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.
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!
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.
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!
WRITING THE FESTIVAL SHORT
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 http://www.tickets.okcmoa.com.