Low Key Arts

2020 FILMMAKING PROGRAM

INTRODUCTORY

Inception to Projection INTRODUCTORY is an intensive film class open to all ages. Every participant will write, direct and produce their own original 2-4 minute short and the final films will screen at Arkansas Shorts in January 2021.

Program Dates:
CLASSES: ​Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00pm-6:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm, July 7-July 30
FILMING DATES: Saturday & Sunday August 1-2 (ALL DAY, STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT THE ENTIRE TIME)
EDITING DATES: Tuesday ​August 4 - Saturday August 8

NOTE: All classes will be taught virtually on Zoom and the production and editing will be in person with social distancing enforced.

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.

By the end of the course, each participant will complete their own 2-4 minute short film.

For more information or to register for INTRODUCTORY, click here.

ADVANCED DIRECTING

Inception to Projection ADVANCED DIRECTING is a 6-week intensive film class open to anyone who has completed the Introductory I2P course. Every participant will write, direct and produce their own original short and the final films will screen at a special event produced by Low Key Arts as well as at Arkansas Shorts in January 2021.

Program Dates:
CLASSES: ​Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00pm-6:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm, June 2 - July 2
JULY:​ Students prep productions on their own
Thurs, July 30 6:30pm-8:30pm ALL CLASS PRODUCTION MEETING
FILMING DATES:​ Sat & Sun, Aug 1-2 ​(ALL DAY, STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT THE ENTIRE TIME)
EDITING DATES: Tues, ​Aug 4 through Sat, Aug 8

NOTE: All classes will be taught virtually on Zoom and the production and editing will be in person with social distancing enforced.

Building on the Introductory I2P, the ADVANCED DIRECTING class is for filmmakers who want to take their work to the next level. This course will focus on the role of the director, visual shot language, working with actors, pre-production tools and time management on set.

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. By the end of the course, each participant will complete their own short film.

For more information or to register for ADVANCED DIRECTING, click here.

FEATURE SCREENWRITING

Inception to Projection FEATURE SCREENWRITING is a 12-week intensive class open to anyone who has an interest in writing a feature length screenplay. Every participant will write a first draft of a feature length screenplay and will present a staged reading of a selected scene at Arkansas Shorts in January 2021.

Program Dates:
CLASSES: June 3-August 26, Wednesdays 5:00pm-8:00pm,

NOTE: All classes will be taught virtually on Zoom.

This is a college level course that covers script analysis, screenplay formatting, story structure, character creation, outlines, and screenwriting from scene to act level. Participants are expected to write 10-12 pages a week. By the end of the course, each participant will complete a first draft of a feature length screenplay (approx 70-110 pages).

For more information or to register for FEATURE SCREENWRITING, click here.

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 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.