Movie Editing

Learn the fundamentals of video editing using non-linear software.
***FREE and open to the public***

Wednesday, April 9th, 2 - 3:30PM
College of Charleston, Room 203, 25 Saint Philip Street, Charleston SC
Contact: Dave Brown,


Virtual cameras, rotoscoping and keyframing will be covered.
***FREE and open to the public***

Wednesday, April 9th, 3:30 - 5PM
College of Charleston, Room 203, 25 Saint Philip Street, Charleston SC
Contact: Dave Brown,

The Yin & Yang of Casting & Acting

Are you an actor seeking the extra edge to lock the part? Are you a filmmaker undecided on the perfect talent for your next project? Jump on the casting couch on Saturday, April 12, and get a fresh perspective from both sides of the script.

Join professional Casting Director Laray Mayfield as she shares invaluable insight, experience, and inside knowledge gained throughout her successful career.

Additional panelists include Laura Verbeke for casting, as well as athlete and veteran actor Ed Marinaro, who will field questions on acting, auditioning, and how to get an agent.

Don't miss this unique, exciting opportunity to learn from some of the industry's best!

Laray Mayfield

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Mayfield moved to Los Angeles, California in 1986, where she met Director David Fincher and began her career working on commercials and music videos, such as Madonna’s “Express Yourself” and Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun.” In 1999, she made her transition to casting features with Fincher’s Fight Club.

Her credits include many notable feature films, including The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the 2011 remake of Footloose, and Spring Breakers. Mayfield also cast the first two seasons of House of Cards with partner, Julie Schubert, earning the pair an Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.

Laura Verbeke

Before casting, Laura Verbeke taught college writing courses, including film and advanced narrativity. She then devoted six years to acting and training with renowned teachers, including the late Academy Award-nominated actor William Hickey. 

In 2004, she served as a member of the Programming Committee for Emerging Narrative at the New York Independent Feature Project (IFP) before she launched Laura Verbeke Casting and began casting performers for the Emmy-nominated series, Flight of the Conchords.

A highlight of Verbeke’s career was casting-staged readings for the IFP Emerging Narrative Finalists and the Brooklyn-based arts group, The Raw Word, hosted by Rachel Chanoff from the Sundance Institute.

Ed Marinaro

Born in New York City, Ed Marinaro began a record-setting football career at Cornell University where he set almost every Ivy and NCAA record for running the football. A three-time All-American, Marinaro received the prestigious Maxwell Trophy, finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991. Drafted in 1972 by the Minnesota Vikings, Marinaro helped lead the team to two consecutive Super Bowls. 

After a career-ending injury in 1976, Marinaro moved to Los Angeles to begin his acting career and quickly booked a role on the hit show Laverne and Shirley. It was his portrayal of Officer Joe Coffey on the Emmy-award winning show Hill Street Blues that made Marinaro one of Hollywood’s most versatile leading men. Marinaro has starred in more than 25 feature films and television movies, most recently as Coach Marty Daniels in Spike TV’s comedy hit, Blue Mountain State.

Saturday, April 12th at 9:30AM
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston SC

***FREE and open to the public***

*Donations are not required, but kindly accepted.
CIFF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  All contributions are tax-deductible.

Virtual Cinematography Demonstration

See a live demonstration of motion-tracked virtual cameras with Brent Mason of Natural Point, Inc. and William Bares of College of Charleston.  For years, Brent worked on major Hollywood productions as a motion capture technician.  William is a researcher who develops next-generation virtual camera applications.

***FREE and open to the public***

Saturday, April 12th at 3:00PM
College of Charleston, Room 220 at the JC Long Building, 9 Liberty St., Charleston SC
Contact:  William Bares,