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April 2019

Make A Short Documentary!

April 8 @ 6:30 pm - April 29 @ 9:30 pm

4 sessions: Mondays, April 8-29, 6:30–9:30pm Are you thinking about making a documentary? Do you have an idea or have already started to shoot? In this class you’ll learn how to take an idea for a short documentary from concept to completion. Working in teams or individually, each student will produce, shoot, and edit a short documentary (3-5 minutes) in four weeks. Taught by documentary filmmaker Melody Gilbert, you will: Practice pitching Create a story plan for your doc Develop…

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Cinema Production Basics

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - June 4 @ 9:30 pm

9 sessions: Tuesdays, April 9-June 4, 6:30-9:30pm This course is designed for students with little or no previous production experience and a keen interest in developing their skills in moving image arts. In addition to providing hands-on experience through production exercises and projects, the course places considerable emphasis on visual literacy and the application of film language. This includes the basics of storytelling, cinematography, lighting techniques, directing, and audio recording. Students work together to create cinematic scenes, covering the basic crew positions and having…

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Introduction to Writing for TV

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - May 28 @ 9:30 pm

8 sessions: Tuesdays, April 9-May 28, 6:30-9:30pm This unique course is designed for creative aspiring writers with no prior experience, as well as those with screenwriting experience, wishing to break into television writing. Learn in an interactive environment the basics of creating, writing, and presenting your first television script for both drama and/or comedy, including how to take your idea to the next step and create a complete half-hour or one-hour television script. The course will cover: The steps usually taken…

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Acting for Directors

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - May 15 @ 9:00 pm

6 sessions: Wednesdays, April 10-May 15, 7–9 pm This course provides both novice and experienced directors with insight to the acting craft and how actors approach productions. It includes casting, script analysis, rehearsals, improvisation, and scene study. Participants are expected to act in some basic scenes and work with guest actors. The end goal is that directors learn how to gain an actor’s trust and achieve compelling performances. Tuition: $235 regular/$175 member/$130 low-income Bill Cooper has been involved with the video, television,…

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Elements of Screenwriting [RESCHEDULED]

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - June 10 @ 9:30 pm

8 sessions: Mondays, April 15-June 10 (no class May 27), 6:30-9:30pm The course objective is to provide the beginning screenwriter with the tools and information necessary to get started on their first-draft screenplay, the first pages of which will be workshopped in the final two class sessions. Learning Objectives: The basics of the screenplay in format and content How a story idea or a piece of narrative fiction or non-fiction translates into a finished film Tricks for mastering three-act structure…

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