Pre-Visualization for Filmmakers

Pre-Visualization for Filmmakers is a two-day workshop that introduces emerging filmmakers to the basic tools that professionals use to translate the action in their screenplays into visually dynamic, story-driven moments on screen. The workshop will cover character development and design, storyboarding, shot angle and scale selection, and the basic visual language of the motion picture camera. The workshop will be taught by celebrated filmmaker, special effects makeup artist, and illustrator, Tate Steinsiek as well as OSU-Tulsa Filmmaker in Residence, Zach Litwack.

Prior film training is not necessary, but participants who are interested in developing practical visualization skills for future film work are encouraged to register. No special equipment is required to attend the workshop, but participants will benefit from bringing a smartphone or digital camera, a pad of paper, a pencil, and a device that allows for web browsing and basic word processing.

This workshop will be April 30 th and May 1st from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at OSU-Tulsa.

Speakers: Zach Litwack and Tate Steinsiek

Speaker Bio for Zach Litwack: Zach Litwack is a filmmaker based out of Tulsa, OK. He has worked in the film industry and taught filmmaking in Tulsa and Chicago, IL since 2001. His fiction and documentary films have screened at numerous festivals, including The Cannes Film Festival and the Kansas City International Film Festival. He has recently begun work as a Filmmaker in Residence at Oklahoma State University, where he teaches film workshops and helps develop curriculum for the college’s burgeoning film education program. Additionally, he has worked for FireThief Productions where he directed, produced, and edited various commercial work as well as the PBS program, "Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People", for which he earned multiple Heartland Emmy Awards. He is in post-production on the short dark comedy, "I’m Taking You Home" and in development on the features, "Lost and Found" and "Quiet Storm".

Speaker Bio for Tate Steinsiek: Tate Steinsiek is an award winning SFX Prosthetics artist, Conceptual Artist, and Director. Since the inception of his Makeup Special Effects Company "Ill Willed Productions, Tate has coordinated productions all over the world, including Morocco, Romania, China, India, Mexico, Canada, USA, Ireland, Turkey, & England. For much of his career Tate worked NY mainstays such as Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, and worked long term with the History & Discovery Channels. Tate is also a two time finalist on Syfy's Competition Series FACE OFF, in both Seasons 1 & 5. As a Director, Tate's short films have screened in domestic and international festivals, winning multiple Audience and Jury awards, including the 2008 "Best in the Next in Horror" and "Boost Mobile $10,000 Screenplay contest" with his film CLOWN, starring Norman Reedus, Timothée Chalamet, Rony Cutrone, and Paul Sampson. In 2019, Tate directed the feature film reboot of CASTLE FREAK for FANGORIA FILMS.

Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th.