INCEPTION TO PROJECTION FILMMAKING PROGRAM

Low Key Arts is pleased to announce the return of Inception to Projection filmmaking workshop for Spring 2022!

Inception to Projection is a 6-week intensive film class open to all ages. Every participant will write, direct and produce their own original short and the final films will screen at Arkansas Shorts in January 2023. 

NOTE: All classes will be taught virtually on Zoom but the production and editing will be in person in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Screenwriting Lecture classes are spent learning the fundamentals of writing for the screen such as pitches, outlines, treatments, notecards, and screenplay pages. Participants will prepare a short film script that they will then learn how to produce themselves.

Production Lecture classes are spent learning filmmaking fundamentals such as directing, producing, casting, cinematography and editing. Participants are expected to work on small crews for one another, giving each filmmaker an opportunity not only to write and direct their own film but also practice production roles such as cinematographer, producer, first assistant director, sound recorder or production designer.

PROGRAM DATES
 

Classes: April 19 - May 28, 2022

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Saturdays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Filming Dates:
Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, 2022
(ALL DAY, STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT THE ENTIRE TIME)

Editing Dates:
Thursday-Saturday May 26-28, 2022 at National Park College

REGISTER HERE

Weekly Schedule

WEEK 1:
Tues, April 19 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: We will go over dramatic structure, character development and subtext. Participants will begin developing their stories. We will also screen some successful short films.

Tues, April 21 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: We will go over screenplay format; cause and effect; and workshop pitches; participants will begin writing their scripts.

Sat, April 23, 10:00AM -1:00PM
Directing: Shot design, mise en scene, beat analysis.

WEEK 2:
Tues, April 26 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: Workshop scripts

Tues, April 28 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: Workshop scripts (continued)
Sat, April 30, 10:00AM -1:00PM
Directing: Working with Actors & Improv Techniques

WEEK 3:
Tues, May 3 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: Workshop scripts

Thurs, May 5 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: Workshop scripts (continued)

Sat, May 7 10:00AM -1:00PM
Directing; Blocking & Staging and the sequence shot (Directing assignment)

WEEK 4:
Tues, May 10 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: Workshop scripts

Thurs, May 12 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: Workshop scripts (continued)

Sat, May 14 10:00AM -1:00PM
Review the sequence shot exercises, Producing Lecture: Casting/Locations/Crew

WEEK 5:
Tues, May 17 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: On-set roles and protocols

Thurs, May 19 5:00-7:00 PM
Script Writing Class: Final Production meeting: Prep for Shoots

PRODUCTION WEEKEND: ALL DAY FILMING
*All participants must plan to be on set for entire production schedule

Sat, May 21 PRODUCTION DAY 1!
8:00AM-7:00PM FILM SHOOT
8:00AM-1:00PM Director 1 Shoots
2:00PM-7:00PM Director 2 Shoots

Sun, May 22 PRODUCTION DAY 2!
8:00AM-7:00PM FILM SHOOT
8:00AM-1:00PM Director 3 Shoots
2:00PM-7:00PM Director 4 Shoots

WEEK 6: EDITING AT NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE

Thursday, May 26 4:00-9:00 PM
Friday, May 27 4:00-9:00 PM
Saturday, May 28 10:00AM-8:00PM

FINAL SCREENING: Arkansas Shorts, January 7, 2023


PROGRAM COST

$300.00 (limited spots available)

All equipment and production support is included with the class. No prior experience required, but this class is designed to challenge filmmakers of all levels.

REGISTER HERE
 

SCHOLARSHIPS

There are limited need-based scholarships available. If you'd like to be considered for a Low Key Arts scholarship for this class, use the space available on the registration form to tell us about yourself and about your interest in film. Feel free to share any information you think is relevant to your qualifications for a scholarship for this class. 

NOTE: All scholarship awardees are required to volunteer for a minimum of 8 hours at any Low Key Arts event(s) within the next 12 months and must attend all classes. If awardee misses more than 1 class, they will not be considered for any future scholarship programs.

 

Directing & Producing Instructor JEN GERBER

A native of Arkansas, Jen Gerber built her film career in Chicago before completing an MFA in writing and directing from Columbia University in New York. Her debut feature, The Revival, was filmed entirely in Hot Springs and received a theatrical run in Los Angeles as well as digital distribution on all the major platforms. The film received a jury special mention at NewFest for “outstanding performances” and The Hollywood Reporter called the film “riveting”.  Ira Sachs (director or Little Men, Love Is Strange) said, “It came to me half way through that it was an Ingmar Bergman movie set in the Ozarks.” Jen freelanced for over a decade as a writer, director and first assistant director for a variety of commercial production companies in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. As a first assistant director, Jen worked with James Franco on The Sound and the Fury and Black Dog Red Dog starring Whoopi Goldberg, Olivia Wilde and Chloe Sevigny. Jennifer is the Executive Director of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and is currently in development with her next directing projects, including Has Been Beauty Queen, a semi-autobiographical story, and Shelter starring Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo, Zazie Beetz (Joker, Deadpool 2), and David Rysdahl.

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(PAST) SUMMER 2021 COURSES:

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENTARY BOOT CAMP

(PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HSDFI)

Instructor: Jen Gerber

Truth is stranger than fiction—and often more interesting! Documentary storytelling is in the midst of a renaissance that has been going strong for more than three decades. If you want to delve into nonfiction narratives by bringing a story you care about to the big screen, you’ve come to the right place! In partnership with Low Key Arts’ renown filmmaking program Inception to Projection, HSDFF will host its first ever documentary bootcamp where participants will direct, produce and edit their own short documentary film that will be showcased at the 30th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival October 8-16, 2021. The course will explore the process from concept through development to production and postproduction with the intention of completing 1 film ranging in length from 3 to 7 minutes. *All filming and editing resources are located in Hot Springs

TIMELINE:

$300.00/person or scholarship application, 8 spots + auditors

Dates: Mondays from 6:00-9:00PM, May 10-July 30

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SKETCH COMEDY

PART 1: SKETCH COMEDY WRITING WORKSHOP (Instructor: David Hill)
PART 2: DIRECTING & PRODUCING WORKSHOP (In
structor: Jen Gerber)
Production Lecture classes are spent learning filmmaking fundamentals such as directing, producing, casting, cinematography and editing. Participants are expected to work on small crews for one another, giving each filmmaker an opportunity not only to write and direct their own sketch but also practice production roles such as cinematographer, producer, 1st assistant director, sound recorder or production designer. By the end of the course, each participant will complete their own 2-4 minute short sketch.

Program Dates:
Classes: Tuesdays & Thursdays June 1-July 2nd
Production Date: Saturday June 26 & Sunday June 27
*All classes will be taught virtually on Zoom and the production and editing will be in person with social distancing enforced.
PROGRAM COST
$300.00​ (limited spots available)
All equipment and production support is included with the class. No prior experience
required, but this class is designed to challenge filmmakers of all levels.