TV producer to speak at workshop

The Cayman Islands Film Commission today announced the addition of Bob Del Valle, line producer and production manager with more than 20 years of experience in film and television production as guest presenter at its upcoming crew training workshop.

Mr. Del Valle has worked on numerous series, feature films and mini-series that include Ally McBeal, Melrose Place, Tales of the City and Six Feet Under. He has won the Directors Guild Award for producing and has been nominated for two Emmys and two Producer Guild Awards. He is also the author of The One Hour Drama Series, a book on how to produce episodic television.

In responding to the news, Dax Basdeo, film commissioner and executive director for the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau said: ‘Having Bob agree to be an instructor at our workshop was great news for us. I have no doubt that he will bring that real-life expertise to our event that will be invaluable to the overall experience.’

Mr. Del Valle’s contribution, coupled with the coaching skills and unique flair of the main presenter, David H. Lyman, will ensure that workshop participants get maximum value from their $125 registration fee investment. Mr. Lyman is the founder and director of Media Workshops International, a New York City-based company that has been conducting training for filmmakers and photographers worldwide for 34 years.

The Film Crew Certification Training Programme Series is designed to prepare Caymanians for successful careers in the film industry and the first workshop takes place over the week-end May 29 to 31 at the Westin Casuarina hotel.

Sessions will include topics such as Keys to Unlocking your Creative Potential; How Films are Made; The Production Meeting and an ending question and answer session to address questions that come up, pointers on résumé writing for the industry and building a portfolio.

Topics for future workshops will be decided based on local interest and demand but could likely cover subject areas like Screenwriting, Theatrical Makeup, Film Lighting or Set Construction.

Space is limited so interested persons are advised to register early. Individuals can call 945-0943 or e-mail [email protected] to sign-up today.