This year, and every year we’ve been lucky enough to host, AETN had the incredible opportunity to meet the state’s up and coming filmmakers at the Little Rock Film Festival for workshops that up their skill levels and keep us fresh! Read on to see what we’ve been up to in 2014.
To start this year’s event off, we held two concurrent morning sessions, “Developing Your Story” and “Acting for the Camera.”
“Developing Your Story” focused strictly on writing and what makes a script strong. Viewing writing from several angles, this workshop discussed story development, story outline and scriptwriting in a lively discussion with pro scriptwriters and content developers, who work for major networks like HBO and Cinemax. After hashing out the details together, the pros put our students to work in small group story development to prepare for student-led “Pitch Sessions.”
Meanwhile, in “Acting for the Camera,” budding actors and directors learned what it takes to get comfortable in front of the lens, as our leaders instructed students in understanding the technical and emotional adjustments required for working in front of a camera. On top of skill work, students also learned about the ethical aspects of working in a relaxed and truthful way, and worked to develop confidence with the camera by going through exercises with emphasis on close-ups, simple scenes and basic camera moves.
We had lots of fun in the afternoon when we were able to pull the full group together for our Masterclass on Filmmaking. A hands-on digital workshop, this session was designed to teach filmmaking basics in directing, cinematography and interviewing with a focus on the director’s scene analysis, blocking and using the camera as a character.
All in all, it was a year to remember! We had a great time working with students from across the state and are amazed at what they managed to create in just a day. We can’t wait until next year!
Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.
Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.
Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.
“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.
Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.