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Annnnnnd, ACTION! Family Film Making Workshop brings families together while learning great tools of the trade

April 11, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Specifically organized to correspond with the upcoming Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (April 26 to 29), a very special Family Film Making Workshop has been scheduled the weekend prior, Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Bay Oaks Rec Center, 2731 Oak St.

Moms, dads and kids of all ages will be able to gather at the center to learn first-hand from local film-producers and movie-makers just what it takes to create their very own short film, which will then be shown on the big screen during the FMB Film Festival the following week.

Talent and submission coordinator of the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, and workshop coordinators Elizabeth D'Onofrio and John G. Heim will be leading the family-fun event, proud to offer such a great artistic workshop for the local children.

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The sixth annual FMB Film Festival is returning to the island. Kicking off the event a week prior, beach locals Elizabeth D’Onofrio and John G. Heim (left) will be hosting a Family Film Workshop for families of all ages, Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Bay Oaks Rec Center. During the workshop, learn how to write, produce and edit your own short film, which will be shown at the festival the following week. File photo.

"This Family Film Workshop is to provide an opportunity for families to truly work together as a family on a film that not only celebrates our youth's imagination, but creates self esteem to each child's thought process, upon creativity in itself," John said.

The workshop will be split up into three sections one hour per section. During the first hour, long-time actress, writer and director Elizabeth will teach the families about writing short films, and help write their scripts. During the second hour, families will "shoot" around the nearby area whether it be along the shore, in the sand, through the trees, or in the park. Upon returning to campus during the third segment, John will teach the families how to edit their pieces and finalize their products.

"We will teach you how to edit your short films, then you can go home and tweek them throughout the week until we have the official showing during the Film Festival, where you will provide us with a burned DVD of your movie," Elizabeth said.

Fact Box

Family Film Making Workshop

Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon

What: A family-fun experience, learning how to write, produce and edit short films

Where: Bay Oaks campus, 2731 Oak St., FMB

Cost: $20 per family

To register: Call 463-3600 or visit

The cost to attend the Family Film Making Workshop is $20 per family, and includes entrance into the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Kids Fest the following week, as well as the big screen debut showing.

Families are responsible for providing the recording equipment whether it be on an iPhone, iPod, digital camera, etc., as well as bringing laptops equipped with editing software for the editing segment. Have no fear. Most laptops are already equipped with the editing applications, such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, or are available for free download on their official websites. Also don't forget to burn your family's movie(s) on a DVD one per disk for viewing during the Film Festival.

"During the presentation of each film, I will personally take a moment for all in attendance to be introduced to each child and family of each film, explain what the film is about, and to pay the respect to each family involved in the Family Film Making workshop," John said.

For further information, or to register your family, call Fish Tale Marina, 463-3600, or visit

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

The sixth annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is returning to the island April 26 to 29, offering a four-day celebration that will provide movie-goers and flick fans the opportunity to see quality independent films and be a part of events designed to cultivate the spirit of visual creativity of cinema, all while harboring the talents of local and upcoming film makers.

The festival is expected to maintain the momentum of previous festivals. A call for entries was issued among the film industry at the beginning of the year and hundreds of films have already been submitted.

"We've received films from all over the country and the world, including Germany and Canada," said Mark List, chairman of the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Board.

The overall festival pass is $150 and includes one ticket to all screenings at Beach Theater, a free film on the beach at Holiday Inn one evening, a Kids Film Fest at Bay Oaks, film maker workshops, a sunset cruise and an awards ceremony at Fish Tale Marina.

The Beach Film Fest is being sponsored by Beach Arts Co-operative, Beach Theater, Fish-Tale Marina, Friends of the Arts, Harbour House, Lovers Key Resort, Matanzas Inn Resort, Pink Shell Resort, Island Sand Paper and Sand Bash.

For more information about the sixth Fort Myers Beach Film Festival or to get your festival pass, contact the event staff via email at or call 463-3600 (ext. 242).



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