Savannah Film Festival releases panel program, hosts

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The panels and programs for the 2010 Savannah Film Festival have been announced.

The festival runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 6. The panels and question-and-answer discussions will include designers, cinematographers, writers, directors from the industry's top television and movie studios.

Among those hosting the panels: The dialog, sound, and film editors behind ABC's hit series, "Lost";  Michael Lembeck, the Emmy Award-winning director of "Friends" and the feature films "The In-Laws" and "The Santa Clause 2";  Denise Cramsey, the seven-time Emmy Award-nominated producer of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Trading Spaces";  Carson Kressley, the fashion expert on Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and the host of 'How to Look Good Naked' and "True Beauty"; Barry Rosenbush, the Emmy Award-winning producer of the "High School Musical" series; Lev Spiro, the director of "Weeds," "Ugly Betty" and "Everybody Hates Chris."

Panels and workshops will include:

• "The Next Big Hit," how to package and sell your idea;

• "The Cable Documentary," how the cable documentary goes from idea to the screen;

• "Getting The Gig," reality TV hosts discuss how to create your brand;

• "Young Director's Forum," advice on going from student director to professional;

• "Casting Director, Actor Agent," advice for aspiring casting directors, agents and actors;

• "Kodak presents STOP BY.  SHOOT FILM," Participants can talk to a top cinematographer; learn how to use a 16mm camera; and film and shoot your own scene -- all within two hours.

Panels are $5; $3 for students, seniors and military; and free for SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD ID. For more information, visit

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