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!
“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas.”
“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas.”
Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Drama
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.
Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!