This year the Savannah Film Festival celebrated the 20th anniversary with 50,000 fans, filmmakers, media, and students of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
I had the great honor to represent DEFINITION 6 and to host four amazing participants this year; actress, Willow Shields, Director, Norman Stone, Executive Producer and Oscar nominated production designer, David L. Snyder, and Emmy winning Foley artist, Marko Costanzo.
One of the premiere events was the US premiere of the 3D film Into the Rainbow, starring Willow Shields, directed by Norman Stone, and executive produced and designed by David L. Snyder. Before the screening, Willow held an acting masterclass and was given the Rising Star Award by the Festival.
After the film, she, Stone and Snyder participated in an in depth Q&A about the intricacies of producing the project in both China and New Zealand.
I also had the great pleasure to interview world famous Foley artist Marko Costanzo in front of a packed theater. He talked about some of the 500 film and TV projects he’s worked on from Life of Pi to The Big Lebowski, and showed how some of the sounds were created live on the stage of the SCAD Museum and also taught a masterclass at the schools sound department.
We saw some great films (my favorite was The Shape Of Water). Rubbed shoulders with some big stars (Patrick Stewart, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek Pinault, and John Boyega) and had a chance to scout some locations for an upcoming period piece. (Snyder said all he’d have to do to make historic parts of Savannah look like the 1800’s was to cover the streets in dirt.)
This is the 4th year in a row I’ve been able to work with the great people of SCAD at the Film Festival. And in February of 2018, I will once again host a discussion at the SCAD Television Festival in Atlanta. Joining me in that panel will be DEFINITION 6’s Jason Rockman.