Workshops 2020
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Virtual Radio-Television-Film Workshops 2020
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Tell your cinematic stories!

Do you have a great idea for a film or TV show? Always dreamed of being a documentary filmmaker? Are you curious about the world of virtual filmmaking? Join us this summer in a virtual playground and embark on a creative journey under the guidance and instruction of our faculty. These advanced graduate students, professors, and media professionals will help you hone filmmaking and screenwriting crafts and master the latest filmmaking technology.

Use what you have available and set up at-home stations to make films and create media for the rest of the summer and beyond. Come learn with us!

Kids can play and learn, too!
Parents: learn more about our 2020 virtual media camps for kids.

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Virtual Filmmaking with Unreal Engine

Across all budget levels of the industry, from previsualization to final export, virtual production technology is changing the way we conceptualize and create content. Filmmakers and photographers, join us this summer in a virtual creative playground and unlock the game-changing, creative potential of virtual production! Geared towards those with a minimum of intermediate-level experience in filmmaking or photography, this workshop will allow you to plan, do layout, light, animate, and render cinematic ideas, concepts, and art in real-time using Unreal Engine. Physically accurate cameras will simulate their real-world counterparts and give you the ability to hone your real-world skills in a virtual environment.
Meeting times: 8/4/20-8/21/20, T/Th: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm CT.


Feature Screenwriting Bootcamp II

Do you have a screenplay that you've been wanting to finish but haven't been able to? Are you stuck on a plot point or a tough scene? In this workshop we will take your unfinished screenplay to completion with weekly feedback sessions and tips on how to get your story back on track. Come prepared with a cursory knowledge of screenplay structure and at least a completed first act of a screenplay—which you have either developed independently or in the four weeks prior to this workshop, in Feature Writing Bootcamp I.
Meeting times: 8/3/20-8/27/20, M/Th: 7:00 pm–900 pm CT.

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TV Writing Bootcamp II

You've got your series bible and your pilot outline, now what? Over four weeks, students will write and revise their pilot scripts. (Must have taken TV Writing Bootcamp I OR have a full developed show bible and pilot outline.) Virtual classes will offer live feedback and discussion, and pre-recorded lectures will continue to offer in-depth information about pilot scripts and the writing process.
Meeting times: 8/3/20-8/27/20, M/Th: 7:00 pm–900 pm CT.


TV Writing Bootcamp I - SOLD OUT

Do you have a TV pilot you've been wanting to write in a creative, supportive environment? This is the perfect writing intensive to launch you towards your goal. Over 4 weeks, students will develop an original pilot - starting with a logline and working on character development, a series bible, and pilot outline. The instructor and other students will offer feedback in virtual class sessions, and pre-recorded lectures will offer pilot-writing fundamentals and script breakdowns.
Take as a standalone course or follow with TV Writing Bootcamp II.
Meeting times: 7/6/20-7/30/20, M/Th: 7:00 pm–900 pm CT.

Online Workshop Documentary

Documentary Filmmaking: Telling a Personal Story

To reflect on aspects of life and the human condition, directors sometimes must turn the camera on to themselves and explore their personal experiences. Use your time and energy during this quarantine to locate stories within you. In this online production and post-production intensive, we will cover topics such as creative strategies within archival research, documentary storytelling techniques, editing with multiple media formats, and designing sound. You will then tell your story, by developing a 5-to-10-minute short non-fiction film through blending found archival footage and original material, which you can film with a smartphone or digital camera.
Meets 6/29/20-7/22/20, M/W: 5:00 pm–7:00 pm CT.


Feature Screenwriting Bootcamp I - SOLD OUT

Do you have a great idea for a feature film? Many have great ideas; only few craft them into screenplays. In this workshop, learn screenwriting fundamentals as you develop an original feature film idea. You’ll create a pitch, logline, treatment, outline, and first act. While no previous screenwriting experience is required, please come prepared with ideas for a feature film. Having completed a college-level English course is also recommended.
Take as a standalone course or follow with Feature Writing Bootcamp II.
Meeting times: 7/6/20-7/30/20, M/Th: 7:00 pm–900 pm CT.


Narrative Filmmaking: Finding Opportunities in Constraints

Drawing inspiration from movements like the French New Wave and Dogme 95, this filmmaking workshop aims to encourage novice and emerging filmmakers to view obstacles as hidden opportunities and to find creativity in everyday life. You will select one or more of these everyday elements to serve as a tentpole, as you craft a story into a 3-to-5 minute short fiction or experimental film.
Meets 7/7/20–8/13/20, T/Th: 6:00 pm –7:45 pm CT.