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!