Inception to Projection 2017

Inception to Projection Course Description:

Inception to Projection is a 6-week intensive film class open to all ages. This spring the Inception to Projection course will focus on writing sketch comedy. Every participant will write and produce a video of their own original three minute comedic sketch.  Final videos will screen at a special screening at Low Key Arts in June as well as at Arkansas Shorts in January 2018.

PART 1: SKETCH COMEDY WRITING MASTER CLASS: Taught by David Hill

PART 2: DIRECTING & PRODUCING MASTER CLASS: Taught by Jen Gerber

Production Lecture classes are spent learning filmmaking fundamentals such as directing, producing, casting, cinematography and editing. Participants are expected to work on small crews for one another, giving each filmmaker an opportunity not only to write and direct their own sketch but also practice production roles such as cinematographer, producer, 1st assistant director, sound recorder or production designer.

By the end of the course, each participant will complete a their own 2-4 minute short sketch.


Program Cost

$200.00 general public

$150 Friends of Low Key (FOLK) 

(12 total spots available)

Program cost includes all equipment necessary to write, shoot, edit and screen your very own short film.

There will be a limited number of need-based scholarships for this course. 

Sign Up Today!

To sign up for this course, click here and fill out the form. Someone from Low Key Arts will get back to you with more information. 


Writing the Sketch

WEEK 1:

Tues, April 18th 6:00PM-9:00PM (David Hill)

Sketch Writing Class: The elements of comedy. Sketch writing. How to pitch ideas.

Thurs, April 20th 6:00PM-9:00PM (David Hill)

Sketch Writing Class: Screenplay format, workshop and class format, students pitch ideas. Review of a sketch from pitch to completion.

WEEK 2:

Tues, April 25th 6:00PM-9:00PM (David Hill)

Sketch Writing Class

Thurs, April 27th 6:00PM-9:00PM (David Hill)

Sketch Writing Class

WEEK 3:

Tues, May 2nd 6:00PM-9:00PM (David Hill)

Sketch Writing Class

Thurs, May 4th  6:00PM-9:00PM (David Hill)

Sketch Writing Class


Producing the Sketch

WEEK 4:

Tues, May 9th

6:00PM-9:00PM (Jen Gerber) Producing the Sketch

Directing for comedy: Shot design, mise en scene, beat analysis

Thurs, May 11th

6:00PM-9:00PM (Jen Gerber) Producing the Sketch

Working with Actors & Improv Techniques

WEEK 5:

Tues, May 16th

6:00PM-9:00PM (Jen Gerber) Producing the Sketch

DSLR Camera Training/ Location Sound Recording training

Thurs, May 18th

6:00PM-9:00PM (Jen Gerber) Producing the Sketch

Crew Positions: In class practice shoot, production meetings, prep for production


Production Weekend & Screening

PRODUCTION WEEKEND: ALL DAY FILMING  

*All participants should plan to be on set for entire production schedule


SAT, May 20th PRODUCTION DAY!

8:00AM-7:00PM (Jen Gerber) Producing the Sketch

8:00AM-1:00PM Director 1 Shoots

2:00PM-7:00PM Director 2 Shoots


SUN, May 21st PRODUCTION DAY!

8:00AM-7:00PM (Jen Gerber) Producing the Sketch

8:00AM-1:00PM Director 3 Shoots

2:00PM-7:00PM Director 4 Shoots

WEEK 6:

Tues, May 23rd

6:00PM-10:00PM (Jen Gerber) Producing the Sketch

EDITING

Thurs, May 18th

6:00PM-10:00PM (Jen Gerber) Producing the Sketch

EDITING


FINAL SCREENING: Sat June 3rd at 7:00PM at Low Key Arts

LOCATION

Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor, Hot Springs


The Instructors

David Hill

Sketch Comedy Writing Instructor

David Hill was a house sketch writer for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York for three years. His comedy writing has been featured on This American Life, Funny or Die, McSweeneys, and The Onion, among others. In addition to the UCB stage, he has written and performed for the New York Sketch Fest, the Chicago Sketch Festival, and was a finalist in the LA Comedy Festival. His sketch “Racist Zombies” was the winner of Arkansas Shorts 2012 “Best Film Award.” David Letterman let him sit at his desk once.

Jen Gerber

Directing and Producing Instructor

A native of Arkansas, Jen Gerber holds a MFA in writing and directing from Columbia University. As a 1st assistant director, Jen worked with James Franco on The Sound and the Fury and Black Dog Red Dog starring Whoopi Goldberg, Olivia Wilde and Chloe Sevigny. She currently teaches at UCA and serves as a creative mentor for the Sundance Native Lab. Jen is in postproduction with her debut feature film shot entirely in Arkansas. Her short films have played in major festivals worldwide such as Palm Springs Short Film Festival, Champs-Elysees Film Festival, VGIK Moscow, Boston International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, New Filmmakers Los Angeles, Tropfest NY and Tropscore Australia, Love Your Shorts, DGA-LA, Women in the Director’s Chair. Her directing awards include Regional Finalist for Student Academy Awards, Princess Grace Award, Arkansas Arts Council Screenwriting Fellowship, Arkansas Shorts 2017 "Best Film Award", 2 Telly awards, VGIK Best Student Program Award, Tropfest NY 2013 Finalist as well as receiving the “Indie Soul” award at the Boston International Film Festival. Her script PRETTY NEAR PERFECT was selected for the Blue List as one of the top alumni scripts from Columbia University and is slated for production here in Arkansas summer 2017.