DigiFest is our newest convention-within-a-convention at StarFest. DigiFest is dedicated to the world of Digital Animation in Film, TV, Games, Comics and Computers. We have a pretty-ambitious list of activities and panels planned for the weekend and look forward to giving everyone at... [read more]
DigiFest is our newest convention-within-a-convention at StarFest. DigiFest is dedicated to the world of Digital Animation in Film, TV, Games, Comics and Computers. We have a pretty-ambitious list of activities and panels planned for the weekend and look forward to giving everyone attending a chance to learn everything they want to know about the field.
This year our guests are Jesse Bullington, Molly Tanzer, Quincy Allen, David Boop, and Lewis One
DigiFest membership is included in your regular StarFest membership. Attendance to any of the DigiFest events only requires that you display your StarFest wristband upon entry. If you would like to help with DigiFest, or feel you can contribute to the events, please let us know!
Start a business with your Mac featuring Kevin Cullis No matter if you run an online business or a traditional brick-and-mortar business, there is a computer at the center of it. You’ll learn: How to set up your business the right way the first time., How to implement your business plan and get your first customer, How to start a business at home, in school, or open a medical or law office after college, How to use your Mac’s built-in software to affordably advertise your business and attract new customers, And much, much more!
Kevin Cullis is a former Air Force officer, currently a business geek and now has become an entrepreneur. He has his Masters Degree in Administration as well as 12 years of face-to-face experience selling both Macs and PCs to businesses. The combination of both a business and a computer process perspectives makes him unique in saving and making money using a Mac. How to Start a Business: Mac Version.
Copyright detective This lecture-style presentation will cover important topics related to copyright and copyright compliance and clearance in the digital environment. I will offer a quick overview of copyright law, fair use, and public domain. We will then delve into relevant issues related to the protection of owners and users of copyrighted content, covering some important basics in the creation, use and distribution of copyrighted materials online and off.
Joyce Miller is the co-founder and co-owner of Integrated Writer Services, a publishing consulting service. Joyce is an author, and educator with over twenty years experience in publishing, copyright, and copyright compliance.
Vintage Movie Trailers Prepare yourself for grindhouse night with an assortment of vintage shorts and Movie trailers Including many favorites from Grindhouse Nights past.
Asian Cult Cinema Panel Join Panelists Mike H, Dan Crosier, Jolyon Yates, Stephen Santa Cruz, Jesse Bullington and Molly Tanzer as they discuss their favorite Asian films past and present . There will be Prizes and Surprises.
Meet the DEAD Academy Entertainment Art School. The Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy (aka DEAD Academy) has opened its doors in Denver and is looking for students who want to get into the art side of the movie, video game and comic book industries. Come learn about what the DEAD Academy has to offer, and our plans for bringing more creative projects and productions to Colorado! Come meet Zak Hennessey, founder of the DEAD Academy, and some of the great teachers who are helping put the Academy on the map! www.deadacademy.com
Financial basics for Creative Professionals. Join Christopher Manzanares as he gives tips about understanding the challenges that many professionals face with their finances, having a healthy financial balance, and how the decisions we make today may be negatively impacting our ability to plan for the future. Christopher will also be taking questions. Christopher Manzanares is an award winning illustrator and painter as well as a Financial Specialist for Denver’s top-rated wealth management firm, according to 5280 Magazine. He is also very suave!
Grindhouse Night 3: a triple feature served up grindhouse style with vintage trailers and other surprises Introduced horror host style by Stephen Graham Jones. Our features are FrankenHooker from 1989, Hong Kong classic “The Bride with White Hair” and Contemporary favorite “Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil”.
