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.
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.