deadCENTER Zombie Attack at Studio 222

deadCENTER Film spent the past week making a Zombie movie with students from Taft Middle School at Studio 222. deadCENTER’s Kim Haywood and Lance McDaniel taught a story telling class last month using student made short films. Then, based on student ideas, they created a script, taught acting and production classes and produced a movie using all 22 students from the Studio 222 program. Oklahoma City University students volunteered to teach the students how to set up and work with the camera, sound and lighting equipment. And, the OCU students helmed the camera and boom during the shoot, with special guest boom operator Brenda McDaniel on hand for the final day of filming. This project was one of several education initiatives created this fall by deadCENTER Film to help groom the next generation of Oklahoma filmmakers.

deadCENTER teaches at Westminster

Local filmmakers joined the staff of deadCENTER Film to teach film making to the amazingly adept 5th Graders at Westminster Elementary school in Oklahoma City. deadCENTER COO Kim Haywood and film producer Sarah McCombs taught film production classes, taking students from script to screen, discussing and assigning positions and analyzing and breaking down scripts. Oklahoma City Community College film professor and writer/producer Sean Lynch worked alongside Patricia McDaniel and Production Sound professional Sam Harris to demonstrate the Red Camera, lighting packages and various audio equipment used in film production. deadCENTER Executive Director Lance McDaniel led acting classes with help from OCU student actor Hassan Nazari-Robati. Now, the teachers at Westminster will lead the kids in producing their own scripts. Future filmmakers, arise and fulfill your destiny!

deadCENTER Film @ Studio 222

The deadCENTER Film team headed over to Studio 222 to teach a one day class on short films to 24 students from Taft Middle School. Students watched other student-made films and discussed the differences between narrative, documentary and animated films. The students also brainstormed ideas for the films they will create in October during a one week deadCENTER Film seminar. Studio 222 is a tuition free, arts based after-school program for inner city middle schoolers founded by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Have you bought your passes yet?

2010 Passes

Now that you’ve had time to check out our awesome schedule, it’s time to talk passes. There are three ways you can enjoy the festival. 1) Individual screening tickets, 2) Screening/Panel Pass, or 3) the All-Access Pass. Let’s discuss.

Individual Screening Ticket- $10
Let’s say you’re short on time. Cousin Sarah is getting married that weekend and you only have time for, say, one or two films. All you have to do is walk up the venue where the film you want to see is playing and buy a ticket for $10. Seriously, that’s it. Easy. There are no advance ticket sales so you’ll need to stop by the day the film you want to see is screening and buy your ticket then. Now, what if you don’t like cousin Sarah that much and you want to check out more movies and panels then you need the….

Screening/Panel Pass- $75 (20% Student Discount Available)
With a Screening/Panel Pass you are allowed access to…you guessed it…all film screenings and panels we offer over the five days. That’s over 100 films, three panels and a screenplay table read. This is THE pass for the serious cinephile. You can eat and drink in all the films and special-guest studded panels your heart desires. We’ll allow it. Speaking of eating and drinking, if you’re looking for THE ULTIMATE deadCENTER Film Festival experience you’ll need the…duh, duh, DUH…

All-Access Pass- $125 (20% Student Discount Available)
Consider this baby the golden ticket. You want front-of-the-line access to any and every film screening? DONE! You want to listen to film pros from across the country discuss the most relevant topics in independent film today? DONE! You want to eat, drink, be merry, and hob-nob with filmmakers, journalists, celebrities, and other independent film junkies? DOUBLE DONE! Time for some math: 5 days, 100 films, three panels, a screenplay table read, and almost a dozen special events. Math is hard, but that’s a seriously good deal!

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This Is An Announcement: Screenwriting Class Offered by OKCMoA

The Oklahoma Museum of Art will be offering a series of classes on screenwriting. The classes are only have space for 12 students, so hurry up and secure your spot!


Sundays, March 28-April 25, 1-4 pm (5 classes)
Ability level: Novice/Beginner
$70 members/ $90 nonmembers (materials provided)
Maximum enrollment is 12 students.
Instructor: Kevin A. Mahoney

This class will focus on the completion of a short, twelve-page screenplay for festival consideration. Emphasis will be placed on character development, effective use of conflict, adherence to dramatic action, and revision. Students will watch film clips, read scripts, and participate in roundtable discussions.

For more information or to enroll, call (405) 236-3100, ext. 213, or register online at


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