Ages 16-25
Spring 2016, JHU-MICA Film Center

This workshop will benefit actor, storyteller, and filmmaker.  Working closely with the instructor, a professional screen actor, student fellows will explore their own and imagined experiences through on-camera improvisation.  Over several meetings they’ll shape their stories into both fictional and nonfictional narratives.  The exercises will increase confidence, naturalness on camera, and effective self-expression for actor and non-actor alike.  They are also invaluable training for film directors who must understand the creative process from both sides of the camera.  The sessions will be shot by a filmmaker and combined into a complete video to be shown at a public screening and on the program website.  Fellows will participate in shooting and editing the material, learning aesthetics and basic audio and filmmaking skills.  Fellows will have final say over which parts of their stories are shared.  Limited to 10 student fellows.

Kathleen Beller started acting in television and film at age 14. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the film Promises In the Dark and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Jason “J” Gray is a director, editor, sound mixer, musical consultant, and DJ.  He has contributed to several feature films in both cinematography and sound, and is currently a multimedia specialist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Multimedia Studios.

Victor Fink is an independent filmmaker and director of photography based in Baltimore. He is co-owner of the production company MindInMotion and the producer and DP of the 2016 feature film Lotus Eyes.

Kiara Eldred is a graduate student in Cellular, Molecular, Developmental Biology and Biophysics (CMDB)  at Johns Hopkins University. Although pursuing a career in science, she has been involved in the arts for ten years with focuses in technical theater and performance dance.