Oklahoma Film + Music Conference Schedule
We are excited to announce that we have reached capacity and registration is now closed.
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) will host the inaugural Oklahoma Film + Music Conference: New Heights November 14 + 15 on the 50th floor of Vast in Oklahoma City. This event will feature two days of panel sessions with a wide variety of topics to benefit statewide industry professionals, as well as workshops, networking events and exhibitions. Additionally, this conference will commemorate 40 years of the state supporting an organized Film Commission by recognizing our state’s success and the strides we’ve made in putting Oklahoma on the map as a top filming destination in the United States. Whether you’re an active member of the film and music industries, or beginning to take interest, join OF+MO as we roll out the red carpet for our local industry members alongside some special guests to help shine a spotlight on making movies and music in Oklahoma. Space is limited, so register today!
See the announced speakers bio’s here.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
REGISTRATION | 7:30-9:00am
OPENING SESSION | 9:00-10:00am
Why Industry Power Players are Choosing Oklahoma
Jonathan King, independent film producer
Oklahoma’s diverse locations, skilled talent and growing infrastructure and incentives continue to attract more film productions to our state. More than 30 different feature films, television series and other productions have filmed in Oklahoma this calendar year alone, including the recent production of Amblin Partners/Participant Media’s Untitled Tom McCarthy Project starring Matt Damon. Join us as we welcome one of the film’s producers, Jonathan King, for an intimate discussion on how Oklahoma is attracting more films and how the industry can continue to position itself as one of the country’s top filming destinations.
BREAK | 10:00-10:30am
SESSION 1 | 10:30am-12:00pm
Mastering the Short Pitch
Danny Manus, CEO of No BullScript Consulting
This seminar will cover all the dos and don’ts of short pitches and pitching strategies; the biggest mistakes writers make and how to avoid them; the Vital 5 C’s (and an H) that MUST be included in your pitch; knowing and pitching the A to B of your story; what to include in your first seconds to make a great first impression; how to structure the short pitch; when to use loglines; using the right COMPS for your story; the one-thirds method to pitching a TV series; how to pitch agents and managers; and of course – the horror stories.
Meet the Record Label
Jeff Moseley, Founder/President of Fair Trade Services
Fairtrade Services boasts some of the largest names in the music industry. Phil Wickham, Citizen Way, Sanctus Real and Mercy Me are a few of the artists that this independent label has managed to secure at the top of the charts for years. Sit down with founder and president of one of the most successful independent CCM labels in the world, Jeff Moseley. Listen to the conversation as he explains tactics to impact the industry, how to get noticed in the marketplace, what the function of a label is and if you really need one, and gives an overview of the music industry as a whole in today’s marketplace. This panel provides Oklahomans the opportunity to sit down and hear from one of the most well-known record labels in Christian Contemporary Music. You do not want to miss this rare opportunity to “Meet The Record Label”!
Champions for You: Local Organizations Supporting Film + Music Artists
Katie Dale, Executive Director of the Red Dirt Relief Fund
Amber Sharples, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Arts Council
Teamwork makes the dream work for filmmakers and musicians, and these local arts organizations offer a network of support and resources to help keep local artists working in Oklahoma.
LUNCH | 12:30-1:30pm
Box lunch included. Topic TBA.
BREAK | 1:30-2:00pm
SESSION 2 | 2:00-3:30pm
A Union and Non-Union Conversation
Laura King, Business Manager at IATSE Texas/Oklahoma Local #484
Sean Lynch, Digital Cinema Instructor at Oklahoma City Community College
What is I.A.T.S.E. and what is the union’s role in a right to work state? Learn from I.A.T.S.E. expert, Laura King, how the unions came to be and why they are here today to protect the livelihoods of behind-the-scenes workers and their safety on film and television sets. The conversation will also include a local filmmaker’s perspective on Oklahoma’s mixed crews. Bring your questions forward to learn about benefits and responsibilities of working in a right to work state.
The Science of Scoring
David Shipps, orchestrator/conductor/composer
Garrett Starks, owner of Castle Row Studios
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, composer
This discussion will explore the science of sound between the worlds of film and music and how composition, editing and infrastructure help marry stories, engage audiences and elevate a film’s emotional impact. Hear firsthand from renowned experts in the industry.
