THE 2017 EMERGING DIRECTORS’ FORUM
Our 212th Forum in the past 29 years!
Thursday, September 7th
353 Studios, 353 West 48th Street; New York, NY
This is our 212th Forum in the past 29 years! Timing is everything! Meet and audition for seven emerging film director stars just as they are “exploding” or “blowing up” as they say, in the business. Included will be a detailed discussion on what tier upcoming projects are and how they work with and hire actors. Each of these directors is seeking new, qualified talent NOW. These life-long career opportunities are priceless as they and you rise in the business.
A writer from Ohio, he has been directing for the last five or so years and loves everything Cleveland. He came to New York after his first film out of college went viral. Ironically enough, it was a video aimed at Lebron for leaving Cleveland. He is currently a writer/ In-house director for Mcgarrybowen as well as a freelance filmmaker with Swoon New York. Both amazing agencies and he recently joined the Whiteboard team. He is a writer, director with a strong passion for storytelling. For over seven years he has written stories for brands like Maserati, Chevron, Squarespace, Verizon, JCPenney, Brooklyn Cyclones, Chase, along with a host of others.
“I love taking an idea and turning into something palpable, something that engages and influences the audience it was created for, as well as the audiences who never saw it coming. I love the way camera movement evokes emotion, like a smell that instantly brings you back to a specific place and time. I love the dance between the music and visuals. I love pulling performances out of talent. But most of all I love taking an idea, solving it, and then shattering it against a wall, just to start all over again and see how it comes out differently. I love this business. I love short film and storytelling. I have shot all over the world, all types of people, concepts, and ideas. I bring a fresh perspective that elevates brand content above and beyond what’s expected.”
Jonathan Whittaker is a partner and founding member of ManInHat, a New York based production company. With over 15 years of experience in the film industry, having produced, directed and lensed short films, music videos, live concerts, commercials, TV shows, feature docs and 3D specials, he is never one to shy away from a new challenge. Nissan, Sony Pictures, DirecTV, Gillette and Sports Illustrated are just a few of his clients and collaborators. When he is not on set or in an edit you can usually find him at the head of a lecture hall sharing his thoughts on the art of cinematography and directing. In addition to being a resident professor at The New York Film Academy he has also given guest lectures all over the globe, include but not limited to the venerable Beijing Film Academy, Shanghai Theater Academy and Dar El-Hekma.
No refunds – In house credit only. Cancellations up to 3 days prior to the Forum for which you register can be used towards a future Forum within 6 months of the date of your registered Forum.