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Mystic Film Festival Workshops
MYSTIC FILM INSTITUTE

Workshops

Mystic Film Institute Workshops

Mystic Film Institute is proud to offer year-round workshops focusing on screenwriting, film production and cinema and media arts. All workshops are being held at Connecticut College, Mohegan Avenue Parkway, Blaustein 10, New London, CT 06320, and there is ample, free parking.

Mystic Film Institute

March 9-10, 2024 (Both days) from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday, March 9-10, 2024 (Both days) from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, April 6-7, 2024 (Both days) from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, April 27-28, 2024 (Both days) from 10:00 AM – 1 PM

Saturday, April 27-28, 2024 (Both days) from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, June 8-9, 2024 (Both days) from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday, June 8-9, 2024 (Both days) from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Screenwriting Courses

Screenwriting Workshops With Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Janet Roach.

Have a movie or series idea? Mystic Film Institute is delighted to announce a series of intensive screenwriting workshops led by Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Janet Roach. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out, each two-day workshop offers valuable insights and practical guidance to enhance your craft.

Attend a stand-alone session or dive into the full experience by joining all three workshops. No previous session attendance or experience level required for registration, but some pre-work is required before classes commence. Details will be shared after registration.

Why Attend:

  • Learn from a Legend: Benefit from the insights of an Oscar-nominated screenwriter with a vast and successful career.
  • Practical Wisdom: Roach’s teachings bridge the gap between theory and practice, providing invaluable lessons for aspiring screenwriters.
  • Craft Your Narrative: Gain hands-on experience in crafting compelling narratives for the screen, guided by an industry veteran.
  • Legacy of Excellence: Roach’s career achievements underscore her commitment to excellence, offering students a unique opportunity to tap into her vast reservoir of knowledge.

Workshop Details:

The Hook

Bridge the gap between theory and practice and learn the art of creating an opening sequence that captivates and holds your audience. Plus, understand why everything that follows depends on this critical foundation.

Dates, Times, and Registration Link:
March 9-10, 2024, (both days) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Register:
https://bit.ly/The-Hook

Pricing: Each weekend workshop is priced at $160 (+taxes/fees) for individual attendees and $128 (+taxes/fees) for students/seniors with promo codes: “STUDENTS” and “SENIORS”.

Location: Connecticut College, Mohegan Avenue Parkway, Blaustein 10, New London, CT 06320, USA (Free Parking Available)

Raising The Stakes

Explore the intricacies of constructing Act II through obstacles, reversals, and unexpected challenges. Skillfully reveal your protagonist’s evolving character all while strategically crafting plot points that drive your story forward.

Dates, Times, and Registration Link:
April 27-28, 2024, (Both days) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Register:
https://bit.ly/42y4e6T

Pricing: Each weekend workshop is priced at $160 (+taxes/fees) for individual attendees and $128 (+taxes/fees) for students/seniors with promo codes: “STUDENTS” and “SENIORS”.

Location: Connecticut College, Mohegan Avenue Parkway, Blaustein 10, New London, CT 06320, USA (Free Parking Available)

Fulfilling Expectation and Maintaining The Element of Surprise

Uncover the crucial obligation of Act III, learning to craft a finale that leaves your audience on the edge of their seats, merging external and internal stories seamlessly.

Dates, Times, and Registration Link:
June 8-9, 2024, (Both days) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Register:
https://bit.ly/3SAxgzm

Pricing: Each weekend workshop is priced at $160 (+taxes/fees) for individual attendees and $128 (+taxes/fees) for students/seniors with promo codes: “STUDENTS” and “SENIORS”.

Location: Connecticut College, Mohegan Avenue Parkway, Blaustein 10, New London, CT 06320, USA (Free Parking Available)

About The Instructor

Janet Roach, a Connecticut native, boasts a stellar career that spans journalism and the cinematic world. A former CBS News contributor, Roach earned acclaim for her impactful work, including an Emmy-winning piece on refugee camps in Southeast Asia. In the early ’80s, Roach’s journey led her to legendary director John Huston, marking her transition into screenwriting. Her first screenplay, “Prizzi’s Honor,” garnered an Oscar nomination, setting the stage for a prolific career. Roach’s subsequent projects, like “The First Wives Club” and “The Three Stooges,” solidified her reputation as a sought-after screenwriter.

Beyond accolades, Roach dedicated two decades to shaping the next generation of filmmakers as a professor at Columbia University. Now, she brings her wealth of experience back to Connecticut, offering screenwriting workshops with the Mystic Film Institute.

