Workshops and discussions sponsored by the Mississippi Film Office

Lights, Camera, Aerial Platforms: New Tools For The Film Community! | Saturday, April 2 @ 9:00 - 10:45 (Malco Arcade)

Don Warren, David Matthews, Chandler Ferriss & Roy Adkins give you a sneak peek at exciting aerial drones, 4K cameras (Red Dragon and Sony FS7), and new lighting packages!

Roy Adkins first began working as a professional photojournalist in 1996 while finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Mississippi State.  While his current focus is on fine art and commercial photography, Roy has also long worked in the fields of photojournalism, wedding photography, and commercial photography.  His work has appeared in a great range of publications, from Time magazine to Jackson’s local alt-weekly. Roy was accepted to the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild in 2009 for his mixed media work. Roy is a licensed private pilot and has been occasionally flying a drone with a camera attached since 2015.

Roy Adkins first began working as a professional photojournalist in 1996 while finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Mississippi State.  While his current focus is on fine art and commercial photography, Roy has also long worked in the fields of photojournalism, wedding photography, and commercial photography.  His work has appeared in a great range of publications, from Time magazine to Jackson’s local alt-weekly. Roy was accepted to the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild in 2009 for his mixed media work. Roy is a licensed private pilot and has been occasionally flying a drone with a camera attached since 2015.

chandler ferriss.

chandler ferriss.

David Matthews is a cinematographer living in the Jackson area. He graduated from the USM’s Film program in December 2006 and began working at a local production company a year later. He's shot numerous commercial campaigns on the regional and national level, music videos for both local and renowned artists, documentaries, short narratives and feature films. He loves his job and is always trying to improve and implement new ideas. Says David: "Three key traits I value are adaptability, an open mind, and a calm demeanor. Pair those with general ability and everything else becomes a minor detail."

David Matthews is a cinematographer living in the Jackson area. He graduated from the USM’s Film program in December 2006 and began working at a local production company a year later. He's shot numerous commercial campaigns on the regional and national level, music videos for both local and renowned artists, documentaries, short narratives and feature films. He loves his job and is always trying to improve and implement new ideas. Says David: "Three key traits I value are adaptability, an open mind, and a calm demeanor. Pair those with general ability and everything else becomes a minor detail."

Don Warren is president of Don Warren Film & Video in Brandon, MS. Don was Director of Photography of Prom Night in Mississippi, and during his tenure as Director of Photography for the City of Jackson/Davis Planetarium from, Warren directed photography on the first independently produced film shot onboard the space shuttle. His work on other documentary, sports, commercial, and reality-based projects has allowed Warren to use the latest cameras and technology in the industry.

Don Warren is president of Don Warren Film & Video in Brandon, MS. Don was Director of Photography of Prom Night in Mississippi, and during his tenure as Director of Photography for the City of Jackson/Davis Planetarium from, Warren directed photography on the first independently produced film shot onboard the space shuttle. His work on other documentary, sports, commercial, and reality-based projects has allowed Warren to use the latest cameras and technology in the industry.


Lisa Anne Papale, a graduate of Millsaps College, received her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Licensed in both Mississippi and Maryland, Lisa is an associate attorney at Frascogna Courtney, PLLC, where she practices entertainment and intellectual property law. She also has been an Instructor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law, assisting with Entertainment Law and Counseling and Negotiations courses since June 2015. Lisa has been Jury Coordinator for the Crossroads Film Festival for six years.

Lisa Anne Papale, a graduate of Millsaps College, received her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Licensed in both Mississippi and Maryland, Lisa is an associate attorney at Frascogna Courtney, PLLC, where she practices entertainment and intellectual property law. She also has been an Instructor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law, assisting with Entertainment Law and Counseling and Negotiations courses since June 2015. Lisa has been Jury Coordinator for the Crossroads Film Festival for six years.

Shawnassey Howell Brooks focuses in the area of entertainment law, representing a variety of clients including award-winning songwriters and recording artists, authors, record labels, music and book publishers, artist managers and filmmakers.

Shawnassey Howell Brooks focuses in the area of entertainment law, representing a variety of clients including award-winning songwriters and recording artists, authors, record labels, music and book publishers, artist managers and filmmakers.

Legal Eagles: Entertainment Law for Filmmakers |  Saturday, April 2 @ 9:00 - 10:45 AM (Malco Screen C)

Attorneys Lisa Papale and Shawnassey Howell (Frascogna, LLC) tell you what you need to know about the law... All the ins and outs for filmmakers!


Shondra "Butterfly"  Macklin is a skilled visual and makeup artistry professional who specializes in transformations, special effects and camera-ready makeup for film , fashion and television. (ButterflyFACES Makeup Artistry and FX) Ms. Macklin' has worked on projects Fatal Attraction" The Avid Banks" Story for TVOne, Blackbird directed by Patrik-Ian Polk, and soon to be released "Life At These Speeds". When not working in film, she makes FACE as a face painter via her company ButterflyFACES Mississippi, where children and adults are transformed into butterflies, tigers, superheroes and more. She can be found online via her Facebook pages ButterflyFACES Makeup Artistry and Butterflyfaces Mississippi.

Shondra "Butterfly"  Macklin is a skilled visual and makeup artistry professional who specializes in transformations, special effects and camera-ready makeup for film , fashion and television. (ButterflyFACES Makeup Artistry and FX) Ms. Macklin' has worked on projects Fatal Attraction" The Avid Banks" Story for TVOne, Blackbird directed by Patrik-Ian Polk, and soon to be released "Life At These Speeds". When not working in film, she makes FACE as a face painter via her company ButterflyFACES Mississippi, where children and adults are transformed into butterflies, tigers, superheroes and more. She can be found online via her Facebook pages ButterflyFACES Makeup Artistry and Butterflyfaces Mississippi.

Canton Young Filmmakers Workshop  |  Saturday, April 2 @ 9:00 - 10:45 AM (Malco Screen B)

Get a taste of 7 shorts made during the Canton Young Filmmakers Workshop:

  • Dark Knight Rises... Again
  • Fantasy Futurama
  • Hug Bug
  • Joe Buck's Big Adventure
  • Kung Pow Shrimp
  • The Ghost and the Goat
  • The Sight of Psych

Followed by Q&A with CYFW workshop leaders!

Wrap up with a discussion of what it's like being a makeup artist in the film industry, live transformations of guests, & face painting for children, by Shondra "Butterfly" Macklin.