Shoot & Splice

Connect, converse, listen and learn at Shoot & Splice, our new monthly filmmaking forum. Arrive early to network with fellow attendees, then grab a beverage and kick back for the evening's presentation. A wide variety of technical, education and fun topics of interest to the Memphis filmmaking community will be featured. Have an idea for a topic you'd like to see covered? Email [email protected]

Shoot & Splice programs take place at 430 N. Cleveland. 

6:30 pm networking / 7 pm presentation

Admission is free and open to the public. Beverages will be available.

Don't miss these once-a-month opportunities to be a part of the Memphis filmmaking community and learn things you probably didn't know you wanted to know.

Support provided by ArtsMemphis and the First Tennessee Foundation.


Tuesday, August 2nd,

Shoot & Splice: Misadventures in Screenwriting.  

Writer/Director Chris McCoy (EAT, HOW TO SKIN A CAT) presents a case study in screenwriting, using his experiences writing his latest feature-length script FLASH CRASH to illustrate some lessons on the dark art. Free & open to the public thanks to support by ArtsFirst: First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Panel discussion begins at 7:00 PM Complimentary food and beverages will be available.  Crosstown Arts430 N. Cleveland


Tuesday, July 12, 


There are over 4,000 film festivals in the world and the options are overwhelming. Learn tips from festival programmers to craft the submission strategy for your next film and meet other filmmakers to get advice from their experiences. Panelists are Melanie Addington (Oxford Film Festival), Erik Jambor (Bend Film Festival), Brighid Wheeler (Indie Memphis). Moderated by Ryan Watt (Indie Memphis). Presented in collaboration with Crosstown Arts. Free & open to the public thanks to support by ArtsFirst: First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Panel discussion begins at 7:00 PM. Complimentary food and beverages will be available. 430 N. Cleveland Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016


Traditionally Shoot & Splice has explored technique rooted in narrative, documentary and commercial film and video production, but this month we will examine the craft of capturing moving images solely to facilitate creative expression. Join accomplished video artists Brian Pera, Corky Sinks & Jill Wissmiller to get their thoughts on what art video is, where it is shown and how they make it. Free & open to the public thanks to support by ArtsFirst: First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphisDoors open at 6:30 PM, panel discussion begins at 7:00 PMComplimentary food and beverages will be available. Crosstown Arts 430 N. Cleveland St.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Presented by Morgan Jon Fox

Director Morgan Jon Fox (Feral, This Is What Love In Action Looks Like, OMG/HaHaHa) will lead a hands-on workshop garnered towards understanding, fine-tuning and following ones intuition as a director. We’ll ask the question of where our ideas come from, and how we know if an idea is good or not. We’ll discuss when we need to listen to feedback or not, when it’s a good idea to burn it all down following our dreams, and when it’s best to lay a project to rest and move on. Through some simple audience-participation oriented exercises, we’ll start to look at what makes humans tick and what lies at the core of great dramatic filmmaking. Free & open to the public thanks to support by ArtsFirst: First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphisDoors open at 6:30 PM, panel discussion begins at 7:00 PMComplimentary food and beverages will be available. Crosstown Arts 430 N. Cleveland St.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Presenters: Waheed AlQawasmi, Sara Kaye Larson, Laura Jean Hocking and Ryan Watt

Crosstown Arts & Indie Memphis announce the return of Shoot & Splice Tuesday April 7th! Ever wonder what it takes to produce an independent film or commercial project? Have you ever asked yourself what a Producer even does?! Film Producers raise money for projects, hire directors, DP’s, actors and editors, manage schedules, find distributors, massage egos and everything in between.

WAHEED ALQAWASMI: started his career as a producer and film maker in high school, where he garnered a number of awards including the first National Student Emmy Awards at the age of 15. Waheed's work includes Home Town Glory and Scorned. Waheed produced and directed a variety of music videos for artists such as Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, The Delta Saints, as well as TV commercials and web content for GoDaddy and Google. His most recent project includes a one-hour TV special titled Outnumbered Hunger, which is fronted by Reba McEntire to raise awareness about the hunger issues facing the United States.

LAURA JEAN HOCKING: is a Memphis filmmaker best known for producing Indie Memphis award winners ANTENNA and AUTOMUSIK CAN DO NO WRONG as well the popular feature EAT with her husband C. Scott McCoy and Oddly Buoyant Productions. She is currently editing and associate producing BAD, BAD MEN for Old School Pictures.

