Taking a Film Class

Wichita CityArtsA couple months ago I found out that my city’s art center offers a few filmmaking classes. This was a complete surprise to me because I had searched several times for classes anywhere in the area and had come up with nothing. I suppose it just took a magical combination of search terms.

Anyways, I signed up for two different classes –one on directing short films and one about lighting. The lighting class doesn’t start until the middle of this month, but the directing class actually started this last Saturday.

I had no idea what to expect when I went to the first class because I am one of only two students enrolled in the class. When I did arrive I was informed that the other student would not be attending because he was sick. So I basically got to check out the equipment that the “Digital Arts Studio” had for most of the class period. I have to admit, I was very impressed with their lighting equipment (it’s an Arri four light kit).

Now obviously with the low enrolment count on this class I was tempted to just drop the class since my main reason for enrolling was to get to meet other filmmakers. So what made me decide to stay enrolled? The instructor told me that I would be able to sign out any of the studio equipment, without charge, to make my short film. This means that I will finally be able to shoot a film with proper lighting!

So what am I shooting? Well I don’t want to give too much away (mostly because I haven’t finished the script yet), but it’s a mystery/suspense short about 10 minutes long. I have given it the title Photographs, and I will be posting updates throughout the production.


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