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!
Fourth of July Recipe Round Up
Whether you love “Cooking on the Wild Side” with Phyllis and John, are a regular viewer with Martha Stewart or have discovered the wide blogging world of PBS Food, we’ve found a recipe for you! Check out our round up of a few our favorite recipes for barbecue, sides and desserts that will be perfect cookouts and summer fun.
Fourth of July Weekend Specials
Celebrate our nation’s birth with songs, history and, of course, fireworks! Holiday weekend programming will feature an all-star line up of current favorites and throwbacks to the classics. Tune in for special episodes and programs, including “A Capitol Fourth,” July 2-4.
Veterans Impact – “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas”
Taylor LoBue knows first-hand the struggles veterans face when they return from war and battle post-traumatic stress disorder. Now, as chairman of Veterans Impact – Central Arkansas Veterans Mental Health Council, he’s working to let other veterans and their families know about the programs and resources available to them. Read on to learn more about Taylor’s story, Veterans Impact and how you, too, can help improve the lives of veterans.
“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.”