Workshops 2015

All of our workshops are free. Come out and learn more about film and filmmaking!


hollywoodWriter-producer Dan Bronson fell in love with the movies as a child. It was a love so powerful that years later, as an Associate Professor of English at DePauw University, he succeeded in adding a film program to the school’s curriculum, presenting cinema as the art form of our time, a glorious combination of all the arts. Then he went to Hollywood, where he made the real-world discovery that, as one of his mentors so eloquently put it, “Movies is money.” Join Dan for a lively hour in which he will explore the conflict between art and commerce in Hollywood and how to survive it.

Thursday, July 23, 10:00 am in the Community Room

Presenter: Dan Bronson

Chapman Animation Showcase 

MaxThrottle_Screenshot5_jpgAnimation has been one of the fastest growing and changing elements of the landscape of modern film for years. Advances in technology have had a massive impact on this field. Join us for a showcase of animated shorts made by students from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts (Chapman University) one of the nations top film schools according to a listing by Hollywood Reporter. In addition to viewing seven animated short films one of Dodge’s professors will share about the future of animation in modern cinema. Films to be screened: Wire Cutters, Mr. Bananas, Max Throttle (3D), Beware of Bunny, Bendy Buddy, The Land Before Time Machines, and Pest Friends. Film descriptions can be found on page 7 of the Program Booklet,

Friday, July 24, 10:00 am in the Community Room

Presenter: Helen Stephenson, Yavapai College Film and Media Arts Director

Who Are These People and How Did They End Up In My Screenplay?

Within every great screenplay lives an amazing story full of rich, well-developed characters. The characters are individuals who provoke emotional responses: compassion and empathy for the protagonist(s); disdain and contempt for the antagonist(s); and amazement at the quirk and uniqueness of supporting players. So how does a screenwriter figure out who these people are? By getting to know them, living with them (in the mind), studying them, obsessing over them. Maybe even checking them out on the Internet. In this presentation, Philip will outline a series of effective and useful techniques for delving into characters and figuring out what makes them tick. Once they are ticking and kicking, the plot clock can be started. Expect to laugh, expect to take notes, expect to exploit every overheard conversation from here on!

Saturday, July 25, 10:00 am in room 19-215 (upstairs from Community Room)

Presenter: Philip C. Sedgwick

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