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Summer Film Making Workshop at Ole Miss

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

After attaining a degree in Filmmaking from the University of Memphis, Gregory Gray has worked on projects featuring B.B. King, “Hustle and Flow” rapper Al Kapone, Edwin McCain, Bobby Rush, Darius Rucker, and other great artists. In addition to the music-related work, Gregory has worked on other nationally-released productions, including Netflix’s “Last Chance U,” ESPN’s “30 for 30,” the feature films “21 Grams,” John Grisham’s “A Painted House,” and the PBS-aired documentary “Respect Yourself: The Stax Record Story.” In addition to production, Gregory has also worked with reginal 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. Since 2011, Gregory has taught dozens of filmmaking workshops in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

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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 9th
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 10th and Wednesday, July 11th
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 12th
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.
5:00 p.m. We will view the finished product, any family or friends are welcome.

The Window

The dates of the 2018 workshop are July 9-12.  Pre-registration is required.  The deadline to register is July 6th.

The Budget

$375, includes workshop, manual, and meals.

The Costume

Dress is casual and comfortable throughout the workshop.


Special arrangements can be made at the Inn at Ole Miss by request for an additional fee. Please contact Drew Windham at (662) 915-6724 for details.

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.