Minority Lens: Script to Screen

Minority Lens: Script to Screen


Narrative Cinema from the Black & Brown Perspective

This 8-week hands-on film production class will study & explore the world of postcolonial & minority cinema, featuring exciting guest artists, filmmakers, lectures & discussions on important film movements & directors to inform and inspire students.

Additionally, students will obtain technical training in film production & post-production (i.e camera, lighting, sound and editing) to make their own short films.

At the end of the course students will have completed a short film from start to finish, networked with both new & established filmmakers, & attained new skills to continue creating films independently. 

Topics covered include: 

  • The films & directors of relevant movements such as Third Cinema
  • screenwriting for film
  • storyboarding & pre-production
  • production management & scheduling
  • directing actors
  • shooting: cameras, lighting, sound
  • editing

All films from this course are eligible to screen at ASoF's 2018 Official SXSW Film Showcase.

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INSTRUCTOR: Rhitu Basu received her MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She came to filmmaking via documentary photography, and has a continued passion for that medium. As a filmmaker, her goal is always, first and foremost, to tell a good story - but a story that also, in one way or another, centers the voice and vision of the marginalized and/or post-colonial experience. Her short films have screened at festivals from the local SXSW/Austin Filmmakers’ Showcase to the Harlem International Film Festival. Rhitu - who was once a software engineer - was born in India, raised in Zimbabwe, and now lives and works in Austin, Texas.

All films will be featured in a special student screening, in addition to Austin School of Film's 2018 Official SXSW Film Showcase.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: People who are interested in learning how to create their own short film from start to finish, with a strong interest in minority/postcolonial experiences. Ages 18+

CERTIFICATE: Digital Video Certificate Program core elective.

PRE-REQUISITES: No experience required. Beginners welcome! Students are encouraged to come to class with a story they would like to tell. 

SUPPLIES: Any expenses incurred (ex. wardrobe, set design) for your film are the student's responsibility. Students will have access to our iMac lab, equipment rental, studio spaces and co-working area during the duration of the course for their film needs.