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Professional Panel Discussions

ALL PANELS are $14 in advance $15 on site

(ALL PANELS ARE INCLUDED IN THE WEEKEND PASS – It’s really the best way to enjoy GSFF!)

Saturday April 1, 2017- DANTE HALL*** 2:45-4:45 PM


Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of a major stop-motion production? Join Mark Shapiro, from LAIKA, the animation studio based in Oregon. Mark will take you through the comprehensive handmade process that has created four Oscar-nominated feature films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). Building entire worlds by hand, piece by piece, learn how LAIKA creates life, in 24 frames per second.



Saturday April 1, 2017- RESORTS GREEN ROOM -13th Fl  2:30-4:30 PM

 Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Indie Film Making

The New Jersey Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section is excited to bring you a panel of legal experts in the field of independent film making.  Spend the afternoon learning the ins and outs of the legal requirements to ensure a filmmaker does not undermine the sale of his or her film, from acquiring rights, drafting contracts, work for hire agreements, permits, when you can use products or materials on screen, to post production rights clearances.
 Panel: Gary Laurie, Law Office of Gary A. Laurie, Esq.,Steven Schecter, Law Office of Steven C. Schecter, Esq., Imraan Farukhi, Fox Rothschild, Moderator from Garden State Film Festival



Saturday, April 1, 2017 4:45 PM –Resorts Producers Room–13th Floor

Where One Man Has Gone Before -Star Trek: From Cancellation to Convention to The Motion Picture- Actor and author Steven Lance will share his story of getting the call from Gene Roddenberry’s office to play the role of an alien science officer in Star Trek: The Motion Picture – living with James ‘Scotty’ Doohan during filming, plus his hilarious impressions and lively anecdotes about William Shatner and the cast of the original series.  



Saturday April 1, 2017- RESORTS GREEN ROOM -13th Fl 4:30-6:00 PM

Hollywood Then & Now

Was Hollywood ever really a La La Land?…What was the TV and Film industry and life in Hollywood, in general  really like decades ago? How has it changed  or not changed ? Find out during this intimate panel discussion with TV and Film industry insiders, including Producer Monika Henreid (daughter of Hollywood Actor and Director Paul Henreid, best known for his role in Casablanca) and the iconic TV Talk Show Legend Sally Jessy Raphael. Executive Producer Michael Uslan (Batman) will host this lively discussion. Join us!
This event IS included in the Weekend Pass



Sunday April 2, 2017 –RESORTS GREEN ROOM -13th Fl 1:00-2:30 PM

Actors on Acting – What’s life as an actor really like in today’s ever-changing world, where indie films, big Hollywood, on-demand media and mobile technology are all merging and converging? Find out when Ed AsnerSiobhan Fallon Hogan, Chance Kelly, and Langston Fishburne discuss the ins and outs and ups and downs of the acting profession in this special panel discussion.

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