Coop Chats

After film school, many filmmakers go about their filmmaking practice without talking about their craft regularly again. The purpose of Coop Chats is to change this!

Coop Chats will bring together a group of filmmakers to talk about a specific filmmaking topic. These are not classes or workshops, they are conversations. The idea is to share information, ideas, tips, tricks and best practices in a particular area. The chats will be moderated by staff (and special guest hosts), and participants will be free to contribute as much or as little as they feel comfortable. With this in mind the sessions will be capped at 12 participants. All the sessions are free for AFCOOP Members ($5 for non-members) so register asap!

At present the chats will be held through Zoom but it is our intention that after the quarantine ends these chats will be continued in our physical space.

Coop Chat #1 – Should I Make this Movie?
Co-hosted by Nicole Steeves & Struan Sutherland
May 14th, June 4th, 6pm – 8pm

A group conversation about the factors that go into selecting the right project for the right time / funding opportunity etc. We welcome frank discussions of regrets, lessons learned and even talk about your plans for movies to be made post COVID.

Coop Chat #2 – Don’t Touch the Camera: Working with a DP
Co-hosted by Becky Parsons
May 28th, 6pm – 8pm

A group conversation about how directors work with DPs and about how DPs work with directors. We welcome both directors and DPs to attend!

Coop Chat #3 – Do I Need Crew?
Co-hosted by Dawn George and Charles Wahl
June 11th, 6pm – 8pm

A conversation about the pluses and minuses of working with other people. We’d love to hear from filmmakers who work with large and small crews and those who chose to work pretty much on their own.