The Shoot Out Cheyenne Top 10 films screen in Laramie

The Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour film making festival will be screening the top 10 films on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. February 5 at 7pm. in the Rendezvous Room in Washakie Center. The event is free to attend and is co-sponsored by the Best of the West Film Club. The club produced one of TSOC top 10 films and will be on hand to answer questions.

On Saturday, Feb. 6, also in the Rendezvous Room, Wyoming Community Media (WCM) will be offering a seminar on making the “fast-film”. The cost is $10 for community members and $5 for students.

The WCM instructors will work with students of all ages and at any skill level. This workshop is designed for the amateur and the professional to help them hone their skills by disciplining themselves using “fast-filmmaking” techniques. The following are brief outlines for proposed classes on digital storytelling, introduction to portable camera, three-point lighting, introduction to audio resulting in the completion of a short movie.

Digital Storytelling
Digital storytelling expresses the creative voice through writing, audio and video recording and editing. The product will be a 1-5 minute video. You will hear the creator’s voice recite the story and see images chosen or created by the writer. They may be abstract or literal, still or moving.
Story writing – Find a topic to create your digital story about. It could be about someone who is important to you, an experience you had, an object of yours that has meaning or an activity that you do. Write a one to two page story. We work on story structure, clarity, transitions and length. Learn the tools and start recording – We do basic camera and audio training in order to properly record our stories and images we want to be seen within our projects.
Share – We may burn the stories to DVD or upload on the web.

Intro Camera Class
Learn basics on planning and shooting a digital video production
How to plan for specific projects, tools needed for shoot
Intro to camera, menu navigation, white balance, tape insertion and basic features.
Intro to tripod, how to set up and attach camera, how to use properly.
Basic shot descriptions including extreme wide shot, wide shot, medium shot, close up, extreme close-up, two shot, three shot, low angle, high angle, Dutch angle, frame within a frame, leading lines, and the rule of thirds. Students perform exercise and capture all types of shots on their own and then we review their tapes in class. On-set procedures, tips and rules.

Three-point lighting
Learn lighting basics and how to setup standard three-point lighting
Introduction to lighting instruments, what they are called and their functions.
Proper placement demonstration for three-point lighting. Examples of harsh lighting use of diffusion on subjects; Explanation of light manipulation for effect; Explanation of watt use and electrical procedures; Hands on trial and error with students.

Introduction to Audio Production
Learn basics about audio equipment, production and editing
Introduction to boom, hand and lavaliere microphones, pick up patterns, and proper uses.
Introduction to audio cords, fish pole, wind buffers, and how to read audio levels.
Record each other reciting favorite song lyrics in different acoustic spaces with each type of microphone and review.

Who are We?
Wyoming Community Media is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and provides cultural education to the public and promotes, advances and develops the art of filmmaking that provides opportunities for amateur and professional filmmakers to further their knowledge and experience in the art of filmmaking, and provides a unique setting for the Cheyenne community to enjoy the filmmakers’ work and to share in the excitement and artistry of filmmaking. WCM produces the Cheyenne International Film Festival and the Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour film making festival. WCM also provides video production services and social media marketing.

TSOC Executive Director Michael Conti – is veteran marketer with a core competency in Media Arts and Communications. Although raised in Boulder, Michael began his entertainment career in Hollywood at Paramount Studios. He migrated into the early gaming industry where he produced and directed the first multimedia version of Sim City and Waterworld CD-ROM. He then took a high-level production position with Mattel and Intel and brought to market an interactive smart toy that was built specifically for 8-12 years filmmakers.

Throughout his 23-year career Michael has worked as a producer, editor, director and educator in film and video. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from The Colorado College and attended filmmaking programs at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He teaches part-time at Front Range Community College and is also the Executive Director of the award winning The Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival Boulder.

WCM Executive Director Alan O’Hashi - is a Cheyenne, Wyoming native. He is dedicated to democratzing electronic media on the large and small screens, printed page and stage by providing sustainable and community-based content. He’s always looking for stage and screen plays with good stories. He produced and directed: The Webster Street Blues – Spring 2004; Stardust – Summer 2005; A Little Bit of Discipline – Fall 2006; Gold Digger – Fall 2007; Adobo – Fall 2008. His current projects include a documentary based in Cheyenne entitled On the Trail – Jack Kerouac in Cheyenne (which will be shooting July 17 – 18 during Cheyenne Frontier Days); Cordially, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Cool Waters; Responsible Goodness: Partnering for Africa’s Future. He works with community based media producers, organizations, and socially-responsible businesses to develop their content via – the written word, electronic and new media.