Are you a director, producer, station manager, or film industry enthusiast? At NRB 2024, discover deep-dive breakout sessions and workshops hosted by the NRB Television and Film Committees, led by subject matter experts with invaluable insights to enhance and enrich your career in the world of TV and film.
How Christian TV Can Still Win in a Digital World
Thursday, February 22, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Just a generation ago, Christian broadcast built massive ministries and made a global impact. Today, most faith-based media struggle to engage fragmented, streaming audiences. Join an urgent conversation moderated by Lee Miller (CEO of MSGPR Ltd Co.) and featuring Dr. Phil Cooke (founder and CEO of Cooke Media Group), John Ondo (producer and director of Ondo Media), Warren Trumbly (COO of KSCZ), and Dr. Joshua Weiss (co-founder and CEO of ARK Multicasting) as they discuss adapting Christian radio and TV for the future. This workshop will tackle tough questions but also map an inspiring vision for broadcast’s continued contributions. Attendees will gain fresh ideas to leverage new viewer habits, funding models and content approaches across platforms. The media landscape has profoundly shifted, but creative Kingdom influencers willing to pioneer are essential. Explore how Christian broadcasters can help lead the way.
How to Make a Great Movie on a Limited Budget
Thursday, February 22, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
This informative session with Dr. Ted Baehr (chairman of Good News Communications, Inc. and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®) covers everything you need to know about successfully producing a movie. This workshop delves into the entire process, from script development to bringing it to the screen, and all the steps in between.
How to Pitch Your Script
Friday, February 23, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Catherine Clinch (writer & producer at Nuclear Family Films) will share how to craft a story that evokes a positive emotional response and shows complex, multi-dimensional characters in a world we haven’t seen before; then, how to learn how to tell a story in a single sentence and a series of images that will grab the attention of buyers and make them want to hear more.
Screenwriting: Elevate Your First 10 Pages
Friday, February 23, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
The first 10 pages of your film or television script are critical for engaging readers and presenting yourself as a professional writer. Led by Laura Woodworth (screenwriter, script consultant and development executive for Cooke Media Group) this workshop will help you elevate your first 10 pages with tips on establishing tone, genre, and theme; introducing your lead characters and story world; and creating an inciting incident that catapults your hero into the story! No matter what genre you’re writing, the takeaways from this workshop will help you write a film or television script that’s a page-turner.
AI and How to Use it in Your Work Process
Wednesday, February 21, 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Is AI coming for you? As a media professional, do you have to fear for your job? Is AI evil, or can it be used to further the Gospel? This talk with Robby Baehr (CEO of MOVIEGUIDE®) will go over that and more, discussing the formation of AI, where it is going, what tools exist now, and how we can use them.
10 Keys to Shooting a Great Video Interview
Wednesday, February 21, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Short videos have become the most popular marketing tool in America because they’re such an effective way to tell the story of products, organizations, and ideas. 2-4 minute videos can be powerfully compelling ways to tell a story, but in many cases, when they involve interviewing people, they fall flat. Interviews with fascinating people can be the key for successful video presentations, but most video interviews are boring, without emotion, and pointless. In this workshop, Dr. Phil Cooke (founder and CEO of Cooke Media Group) will share 10 keys to shooting more effective interviews – the kind of interviews that get a response from viewers.
Investing in the Right Things to Make Your Independent Movie Pop
Thursday, February 22, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Indie Christian filmmaking, by its nature, has very limited budgets. You want every dollar in production on the screen, and every dollar in marketing filling seats in a theater or gathering fans in streaming, VOD, or other avenues of distribution. Paul Sirmons (president of the Christian filmmakers non-profit International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM)) shares with attendees his best tips on where to use dollars to maximize impact from start to finish.
The Emerging Freedom Economy
Friday, February 23, 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
The “alternative” or Freedom Economy is growing exponentially, fueled by abandonment of traditional American values by many in corporate America. RedBalloon.work is America’s #1 pro-freedom job board, and they’ve teamed up with online retailer Public Square to produce a monthly survey of 70,000 Freedom Economy small businesses. Dubbed the Freedom Economy Index, and authored by government specialist Tim Clark, this survey is influencing public policy and national debate throughout the United States, with some very eye-opening findings. Aaron Youngren (executive vice president of product at RedBalloon.work) will reveal important characteristics about the Freedom Economy that every faith-based business & media company should know.
Shattering Expectations: How ‘Sound of Freedom’ Redefined Faith-Based Box Office Success
Friday, February 23, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
This session led by Jared Geesey (chief distribution officer of Angel Studios) presents a transformative approach to integrating faith-based content into mainstream global theatrical distribution. This NRB Talks examines the success of Angel Studios’ SOUND OF FREEDOM, focusing on its innovative marketing strategies that reached beyond traditional Christian audiences. Explore how the film’s message resonated with a wider audience through cause-driven marketing and authentic storytelling. The discussion will include strategies for engaging diverse communities, overcoming industry barriers, and redefining the perception of faith-based films. The goal is to provide insights for filmmakers to create content that not only entertains but also inspires and unites audiences around the world.
NRB 2024 Pitch-a-thon and TV Showcase
Are you in the television production industry seeking to gain new visibility for your programs or do you have a screenplay, story, or book-to-movie pitch, or a completed TV, documentary, or video project that’s ready for primetime? Make your pitch at the 2024 NRB Pitch-a-thon and TV Showcase! There’s no better place for those in the film and television industry to pitch screenplays or finished media projects to directors and distributors with a proven track record in the industry. To learn more, click here.
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