The Northeast Alabama Entertainment Initiative today announced a brand new summer event aimed at high school students and others interested in filmmaking. High school juniors, sophomores and graduating seniors are invited to attend the Northeast Alabama Film Business and Technology Camp to be held at Longleaf Studios in Jacksonville June 17-21. This weeklong film "boot-camp" will feature hands-on instruction in nearly every aspect of filmmaking, from screenwriting, cinematography and lighting to sound and editing.
According to Northeast Alabama Entertainment Initiative (NEAEI) Chairman and Studio Director Pete Conroy, "JSU now has Longleaf Studios right next door so for the first time ever, regional future filmmakers can learn with top media pros and work in the new facility with Alabama's largest 'green screen.'"
Chuck Bush, a veteran filmmaker and entertainment entrepreneur who celebrates 30 years of filmmaking in 2013 will lead the class. Bush has shared his love of film by teaching college level courses since 2003 and in 2011 he established LA Film Workshops, LLC, where he has helped launch the careers of a new generation of filmmakers. "We use a hands-on approach to learning where students handle professional equipment from day one," explains Bush. "And with the popularity of YouTube and similar social sites, young filmmakers now have access to a global market."
JSU Artist in Residence Jeffrey Nichols will join Bush. Nichols, himself a veteran Hollywood cinematographer, currently teaches several courses at JSU that lead to a minor in Entertainment Technology.
The cost of this five-day event is $650 per student, but the NEAEI will provide $300 scholarships. Students only pay $350 to attend the film camp!
Photo: JSU Film student Adam Cook, JSU Artist in Residence Jeffrey Nichols and NEAEI Consultant/Film Camp Instructor Chuck Bush prep the green screen studio at Longleaf Studios (Pete Conroy photo).