By Devin D. O’Leary
Shoot Quick, Ask Questions Later—Perhaps you’ve heard of this Duke City Shootout thing? Well, if you’ve always toyed with the idea of getting involved, here’s yet another chance. This Friday, May 11, is the deadline for submitting your screenplay for consideration to the 2007 Shootout. Script submission requirements include a cover page with name of author, address, telephone number; a 12-minute script (i.e. 12 pages); and an entry fee of $35. There are two ways to submit scripts. You can mail hard copies of scripts, including checks or money orders payable to the Digital Filmmaking Institute, to: “Duke City Shootout, P.O. Box 37080, Albuquerque, NM 87176.” Or you can submit electronically and pay by credit card at www.withoutabox.com. Representatives of New Mexico’s Digital Filmmaking Institute and renowned screenwriters from around the country will select the seven best scripts to be produced. The Shootout will fly the seven winning screenwriters to Albuquerque, where they will be given a cast, high-definition digital camera and lighting equipment, a production crew, post-production facilities, transportation and even a professional mentor—everything they will need to bring their script to life. For more information and updates on the 2007 Shootout, visit www.dukecityshootout.org.
The Lock on Docs—Documentary filmmaker David Ellis will be conducting a pair of free filmmaking seminars at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Ellis’ producing credits include shows on Discovery Channel, Disney Channel and PBS. The classes will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Topics to be covered include: Choosing a subject; program style; research; funding and budgets; filming interviews; equipment choices; working with the camera crew, scriptwriter, composer; legal information; and distribution. This opportunity is open to a limited number of participants, so the sooner you sign up, the better. Contact David Ellis for participation in either seminar via his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Cinema School—The Institute of American Indian Arts, in collaboration with Disney-ABC Television Group Talent Development Programs and The Walt Disney Studios, is presenting the fourth annual Summer Television and Film Workshop for Native American students. This year, the Summer Workshops will offer two tracks: The Summer Television and Film Workshop (which will focus on directing, screenwriting, production and acting techniques) and the Writers’ Track (in which students will focus on developing their writing skills). The six-week workshop begins June 18 and continues through July 27, 2007, on the Santa Fe campus of the Institute of American Indian Arts. Application deadline is May 15, 2007. For workshop information contact Beverly Morris at (505) 424-5713 or email@example.com. To download an application and guidelines, visit the IAIA website at www.iaia.edu.
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