaching group with fellow NYWIFT members for one-on-one coaching, group coaching, networking and resourcing to supercharge your entertainment career. Bring any areas of your career where you feel stuck, need support or want to brainstorm new possibilities. You’ll learn coaching techniques to envision your ideal career with precision, release those career blocks and create a powerful action plan to create the passion career you deserve. Free and open to NYWIFT members only.

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Integrating Independent & Ethical Products into Your Work & Life

You’re invited to a special “bubbly evening” with our partners at Wolf & Badger and Previse DermApothecary SkinCare to celebrate and learn more about integrating independent and ethically made products into your work and daily lives. Network with fellow designers and influential decision-makers while you learn more about unique products and designers who leave mass production behind and put sustainability and independence at the center of their business model. The event includes cocktails & refreshments, exclusive discounts on available items in-store as well as a 15-Minute Vegan Recharge treatment by Previse U.S.-based aestheticians.

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Advancing Your Negotiation Skills: Live Roleplay Workshop

Join NYWIFT and Shushana Jachobov, entertainment deal-maker, for a hands-on, live roleplay workshop where attendees will practice, first-hand, how to prepare for and negotiate a deal to acquire intellectual property rights for development. Jachobov will provide a a detailed scenario that will involve a production company negotiation with a rights holder to develop a project for the screen. The scenario will involve a first, introductory meeting. Next will be a scenario for a more involved negotiation meeting. Attendees will work in groups to strategize and run two meetings in real time. Jachobov will then review the meetings, offer feedback, provide recommendations and answer questions.

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Directing Actors: Ten Essential Tools for Getting Great Performances

Directing actors can be a challenge. How do you get the best out of your actors? How do you fix a performance that’s off? Adrienne Weiss, Founder of DirectingActors.com developed a method that gives directors the skills they need to diagnose what’s wrong with performances and quickly make them great. Distilled from decades of practical experience, Weiss' technique - The Tools for directing actors - teaches the essentials of how to get great performances, in a method that’s fun and easy to learn. In this evening talk Weiss will share highlights of her acclaimed technique followed by a demonstration with actors and a q&a session.

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