Movie, Video Game and Comic Book Art Classes in Denver! Have you ever wanted to get into the art departments of a movie, video game or comic book? The Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy (aka DEAD Academy) will tell you all about our plans to create comprehensive courses and programs to develop artists and help them learn what Art Directors want to see when they’re looking to hire new talent. Hosted by Zak Hennessey, founder of the DEAD Academy, and starring many of the industry professionals who are now teaching at the Academy. www.deadacademy.com
Intro to Film Acting: Patrick Sheridan of the Film Acting Academy of Denver is on hand to give you insight into the basic basic principles of acting for television and film. He’ll also give you information on how to further your acting experience. If nothing else, it will change the way you watch movies!
Colfax and 15th screening . Colfax & 15th is about Issac, a young hood turned bounty hunter, who finds himself caught within a hidden web of corruption. He begins to unravel the shady organization of his employer, Rome, a bail-bondsman who’s fallen deep into a world of criminality. As Issac tries to reform his life, he is led down a path of deceit into an unseen subculture that teeters on the edge of law and lawlessness. Now, with a child on the way, Isaac must use his knowledge of the streets to survive and collect on one last bounty.
The feature film Colfax &15th, from director Stephen Santa Cruz & cinematographer Joel Stangle, features all local actors including Joseph Trujillo, Ariana Sanchez, & Ketrick ‘Jazz’ Copeland. The film is a fictional account exploring a faction of Denver’s criminal underworld as it intertwines with the bounty retrieval business. Q&A with Santa Cruz will follow the screening.
Win with online Video Marketing Many successful companies market themselves primarily on YouTube. Learn the secrets to their online video success, including:
How to create an online TV series for cheap
What types of videos encourage sharing and social media forwarding
How to write successful video messages
How to create an effective YouTube channel
Best ways to distribute your videos online
How to promote your videos in traditional media, such as TV, radio and newspapers
BIO: Kevin Campbell is a video producer with more than twenty years of experience writing and producing commercials, corporate videos, television shows and feature films. His company, Kevin Campbell Films, specializes in creating online video marketing campaigns.
Upgrading Memories for the Digital Age These days, the makers of digital imaging devices – still and video cameras, scanners, and the like – try to make the experience of capturing and digitizing your analog world as effortless as possible. The “auto” settings that they offer do a pretty good job in most circumstances. But like everything, there’s an easy way to do things, and a right way. Ed Campbell, photo restoration professional from A Page Is Turned, will show you how to get the best image possible when scanning your precious originals. Along the way, he’ll be offering some tips and shortcuts that can help you become a scanning expert.
Ed Campbell has been involved in the world of digitizing and restoring old photos and documents since the early days of the PC. He has been an avid user of Photoshop since before it was the program of choice for image processing. Today, he is the co-owner of A Page Is Turned, a premium service business devoted to the process of preserving and restoration of all of your precious memories in the form of video and audio tapes, 8mm and Super8 film, prints, slides, and negatives. Don’t let them fade away – pass along your legacy in a form that will allow future generations to touch the past.
Online Short Comedy Success. For aspiring filmmakers and comedians! Creating short video comedy is a sure-fire way to let the world see your talent, but you have to follow the rules to succeed. Comedy filmmaker Kevin Campbell (“Cheerleader Ninjas”) shows you what types of comedy work best, how to market your short videos, how to get advertising revenue and get the attention of the big boys in Hollywood (like “Funny or Die” or “College Humor”).
BIO: Kevin Campbell is a video and film producer with more than twenty years of experience writing and producing commercials, corporate videos, television shows and feature films. His first feature, “Cheerleader Ninjas,” was sold to Lionsgate Films and his short comedy films (including the “Gary Busey Show”) are used to market several clients world-wide.
The Emerging Filmmakers Project Presents Colorado Shorts The Emerging Filmmakers Project has been showcasing the best of Denver’s indie film scene down at The Bug Theatre the third Thursday of every month since 2002. The EFP is proud to present a few of the movies that a have screened at the EFP the last few years.
