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GMS Master Classes

Acting Master Class



Wednesday 4/22 1:00-5:00PM

Workshop with actor/producer Benjamin Dane on specific self-tape audition techniques. Learn the secrets to the best tape possible, the difference between TV & Film and discover the clues that give you the advantage! You’ll actually work in class on-camera to perfect the method!

About Benjamin Dane:  Benjamin Dane developed a foundation in numerous stage productions in Dallas, Texas, where he started working in community theater such as Cornerstone, the Dallas Children’s Theater, and Desert Bloom. He originated a role in the highly successful The Promise, an on-going passion play, and appeared in original dramatic and musical productions including Snow WhiteBobby Sox, C.S. Lewis’s The Silver ChairPeanut Butter and Tofu on Jewish Rye and Eight Days that Changed the World. Stage ignited a desire for film and broadcast roles, leading to his dynamic first impression with small roles in two highly anticipated projects filmed in Texas: Oliver Stone’s JFK and the Emmy Award-benjamin_dane_2020winning, Killing in a Small Town, for CBS. This promising start opened opportunities for Ben to tackle leading roles in several independent films and to gain recognition with starring roles in television. Award-winning turns in several films have led to principal roles in major broadcast and film projects. Passionate about story and character, Benjamin has also produced several unique productions, including the highly acclaimed feature film, Beyond the Farthest Star. This independent film experienced sold-out screenings in major markets across the country and is now continuing through other lines of distribution.

Cinematography Master Class

Wednesday 4/22 1:00-5:00PM

The use of Old World Terminology in the digital age to define the creation of moving images and how each impacts visual storytelling:  Framing, Composition, Aspect Ratio, Resolution, Image Size, Blocking, Sight Lines, State Line, Movement, Continuity, Focus, Exposure, Lighting Ratio, Depth of Field.

These are tools a filmmaker uses to recreate reality in a 2 dimensional space at 24fps. The syntax, or language of cinema, has remained even if the “rules” are broken at every creative opportunity.

About James Burgess:  James is a veteran filmmaker with more than 40 years of award winning motiojames_burgessn picture experience. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cinema and works as a Director of Photography,  Cinematographer, Editor, Producer/Director and Post Production Supervisor. As a documentarian, he has worked with many NGOs and Christian Missions, traveling to more than 20 countries as well as many locations in the United States and Canada. Primarily know as a ‘storyteller’, James weaves technical proficiency with artistic expression into decidedly poignant messages. James and his wife, Lyn, live near Dallas, TX.

matt_martinPhotography Master Class


Thursday 4/23 1:00-5:00PM, Friday 4/24 1:00-5:00PM

Take this photo master class and learn how to integrate photography into social media, achieve premium on location shots for TV and film, capture large scale shots using drone technology, and discover marketing niches that motivate the market to purchase your product. Taught by photojournalist and filmmaker Matt Martin.

About Matt Martin: Matt has achieved over 25 national awards reflecting excellence in image making in Washington, DC, nationally and international (19 assignments). Filmed interviews with three United States Presidents (Carter, Bush, and Clinton)m Pioneered and filmed “White House Christmas Special” aired on HGTV (17 seasons), Top Editor at CBN News with over a thousand news packages cut. Held Press Pass Security Clearances to the White House & Capitol Hill.


  • Director of Photography |Photography | Editor | Lighting
  • Expertise in Broadcast, Full Frame Sony FS-7 (Canon 5D Mark 4) and DSLR Cameras
  • Knowledgeable in Editing and Non-Linear Software (Adobe Premiere)
  • Mastery of storytelling capturing stunning footage that tells a seamless story
  • Proficient in Multi-Camera setup and lighting
  • Working knowledge of Live-Shot setup and transmitting
  • Adaptability and flexibility ONSET – studio or field work