RYAN WATT: is a media producer and marketing consultant as Director of Development at New School Media, Inc. He has produced numerous independent feature films plus shorts, music and web videos. His feature productions include Pilgrim Song, Forty Years From Yesterday, Open Five, The Romance of Loneliness and Daylight Fades. Ryan is a board member of the Indie Memphis film festival and an alumnus of the Venice Biennale Cinema program.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Choosing The Right Equipment For Any Job

Presenter: Erik Morrison of was founded in 2006 by a Memphis, TN based anesthesiologist, as a hobby, so he could try out camera equipment before he bought it. 8 years later, Lensrentals, has become one of the largest and most successful online rental houses with over 50 employees fulfilling thousands of orders every week.

Erik Morrison has been a video technician at Lensrentals for 4 years. His days are filled with testing video gear, helping people figure out what they need for their shoot, and answering any questions they might have.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Digital FX, Green Screen Compositing & Color Grading

Presenter: Dan Baker

After all the planning, shooting, and editing, it's time to put the finishing touches on your film.  Join pixel-pusher, Dan Baker, for a live demonstration of the tools and techniques involved in digital effect, green screen compositing, and color grading, as he pulls apart finished shots from Timid Monster's fantasy short Avarice.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What's a DIT? Come meet one and learn his secrets 

Presenter: Jacob Roya of New School Media

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

After Effects, Digital Media Production For Live Events

Presenter: K Brandon Bell

K Brandon Bell is the Founder and Creative Director of Design-O-Matic and holds a BFA and MFA in Graphic Design.  He Has taught at the University of Memphis, SUNY Purchase School of Design, Pratt Institute and Parsons.  Brandon enjoys the flexibility of working with Interactive, Video and Traditional Media.  He has done video/motion design for The Tony Awards, TED, MTV, Bravo, TLC, Rolling Stone, Motorola, and Audi; interactive projects for IBM, The New York Times, Disney, Motown, Discovery, and HBO.  His work has received honors from the Emmy Awards, New York New Media Awards, Art Directors Guild, Memphis Advertising Federations, and the International Web Awards, among others.

Tuesday, August, 2014

Licensing Music for Film

Presenter:  Scott Bomar

Emmy Award winning musician, producer & engineer, Scott Bomar, will discuss the importance of properly licensing music for your film projects, finding alternative sources for music, and just how much work goes into creating the brilliant songs that can either make or break your project.

Scott Bomar Bio:
Scott Bomar is a Memphis-based musician, Emmy Award winning film composer, Grammy nominated music producer and recording engineer.  In 2005, Bomar composed the score for Craig Brewer's award-winning film, "Hustle & Flow".  In 2006, Bomar collaborated with Brewer as Executive Music Producer and composer of the film, "Black Snake Moan".  Scott has also composed music for a variety of film and television projects, including "Losers Take ALL", "$5 Cover", "I Am Man" (which won an Emmy for "Best Original Music"), "Gospel Hill", and "Teenage Tupelo".  He was s session engineer for the documentary "Take Me to the River".  He was the music producer and consultant for the soon to be released critically acclaimed film "Memphis".

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How To Behave on Set and Why

Presenter: Sarah Fleming of Cat + Fish

Come join Sarah Fleming as she explains what Production Assistants and Assistant Directors do on a film set.  Fain a better understanding of what it takes to not only do these jobs, but do them well enough that when national productions come to Memphis, you are the one they want to pick for the job.

Sarah Fleming Bio:
Sarah Fleming received her M.A in Communications from the University of Memphis in 2004 and has over eleven years of Assistant Director experience on feature films and commercials.  From 2007 to 2012 she ran the company Live From Memphis (with partner Christopher Reyes), producing and directing a number of award-winning films, music videos, and internet-based projects.  Currently she's heading up the new creative force, Cat + Fish and freelances as an AD every chance she gets.

Wednesday, October 14, 2014

How To Fest!

Presenter: Erik Jambor & Chris Holland

Join Indie Memphis Executive Director, Erik Jambor (in person) and Chris Holland of the Atlanta Film Festival (via Skype) to learn how to maximize your experience at the upcoming Indie Memphis Film Festival.  Erik and Chris will offer tips to both filmmakers and those just interested in watching a weekend of great films.  Whether you're a film festival veteran, or planning your first Indie Memphis weekend, you won't want to miss this month's Shoot & Splice!

