SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Movie trailers have been blazing a trail in the entertainment industry for decades, but the cinematic art form has also become a revolutionary tool for comic books, video games, and novels using pre-rendered cinematics and live action teasers. Just how does one go about executing a professional, state-of-the art cinematic for their business, screenplay, comic book, novel, or video game? Don’t miss this exclusive panel on how to create an eye-catching animated or live-action short film, and what pitfalls to avoid. Join author and screen writer Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, director and producer Eric Kieron (Producer – Animation; Film; Video Games; Novels) Raymond Carr (Ninja Puppet Productions,) Jose Acosta (Magick Lantern Studios,) and Tonya Grace (Atlanta Filmmakers Alliance) discuss the perfect recipe for producing and directing your perfect short film cinematic. (BALLROOM A315)

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Genese Davis

Genese Davis is an American author, host, columnist and media personality. She is the author of The Holder’s Dominion, a next-generation video game thriller heralded as a breakthrough novel by Publishers Weekly. Davis is the founder of The Gamer in You and was recently awarded IGR Woman of the Year. She is a featured columnist at and appears internationally for literary and entertainment events all over the world. She lives in Irvine, CA, where she advocates for her other passion, animal rescue. To learn more, visit

Raymond Carr

Raymond Carr is an American independent film, theatrical, commercial director and designer. His films have been accepted in several Oscar qualifying international film festivals. Raymond developed his DIY approach as a board member of the “Dailies Project,” an experimental filmmaking workshop, where he created many notable indie shorts (the 2007 Magnolia Pictures film “The Signal” was developed through Dailies). He has a background as a designer and builder of monster and creature effects which he incorporates in his films in concert with Visual Effects. His music videos have won awards at such genre festivals as DragonCon. In 2013, Carr was commissioned from Heather Henson to produce a film for her company Ibex Productions. He also production designed and script consulted with director David Bruckner for the Magnolia Pictures film V/H/S. Carr’s experience as a creature and production designer allows him to create worlds as a director that feel dynamic, unique and rich, while his background as a theatrical director grounds his actors in character driven narratives. He is currently slated to direct a segment for the upcoming anthology film based on the work of acclaimed horror novelist Tom Tessier.

Tonya Grace

Tonya Grace is the founder and president of the Atlanta Filmmakers Alliance. Grace has over a decade of experience in media production, including expertise as a videographer, freelance writer, producer, and senior editor of MBW magazine. In addition, Grace is the author of Scenes of Drift, a collection of poetry pieces critically acclaimed by Grace has a depth of experience as a journalist and writer with different multimedia news platforms to include AOL’s news community “Patch”, where she worked building Lawrenceville and Suwanee sites as a Community Listings Collector, journalist, writer and a blogger on Education. She has also provided mentorship, script writing assistance, and executive production assistance on film teaser trailers, movies and various video productions. Grace is also a English and creative writing teacher and teaches students from different countries around the world.

Jose Acosta

As a digital cinematographer and director, Jose Alejandro Acosta tells stories with moving pictures. His passion for excellence has garnered him EMMY and TELLY awards and he has been trusted with some of the worlds best-known brands like AFLAC, AT&T, Cartoon Network, CNN, Coca-Cola, Ferrari, the EMMY Awards, Disney, DIY Network, Dunkin’ Donuts, the Home Depot, and the Weather Channel. Most recently Jose wrote and directed Poe’s Mystery Theatre ( a 1-hour historical drama scheduled to premiere on Georgia Public Broadcasting this October.

Eric Kieron

Eric Kieron is an award-winning producer for film, theater, video games, web, and literary genres. He is passionate about producing high quality, creative content built to entertain. He is a cinematics producer for a premium animation and video game company, and is the founder of the film production company, Sleepwalker Studios. As a director, he focuses on the creative vision of the project aiming to intrigue and excite an audience. As a producer, he has led teams from concept to completion on a number of premium projects. To learn more,


Wizard World Comic Con

Wizard World Comic Con brings pop culture to life in the most extraordinary way. By producing these one-of-a-kind conventions across North America, Wizard World celebrates the entertainment industry, bringing together epic fandom, esteemed creators, and breathtaking artwork.

Friday, May 30, 2014 – 3pm – 8pm
Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 10am – 7pm
Sunday, June 1, 2014 – 11am – 5pm


Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

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