Working Methods Seminars

We are excited to announce the schedule and share details of the new “Working Methods” Saturday Seminar Series.

This series of six Seminars held throughout the year will provide an overview, focusing on each stage of creating film, television, and advertising media. Guiding you through the production process from start to finish – each seminar will cover the challenges and nuances of media production, and turning hard work into creative success.

Each phase of production will be covered by key leaders in the industry with presentations and a panel discussion on essential film and media making topics.

The 2-hour sessions will cover a range of topics from speakers and presentations for the first hour, followed by a panel discussion for the second hour with Q&A forums to open the conversation.

Join us early for Coffee from 9:30 – 10:00 AM.       
Seminars begin at 10:00 AM and will run until Noon  •  High Output Studios (Map & Directions)

Seminar Schedule

CONCEPT & WRITING • Saturday March 24th: 10 am – Noon

Learn the ins-and-outs of how writing and concepts for a film come together from an esteemed panel of professionals. Topics will cover writing for ads, writing your movie script, writing for a television commercial.

Speakers and Panelists:
• Seanbaker Carter – SVP, Programming, Powderhouse Productions
• Maureen Foley – Writer / Director
• Rick Frisiello – Creative Director / Conceptual Writer, Rick Frisiello Creative (former VP/Creative Director, Arnold)
• Diane Lake – Screenwriter
• Chuck Matzker – Art Director

View Panel Bios & More Info on: Concept & Writing Seminar




PRE-PRODUCTION & PRODUCERS • Saturday April 28th: 10 am – Noon

A range of topics will be explored including the essential pre-production logistics, ad agency philosophy and preparation, casting and talent, and the final pre-production meeting.

Speakers and Panelists:
• Dorothy Aufiero – Producer, Redhawk Entertainment
• Eran Lobel – President, Element Productions
• Joe Maiella – Vice President of Sales, Media Services
• Emily McNamara – Entertainment Lawyer
• Angela Peri – Founder/Casting Director, Boston Casting
• Sean Vernaglia – Senior Producer, Arnold Worldwide

View Panel Bios & More Info on: Pre-Production & Producers Seminar




THE SHOOT • Saturday June 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

More Panelists TBA!   •   View Panel Bios & More Info on: The Shoot Seminar




POST PRODUCTION & VISUAL EFFECTS • Saturday September 15th: 10 am – Noon

The process of  Off-Line, On-Line, and VFX will be covered from a variety of perspectives and application with some the industry’s most esteemed editors, post production specialists, and visual effects creators.

Speakers and Panelists:
• Shondra Burke – Editor
• Jeanne Jordan – Editor
• Charles Merzbacher – Filmmaker/Professor, BU Dept of Film & TV
• Don Packer – Editor/Owner, Engine Room Edit

More Guests and Panelists TBA!    •   View Panel Bios & More Info on: Post Production & Visual Effects Seminar




POST AUDIO • Saturday October 20th: 10 am – Noon

Post Audio will touch on sound design techniques and practices, how to work with a composer and create with music as an essential element in narrative filmmaking.

Speakers and Panelists:
• Chris Anderson – Harpswell Sound Co
• John Kusiak – Composer, Kusiak Music
• Brian McKeever – Engineer, Soundtrack
• Mitchell Rosenwald – Executive Producer, Magic Box Films

More Guests and Panelists TBA!    •   View Panel Bios & More Info on: Post Audio Seminar




DISTRIBUTION • Saturday November 10th: 10 am – Noon

An in-depth discussion on putting your work into the world, from Film Festivals and Ad Campaigns – to PR and distribution, we will offer the perspectives of a diverse group of accomplished panelists.

Speakers and Panelists:
• Chico Colvard – Documentary Director / Producer, Family Affair
• Lisa Hickey – Social Media/Creative Director, Good Men Media
• Barb Reilly – Managing Partner, Arnold Worldwide
• Adam Roffman – Festival Director, IFF Boston
• Margie Sullivan – Executive Producer, Redtree Productions
• Susi Walsh – Executive Director, Center for Independent Documentary

More Guests and Panelists TBA!    •   View Panel Bios & More Info on: Distribution Seminar



Seminar Rates
                                                  Admission             Discounted MPC Member Rate 
Full 6-Seminar Series:                 $250                                      $220
3-Session Pak:                             $135                                      $115
Individual Seminars:                     $50                                        $45


Ticketing Info

Tickets for the Seminar Series or Individual Seminars may be purchased in advance online or paid by cash or check at the door.
We encourage you to RSVP if you plan to attend the Seminars. Please Note: Advanced Tickets are non-refundable, but may be applied to other Seminar dates if you are unable to attend.
For inquiries and questions, contact: David Hartman:




The Seminar Series is made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Arts Program and our partners in the initiatives: Ad Club, Center for Independent Documentary, IATSE Local 481, and Redtree Productions. The series is collaboratively programmed by MPC Board Members and spearheaded by Margie Sullivan, MPC Vice President. Special thanks to the Seminar Host John Cini and High Output.