Asgard Studios Presents Colorado’s own Asgard studios Showcases work from projects past and future Asgard is a full service production studio, for both independent film and larger budget productions. We have the equipment and crew to get you through pre-production, production, and post production, including studio rental, camera/equipment rental, Stunt Coordination, Stunt training, art direction, music composition, CGI visual FX, and practical FX to name a few
Web Multi-media bring your website to the next level by adding State of the Art Multimedia. Learn what options are available. Over the next two years, The FrontPage of everyone’s website will start resembling a TV commercial more & more. Get ahead of the curve and see what technology exists to make a real connection with your audience. http://www.optionsm.com
Microsoft windows 8 preview. Join the Microsoft Store team to discuss future trends in technology. This session will include a preview of Microsoft’s upcoming OS, Windows 8. Explore the new touch friendly interface, and learn about the variety of compatible devices, and discover the future of apps. You will also learn more about Office 365, Microsoft’s newest Cloud based service.
After Effects visual persuasions class Instructor Chuck Ulibarri’s presentation will highlight what’s new in the latest 2 versions CS5 and CS5.5 as well as give a brief overview and take audience questions about The world’s most popular visual effects and compositing program.
Visual Persuasion offers hands-on, classroom and customized, onsite training in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects and Dreamweaver. We also offer a special 1-day training course using InDesign to create eBooks for eReaders. www.vpclasses.com
CAI portfolio review Get your portfolio reviewed by working professionals. Sign up at the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators table at DigiFest to insure an opening for this event http://www.allianceofillustrators.org/
Copyright Q&A Hear stories from the trenches from a lawyer with years of experience in Copyright law. Get a rare opportunity to discuss concerns about your projects with a true professional in a fun informal setting.
Steve Replin’s practice includes the representation of film makers, writers, musicians, studios, and all others in the creative arts. He is currently representing a fund being formed to finance the production of independent feature film projects, http://replinrhoades.com/.
Dreamweaver Steve Fivehouse will talk about Dreamweaver vs Muse (Adobe Muse is currently in beta but will be coming out in CS6, it will allow designers to create website w/o knowing code. Dreamweaver is the leading software for designing websites. Steve teaches at Visual Persuasion Adobe Training center. http://www.vpclasses.com/
WordPress for the Masses Our Host Matt Weeden design Gives you the Big over view of WordPress. The leading website and blog software package. He will take questions, but no prisoners. To learn more about Matt’s work visit http://www.mattweedendesign.com/
Funding for creative projects with Steve Replin. Steve will take questions and discuss some of the techniques in his book “ Where to Go when the Bank says no” to help you get your Creative projects of the ground. Steve has helped ink numerous lucrative deals for local creative. http://hardmoneybooks.com/
Toon Boom Demo with Lewis One. Toon Boom is the leading software for 2D animation worldwide. It far surpasses flash in many areas. Come and Get the basics. Lewis worked as an animator on Tiny Toons and The Triplets of Belleville among many other projects.
Shorts from Young Denver Film Makers the younger crowd can make amazing films too. This will feature films from current and recently-graduated film students.