Tuesday, October 11, 2014

Making Documentaries in Memphis

Presenter:  Emmanuel Amido, David Appleby, Willy Bearden, G. Wayne Dowdy, and Robert Gordon

Join documentarians Emmanuel Amido, David Appleby, Willy Bearden, G. Wayne Dowdy and Robert Gordon as they discuss, debate and pontificate on what it means to tell stories and make documentaries in Memphis, Tennessee.  

Emmanuel Amido is a documentary and commercial film maker based in Memphis, Tennessee.  Amido's 2013 film Orange Mound, Tennessee: America's Community won the Indie Memphis Soul of Southern Film Award.  

David Appleby is a film professor at the University of Memphis and a Peabody Award winning documentary film maker whose work has aired nationally on PBS and ABC. Appleby's films include Babyland, Hoxie: The First Stand and At The River I Stand which won the 1994 Erik Barnouw Award for Best Documentary from the Organization of American Historians.  

Willy Bearden is an author, musician and filmmaker.  Bearden has made documentaries and written books on Memphis Cotton, Elmwood Cemetery, juvenile court, Victorian Village, garage bands and Overton Park, just to name a few!

G. Wayne Dowdy is an author, historian and agency manager for the History Department of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.  Dowdy's books include Mayor Crump Don't Like It: Machine Politics in Memphis, A Brief History of Memphis, Hidden History of Memphis, Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South and On This Day In Memphis History.

Robert Gordon is an author and documentarian.  Gordon's books include It Came From Memphis, Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters and most recently Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion.  Gordon has made many documentaries about music and musicians including Very Extremely Dangerous, Cowboy Jack Clement, The Road to Memphis, Johnny Cash's America, Respect Yourself and Muddy Waters - Can't Be Satisfied.  His work has been shown on PBS's American Masters and Great Performances series, A&E, BBC, Channel Four and many global networks.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Shoot & Splice / MicroCinema: Holiday Cinema Trivia Blowout!

Presenter:  Indie Memphis & Crosstown Arts

Indie Memphis & Crosstown Arts are placing an open call for all shooters, splicers, producers, directors, writers, lighters, actors, actresses and stuntmen to celebrate the season and end the year with a film fan trivia Battle Royale.  Test the limits of your Cinephilia and compete for glory and prizes!!  Think you've got what it takes to take home the crown?  Bring your best trivia team on Tuesday and we'll find out!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Millennium Film Financing: Tips, Tricks and Advice On Successfully Crowdfunding Your Film From A Few Folks Who Have Actually Done It

Presenters: Dan Baker, Sara Kaye Larson, Joann Self Selvidge and Melissa Sweazy

Join filmmakers and panelists Dan Baker, Sara Kaye Larson, Joann Self Selvidge and Melissa Sweazy as they walk us through how they met their film fund raising goals using online crowdfunding sites.  


DAN BAKER satiates his passion for learning by producing and directing films at Timid Monster. In his meager tinkerings, he has released the award-winning films “Avarice” and “John Gray,” taught multi-media production internationally, and animated the graphics for Neil Patrick Harris' opening numbers at the 2012 and 2013 Tony Awards. Dan proudly hails from Southern New Mexico, and prefers green over red. 

SARA KAYE LARSON is a writer, filmmaker and Detroit transplant who now lives in midtown Memphis. Ms. Larson wrote a detailed account of her and Joann Self Selvidge's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for Filmmaker Magazine.

JOANN SELF SELVIDGE is an award-winning filmmaker who founded True Story Pictures in 2004. Her films, including The WLOK Story (2002), Voices of Jericho (2007), The Art Academy (2012), and The Keepers (2015), share stories of music and art, race relations and leadership, education, inspiration, social justice, and everyday working people. Her secret identity in the world of nonprofit fundraising likely fueled her success in the world of crowd funding. In addition to raising more than $20,000 via Indiegogo campaigns, she's raised nearly $9 million for clients in her 15-year consulting career. She lives in midtown Memphis with her husband and two children.

MELISSA ANDERSON SWEAZY is an award-winning screenwriter, film and music video director, blogger, photographer, and mother living in Memphis, TN. (She has yet to win awards for mothering, but she could medal in making up bedtime songs on the fly.) Her most recent film THE DEPARTMENT OF SIGNS AND MAGICAL INTERVENTION exceeded its fundraising goal and is beginning a hopefully long run on the film festival circuit beginning February 2015.