This experimental storytelling and filmmaking workshop will challenge student fellows to conceptualize, script, storyboard, and produce an ultra-short film in the spirit of Chris Marker's 1962 film, La Jetée. In collaboration with each other and with the instructor, fellows will integrate cinematic stills, voice-over, and music into minimalist "live action" video animatics. The workshop will provide an elemental introduction to three-act narrative form, basic cinematography, and editing, as well as the phases of content production that are the building blocks of narrative film, including (1) Scripting and Pre-visualization (2) Production (3) Post-production and Exhibition. They'll also learn some basics of Adobe Creative Cloud, including Premiere, Parallax, and After Effects. Their films will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. Limited to 12 student fellows.
Photo Motion Ultra-Short Filmmaking is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and Morgan State University.
Keith Mehlinger is Director of the Digital Media Center and Coordinator of the Screenwriting and Animation program (SWAN) at Morgan State University. A producer/writer/director, he produced episodes of the syndicated series, Story of a People, and has recently completed a short documentary about parents of sons lost to street violence for the Morgan multimedia project, Mother's Lament.
David Lee Roberts Jr., an award-winning television producer and documentary filmmaker, is Adjunct Professor in the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. Television credits include Metro Focus, and film credits include the upcoming features Covenant of Peace, about the Washington, D.C. juvenile justice system, and Charm City, about Baltimore community reform and engagement.
David Warfield teaches filmmaking and screenwriting at Morgan State University. He has been an AFI Fellow, an advisor to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in Prague, and a V.P. of Production at Propaganda Films in Hollywood. He has sold scripts to and done assignment work for Warner Brothers, MGM, Sony, and ABC. His films include Linewatch (Sony Pictures, 2008) and the independent feature Rows (2015).
Jessica Pettiford is an undergraduate in the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. She hopes to improve her own skills in filmmaking and animation while working with others and helping them learn something new.