Take Me Back to Tulsa
Branjae, Oklahoma musician
Josh Franks, Senior Editor/Post Creative Lead/Director at Retrospec Films
Russ Kirkpatrick, Co-owner of Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions, LLC
Tulsa‘s film and music scenes are thriving, and the collaboration between the two mediums is reaching a fever pitch high. Hear firsthand how production companies like Retrospec are working with renowned musicians like BRONCHO for Apple’s Shot-on-iPhone campaign, plus hear from Branjae whose latest music video recently premiered on Billboard.
BREAK | 3:30-4:00pm
NETWORKING MIXER | 4:00-6:30pm
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
REGISTRATION | 7:00-8:30am
SESSION 1 | 8:30-10:00am
So You Want to Work in Film? Film Terminology and Call Sheets
Kim Percival, Line Producer
Basecamp. PO. SWF. If these terms sound unfamiliar to you, then this class is just what you need to get a basic understanding of film terminology and how to read a film production call sheet. This course is perfect for those who are newly beginning their film careers or anyone in need of a refresher as the film production world is ever-evolving.
Soundtracks: The New A&R
Jen Tindal, Assistant Manager of Marketing and Administration for Sony Pictures Entertainment
Moderated by Scott Booker, CEO & Executive Director of The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO)
Decades ago, A&R reps were a critical role in identifying and sharing new music. Now, discover how to identify which film or television producers might be a good fit for you and different ways to capture their attention in this panel.
Think Bigger Workshop
DaJuan Johnson, Emmy-nominated actor
Take your acting career to the next level with 3 simple steps: VISION, FOCUS and ACTION.
BREAK | 10:00-10:30am
SESSION 2 | 10:30am-12:00pm
Anna Darrah, Director of Acquisitions for Spiritual Cinema Circle
In this constantly changing distribution landscape, it’s tough to get a handle on what you can do (and what you need to do), to get your films out to the world. How do you find your audience? What will a distributor do for you? What can you do to release your films all by yourself? This talk will explore these questions and go over the basic structure of distribution at this uncharted moment in entertainment history, helping you to get a handle on how to best move forward with your films now.
A Conversation with Travis Carter, Director of A&R at Warner Chappell
From traveling musician to VP of A&R at Warner Chappell, hear from Travis Carter as he returns to his home state to talk about his journey to the top. Following three years solid on the road, Carter transitioned to the business side of music with a position working alongside famed A&R Executive Renee Bell at Sony Label Group. With his musical roots, touring experience, industry connections and passion for great songwriting, this is a conversation Oklahoma music professionals (and aspiring professionals) will not want to miss.
Here Be Dragons: Legal and Monetary Troubles You Can Avoid
Elizabeth Isaac, Registered Patent Attorney with Dunlap Codding
Ed Skoch, Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance Broker
Before embarking on any film or music production, it’s important for content creators to know the legalities associated therein to best protect themselves, their team and their project. The legal experts featured at this discussion will walk through all facets of the production process with emphasis on copyright and trademark infringements, proper insurance coverages, distribution deals and contacts, and more.
BREAK | 12:00-12:30am
LUNCH/CLOSING SESSION | 12:30-2:00pm
The Future of Oklahoma Film + Music
Richard Janes, Emmy Award-winning Entrepreneur
Abby Kurin, Executive Director of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture
Jennifer Loren, Senior Manager of the Cherokee Nation Film Office
Lance McDaniel, Executive Director of deadCenter Film Festival
Tava Maloy Sofsky, Director of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office
As Oklahoma’s film and music industries reach new heights of success and visibility, this discussion will explore what the future holds in these sectors and how individuals, businesses and organizations working in these fields can best prepare for what’s next.
Schedule is subject to change.
Parking is not included with registration. It is recommended that you park in the Main Street Parking Garage located at 119 W. Main Street, across from the Main Street YMCA. You can also park in the Devon Tower Garage at no cost (limited space available) or valet at the Colcord Hotel, located at 15 N. Robinson Ave. Street parking is also available and limited.