Jul 29, 2017 - 10:00am to Jul 30, 2017 - 3:15pm

Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
351 S. State Road 434
, 32714

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This weekend workshop is a networking and learning opportunity for all Christian filmmakers who desire to use film for ministry.

Register by midnight July 24, 2017. If you need help with registration, please contact Aric Turlington at 407-618-0224.

Special Hotel Rate - $68/night

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
644 Raymond Ave.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
(407) 767-5757

Mention that you are attending the Florida Conference Communication Workshop.

Be sure to join our Facebook group for networking and updates.

All ages are welcome, however children under 13 must have a parent or guardian register and attend with them. Youth ages 13-18 must sign and have a parent sign the Minor Attendees Agreement.

Saturday, July 29

10:00-10:30 am
Registration (Lobby)
10:30-10:45 am
10:45-12:30 pm
It All Starts With A Story | Panel Discussion led by Terry Benedict
It all starts with the Creator who gave us creativity. Listen to several inspirational true story pitches and then participate a dialogue with our presenters on how to adapt a true story for the screen.
Faith, Grace, and Conquering the Impossible | Terri McEndree
Terri tells the story of how the Lord brought her through growing up in a divided home plagued by domestic violence and fueled by her stepfather's binge alcoholism, how He brought her through single parenthood, and how He placed her on the road to achieving her elusive goal of becoming a doctor.
Hope in Present Danger | Sperantza Adriana Pasos
When news arrives that her uncle has just defected Communist Romania by swimming across the Danube River during the midnight shifting of the guards, Sperantza’s life radically changes. Suddenly, she and her family become the target of the Securitate (Romanian KGB). Overnight, life’s circumstances catapult her into a poker-faced young girl who—at only 14—must run for her life, evade the government officials and leave behind the comforts of home, her four-year old sister and adoring father, not knowing if she will ever see them again.
Tough Guy, Gentle Heart | Jane Allen Quevedo
Growing up in Puerto Rico, Felix Millan played baseball from the time he attended elementary school in his bare feet and sported a uniform made from a Gold Medal flour sack.  Fast forward to a career in Major League Baseball where Felix was an All-Star second baseman and a Gold Glove Award winner.  When his wife, Mercy, and their three children joined the Adventist Church, Felix made it clear they could leave him out.  Convicted by Mercy’s prayers and the children’s pleas for him to attend church with them, Felix asked to be excused from Sabbath games.  Soon, afterwards, he was baptized and his sports story became a story for God’s glory.
12:30-1:30 pm
LUNCH Hosted by Florida Conference
1:30-2:30 pm
Being Story Stupid | Terry Benedict | Founder and CEO, Shae Foundation
How to avoid getting in the way of the story. Terry will share a few clips from his work with Shae foundation and talk about what makes a good story.He will also discuss ways to make technology more creative.
2:30-5:30 pm
The Mini Movie Challenge
You will be split up into teams based on the role you would like to have to create a 1-3 minute short video in the time allotted. This will be a time to showcase your skills and talents and to learn from your fellow teammates. *Bring cameras, lighting, sound equipment, and computers for editing. If nothing else, bring a phone that can shoot 1080p and has free space.
5:30-6:30 pm
DINNER Hosted by Florida Conference
6:30-7:00 pm
Freedom | Plantation Church Film Ministry
7:00-9:00 pm
Presentation & Discussion
The Journey Of A Story | Terry Benedict | Producer, Hacksaw Ridge; Producer and Director, The Conscientious Objector
Timing is everything. Terry will talk about the journey of the Doss story to the big cinema.

Sunday, July 30

9:15-10:15 am
Pitch Panel
Present your idea to a group of industry experts for encouragement and feedback. They will help you to better craft your pitch so you can get buy-in from those you are presenting to. Use their knowledge to help your project be the best that it can be.
10:25-11:20 am
Cinematography and Why it is Important | Nathan DeWild | Freelance Producer
Nathan will be going over how to make professional looking videos on a low budget.
Making a Spoken Story into a Masterpiece | Stanley Pomianowski
Testimonial videos are the most effective tool a church or business can use to market and expand their members or clients. Stanley will teach you systems that he's used to make powerful testimonial videos that have impressed his clients. Every videographer needs to master this type of video.
Starting a Film Ministry in your Church | Collin Williams | Studio 1080
Collin will be discussing how to start a successful film ministry in your Church, and taking a closer look at:
  • The Power of Films / Movies
  • Movie clips as Sermon Illustrations
  • Church Movie Night
  • Small Group Study Based on a Movie
  • Pre-Production
  • Production
  • Post Production

He will also screen some of the short Films produced by the Plantation Film Ministry and discuss the making of the Ministry’s Award Winning Movie “Freedom”.

11:30-12:25 pm
How to Write a Story | Nathan DeWild | Freelance Producer
Nathan will be talking about how to craft stories that give videos a purpose and meaning. Bring a paper and pen.
Acting for the Camera | Lynda Stein | Actress, Azuree Model and Talent
Discover what motivates actors to create a character that is believable. Consider both a film directors perspective and the actors perspective in a directors environment. Merge both to understand what it takes to bring actors, directors and good writing together for a good and significant film short.
Producing | Nathan Nazario | Motion Picture Pro Studios
12:30-1:30 pm
LUNCH Hosted by Florida Conference
1:30-3:00 pm
Mini Movie Screening and Discussion




Terry Benedict
Producer of Hacksaw Ridge, Producer/Director of The Conscientious Objector, Founder/CEO of The Shae Foundation

Terry grew up expecting to be an archaeologist discovering the Holy Grail. Instead he found himself in Hollywood supervising chase scenes in the “Terminator” and “Marked For Death.” After 15 years in the business, his life took an unexpected turn causing him to evaluate the art that he was producing. Impressed to create films that inspire and promote positive messages to the global community, he produced and directed the critically acclaimed and award winning documentary film, “The Conscientious Objector.” More recently, he was part of the producing team of the Mel Gibson-directed movie, “Hacksaw Ridge,” and is shooting two documentaries about poverty and social justice issues.

