Workshops at StarFest

with Jay Louden

Date: Friday March 21, 2017
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Limit: 20 participants

Ever wanted to be in a film or on TV but didn’t know where to start? In this 2 hour Acting for the Camera workshop, you will learn and practice some basic skills, techniques and adjustments as well as learn some of the vocabulary used on set. Everyone will work on camera at least twice and will get to view the performances.

Workshop Instructor Jay Louden is an actor, director and teacher with 36 years’ experience. His acting credits include guest starring roles in television and film including: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Opposing Force, Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Remington Steel. He has directed over 31 theatrical productions ranging from musicals to William Shakespeare. Jay’s onstage credits include work at such repertory theatres as: The Mark Taper forum, The American Conservatory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and The Old Globe Theatre. He very much enjoys teaching/coaching students, regardless of their training or experience.

Acting for the Camera Workshop

Writing Steampunk: A Primer for Beginners

What happens when we look back at the 19th and even 20th centuries’ predictions about our world of today? We find that much of the past’s science fiction has become science fact, but we also find some fascinating departures that are ripe for exploration.

Come explore the always fantastic, often humorous, sometimes bizarre and occasionally disturbing world of retro-futurism, speculative science fiction and the Victorian era. Learn how you can use history’s facts and fantasies along with the past’s imagined futures to inspire and direct your science fiction writing today. Please bring your preferred writing tools. Limited to the first 20 participants, no fee.

Doctor Who Writing Workshop: Exploring the Whoniverse

A workshop for Whovians wanting to try their hand at writing fan fiction. First we’ll explore the legends of Gallifrey, the Timelords, and the Doctor. Then we will revisit those legends using Joseph Campbell’s famous Hero’s Journey and the Monomyth to learn the secret to writing a great Doctor Who story. Lastly we’ll dive into the Character Generation and Worldbuilding Lab where we’ll create new characters, settings and plot lines to inspire your future writing. Please bring your preferred writing tools. Limited to the first 20 participants, no fee.

Richard Blake

After 25 years of designing learning experiences for universities and colleges as well major corporations like IBM, Visa, Xerox, and Ernst & Young, Richard chose to leave the world of full-time professional instructional design for the world of full time professional parenting.

As Stay At Home Father to two wonderful, precocious young children, Richard discovered his passion and calling in educating primary and middle school children. He has also been profoundly curious about STEM topics since his youth.

As an adult he works to ensure that his children and those around him are not only supported in their STEM interests, but that they are inspired by the science that is happening around them at every moment.

Starfleet Academy

For over 15 years, Starfleet Academy has presented a unique, fun convention experience, with classes filled with characters, activities, entertainment, a little education and a lot of fun. We even finish the program with a graduation ceremony! This year to give you a chance to flex your muscles, fight for what’s right and find your inner hero,

Starfleet Academy Presents: S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy

S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy is a fun way to experience the Marvel Universe first hand as a student at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Branch Campus. Each class is designed to present humor, audience participation and a different way of looking at the Marvel Universe. Each class is self-contained, but those who complete all four classes will receive a diploma and gift from the convention.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Academy – Basics 101: Introduction to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Do you have what it takes to work for S.H.I.E.L.D.? In this beginning class, you will find out. Demonstrate your knowledge of the superhero world that S.H.I.E.L.D. defends, show your ability to conduct security operations and prove you are the kind of person S.H.I.E.L.D. is looking for. You will also learn about S.H.I.E.L.D. as an agency and a force for good. All are welcome (except HYDRA agents, of course.)

S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy – Heroes 201: Working With Superheroes

Who wouldn’t want to meet superheroes like Spider-man or Squirrel Girl, but how do you deal with one, if your life is on the line? Believe it or not, superpowers does not mean super easy to work with. This class will look at superheroes – the types you may find yourself fighting besides, how to work with the various power sets and whether you have the potential to be a mutant or metahuman yourself.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy – Cosmos 301: Worlds Beyond

If you are lucky, you will spend your entire career on planet Earth, but don’t count on it. You may find yourself in space with the Guardians, on the Skrull home world, or even in some mystical dimension with Dr. Strange. In this class, we will look at a variety of potential off-world destinations, and students will assist in developing ways to deal with off-world challenges. We will also have a graduation ceremony for those students who have completed the entire four-class program.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy – Villains 401: Supervillains and All-Too-Human Agents

Having lots of superheroes around does not mean they will be there to save you when you are facing a rampaging Rhino or Thanos himself. Since S.H.I.E.L.D. agents often have to put themselves in harm’s way, this class will provide an in-depth look at super villains – how to recognize their powers, how to deal with them in a combat situation and other aspects of super-villainy you should know.