Filmmakers and Art Department members, take note. One of the coolest entertainment forums rolls back into The Orange County Regional History Center on March 8th. Industry professionals from Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World Imagineering, Falcon’s Treehouse and Ripley Entertainment will gather for two open sessions (6:30pm and 9:00pm) to share behind the scenes info and stories. The open format allows the audience to ask the panelists questions and gain further insight on the panelists’ collective careers in film, television, theater and theme park industry, past and present. (I’m positive at least one person will ask inevitable questions about the future of Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-o-Scream or Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm.) Reserve your spot for this event by calling The History Center at 407-836-7010.
The innaugural Entertainent Designers Forum in 2010 featured an energetic panelist named Stephanie Girard, a local Art Director and Set Designer, who at the time was battling Colon cancer. The main purpose of the forum was to raise money for a cause close to her heart, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Celebration, FL. Industry colleagues, caregivers from all over, people she had never even met, her husband Scott, stepson Scott and Best Labradoodle, Jack, all rallied to help cross this item off her bucket list. All told, not only did she meet her goal of $25,000, she totally KICKED THE PANTS of it, raising over $33,000 for the American Cancer Society!
On a very personal note: Steph was a talented, AMAZING woman who brought a smile to everyone’s face and gave back to the community (with Jack!) in spades. In November 2009, she spoke at our Relay For Life in Hunter’s Creek with honesty and great optimism. Sadly Stephanie passed away on December 30th, 2010. However, three years after her death, this event still lives on in her memory. Every single person on this panel, including moderator Kim Gromoll, are as top notch a person as they are an entertainment professional – and we could all learn a great deal from each. Whether you’ve been directly or indirectly touched by cancer, if you can, please support this event and the projects of all involved. This disease does not discriminate.