Originally Published: June 13, 2018 5:56 a.m.
Want to learn more about how to make a film? Do you enjoy movie trivia? Interested in structuring plot change?
Free workshops through the Prescott Film Festival (PFF) take place this week on the Yavapai College campus in Prescott cover all those topics and more.
This year’s workshops include a first – a two-day filmmakers’ bootcamp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 14-15, on the Yavapai College Prescott campus, Building 3, Room 119. Building 3 is toward the back of the campus with handicap parting nearby; others can park near the dormitories and walk up to the building.
“Intro to Filmmaking: From Story Boarding to Story Live Action,” taught by instructors Bruce Dorn, Alan Davis and John de Dios, explores the tools and techniques of contemporary documentary and narrative filmmaking.
“It’s for beginners, intermediate and advanced,” said PFF founder and Executive Director Helen Stephenson. “No matter where you are, you’re going to learn something. It’s quick and intense, and you’re going to earn a lot.”
The workshop, taught on three levels based on experience, starts with how to find an idea and moving to storyboarding. Then participants will work in teams to create a scene, becoming part of an actual filmmaking crew. Attendees should being a sack lunch on both days. Sign up for these workshops online at prescottfilmfestival.com/event/
“It’s going to be awesome. Bruce Dorn is a Prescottonian and an amazing filmmaker. He represents Canon, and has been all over the world talking about Canon cameras,” Stephenson said.
She also encourages small business owners who have a need for video content to attend these workshops.
Local playwright Mikki Sheldon has written an original play that uses well-known lines from classic films. Her play, “A Few Good Lines” will be performed live at 3:30 p .m. on Wednesday, June 13, in the workshop titled “Name that Film!”
Philip Sedgwick, who has appeared at many of PFF’s workshops, will discuss how to document your life in the Thursday workshop, “So – Your Life is a Movie?” It starts at 4 p.m. He will go over what to expect when sharing one’s inner moments, and how movies – and novels – flow.
Friday’s final workshop, “Weaving Webs,” begins at 2:30 p.m. Sedgwick will talk about outlining methods, structuring plot points, sub plots, and creating riveting interactions between characters.
Of this workshop, the program notes state, “Whether a screenwriter, novelist – or aspiring in either of those worlds – or wanting to become a better storyteller, this is for you.”
The free workshops are sponsored by the Yavapai College Film and Media Arts Program. All workshops take place in Building 3, Room 119.
For more information, visit: prescottfilmfestival.com/event
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