Crate Digging and DJing in the digital age. Come enjoy a roundtable discussion with a handful of locally and nationally known DJs (each with well over 10 years of experience behind them) who have made the jump from performing on analog formats to performing on digital formats. Why did they do it? Does it hurt their reputation? Can anyone do it? Joining the discussion will be: Tyler Jacobson (Co-Founder & DJ of Lipgloss / Mile High Soul Club / Casual / Former on air personality on Indie 101.5) Michael Trundle (Co-Founder & DJ of Lipgloss) Peter Black (DJ of So What, Founder of Denver After Dark) DJ Tower (Resident at The Church, former resident at The Deadbeat Club) DJ DogBoy (Co-Founder & DJ at Mile High Soul Club, former resident DJ at 9th Ave West)
Comic Book Art Classes at the DEAD Academy Have you ever wanted to work in comics, either as a professional or on an independent comic? The Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy has opened, and is offering classes in the field of Comic Books, teaching everything from coming up with the original concept, through all the art and story stages, all the way to publishing and distributing your series. Taught by industry professionals and independent creators who have experience creating comic books, we can offer you the education you need to learn about the industry, and show you how to create a portfolio that editors want to see. We will talk about the classes and end with a Q&A session about the school and the industry. www.deadacademy.com
3D Animation Process: Featuring Bots with crazy horse studios Independent animators from Denver-based Crazy Horse Studios, will be walking through the process behind their newest animated short film, Bots. Take an in-depth look at the start-to-finish development of this amazing musical short on its journey from concept art to the render farm. Panelists: Paul Regalado, Amber Vojensky, Bryan Weathers, Derek Garcia, Jon Martinez, Brendan Young
Video Game Art Classes at the DEAD Academy How do they create all that cool art in video games? And how can a creative person get into such an awesome field? The Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy is starting a Video Game Art Department, and we are looking for talented people who want to become students of the craft of video game art! Come meet the teachers, listen to their wisdom, and ask them questions about the school and the industry! www.deadacademy.com
Writing for Film and Animation Join a group of local, independent writers who will be discussing the ins, outs and general observations about writing for independent film and animation. The group consists of a variety of creatives from the Denver area and will focus their talk on the successes and failures in writing for different genres and industries. Panelists: Dan Crosier, Cuyler Mortimore, Eric Hunter, Dane Bernhardt, Stephen Santa-Cruz
Venture Brothers are Go Our Panel discusses the Venture brothers, the hippest most culture literate cartoon ever created. http://venturebrosblog.com/
Art Classes for the Movie Industry at the DEAD Academy. Do you love the amazing art that is appearing in today’s visually stunning movies? The Art Departments on today’s movies regularly make terribly written movies into visual extravaganzas. Typically, you’d have to go to Los Angeles or other cities to get an education in the art of movies, but the Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy has opened its doors, and we have begun offering initial classes in the different fields of movie art. Everything from pre-production, character and prop design, monster makeup, and more are currently accepting students, with more classes offered every term. Come learn about what the DEAD Academy has planned for movie art classes now and in the near future! Bring your questions, because there will be a Q&A session at the end of the panel. www.deadacademy.com
One Zero Pixel Show you can expect all kinds of surprises tonight. Ones and Zeros is a film series focusing on the digital arts produced by the garage studios made possible by today’s software and technology. Flip-cams, i-Phones and open-source shareware have put the power of animation and video making in the hands of the masses that do not always have a venue to show their work. Something we hope to rectify. http://onesandzeros.webs.com/
The Independent Studio Model Crazy Horse Studios, a local Denver start-up studio, relates the ground-up process and philosophy behind their creation of an independent studio that focuses on building an artistic network and creative collaboration. Panelists: Stephen Santa-Cruz, Paul Regalado, Amber Vojensky, Dane Bernhardt, Brendan Young, Cuyler Mortimore, Bryan Weathers, Dan Crosier
Nerdcore For Life Two of the 21st century’s most powerful social forces; Hip-Hop and geek culture collide head-on in the feature-length documentary, Nerdcore For Life. Born on the internet, Nerdcore Hip-Hop is rap music made by geeks, for geeks and covers such traditionally nerdy topics as comic books, video games, sci-fi, anime and technology.
Crapbot Productions is dedicated to producing, shooting and editing unusual and memorable documentaries and web content. Crapbot Productions has had its award-winning work seen by millions of viewers around the world and covered by media outlets such as Newsweek Magazine, The New York Times, NPR and MTV. drop us a line at CrapbotProductions@gmail.com.
Animated shorts. We choose the choicest shorts In contemporary animation and serve them up fresh
Colonel Bleep presents Vintage Sci-Fi toy commercials. Colonel Bleep is the first TV color cartoon from 1957. His timeless shorts bookend a wide range of toy commercials of classic SCI-FI toy commercials. Please note that quality of these rare materials will vary.
