FILMAtlanta is proud to premier a first generation of film and entertainment S.T.E.A.M (science, techonology, engineering, ARTS & math) specialists. Since 2008 the NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program and FILMAtlanta have boosted the careers of thousands of young men and women in the film and creative arts industries, enabling significant and meaningful connections leading to great experiences and exciting career opportunities.
More importantly, FILMAtlanta has helped NEXT Steps create learning and growing environments for students through career shadowing, special event management, apprenticeship, mentorship and on-the-job training that has allowed NEXT Steps to deliver on promise to introduce kids to career pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.).
Over the next five to ten years, the collaborative partnership between FILMAtlanta and NEXT Steps will be instrumental in developing a new youth-driven, urban agritourism model for the state of Georgia (called agri-tainment). Not only will we be able to document, market and promote the great works of our members, we are positioned to premier the birth of the first generation of film and entertainment specialists with purposely combined initiatives steeped in film & television production, civic leadership, social entrepreneurism, health and wellness, urban agriculture and environmental stewardship.
For more about NEXT Steps YEP visit http://nextstepsyep.org/.
PRODUCTION & ACTING CLASSES (PHASE I)
THE ABC’s OF CREATING A SUCCESSFUL INDIE PROJECT
Timeline: 8 Weeks
Time: 2.5 hours
Instructors: Troy Moore, Jan Mullins
Troy Moore, CEO, Grey Matter Parish
Accomplished writer and Director of Photography, Troy is a union professional and creative force behind several award winning shorts, one recently accepted into the renown Cannes Film Festival. From shorts to features and music videos, Troy has an out-of-the box creative eye that leaves lasting images. A graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, he came onto the Atlanta film scene as a lighting master, lighting movies, commercials and music projects, and building green screen grids for studios. He went on to create explosive visual images for some of the top rap artists in Atlanta such as 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Wacka Flocka, Shawty Low, Key Swagg 3000, Cash Out, and the list goes on and on. Now, after being the Director of Photography for various reality shows and pilots, Troy is back to tackle the movie business. His most recent work includes projects with Burt Reynolds, Tom Sizemore and Mo’nique.
Jan Mullins, Director, Writer, Producer
An award-winning director/writer/producer; currently Associate Producer/Director for Brothers Young Productions. Mullins is a graduate of NY Film Academy and The Art Institute of Atlanta. She is well versed in all areas of production and has associate produced films with Burt Reynolds, Tom Sizemore and Mo’nique.
The latest film that she Associate Produced, “Remnants”, just received international distribution on Netflix and Amazon. She has also grabbed awards with the world’s largest film festival, CMF, as well as with the 48 hour-film festival, garnering nominations for Best Actor and Best actress, and winning the latter. Jan’s passion is to bring great performances to life as well as connect great people to great projects. She is currently working with Brothers Young Productions on a contemporary dance feature film titled “Untapped”.
CLASS 1: PRE-PRODUCTION – ROLES/POSITIONS
This class offers the beginner filmmaker an inside look into the positions that make up a film set. From Producer to PA, this class offers students an insightful look into each job on set and gives them an idea of where they fit in.
HOMEWORK: Define yourself. What position seemed most interesting to you. Find a position and prepare a mission statement to support it.
CLASS 2: PRE-PRODUCTION – THE STORY, AND CASTING YOUR WORLD
This class consists of two parts; screenwriting and capturing the story. Part 1 covers screenwriting software to story beats, and takes an exploratory journey into the world students want to tell. The 2nd part covers casting characters and the process of pulling them off the page and into something an actor can sink their teeth into. Also discussed will be casting notices, casting agencies, securing a space, and more.
HOMEWORK: What story do you want to tell? Submit a synopsis of a short film, 5 min or less.
CLASS 3: PRE-PRODUCTION-THE PRODUCTION BOOK
An important facet of the filmmaking process. This class covers everything that goes into the book- script, storyboards, shot lists, cast and crew release forms, etc. Along with this instruction, there will also be in-class examples from a short film.
