4th Annual Entertainment Designers Forum


Alan Gilmore (X-Men first Class, The Bourne Ultimatum, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, World War Z) just announced to fill the TBD position!

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.

Steph at Relay For Life of Hunter’s Creek 2009


Related Links:

Universal Relay Rangers Team Fundraising Page

ACS: 5 myths about Colon cancer

NBC News: Cancer is even worse in the movies

Jacksonville.com: Focus on Jacksonville film series helps keep his mind off lung cancer


About jenvargas

Multimedia Producer. Social Media Advocate. Filmmaker. Volunteer. I am the Producer and Host of the monthly Florida filmmaker screening series, FilmSlam at Enzian Theater, and Managing Editor of one of Central Florida's oldest, most trusted websites, the award-winning CentralFloridaTop5.com! I am also a proud committee member of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a member of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer's Florida State Advisory Committee, Orlando Tech Association Marketing Committee, Valencia College's Digital Media Advisory Board, as well as on several Film Florida committees. Additionally, I am a Google #GlassExplorer, techie, purple lover and #caregiver. View all posts by jenvargas

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