In addition to assisting Blyth Meier with marketing the festival and helping Mark with Collaborative Cinema, Jessica also helps the staff ensure that all of the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed, so to speak.
Whether that means spending an entire shift preparing film stills for publication, spell-checking director’s names or doing data entry for the program book, she understands that each task — no matter how minute — plays a huge role in creating a stellar finished product. Just as in film making, the process of putting a film festival together encompasses many people, functions and skills — and requires a certain amount of harmony to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
This week, Mark and Jessica share their picks for Take One: Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival and chat about the many pieces that fit into the film making puzzle.
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Mark Metcalf is a writer, professional actor and resident of Milwaukee. He hosts TCD’s weekly podcast “Backstage with Mark Metcalf” and occasionally writes the film blog “Moving Pictures.” Mark is also Milwaukee Film’s Director of Collaborative Cinema, giving area students hands-on experience with film making.