Book Trailer Theater. Explore this emerging medium, and fill out your reading list while we showcase the best in Book trailers from the last year.
Monster Makeup Art Classes at the DEAD Academy! Do you love the television show Face Off? Do you love the zombies in The Walking Dead and other great movies and shows? Do you attend Denver’s annual Zombie Crawl? Are you fascinated with FX makeup for movies? The Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy (aka DEAD Academy) is pleased to announce that Midian Crosby, award winning special effects artist, is going to talk about her field, her experiences, and the classes she is offering through the DEAD Academy. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how you could get into the monster FX industry, swing by this panel and bring your questions! www.deadacademy.com
Illustrator Mandi Pralle will focus will be on top features in CS5, and answer questions about The leading illustration program. Mandi is the owner of Visual Persuasion offers hands-on, classroom and customized, onsite training in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects and Dreamweaver. http://www.vpclasses.com/
Denver Writers Lounge. Come and Meet the Denver Writers Meet-up and learn about organization well as other resources for writers in Denver
Multimedia Readings DigiFest Guests Quincy Allen, Jesse Bullington, David Boop, and MollyTanzer read selections from their works with Multimedia stimulus added.
An Intro to Electronic Publishing A panel discussion with overview of who and what in Epub including authors, publishers, and agencies. We will look to trends and the future of the book.
Author and publisher, EJ Thornton has brought over 200 books to market in the last several years. She teaches strategic planning, market readiness, publicity, promotions, 21st century marketing and real-world marketing to authors all over the country. http://ejthornton.com/
Ebooks and E readers Our Panel discusses the advantages and disadvantages of different ereaders vendors, and formats
Great Cartoons of the 20s and 30s See vintage Rubberhose style animation at its finest with contributions from all the major studios of the era.
The Future of the DEAD Academy The Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy (aka DEAD Academy) has big plans for the future of the Colorado movie, video game, and comic book industries. We intend to bring together local talent and help them create movie studios, video game companies and comic book studios, to make Denver a center of entertainment art. If you would like to be a part of this future, come to this panel and learn how! www.deadacademy.com
Pixels to Profit: The eBook opportunity EBooks are expected to outsell print editions 3-to-1 this year. This digital revolution has permanently changed the rules of publishing and savvy authors who have learned how to play are reaping the rewards. But how do you enter this market? How do you, as a content creator, prepare and protect your content for current and future formats?
Brian Schwartz is the vice president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association and has been speaking professionally and teaching workshops on digital publishing since 2008 http://www.kindleexpert.com
Digital Steampunk Fairy Tales Learn about the process Of creating and animating steam punk versions of Fairy tale classics. Peter Wack has been publishing short stories since 1993, game story-lines since 2002, and novels since 2008. His first novel, Second Paradigm, landed him several speaking engagements on the topic of how to write time travel and true nonlinear stories. He is currently playing in the Steampunk sandbox as head of a creative studio at www.FairyPunkStories.com where he pairs writers and artists to create illustrated Steampunk Fairy Tales.
What Superheros Can Teach You About Branding It doesn’t matter if you’re a Marvel or DC fan. Superheros understand the inherent power of unpopular. Join Erika Napoletano, admitted comic book geek and the author of The Power of Unpopular (Wiley 2012) for a laugh-inducing and nerdtastic stroll through why thinking like a superhero could turn your company into one — and in the eyes of the only people who matter. Your audience. In this session you’ll discover: Rethinking “unpopular” – It’s not junior high anymore and why popularity is the last thing businesses every want to build for. Kicked when you’re down – Learning to love it and what to do when you’re at rock bottom. Why people hate the brands we love – It’s simple, and the same reason we have heroes and villains. We need them. Why unpopular isn’t the new black – Only Batman and Catwoman can pull off black. How to find your brand personality and avoid falling prey to cliché.
Closing Ceremonies. Come and Give us your feedback as we Set up plans for next years event. learn how to get involved with our other events, and the big show next year.