Actors and Directors Workshop

Director-Actor Workshop
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This Virtual Workshop was held on September 2, 2020

Breaking Down the Boundaries: Actors and Directors

-presented by Marco DiGeorge (Click below for the audio archive)

Note: The workshop audio archive is a partial recording of the original presentation.

Marco DiGeorge has a love for teaching and the arts which has led him to the various endeavors he is involved with today, including Co-Founder and Teacher at Truthful Acting Studios, Adjunct Professor in the Film Department at UCF, one of the founding members and Artistic Director of Theater On The Edge, Producer at Doctrine Creative, and father of five.

After an amazing experience producing and directing several shows at Theater On The Edge, Marco has also recently been back on stage as an actor, portraying the unhinged and provocative radio host Barry Champlain in the acclaimed show Talk Radio.

Marco is also privileged to be working side-by-side with his amazing wife, Samantha, who is the set-designer for Theater On The Edge, and Director of Operations at Truthful Acting.

First Inter-City Challenge Begins

Welcome to the first OIF Florida Inter-City Short Film Challenge, hosted by the Orlando Independent Filmmakers Group.

The Following 45 Scripts Have Been Selected:


Untouchable PG-13
Brandon Rivers, Orlando
CIA Officer Brianna Jenkins and her partner Micheal Garcia have been assigned on solving the mystery behind the most infamous man in the world Robbie Norton. But soon they too will find out why he’s been called untouchable.

Kenji 2065:Return Of The Kuroi Clan PG-13
Justin Rios, Tampa
It’s 2065, in a vice city infested with crime, the mayor’s daughter has been kidnapped by a Mafia Clan called “The Kuroi Clan”.A detective who originates from that Clan, is sent to save her, forcing him to face the same brothers who he had left when he left the clan to become a cop.

David Pokk, Orlando
An estranged girlfriend must make the choice of staying in an unhealthy relationship while being beckoned by a symbol of her past, and possible future.

Melody PG
Bria Gaskin, Orlando
Amy, a marketing executive for Nano-Glamour, learns a lesson after releasing a new, futuristic beauty product.

Sky and The Inevitable PG-13
Gage Lynn, Orlando
Stellan Cooper comes home to an alarming surprise: a girl who claims she’s from the future.

The Message G
Michael Speigner, Orlando
A young scientist from another world becomes stranded while on an expedition to Earth where she brings two unlikely teens together as allies to save her from an elite military retrieval team. The message she shares has a profound impact on everyone.

Contact PG
Chris Ballinger, Orlando
A fearless young dreamer struggles to make contact with outer space while trying to find common ground with her strict father.

Hunter’s Bounty PG-13
Samantha/BrookeBurton/Fauver, Orlando
Only the strongest Hunter will come out in the end.

Betrayed PG
Dale Metz, Orlando
A young woman struggles to lead a discrete life but the agency who saved her from terminal cancer expects more.

The Social Experiment PG-13
Angeliz Bruno, Orlando
Admits the Quarantine, The government issues a virtual reality game as a means to control its society. Little do the citizens know, They are now involved in a social experiment to further control overpopulation.

Tajriba PG-13
Rex McSeaton, Orlando
A secret government agency that kidnaps people to for experiments in creating super soldiers uses an accounting firm to hide its whereabouts. When one agent wants to find out what’s really going on everything takes a bad turn.


Behind Closed Doors PG-13
Andrew Contreras, Orlando
A young man’s fears of what lies behind a closed door may be more of a horrifying reality than he ever imagined.

Grave (title is subject to change) PG-13
Xavier Galloway, Orlando
The perfect family masks a cannibalistic hunger with their mortuary business. 

Oneirophobia PG-13
Paul Usungu, Orlando
Nina suffers from oneirophobia, a fear of dreams. When she fails to take her medication on her way to vist her mother, strange things happen.

A Wrong Turn PG-13
Teo Ciltia, Orlando
A woman isn’t sure if her Uber driver is taking her to her destination or leading her to her death in this wild horror ride…. 

Ticklemonster PG
Petra Tressler, Orlando
Good Night Sleep Tight.You never know who visit you at Night. Beware cause some childhood stories just might be true.