An honors graduate of Pepperdine University, Terry is often found on the speaking circuit. His passion to inspire students to be accountable for the art and media they produce led him to form the Shae organization. He continues working as a filmmaker, mentor, and loves exploring the world with his family.

Nathan DeWild
Freelance Producer

Nathan DeWild was the Director of Photography for four feature documentaries that aired on PBS. He currently lives in Chattanooga,TN, where he is a freelance producer. His passion for ministry and stories has led him to develop a children's Bible TV show that he hopes will provide positive content for kids in the future.

Nathan Nazario
Motion Picture Pro Studios

A filmmaker and public relations/marketing strategist with more then 20 years of experience in the film and television industry, Nathan Nazario recently served as lead producer on the independent feature, Old Fashioned, delivering the highest box office weekend for a faith-based film playing on fewer than 300 screens. Nathan’s public relations campaign credits include more than 50 films including six Academy Award winners: Life Is Beautiful, Dead Man Walking, The Usual Suspects, Fargo, Shakespeare In Love, and When We Were Kings.

His company, Motion Picture Pro Studios (MPP), is a production and creative services company specializing in the film, television, and entertainment industries. The company’s core strengths are creating original solutions through passionate expertise in production, marketing, and public relations. MPP’s film division currently has several feature projects in active development.

Nathan has served a diverse entertainment client base in the course of his career. As the former vice president for film publicity at mPRm Public Relations, his clients have included major studios, television networks, and independent distributors such as Miramax Films, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, USA Network, Syfy, New Line Cinema, Fox Searchlight, Columbia TriStar, Artisan Entertainment, and IMAX, among others. Previously, he was vice president of East Coast Publicity at Gramercy Pictures, the independent art-house studio behind such worldwide successes as Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Stanley Pomianowski
Owner of

Stanley Pomianowski has been making short films since he was 12 years old on his parents' camcorder. Stanley moved to Orlando after graduating from Southern Adventist University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in film production and hasn’t looked back since. He has made several short films and written several feature-length and spec TV show pilots. Stanley currently owns two companies: Standan Productions and Standan Productions is a local production company that specializes in video marketing and corporate video solutions. Standan is co-owned with his business partner Daniel Howell. In 2015, Daniel and Stanley set out to help other filmmakers achieve financial success. They created a crash course in winning commercial contests on sites like or You can sign up for the currently wait-listed course at Stanley's other venture,, is a site that features 90-second tutorials on how to use Final Cut Pro X. Frustrated with unnecessarily long tutorials, Stanley set out to make his own quick and to-the-point tutorials. In addition to writing and editing, Stanley is also an award-winning actor (Best Cast 2014 Orlando 48 Hour Film Festival). He’s especially good at playing the outliers and the unusual characters. You can see his acting portfolio on the aptly named site, Make sure you also sign up for his monthly filmmaker group at

Lynda Stein
Actress, Azuree Model and Talent

Raised in the small farming community Oshkosh, WI, Lynda left home to study Meisner, Stanislavsky, and Shakespeare (musical and classical theatre) and get her midwest twang under control.

Her training experiences ranged from Academy award-winning Hume Croyn, Jessica Tandy, Hollywood, soap and broadway actors, well-known artisans and theatre educators of the day to Second City-Chicago and the Royal Shakespeare.

Lynda has been seen in episodic, independent, and feature films and on the stage with Passenger 57, Super Boy, From Earth to the Moon, Divorce Court, the Milwaukee Repertory, SAK Comedy Lab, multiple national commercials with Disney, USA Network, Golf Channel, and Olive Garden, and various commercial print media such as Universal, Chevrolet, Modern Bride, Publix, and Disney.

Folded into Lynda’s journey includes a calling to the theatrical and film arts ministry through writing, directing, managing, and performance. Credits include Benny Hinn Ministries, Global Servants, Exodus International, WACX Channel 55, Good Life 45,  Charisma Life, Missionary Ventures, 168 Film Project Los Angeles, and multiple megachurch organizations. She has accepted speaking engagements at various conferences such as Christians Artists Amsterdam, Lillenas Drama Arts, and Gideon Media Arts Conference, and has been an ongoing contributing columnist for Church and Worship Technology.

After a nagging won’t-go-away, God's tug to pursue film acting, producing, and writing, and no idea the faith-based film industry was about to explode, Lynda leaped back into talent work. Since that dream and true heart-felt tug became a reality, she has enjoyed a consistent call to both commercial, print, live stage, and film roles throughout the US, and has a couple of feature films in the works.

Collin Williams
CEO and Director, Studio 1080

Collin Williams is a television producer, director, and filmmaker with 22 years of experience. After graduating from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1994, he began his career working with Miami's FOX News affiliate, WSVN 7. Collin then became the production manager for TV 69 Miami where he served for two years. He joined Zimmerman and Partners Creative Advertising Agency in 1996. While there, he produced and edited commercial spots for companies such as Ford, GM, Nissan, and Mitsubishi. In 1998, he worked at Post Edge Productions, an independent television production company, where he produced programs for Discovery Channel and History Channel.

Collin founded Studio 1080, Inc., in 2006 where he currently serves as CEO and Director. Studio 1080 is a full-service boutique production company that produces documentaries, television series, television commercials, web series, and feature films. As an entrepreneur and filmmaker, he has produced, directed, and edited national network television programs. As a result of this experience, he has won multiple awards. He is a member of Plantation Church in South Florida and he serves as the Film and Media Ministry Director.