Greg Gray, Script to Screen (2016)

Our first day started with me providing an introductory overview of the filmmaking process. I provided brief instruction on several aspects of filmmaking, including: story structure and what makes a good story; 3 point lighting; how sound is recorded and synced for movies; and basic editing philosophy and techniques. Afterwards, we broke into two teams.

My team included Harrison Turnipseed, Evelyn Batategas, Cole Weaver, Alyssa Bates, Sydney Bates, Canon Luter, Summer Finley, Alex Mayfield, Joddie Shutt, and Ralei Bartle. Once we had our team assembled, the first thing we did was to start coming up with a story we could shoot in the time we had, while making good use of the available locations.

As always, coming up with the story turned out to be the most challenging part of the workshop. After much discussion - and several votes - the participants chose to do a story about an escaped convict hiding out at the local college. He meets and possibly falls for a student. Meanwhile, detectives are trying to chase the fugitive down.

After spending the first day and a half coming up with and fine tuning the story and figuring out what props we would need, we picked our actors and assigned background roles. Alex Mayfield would play the “Maniac”; Sydney Bates was cast as the student while Harrison Turnipseed and Canon Luter were the detectives.

For the next couple of days we shot the project.The workshop participants carried out the shoot with energy and we were able to get almost all the shots we wanted in the time allotted and we then moved into the edit phase. The kids volunteered their suggestions for the final cut. While I edited, some of the students shot the final scenes we needed to complete the short movie. We were able to show a rough cut of the project at the T Tauri showcase at UACCB.

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