Jailbait PG-13
Sophie Gonzalez , Orlando
A young girl arranges a meet up with a stranger. Things don’t go according to plan. 

Entrance PG
Brooks Leibee,  Orlando
After investigating his burglarized home, Alan soon discovers that he isn’t alone.

Emma PG-13
Florentina Kleiner , Orlando
When three friends play a classic board game, their sleepover turns into a deadly game of surviving the night.

Simon Says PG-13
Louie Castillo, Orlando
In an American southeastern town, a serial killer terrorizes people that do not follow the rules to a game.

One Night Only PG-13
Jarron Webster , Tampa
ONE NIGHT ONLY. A charming and charismatic man who is an expert at having one night stands, has a horrifying spiritual encounter to answer for his loveless ways. 

Mercy: Veil of Shadows PG-13
Joe Boi, Jacksonville
When a supernatural entity terrorizes a psychiatric institution, the ward’s only hope is a teenage nephilim who’s afraid of the dark. 

Kate’s Balloons G
Norma Jean Lipert, Orlando
 A woman’s Valentine’s Day birthday brings an unexpected surprise. 

Coffee & Dessert PG-13
Austin Janowsky, Tampa
Marcy just wanted coffee. She has stayed away from dessert for 2 years but a robbery makes it impossible to resist. 

Trumpets PG-13
Joshua Czerepka, Tampa
A young man with the love for his religion, looses control of his life when the world doesn’t end the way he though it would.

Bittersweet Symphony R
Kelly Weaver, Orlando
While staying at a house during a apocalyptic world where infected people known as roamers dwell a family tells a story to a little girl about the road to redemption being paved by bullets and vengeance.

Robert Laur , Orlando
An eccentric director demonstrates to a film class what horror really is! 

Blood Island G
Cleo Fox, Orlando
On Lavaka island there has been a series of mysteries disappearances . Mystic a beautiful island girl has a secret that holds the key to the strange disappearances.

Wild Flower PG-13
Elijah Bulger, Orlando
A woman and her boyfriend find an odd looking tent while on a camping trip. 

A Deadly Solution PG-13
Jenny Meether, Orlando
A girl’s date spirals out of control after a Mysterious Man interrupts the night 

The Lady PG-13
Marc Lucia, Orlando
A nosy condo resident sees a little too much.


True Luchador PG-13
Zachary Tuttle, Orlando
A  Down on his luck, a wrestling fan tries to achieve his dream by making it a reality through a competition for fifty thousand dollars. 

The Decision PG
Wade Cox, Orlando
An elderly private detective with flashbacks of his past ponders retirement while on what could be his last job.

Social Traffiking PG-13
J.P. Smith, Orlando
A lonely young woman houseboat sitting accepts a stranger’s unusual friend request. Soon she’s sending pictures and accepting money. After he pressures her for *more* then reimbursement she learns that being just friends isn’t what he’s after.
Sex trafficking isn’t just kidnappings. Courage means admitting when you need help. 

Unrequited G
Dennis Higgins, Orlando
Faldo befriends a lovely woman, but when he expresses his love for her, they grow apart.

Dancing Days PG 
Chuck Fusca, Orlando 
A father has to overcome his fear of an old bully to support his daughter at her big dance contest.

Her Ghost in the Fog PG-13
David Powers , Orlando
A broken-hearted insomniac writer falls in love with a lonely ghost.

You Lost Me At ‘I Love You’ PG
Joshua Alomar , Orlando
A couple with inter-disabled challenges deal with the dynamic of their relationship and the impact of love -or lack of love they feel for each other. Sometimes relationships aren’t always perfect and they both learn to deal with that very true fact in their own relationship. 

Unwinged PG
Matt Burgess, Orlando 
A widowed single father has second thoughts about an intended proposal, until he is visited by the spirit of his deceased wife.
Before I Die PG-13
Wes Imlay , Orlando
A prosecutor who has dedicated her life to justice now lies on her deathbed with a story from her past that needs to be told.
Like Trees PG-13
Corey Emanuel Jr., Orlando
A coping widower delivers a rooted word to guide his stepson’s next chapters. 

