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International TV/Film Producer/Director Jorn Winther Launches Power Mentor Directing Program
Emmy award-winning writer/director/producer Jorn Winther launches Power Mentor Directing program teaching emerging directors how to direct film, television and stage. Three student films will be selected to receive cash prizes totaling $5,000.
By: Studio Winther
Students will learn the art of directing through a rigorous program that explores various techniques to express their ideas through moving images. The 3-week course begins January 10, 2011, will be held at Cal State University San Bernandino, California, and is limited to 12 students.
At the conclusion of the program, there will be a screening of the students' final film. Three films will be selected to receive cash prizes totaling $5,000, and will have an opportunity to be introduced to accomplished filmmakers in Hollywood.
Through the Power Mentor Directing program, students will gain an understanding of the inner workings of the movie industry, connect with other talented filmmakers, and get the unique opportunity to create a quality short from the ground up.
Mr. Winther states, “My three-week Power Mentor Directing course is designed to master the complex skills of becoming a Director of all media in the shortest period of time for a fraction of the cost it typically requires to acquire this type of education. Students will also learn from executives from such films as Independence Day, DareDevil, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Secretariat and many others."
Unlike most directing workshops, the Power Mentor Directing program requires students to go through an acting workshop to prepare them for the critical skill of working with actors. The acting class incorporates various acting techniques, including Stanislavsky's, Stella Adler Systems and Strasberg's Method, as well as the skills learned in the Meisner Technique class.
The Power Mentor Directing program also includes a distinguished lecture series from industry luminaries, including lectures by current Producers, Directors, Editors and Directors of Photography from Hollywood who have led the productions of major studio pictures.
The course is for serious students who are willing to make the financial and personal investment in their career. After completing the Power Mentor Directing course, students will be able to seek employment armed with their own film and a recommendation by Mr. Winther.
About Jorn Winther:
Early in his career, Jorn learned the directing trade from legendary directors, including Alfred Hitchcock on 'Rear Window," and Billy Wilder on 'Some Like It Hot.
Since then, Jorn has spent more than four decades collaborating with the world’s most distinguished talent. Mr. Winther’s breadth of work includes drama, variety, comedy, specials, news, sports, documentaries, videos, game shows and commercials.
To date, Jorn has mentored the following actors and celebrities:
Hayden Christensen, Jennifer Aniston, Goldie Hawn, Vivica Fox, Debby Morgan, Paul Newman, Susan Lucci, Carol Burnett, Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Bob Hope, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Sonny and Cher, Alice Cooper, Walter Cronkite, Jonathan Winters, Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers, Sir David Frost, Deep Purple, Audrey Hepburn, George Carlin, Alan Alda, Barbara Walters, Elvis Presley, President Richard Nixon, and more.
As a Producer/Director, Mr. Winther is responsible for over 1,000 hours of Prime Time Television including the Beatles Reunion and the news program 20/20. He directed and edited the original historical Frost/Nixon interview on which the Oscar-nominated Frost/Nixon movie is based. His shows have garnered 39 Emmy® nominations and have received 14.
Mr. Winther’s children have been involved with more than 46 major features as Producers, Directors, Assistant Directors, and Actors including such films as Independence Day, DareDevil, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Secretariat and many others.
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Emmy Award-winning Jorn Winther heads Studio Winther. He is one of the most versatile production talents in America. Jorn is responsible for over 200 hours of prime time TV, 300 dramatic hours in daytime television, and numerous stage plays.