Minority Lens: Script to Screen

Minority Lens: Script to Screen

300.00 375.00

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

Films completed in this course are eligible to be screened at multiple ASoF student showcases, including our SXSW Official Film Community Screening scheduled for March 2019.

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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.

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; all levels 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.

This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.