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Picture This: The Filmmakers Program @ Cleveland State University

Year 2--Workshops I

January 2005


What is Picture This? It's a two-year series of activities in support of regional filmmaking education, funded by the President's Initiative Fund program (a partnership of the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation and Cleveland State University). Year 2 (2004-2005) includes a series of film education workshops, a short screenplay competition, the development of a filmmakers resource website in collaboration with Greater Cleveland's Film Commission, and the production of the short film, Fear Comes to Paxton Street.

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Professional Instructors

Intensive Workshops-January 7, 8, 9

Directing the Short Film: Laura Paglin, with Claude File

Laura Paglin, the principal instructor for the Directing workshop, has been producing and directing films since she was a teenager. Her recently completed feature film, NightOwls of Coventry (a Sundance Script Lab finalist) is currently making the festival circuit - having screened at such prestigious venues as the Cleveland International Film Festival, Cinequest in San Jose and IFP West in Los Angeles.

Other projects have been distributed in the educational market, aired on the Sundance Channel and shown on PBS affiliates throughout Country. Paglin's latest documentary, Shadow of the Swan will premiere at the Cleveland Museum of Art's film series this spring.

Claude File will conduct a unit on "Directing the Performer" as part of the Directing the Short Film Workshop. Professor File joined the CSU Drama faculty in 2003. The holder of an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans, he has over 250 acting and directing credits on stage, film, and television. Claude's professional acting credits include the films Everybody's All-American, The Real McCoy, and The Investigator. In the 1990's Claude owned and operated The Acting Studio in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a member of AFTRA and SAG.

Cinematography: Jim Riccardi and Robert Banks

Jim Riccardi's work as cinematographer/videographer has included nearly 2,000 TV commercials, many documentaries, feature films, music videos, and television features. He has served as a camera operator on such projects as HBO's Concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Drew Carey Show, Newhart, Unsolved Mysteries, All That (Nickelodeon), various programs for the Discovery Channel, ABC Wide World of Sports, the features Renegade Force and The Year That Trembled, and music videos for Pere Ubu and Bone Thugs & Harmony. His story:

Jim Riccardi became intrigued with film production in the late 1960's when a friend returned from Europe with 4000 feet of exposed 16mm film and asked him to help put together a documentary. The pair spent many overnighters editing at Labcraft, Cleveland's film facility at the time, locking the lab door behind them at 6 am to go to their regular jobs. Some months later they acquired their first "paying" shoot, a recruiting film for John Carroll University. This was followed by a documentary for the City of East Cleveland, which gained Jim entry into the film production department of WVIZ Television. There he spent a year producing films for National Instructional Television's Inside Out children's series, which won a national Emmy.

In 1972 he began shooting at the fledgling UAB Productions of WUAB Television, then owned by United Artists Broadcasting, where he "ground out 16mm retail commercials by the pound," then moving to agency bids and working in 35mm. In 1980 he briefly returned to WVIZ to edit and partly shoot the PBS Odyssey program The First Family, the story of the "Lucy" skeleton discovery.

Departing UAB in 1986, Jim became an agency producer for Fox & Associates, while contiuing to shoot commercials as well as corporate films. In 1988 he left Fox to become independent. Music videos in Hollywood, resort videos, and more documentary work became added to the mix, including jobs for clients such as CBS/MTM, the BBC, Drew Carey, America's Most Wanted, The FBI Files, The New Detectives and occasional feature work.

Today after more than 30 years in the film and video business, Jim continues to shoot and edit, still having a great time with all the noise and nonsense.

Robert Banks has specialized in avant-garde structuralist filmmaking. His works have been screened at film festivals around the world, winning numerous awards. His 1992 work, X: The Baby Cinema, has garnered international attention. A graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts, he has taught film courses at Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland State University. He has also worked as a free-lance cinematographer on numerous commercials and music videos.

Lighting/Grip: John Turk

John Turk is Owner/President of Phantom Power Grip & Electric, a company that provides full-service grip and lighting equipment for national and local film/video professionals. John has served as Director of Photography or Gaffer on over 70 national commercials and music videos (e.g., "Go DJ", Little Wayne). He recently served as Lead Gaffer for the feature film, The "Oh" in Ohio. Other feature films include Welcome to Collinwood (Gaffer), American Splendor (Gaffer), and Martians from Venus (DP).


Intensive Workshop-January 14, 15, 16

Producing the Short Film: Kate Amer

Kate Amer had been involved in the production of many films shot in the Cleveland area since her first, 1987's Light of Day. Her work as production manager or production supervisor on such films as Major League, Telling Lies in America, Renegade Force, House Arrest, Against the Ropes, and The Year That Trembled has brought her into contact with numerous film professionals from around the country.