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It's Time to Create. Now.

Over three Saturdays in August, you will discover what it means to be a film actor, uncover the key parts of telling a film story, and begin developing the skills needed to direct a film production.

Then, you will create original short films as teams.

The Mentors.

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.

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 MagazineRelevant Magazine,, and 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.

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8/14, 8/21, + 8/28/21


12 – 4 PM

  • Classes
  • Journal
  • T-shirt
  • An original film you make