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What is the Film Making Workshop?

This intensive 3½-day workshop is designed to introduce amateurs to both film appreciation and the actual techniques of film making.

The Script

The 3½-day workshop is a unique opportunity for high school students (freshman through seniors), college students, teachers, and all adults interested in film making. The participants will be shown a variety of films that will showcase the elements of film making discussed and applied throughout the course. Students of the workshop will be introduced to all aspects of the film making process as they produce their own short film during the class. From sound design to lighting, from camera operation to story-boards, participants will gain valuable practical experience in the art of film making.

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The Focus

  • Provide hands-on film making
  • Illustrate the film making journey from story to screen
  • Examine the opportunities and outlets available for today’s independent filmmaker

The Audience

  • High school students (freshmen through seniors)
  • College students
  • Teachers
  • All adults interested in the techniques of film making

The Cast: Gregory Gray, Instructor

Since earning a film degree from the University of Memphis, Gregory Gray has produced and/or directed several live music DVDs, working with artists such as Edwin McCain, Darius Rucker, Bobby Rush and Al Kapone.

He served as Assistant Editor on "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story", a nationally aired documentary on the famous Memphis recording studio.

Gregory has worked on several feature films in a variety of capacities - from grip to cinematographer, from location sound recordist to production manager.

In addition to production, Gregory has also worked with regional film festivals - including the Oxford Film Festival - as the projection coordinator, giving him a unique perspective on both the creation and exhibition of movie projects.

The Shoot

The workshop will be held at the Historical Oxford Depot adjacent to the University in Oxford and behind the Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center on University Avenue. The Depot is a short walk from the Inn at Ole Miss.  Participants will receive a detailed schedule and map of the area at registration.

Monday, July 10th
1:00-5:00 p.m. In class lecture and film discussion. We will spend the day exploring the characteristics of cinema. Covering topics such as composition, lighting, camera movement, actor movement, storyboarding and much more.
Tuesday, July 11th and Wednesday, July 12th
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Production days, as the class will take part in production of a short-film. These two-days are the hands-on, practical experience portion of the class, and the students will be given the opportunity to see a production from the outside in.
Thursday, July 13th
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Today will be a recap day, during which we will discuss all that we've covered and answer all questions that have been raised during the camp. We will also discuss equipment for the independent filmmaker, including affordable options for the filmmaker on a budget, plus distribution, film festivals, and internet exposure for your film.

The Window

The dates of the 2017 workshop are July 10-13.  Pre-registration is required.  The deadline to register is July 7th.

The Budget

$325, includes workshop, manual, and meals.

The Costume

Dress is casual and comfortable throughout the workshop.

The Contact

Drew Windham, Senior Project Administrator
Outreach Operations
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS  38677-1848

Phone: 662-915-6724
Fax: 662-915-5138

ACCOMMODATING SPECIAL NEEDS: If you require special assistance relating to disability, please contact Drew Windham, at (662) 915-6724 or prior to the workshop start date.

Click here to register online.