Sharpen those production, acting skills

  • Courtesy photo Kealani Warner and Kristina Anapau, from the film "Kuleana," pose for a photo at the Honolulu International Film Festival.

The Hawaii Island Film Office will host an acting and film production workshop March 3 presented by actress and Hilo native Kristina Anapau.

The workshop, sponsored by the film office and the Palace Theater, is titled “Acting and Producing for Film and Television” and is the next workshop in the office’s Visiting Artist Program.


John Mason, commissioner of the film office, said the workshop will be divided into two sections: an acting portion in the morning and a production portion in the afternoon.

“There’s so much material, we won’t be able to cover everything in just a half-day session,” Mason said, but added that attendees should still learn a wide range of valuable skills.

The acting section of the workshop will cover business skills such as finding an agent and self-marketing, as well as training for actors such as cold readings and working on set.

Meanwhile, the production session will cover topics such as where to find material to produce, the development process, financing, budgeting, production, distribution and more, Mason said.

Mason said he anticipates participants from throughout the island.

Mason also expects Anapau, the presenter, to attract attention from aspiring professionals. Anapau is an accomplished Hollywood actress and producer who starred in and was an executive producer for the film “Kuleana,” which received widespread acclaim at several film festivals and won Audience Choice at the Maui Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

Anapau’s previous credits include a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated Darren Aronofsky film “Black Swan” and a recurring role in the HBO series “True Blood.”

The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Palace.

Attendance to the workshop costs $15 for students, $20 for Screen Actors Guild members and $25 for all others.


The admission cost includes refreshments and pizza.

Anyone interested in attending should email to register, although Mason said attendees can register at the door.

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