Students at the Ozarts' Film School with Director Alexander Virden (center)
Weekly classes in film production kicked off on Monday, June 16th, at Ozarts on the Berryville Square. Nine students interested in making everything from documentaries, to cooking shows, to art house films discussed equipment, their personal goals, and post production issues such as "how do I get my stuff on YouTube?"
Alexander Virden, an experienced film maker with some Hollywood street cred, organized and will facilitate the classes. "The most common mistake beginning filmmakers make is pointing the camera like it's a gun," Virden said. "Don't just shoot the subject. Look around the subject and capture who's listening, who's watching, and how the subject fits into the world around her, him, or it."
In addition to supporting student's personal film projects, Virden will provide the group with hands-on experience by shooting two local films, one of the Berryville Courthouse and it's history, the other of the Saunder's Memorial Museum, perhaps the finest collection of guns and rifles in the US. Students will operate lights, cameras, help write scripts, and edit the films when they are done.
Ozarts provides students with links to necessary editing and creative software such as the Blender 3D Animation program, and other open source resources. Virden will provide technical assistance if students get stuck operating these programs.
The next class is scheduled for June 23rd, at 7 PM at 302 on the Square. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (870) 654-1944.