Welcome Filmmakers!

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Welcome to the Rochester Association for Film Arts & Sciences (RAFAS)

Formerly Rochester Movie Makers, we are currently making some changes to our website and branding. Expect a new website soon!

RAFAS is dedicated to fostering and supporting excellence in Film Arts and Sciences within the Upstate New York region. We seek to offer our members education on Film Arts and Sciences, organize and provide information related to local productions, and encourage and cultivate the production community at large.

Register for our newsletter to get the latest news and network with other filmmakers in the Rochester area. RAFAS general meetings and writers workshop meetings are open to the general public and you are welcome to attend.

Need Cast or Crew?

The best way to get volunteers is to know what you’re doing! What’s your project about? What positions are you looking to fill? When will you be shooting? Fill out the Project Announcement form and bring it to a meeting to help spread the word. Or email it to info AT rochestermoviemakers DOT org

General meetings

We meet on the FOURTH THURSDAY (Note: New Day!) of each month at RCTV, 21 Gorham Street, Rochester, NY 14605. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm (Note: New Time!).  Please arrive promptly, as the front desk person is only on duty till 7pm.

Click here for map and photos (PDF).

Writers Workshop
We hold writers meetings alternate Wednesdays at Carlson Cowork, 60 Carlson Road, 14610. Visit our Facebook group or calendar for the latest info.


RMM General Meeting Minutes – August 25, 2016

Start Time: 6:08 pm End Time: 7:43 pm
Location: RCTV 21 Gorham St., Rochester, NY

Organization Announcements:

  • The Writer’s Workshop is on September 7, from 6 pm – 8 pm. They have a new Web site at rwwny.org.
  • The name change from RMM to RAFAS is official on paper. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes.
  • Animatus Studios is hosting a local animation screening on September 15 at 6:30 pm at the Little Theater.
  • RAFAS is actively seeking new board members and volunteers.

Topic Presentation:

RAFAS board member Mike Boas conducted the Round Table Discussion. The topic: Production – Shooting for Post FX. The table gave an introduction to special effects, explaining the various
types, from stop-motion animation to CGI, using examples from the panel’s own work.

The panel included special FX artist John Vincent.

The discussion was video recorded and will be archived on the RAFAS Web site.

September 2016 General Meeting: “Post Production: Sound/Sound Editing”

NOTE: Special Location
This one will be a must catch for RAFAS members. We are moving into Post Production, and our first topic will be the tricky subject of Sound Editing. Joining us this month is guest panelist David Sluberski.Mr. Sluberski is a Peabody-and Emmy-Award-winning audio professional and owner of West Rush Media, LLC. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the RIT School of Film & Animation. His current clients include the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, WXXI PBS/NPR, and many local, national and independent filmmakers. Dave will demonstrate all aspects of audio post-production for film, including ProTools, at RIT’s 35-seat Mix Theater.

As a special treat, Mr. Sluberski is inviting RAFAS members to join him at RIT’s Mix Theater for our September General Meeting! During which, he will be able to show attendees firsthand all the intricate details that go into editing sound for film and video.

For instruction on where to go, please check out this PDF: https://www.docdroid.net/3a8Bsnx/rit-smpte-map.pdf.html

Don’t miss out on this opportunity for an often misunderstood and under-researched part of editing. Bad sound equals bad film, and the sound editor is your last line of defense against it! Join us at RIT on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 pm.

August 2016 General Meeting: “Production: Shooting for Post FX”

Our next panel topic will be on the always thought about, but rarely discussed topic of “Shooting for Post: Visual FX.” It’s can be difficult to visualize how/where/when to use a green screen. This, along with other topics, will be covered with Cinematographer/Director John Vincent (Heroes of the Underworld) and AD/Editor/Post Effects Editor Mike Boas (Mad Dog Movies).

Don’t miss this enlightening topic THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 25th @ 6:00pm at RCTV.