CFTN FILM LAB

Applications Now Open!

New Block 1 Beginning January 12, 2021!

Enlightening, encouraging and supporting filmmakers with the knowledge, tools and community needed to create original film projects.

 

Got Questions?

What a time to be a filmmaker! The doors are wide open for original content.

So much has changed in our world, especially in the entertainment industry. If you’ve wondered if your gifts still have a place in this time, the answer is yes. People without hope need your voice.

If you’re a writer, actor or director ready to create their stories, the Film Lab is for you.

Ready to put your gifts into action? Here’s the chance to create your own film projects right now.

We are bridging the gap between writers, actors and directors by bringing them together to learn the foundations of film storytelling. Classes will be hands-on, experiential and collaborative, and include breakout sessions for each area of expertise.

Foundations

The foundations of storytelling always present rich discoveries that new and experienced filmmakers can build upon.

Experiential

Learn by doing. We believe what you learn should be practiced when it is taught. Each class will be a balance of teaching and doing.

Collaborative

Writers, actors and directors, all under one roof,  learning a common language, listening to one another and creating original content together.

Community

No one makes a film alone. We will create an encouraging, supportive and inspiring community who will create in and out of class.

Flourish in a Unique, Creative Setting + Format

With a foundation in visual storytelling, characters, plot, scene writing and more, filmmakers will workshop original materials and become content creators in a team environment.

Whether it’s a few scenes, a short film or a feature film, the goal is to create lasting, beautiful work.

• Full Program: 4 blocks/8-week classes
• Blocks build on the last
• Limited Space  –  30 Filmmakers/block

Block 1 (Spring 2021 Class): January 12, 2021 – March 2, 2021 • Tuesdays •  The Wherehouse • 7-10 pm

Block 2 (Fall 2020 Class): January 14, 2021 – March 4, 2021 • Thursdays • The Wherehouse • 7-10 pm

• $25/non-refundable app fee (goes toward tuition)

• $250/Block  |  Intro Price

• Applications due January 7, 2021

Block Info

Block 1

Syllabus: Biblical, Psychological and Practical Reasons for Films • Visual Storytelling • Characters: 4 Core Attributes • Characters: Wants, Needs and Conflict • 5 Beats of a Scene (the grace to write) • Diving into Acting • The Foundation of Story: Truth, Goodness and Beauty

Dates: 1/12/21 - 3/2/21

Block 2

Syllabus: Show, Don’t Tell: Images, Context and Juxtaposition • Dialogue: pushing the story forward • Theme: Why you are telling the story now • Transformation: The arch of protagonists • Plotting: Why it matters • Film Structure: the 8 beats of a feature film • Stories as Weapons of Healing

Dates: 1/14/21 - 3/4/21 (Finish Block 1 or Weekend Intensive)

Block 3

Syllabus: Characters: Filling the story • Make it Clear: Developing a clear narrative spine • Going deeper: Making your Protagonist and Antagonist robust • Creating your style • Writing for the audience • Prepping people’s hearts

Dates: 3/25/21 - 5/14/21

Block 4

Coming Soon!

Dates: TBA

Mentors

Chris Dalton

Writing Mentor

For over twenty years, Chris has written for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, small businesses, independent producers and film investors. He has been published in Group Magazine, Relevant Magazine, medium.com, storywarren.com and prophecyinvestigators.com. Christopher was trained through UCLA’s Screenwriting Workshop as well as the famed Act One Program in Hollywood. From 2015 through 2018, Christopher oversaw the feature film writing program at Act One, taking an active part in mentoring 100+ screenwriters. He also consulted on over 200 screenplays for various writers, investors and production companies. Christopher has written eleven feature films (six for hire), a novel, a dozen short stories, as well as ghostwritten fourteen books. He and his wife, Carissa, founded Huck&Dorothy, a story company, out of a love for stories and a mission to spread hope through moving narratives.

Carissa Dalton

Acting Mentor

As a professional actor for twenty-plus years, Carissa has appeared in various stage productions, including Anything Goes with AZ Broadway Theatre, on tour with Phoenix Children’s Theatre, and many more. On the small screen, she has guest-starred in National Geographic Locked-up Abroad: Henry Hill and Sony Pictures’ S.I.S. In the feature film Before the Dawn she played a supporting role and has enjoyed roles in more than a dozen short films. Carissa has also starred in many commercials such as Goodwill, Teleflora, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and Amtrack. She is a classically trained vocalist, with training in the Meisner method of acting, the L.A. Upright Citizens Brigade improv classes, and over fifteen years in on-camera acting techniques in both Arizona and Los Angeles.

Ready to take the next step in your calling and work with others filmmakers called to influence culture through films? Don't wait. Apply today.