Friday, January 15, 2010

Last Call for University of Memphis Film Class

Learn how to write, plan and shoot your short or feature film with Rich Newman at the University of Memphis. It's a two day 'Guerilla Filmmaking' class that's scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24. Students get hands-on information for developing their screenplay, planning their shoot and directing their project.

Additional class subjects include lighting, staging and blocking shots, directing actors and dealing with post production. You will also learn about contracts and marketing your finished product so that your film will be a success.

Rich has read scripts for film festivals, worked on four major films and produced/directed his own feature film. Sign up for the class at the University of Memphis' Continuing Education website.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Call for Volunteers

2010 represents a whole new challenge--as well as a whole new makeover--for the Memphis Film Society. At the present we have hosted the occassional film industry mixer (some open, some private) and offered mentoring services when requested. This year we want to not only make both of these our primary mission, but to create mixers on a regular (monthly) basis and offer several new programs that will directly assist independent, low budget filmmakers in Memphis finish their projects.

To accomplish all of this, we will need volunteers. Primarily, we need 1-2 outgoing personalities to plan and organize events for MFS. A knowledge of fundraising would be a plus, but isn't completely necessary. In addition to those folks, we could also use a core group of 3-5 volunteers to assist with hosting these events, as well as helping coordinate our filmmaker assistance programs.

In addition to the monthly mixers, we hope to have a program in place to provide filmmakers with camera and light gear that can be used for 60-day periods (through an application process) and to have a one-on-one mentoring program that will allow people working in the Memphis' film scene to get advice from professionals in their field.

If you are interested in volunteering for MFS, please contact us at for more information and to attend our next organizational meeting.