Shooting and Editing the Non Scripted Feature
An examination of the changing face of feature film production in the realm of the non scripted, improvised feature film. Acclaimed director Barry Jenkins moderates a panel discussion with Filmmaker Amy Seimetz, Editor Nat Sanders and Director of Photography Benjamin Kasulke to examine their changing roles as collaborative filmmakers in the world of the improvised film.
We will look at the recent trend of improvised feature filmmaking in the American Indie scene and take a technical look at how the roles of Director, Editor, and Director of Photography intersect on a script-less feature film. We will discuss specific examples from improvised feature films worked on by Seimetz and Sanders and Kasulke, two longtime Independent collaborators. Through discussion of filmmaking technique and audience Q&A we will explore the positives and negatives of working in this method.
Barry Jenkins is an award-winning filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. After graduating from Florida State University with a BA in English and a BFA in Film, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked as an assistant to director Darnell Martin on the Oprah Winfrey production Their Eyes Were Watching God. His feature film debut, Medicine for Melancholy, premiered at SXSW and was released in theaters by IFC Films and hailed as one of the best films of 2009 by A.O. Scott of the New York Times. Other projects include the shorts Tall Enough, A Young Couple, Remigration and Chlorophyl.
Nat Sanders is a film editor who cut the critically-acclaimed Medicine for Melancholy, nominated for three Independent Spirit awards, and the Sundance Jury Prize-winning Humpday, recipient of the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit award. In 2009, Nat was named one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. Recent credits include Our Idiot Brother, The Freebie, On The Ice (winner of Best First Feature at the 2011 Berlinale), and the upcoming releases The Do-Deca-Pentathalon, directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, and Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister. Nat currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Ben Kasulke is an award winning Director ad Director of Photography based in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York.