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GA Schedule, Sign Up, Details & Discussions about our monthly CASA General Assemblies in Denver.

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Celebrate filmmaking at YOUR monthly MASS FOCUS !

What happens at the new CASA MASS FOCUS General Assembly?

FILM: To get our creative juices flowing, we open with a locally (10 minute max) produced short film and discussion.

SCENE WORK: Then we proceed to pick random local actors from the audience to participate in the traditional GA "cold read" of a scene by a local screenwriter, after which, we will perform the scene with actors who have pre-rehearsed this scene to the writer/director's liking. Then we will engage in comment and discussion about the evolution of the cold read to the finished scene. This way we get to see the scene's transformation, understanding the process of actor choices, character development and direction instead of JUST the cold read and critique on such a raw example.

SCENE AUTOPSY: This is another new twist. MASS FOCUS will feature a 5 minute video clip of a famous movie scene. the audience will watch and then discuss. What makes this scene work, or not work? How does it address and move the story, what is its respective grammar to the film; ie- dialog, character, foreshadowing or all of the above. Let's learn how to improve our crafts by watching the masters and studying their process and intentions.

MEET YOUR CASA COMMUNITY: We are dedicating time here to have CASA members from the audience come up, talk about their projects, ask for advice, promote, pitch or anything else that they want to do.

GUEST SPEAKER: We are inviting a guest speaker to participate in every event. These are working professionals in multiple related fields. Acting, producing, directing, cinematography, music composition, agents, you name it. These speakers will be available for audience Q&A. We are striving to bring experienced and accomplished guest speakers so that we can all really leave our GA's with new knowledge and perspectives.

MIXER: One of the most important parts of a community is the ability to gel by discussing topics that are fresh on our minds. Once the daily events have finished, we have allowed extra time to mingle, meet, network, whatever you want to call it. Let's build our community face to face, not just online!

WHO'S INVITED

>All writers and actors who are able to attend are encouraged to do so. Agents, Filmmakers, Directors and Producers are invited to join us as audience participants.New comers at all levels are welcome.



WHAT TO BRING


Writers interested in having 1-6 pages of their scripts read for future MASS FOCUS events should prepare and bring a copy of their scene and a brief character breakdown. Actors should consider bringing their headshots & bios to the meeting. There is no charge for the meetings or to be a member.


-and as always bring as many biz cards as you have passion!



DIRECTIONS TO MASS FOCUS:

>Click here for directions to THE BUG THEATRE

Discussion Forum

Is Mass Focus ongoing? Or discontinued? 2 Replies

Started by nellja bernice allen. Last reply by Steven Wash Jan 11, 2012.

Will there be a Mass Focus on May 14th?

Started by Paddy Apr 27, 2011.

CASA Mass Focus "Serve the Story: 2" April 9th

Started by CoachDalton Mar 26, 2011.

Comment Wall

Comment by Christa Cannon on August 4, 2009 at 1:07pm
I'll be out of town! :(
Comment by Karen Hemmerle on September 2, 2009 at 12:53pm
The September CASA General Assembly has been cancelled, due to multiple schedule conflicts, including at The Bug, which has a performance planned. We hope to have the conflicts resolved for the October GA.
Comment by J.J. Rodriguez on October 2, 2009 at 9:00pm
When is the next assembly in October?
Comment by James Fudge on November 3, 2009 at 7:06pm
Sadly, missed the Oct assembly. Are there plans for a November assembly?
Comment by Paddy on November 4, 2009 at 9:11am
Last I heard, there was not going to be a GA Assembly in November; however, if at least 10 people commit to going, I'll make sure the Bug is open and whoever is there can decide on what they want to do.
Comment by Gary Crabtree on November 6, 2009 at 5:23am
Is there going to be a general assembly in November.? I would certainly like to attend. Please post a date and time.
Comment by Ken Hendricks on February 2, 2010 at 2:37pm
So, what's happenin'? I haven't been to a GA for a while. Are we having them anymore? I know that Darla and Karen carried the torch and made it happen, so now I'm guessing it's someone else's turn. Who wants to step up? Do we even need General Assemblies?
Comment by CoachDalton on February 2, 2010 at 3:04pm
We (DS StudioWorks) were thinking of doing something similar in place of the General Assembly if this peters out. Too bad of we couldn't at least try to hammer out a solution to a better turn out.
Comment by Karen Hemmerle on February 2, 2010 at 3:10pm
In the past, Cheryl has always chosen the host for the GA. Both Darla and I let her know well in advance that we would no longer be hosting, and never heard back from her, nor was a new host chosen (as far as anyone knows). I encourage anyone willing to commit to hosting the GA to contact Cheryl. Beyond that, I hear that a CASA member is starting a group to replace the CASA GA, and that it will be meeting at the Bug.
Comment by Jim Brennan on February 2, 2010 at 3:14pm
I really think it is only a question of someone being willing to host the GA. Patrick has made pretty clear that the Bug is available.

We have seen Darren Foster, Brian Doubleday, Patrick Sheridan, Darla Rae and Karen Hemmerle all lend their time to make it happen over the past few years. And like many things that are "Just Always There", their efforts were not always valued.

I would love to see the GA continue, and if I were not buried under the weight of a half-dozen deadlines in the coming months, I would agree to host it.

Anyone else feel the urge to take on the role of host...at least for a little while?

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