Harvardwood Presents: Film/TV Production Panel - The Artists Behind the Camera

July 06, 2023 at 5:00pm - 6pm
Thursday, July 6 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET (virtual)

Join us for a virtual conversation about the behind-the-scenes magic of physical production from the perspectives of a cinematographer, producer, 1st AD, script supervisor, and more! We will hear from industry guests Jennifer Carriere, Liz Ryan (AB ’81)Sue Chan (AB ’92), and Andrew Sachs (AB ’97).

Jennifer Carriere
Jennifer Carriere has made hundreds of episodes of network television and dozens of films as a Script Supervisor and Producer. Becoming an excellent Script Supervisor led her directly to becoming a high-volume TV Producer. A former engineer with a love of systems and solving problems, Jennifer created a highly disruptive and efficient method for breaking aspiring filmmakers into Hollywood the fast way, via the powerful and overlooked Script Supervisor role - a position for which the film job market is fiery hot.  

Liz Ryan
Liz Ryan is a production manager who Co-Chairs the Directors Guild of America’s Womens Committee, and sits on both the boards of the Directors Guild-Producers Pension and Health Plans and the Directors Guild-Producers Training Plan. She has served as a member of the DGA National Board, and on the Guild’s Negotiating Committees responsible for the collective bargaining agreements with the AMPTP in 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2020. In 2008 Ryan received the DGA’s prestigious Frank Capra Achievement Award in recognition of her career achievements and service to the Guild. Starting as a Directors Guild of America Trainee in New York City, Ryan has since worked on over 70 movie and television productions throughout the world as a director, producer, production manager or assistant director. Her credits include the movies The Green Mile, Alien 3, Brokedown Palace, Waiting for Guffman, and the television series Station 19, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, The Office, and Freak and Geeks among others. She is currently developing her own projects. Prior to her work in Hollywood, she worked as a reporter and photographer for Time Magazine and the New York Times.

Sue Chan
Sue was born in New York City and raised in central New Jersey where her parents co-owned the only Chinese restaurant in town. After studying design with a minor in East Asian Studies, she and her husband moved to San Francisco where she found work first in architecture, then in theater before entering film and television. She splits her residence between Los Angeles and Connecticut. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in both independent and studio film projects as well as short form and long form T.V. and commercials.

Select film design credits: Landscape with Invisible Hand with director Cory Findley for MGM/Plan B/Annapurna. Where the Crawdads Sing for Sony 3000, Shang-Chi for Marvel Studios, Shirley (U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking in 2020) for Killer Films, The Half of It for Netflix, The Etruscan’s Smile with Oscar Nominated Directors Oded Binum and Mihal Brezis, Colossal with Oscar nominated director Nacho Vigalondo, The Congress with Oscar-nominated director Ari Folman (selected for the director’s fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival). 

Series design credits include Patriot Season 2 for Amazon Studios, the Fox T.V. series The Grinder and Weird Loners as well as a pilot for Greg Daniels, the producer of The Office.

Andrew Sachs
Andrew Sachs brings hands-on creative and technical experience as a director of photography to his work as a producer. He is currently Line Producer on a documentary series with Campfire Studios and recently served as Line Producer for the Showtime Docuseries “Boys in Blue”
directed by Pete Berg. As Head of Production at Dirty Robber during the pandemic, he produced two Netflix Original docuseries, “Heist” and “We Are The Champions,” and the Oscar-winning live action scripted short film “Two Distant Strangers,” which was acquired by Netflix. At Dirty Robber, Andrew also oversaw production of commercial work for Nike and facilitated the expansion of documentary series production capacity, which included the Emmy-winning series “Tom vs Time” for Facebook Watch and Emmy-nominated programs “Breaking 2” for National Geographic Network and globetrotting “Why We Fight” series for ESPN. Previously, Andrew founded and operated production company Walking Pictures and produced branded, corporate, and independent feature films, including the LA Film Critics Award-winning “The David Whiting Story” (2014). Andrew’s experience as a director of photography spans documentary, branded content, music videos, and independent feature films including the “live on stage, on film” adaptation of the classic anti-war text “Johnny Got His Gun” (2008, starring Ben McKenzie) and stoner detective noir “Sunken City” (2012). Born and raised in New York City, Andrew graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in Visual and  Environmental Studies (now AVFS). At Harvard, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Robb Moss and legendary director Dusan Makaveyev provided lasting inspiration.

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