HOMEWORK: Mini Production Books
CLASS 4: PRODUCTION-MASTERING THE CAMERA
Learn everything you want to know about the digital medium capturing your story. From 5 D’s to RED, know what camera you are working with from every angle and how best to use it.
HOMEWORK: Find an online clip of a scene from a film and share why you like it, and what it was filmed on.
CLASS 5: LIGHTING FOR FILM AND TV
Why does that project look so good? Because lighting is key to every great production. Discover why an ARRI 3 kit will soon be your best friend. Know how to light your subject and your scene, as well as learn the difference between a key light, a fill light and a back light.
HOMEWORK: Find an online clip online of a scene from a film and share why you like it, and break down its lighting plot.
CLASS 6: POST-PRODUCTION
This class will discuss the ins and outs of post-production. It will dissect what an editor does, DIT and the flow of post-production. It will also give an overview of Final Cut Pro and Adobe with class examples.
CLASS 7: WRAP-UP
Turn in all materials.
CLASS 8: MEET A PRODUCTION COMPANY
Meet with a production company, share samples of your work, get a critique. Submit resumes; professional opportunities and see the success of others. Production Company: Brothers Young Productions.
DIRECTING THE INDEPENDENT FILM
8 week class resulting in the production of a short film.
MASTER CLASS INTENSIVES: (Special Registration)
Directing the independent film (Red Camera)
“AND… SCENE.” DIRECTING THE ACTOR
Explore the magic between action and cut. How to pull the best performances from the actors you’ve hired.
MASTERS OF MANUAL
Everything you need to know about the basics of your DSLR camera.
REALITY TV – FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION
Taught by a reality show producer, this class will use examples from their current reality show to break down the process of running a reality show along with the different roles associated with it.
LOCAL 479: THE LIFE OF A UNION G & E
479 workers talk about how they got into the business, their current work on network TV shows and union films, and how you can become involved.
The FILM Atlanta Meet Up is a gateway to the Atlanta film community. The group originated in 2003 after indie filmmakers met at a local tavern to screen their film projects. Cynthia Collins became Organizer of the group in 2009, and she noticed a lack of training and education classes in the Community, primarily, for film production jobs. As a result, she founded FILM Atlanta Media Center in 2010, focused on training and education for talent behind the camera.
Throughout the years, the intimate setting of the meetup has been instrumental for helping filmmakers, crew, actors, vendors and suppliers to comfortably network, scout cast and crew, find jobs, collaborate, and to mix and mingle with peers and colleagues. Since 2010, emerging talent also learns about education and training opportunities, internships and apprenticeships for film production positions.
Perhaps you’re an emerging talent in front of or behind the camera seeking a to get into the loop, or you’re a writer or producer with a project that you are trying to get off the ground or promote. Or maybe you’re an actor seeking to get cast in quality indie film project to build your skill and credits, or a professional seeking to promote your business? There are currently over 2,900 members in the group from all facets of the film and entertainment business. Soooooo … what are you waiting for? Come get your network on!
Generally monthly industry meetups are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month, however others are added to the calendar throughout the month in various locations throughout the City, including Atlanta, Marietta, Alpharetta, Fayette County and Clayton County. Click the link below to set up your free profile and to receive announcements for FILM Atlanta Meetups in your area!
DIRECTED BY BYRON CONRAD ERWIN www.byronerwin.com
PRODUCED BY FILMAtlanta and Blank Stage Productions
Check out the trailer … Cardboard Castles (2011) the official trailer
“Two homeless girls use their imaginations to bring some beauty to their tragic lives.”
The talent and professionalism displayed by child actors Leah Johnson and Jada May was impressive. Despite many takes by director Byron Conrad Erwin, and the range of emotion they had to portray throughout the film, these girls were extremely focused and very patient. It was absolutely amazing seeing them work their craft.
Aaron Simmons delivers as the deranged, drug addicted lover. He’s pretty horrifying! Shout out to Special FX makeup artist and actress Ondie Daniel for transforming this handsome specimen into sheer ugliness.
Beautiful actress, Carlette Jennings, portrays a “bad mamma” and pulls it off well!
Check out this write up by Brent Brooks at Blank Stage …