Want to make an action film or learn how to shoot an action scene?

In this introductory workshop for filmmakers identifying as female you will:

  • Feel confident and comfortable in finding, choosing, and knowing how to have a conversation with the right Stunt Coordinator for your project.
  • Learn how to avoid common pitfalls that newbies to action filmmaking usually make.
  • Discover how to “speak action” with a Stunt Coordinator and how to identify the one that will best serve your project.
  • Hear pro tips and advice directly from a panel of working Stunt Coordinators.
  • Witness firsthand how to film an action scene with a veteran action Director and Stunt Performers.
  • Walk away with a list of pro contacts in the stunt community that will support you in creating your action film.

This workshop, moderated by The Chimaera Project’s founding member America Young, is focused on helping to bring more women to a genre that’s dominated by men, action! We’ll start with a panel of pro Stunt Coordinators, offering their invaluable insight and experience, and answering your questions to empower you to create action. In the second half of the workshop, take part in an educational demo with pro Stunt Performers as you learn how to shoot a simple fight scene. A select few attendees will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience filming the action with our pro guests!

~ Attending this intro workshop qualifies you for an advanced action filmmaking workshop! ~

Workshop Schedule, Location Details and Ticket Purchase here!

Newport Beach Film Festival Event

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Heroes On and Behind the Screen presented by The Chimaera Project @ 2:30 p.m. FREE

Join us for a moderated discussion about the steps our panel guests take to create a hero as well as how they make a difference in their position such as challenging stereotypes, diverse storytelling and steering the industry towards a more inclusive environment.

Moderated by Darlene Conte known for her work on Grey’s Anatomy, Spider-Man 2 and Twice as Dead with panel guests Carlease Burke actor known for Get Shorty,  In Her Shoes, The Terminal and Crowded (TV series); Tasha Huo is a writer known for Black Belle and Women in the Dirt: Landscape Architects Shaping Our World; Deven MacNair actor and stuntwoman known for her work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Green Lantern and Now You See Me.

The panel will take place at the Newport Beach Civic Center in the Community Room. This is located at 100 Civic Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660. There will be free on-site parking. The panel is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th at 2:30pm, but we recommend you arrive 20 minutes early to account for traffic and parking.


Saturday, April 27, 2019: 2019 Filmmaker Celebration presented by The Chimaera Project – 6:30 – 7:30 in the upstairs mezzanine – FREE

Please join The Chimaera Project and add your voice to the conversation celebrating equity and an inclusive mindset as we go forward together on our many endeavors, both personal and collaborative. Film Festival Awards will be presented during this fun reception event! The Chimaera Project hosts: Cheryl Bookout, filmmaker and The Chimaera Project’s Executive Director; Foster V. Corder, filmmaker, actor, producer; Darlene Conte, producer, writer; Andi Norris, actor, stuntwoman; Dove Meir, filmmaker, actor, producer.

Sunday, April 28, 2019: WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE ACTION, presented by Chimaera Project @ 4:00 p.m. – FREE

Artemis Film Festival Location: Monica Film Center at 1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

What does it take to prepare for, shoot and make a spectacular action sequence?  Moderated by Trisha Nicolas (Sr. Producer, Snap, Inc.), this panel will examine actual stunt scenes with the pros who designed the action and how the scenes were accomplished effectively and safely. Hear first hand advice from the filmmaking teams responsible for creating three different types of action sequences. Production team members, directors, actors and stunt coordinators offer invaluable insight on the process of creating action on screen.  Sharing approaches stunt coordinators use to create action scenes, work flows between departments, and working with actors without stunt experience, and more. 

Panelists: Joanna Ke Actor, Writer and Producer; Helena Barrett, Stuntwoman, Stunt Coordinator; Hayden Lam Director, Stunt Performer and Stunt Coordinator; Veto Swarm Actor and Stuntman; Austin Nordell Cinematographer and Editor.


Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Opening Night

Friday, April 26, 2019

Seeing is Believing: Women Direct directed by Cady McClain, The Chimaera Project Ambassador and produced by The Chimaera Project’s board member Amanda Quinn Olivar, will be screening at 9:30 p.m. This powerful documentary includes interviews with The Chimaera Project’s Co-Founders Shana Betz and America Young.

Saturday, April 27, 2019: Seeing is Believing: Women Direct @ 2:20 p.m.

Powerhouses of Female Fortitude” panel presented by immediately following the screening of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct will discuss how women persevere in the industry while also championing other women. Confirmed panel guests include Maikiko James of WIF, Liz Manashil of Sundance Creative Distribution, Heather Allin, former president of ACTRA, and Tige Charity, head of Kids in the Spotlight.

Newport Beach Film Festival

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

From the cafés of Paris to the mountaintops of Samiland, a scholar’s life is forever changed through her friendships with the women artists of Surrealism.

Gloria’s Call directed by Cheri Gaulke, The Chimaera Project member and produced by The Chimaera Project Executive Director Cheryl Bookout and The Chimaera Project members Anne Gauldin, Christine Papalexis and Sue Maberry
5:30 p.m. @ Triangle Square Cinemas
1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Purchase tickets here.