Podcasting Courses

Podcasting with Jason Connell: Podcast Concepts and Pre-Production

Unlock your podcast potential! Join Jason Connell, acclaimed documentary filmmaker and podcasting expert for guidance and creative inspiration! This workshop will guide participants through the initial stages of podcast creation. From brainstorming engaging podcast concepts to laying the groundwork for pre-production, attendees will gain valuable insights and practical skills to kickstart their podcasting journey.

What You’ll Learn:

This interactive educational discussion will comprehensively guide you through the initial steps of podcast creation, focusing on defining the concept, selecting a name, and creating a branding/logo for your podcast. Attendees will learn the importance of research, effective outlining, and creating a production schedule to ensure a well-organized and engaging podcast. Due to overwhelming demand, this weekend workshop is being offered twice to accommodate all eager learners.

Dates, Times, and Registration Links:

March 9-10, 2024, (Both days) from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/3StZt9I

April 6-7, 2024, (Both days) from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/3w0MMMi

Pricing:
Individual Workshop: $160 (+ taxes/fees)
Student/Senior Individual Workshop: $128 (+ taxes/fees) with promo codes: “STUDENTS” and “SENIORS”

Location: Connecticut College, Mohegan Avenue Parkway, Blaustein 10, New London, CT 06320, USA (Free Parking Available)

Minimum Age Requirement: Attendees must be 14 years of age and up.

Podcasting with Jason Connell: Podcast Distribution and Marketing

Join us for an immersive workshop led by acclaimed documentary producer and director, accomplished film festival founder, and popular podcast producer & host, Jason Connell, where you’ll delve deep into the art of podcast distribution and marketing. In this comprehensive workshop, you’ll explore the intricate aspects of podcast distribution, covering topics such as hosting platforms, crafting compelling episode titles, effective show notes creation, strategic episode release scheduling, and the importance of transcription services. Gain invaluable insights into maximizing your podcast’s reach and impact through optimized distribution strategies. But that’s not all – the workshop also delves into the world of podcast marketing, equipping you with the tools and techniques to amplify your podcast’s visibility and engagement. Learn how to create captivating social media assets, foster meaningful audience engagement, leverage advertising opportunities, cultivate fan support, and explore potential sponsorship avenues. Due to overwhelming demand, this weekend workshop is being offered twice to accommodate all eager learners.

Dates, Times, and Registration Links:

April 27-28, 2024, (Both days) from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/47Y6XI1

June 8-9, 2024, (Both days) from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/4bnOXtq

Pricing:
Individual Workshop: $160 (+ taxes/fees)
Student/Senior Individual Workshop: $128 (+ taxes/fees) with promo codes: “STUDENTS” and “SENIORS”

Location: (Free Parking Available)
Connecticut College, Mohegan Avenue Parkway, Blaustein 10, New London, CT 06320, USA

Minimum Age Requirement:
Attendees must be 14 years of age and older.

About The Instructor

Jason Connell is an award-winning documentary producer/director, accomplished film festival founder, and most recently a popular podcast producer/host. He was born and raised in Tulsa, OK, and in his youth, he saw Frances Ford Coppola come to town to film both The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, and thus, his love for cinema was born.

In 2004, Connell moved to Los Angeles, CA, and shortly after that, he was in production on his first documentary, Strictly Background, which spotlights 10 career movie extras, the indispensable background actors in films, trying to make it in Hollywood. The film won numerous awards and would lead him to produce 9 more successful documentaries, including Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians, which follows the rise of the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America and was made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. The documentary was featured on both This American Life and The Colbert Report. Another intriguing film he produced was GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which chronicles the rise and fall of the first all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it. The documentary premiered on MTV/LOGO and was the basis of the original Netflix series, GLOW.

Connell also has a long and rich history with film festivals as he founded/directed The United Film Festival for 12 eventful years. This cutting-edge film festival had locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Tulsa, New York, and London and each event was uniquely programmed with independent films, presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to various industry veterans, and was voted as “One of the Coolest 25 Film Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine.

In 2019, Connell chased another passion and launched Just Curious Media, which creates highly entertaining and immersive podcasts including Let’s Talk – Cobra Kai, a humorously nostalgic podcast covering all things in The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai universe. Due to good timing, and good luck, this show has become the #1 podcast covering Cobra Kai, the hit series on Netflix. Another fan favorite is That’s A Crime, a fascinating true crime podcast dissecting everything from a misdemeanor to a murder. And an exciting new show is Dog Gone, a dog lovers podcast devoted to honoring the lives and memories of man’s best friend. Having recently lost his beloved White German Shepherd, Niko, he wants to create this show to help others who are dealing with a similar loss and to assist in the grieving process.

In 2021, Connell moved to New England and has continued to grow his podcast company and has also become involved with the arts & entertainment scene in the nearby seaside communities.

Learn more about Jason Connell on his website: www.justcuriousmedia.com