GUERILLA FILMMAKING: TATTOO ART
Spring 2017, Motorhouse and on location at Points of Xpression Artspace
This experimental documentary filmmaking workshop will take as its subject Points of Xpression Artspace on Maryland Avenue in the Old Goucher neighborhood. In a concentrated, three-meeting, guerilla-style production, student fellows will plan, shoot, and edit a short film. They’ll interview tattoo artist and Points of Xpression owner Raj and her clients, and explore the space and its immediate neighborhood. They’ll consider, in addition to tattoo art and other types of body modification, small business ownership in Baltimore, and the nexus of art and commerce. Meetings will be broken into: Pre-Production: introduction to equipment, creation of teams, planning the shoot; Production: all-day shoot, review of rushes; Post-Production: editing. Fellows will be involved hands-on in every aspect of production, and while no prior filmmaking experience is required, they must be prepared to work together as professionals. The intense, tight schedule will require all contributors be present and on-time for every meeting, and fully engaged with the task at hand. They’ll learn video and audio-recording, interview protocols and techniques, and the basics of Adobe Premiere. Their film will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. Limited to 8 student fellows.
Tattoo Art is the first of a series of concentrated, location-specific workshops that will take a team of fellows from story idea to complete short film in a single, intensive weekend. The productions are "guerrilla" in that they're agile, portable, low-budget, and professional in the quality of their high-production-value results. Fellows may participate in one or more in the series. More listings coming soon!
Annette Porter is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder, with Helen Morell, of Nylon Films, UK. Comfortable with her camera in a corporate boardroom or on a high altitude trail in Chile, she produces, directs, and shoots both stills and moving images.
Jimmy Powell, Jr., an alumnus of the Maryland Institute College of Art, is a freelance videographer and editor. His clients include the NAACP, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and the University of Maryland Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.