Genes PG-13
Robin Hofmann, Orlando
It’s not blood that makes a family. It’s love.

D is for David PG-13
Matthew Thomas, Orlando
When Jamison moves into his new home, he soon finds out that he is not the only one living there.

Welcome Home PG
Matt Scoville, Orlando
An army brat gets pulled into a ride share time loop where veterans past, present and future are driving her home to her family.

Unexpected Night PG-13
Jeanette Santos, Orlando 
Two strangers who assume their nights couldn’t get any worse, are quickly proven wrong when they find themselves facing one of the biggest problem within our society today. 

Cinematic Lighting Workshop

The Filmmaker Workshop Series

This is an archived workshop page. Workshop #3 in this series. (Previous live Workshops were not recorded).

How to Light Your Scene for Mood

Virtual workshop was held on August 12, 2020 at 8:00pm.

How to Light Your Scene for Mood
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The Filmmaker Workshop Series
This Workshop is Hosted by

Trent Duncan

Trent Duncan is an award winning Filmmaker and Navy Veteran. Graduating from Valencia’s Film Program in 2002, Trent has spent many years becoming very diverse in all the fundamental aspects of filmmaking.

Trent has held many production roles on various short and feature length films in addition to teaching filmmaking at two accredited institutions. Versed in the scifi and horror genres, Trent’s Epic Horror Battles on Youtube have tallied over 40 million views and almost 200,000 subscribers. 

Although Trent enjoys the many aspects of film production, much of his passion lies in Cinematography and Lighting.

Trent brings his years of on-set and on-the-couch movie going experience to this OIF workshop.

In the workshop, Trent will talk about the various tips, tricks, and professional ways to light your next movie scenes and achieve the desired mood you are looking for.

The Q&A session has been removed for brevity and to respect the privacy of the workshop’s participants.

Visit  for more on Trent’s work.


As part of our mission to help educate and inform filmmakers, we periodically offer online workshops, courses and tips so our community members may practice and improve their crafts.

Exchanging knowledge and experience is one way we help achieve our mission goals.

Be sure to visit our Calendar to view other posted events.

Tax-Exempt Status Achieved

As of July 5, 2020, we are an officially recognized 501(c)(3) organization.

We look forward to promoting our mission and help provide activities and programs for independent filmmakers to participate in.

MYgration Film Contest 2020

OIF is happy to help promote the FusionFest MYgration Short Film Contest in conjunction with the Global Peace Film Festival.
Central Florida Filmmakers are invited to participate in the FusionFest “MYgration” Short Film Contest, celebrating cultural diversity in the community.

Last year, 23 shorts were presented at FusionFest’s Global Film Festival project, the “MYgration” film contest,.

Film Contest:

Create a 3-5 minute film based on a person who has a story of their MYgration journey to Central Florida and how they keep their culture alive. The subject/person of the short films will be provided by FusionFest.

Grand Prize is $1,000.00!

If you are interested in entering the film contest or know someone who is interested in being the subject of one of these shorts, click the button below. You will be taken to the Fusion Fest organization’s website for more info.


  • Intent to Participate Deadline: August 1, 2020.
  • Acceptance Notification: August 5, 2020.
  • Response to Acceptance Email: Saturday, August 8, 2020.
  • Pairing: Friday, August 28, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Filming Day: Saturday, August 29, 2020. Filming/Post Production: Sunday, August 30, 2020.
  • Film Submission: Wednesday, September 2nd by 11:59 p.m.
  • GPFF screenings: TBD
  • Location and times TBD FusionFest: November 28 & 29, 2020.

About FusionFest:

The event is a free two-day festival in Downtown Orlando celebrating 110+ cultures through art, food and interactive installations.

Quick Tips for Screenwriters in Quarantine.

An hour long workshop followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Our first online workshop was a huge success. Thank you to Jason Gregory, who teaches screenwriting at the University of Central Florida, for having conducted this special workshop.

Jason Gregory
Jason D. Gregory

The workshop enjoyed a “full-house”. Participation was lively and well-managed. The interactivity enabled many questions to be answered and discussed.

We look forward to many more remote workshops to come.