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 Charleston International Film Festival unveiled its 2014 workshop schedule, which includes a session with esteemed casting directors Laray Mayfield (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Laura Verbeke (Flight of the Conchords), as well as actor and former professional athlete Ed Marinaro (Hill Street Blues, Blue Mountain State).

The four workshops planned for the seventh annual festival this April 9th – 13th feature insight and advice from the best in the business on topics ranging from casting and acting to video editing and virtual cinematography. As always, these valuable sessions are free and open to the public.

Charleston IFF President/Co-Founder Summer Peacher said, “We want to remind the local community that there’s more to Charleston International Film Festival than screening incredible films. As part of an ongoing mission to educate and inspire through the art and science of film, we’re proud to offer these awesome workshops, free of charge.”

If you can only make it out to one festival workshop, The Yin & Yang of Casting & Acting is a must-attend session. Professional casting director Laray Mayfield will share invaluable insight, experience, and inside knowledge gained throughout her successful career, which includes casting remarkable features including Fight Club, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Footloose (2011). Mayfield also cast the first two seasons of House of Cards with her partner, Julie Schubert, earning the pair an Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.

Additional panelists for the workshop include Laura Verbeke for casting, as well as veteran actor Ed Marinaro, who will field questions on acting, auditioning, and how to get an agent. Whether you’re an aspiring actor or just an avid film lover, The Yin & Yang of Casting & Acting is a unique experience to meet and learn from some of the industry’s best.

Below is the complete workshop schedule for the seventh annual Charleston International Film Festival:

Movie Editing Workshop

What: Learn the fundamentals of video editing using non-linear software.
When: Wednesday, April 9 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: College of Charleston, Room 203
25 Saint Philip Street, Charleston SC

Animation Workshop

What: Take a deep dive into virtual cameras, rotoscoping, and keyframing.
When: Wednesday, April 9 at 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: College of Charleston, Room 203
25 Saint Philip Street, Charleston SC

The Yin & Yang of Casting & Acting

What: Jump on the casting couch and get a fresh perspective from both sides of the script.
When: Saturday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street, Charleston SC

Virtual Cinematography Demonstration

What: See a live demonstration of motion-tracked virtual camera.  
When: Saturday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: College of Charleston, Room 220 in the JC Long Building
9 Liberty Street, Charleston SC

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