The Art of the Filmmaker
A Filmmaking Workshop
by B. Danielle Watkins
“The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.”
The objective of this workshop is to bring together first-time filmmakers, experienced filmmakers, novices, and those who just want to learn for an exciting look into the world of a filmmaker. Done in an interactive, group style setting, workshop attendees will not only learn how to tap into their own minds, but how to feed from each other in team writing exercises, filming exercises, and a crash course in filming. Covering the basic idealism of filmmaking, as well as accessibility technology has given the novice to create, this workshop will give an introductory view into the art of filmmaking.
Thursday, May 24th 4pm-10pm
Workshop attendees will get a crash course in the idea of filmmaking. This 6-hour session will cover the basics of filmmaking starting with an intro to concept creation, equipment awareness, casting, producing, directing, and finally execution. Being broken up into groups, the end of the session will be spent writing one-page scripts which will total a 5-page film to be filmed on day 2.
**ATTENDEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING EQUIPTMENT IF THEY HAVE IT, IF NOT, ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO EXECUTE WILL BE TAUGHT**
Friday, May 25th - 10am-4pm
Film day! Based from the previous day’s lessons, each group will venture into the town to film their 1-page scene.
**Locations, information, subject, and all props will be collected, logged, and approved prior to the end of day 1.
Day 2 will be a fun filled day, giving the attendees the experience of being a true filmmaker. Workshop presenter will be present for all scenes for assistance, and clarity, but will not participate in the actual filming of the scene.
Screening of Film
Sunday, May 27th
This final day of the film festival, the audience, and new filmmakers will be invited to a screening of the final product.
Each attendee will also receive a DVD copy.
FREE with your
"ALL ACCESS" Weekend Pass
$65 without a Pass
B. Danielle Watkins author, screen-writer, and film maker, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Growing up in Buffalo she was exposed to many different variations of the arts including stage, and film. She began writing at the age of 9 starting with poems and short stories. In 2000, at the age of 15, Ms. Watkins had her first poem published in the “Poetry Gems” Collection presented by The Famous Poets Society. Her first novel “No Other Man (A Three Part Tragedy)” was released eleven years later on August 26, 2011. “No Other Man (A Three Part Tragedy)” was followed in succession by “Redeye (Book Two in the No Other Man Three Part Tragedy)”, “Forever Your Girl (Book Three in the No Other Man Three Part Tragedy)”, and “The Alyse Diaries Volume 1: Curious”; with the later released in August of 2014. In May of 2013 she was officially announced as the head of the Creative Writing Department for M.PoWeR Productions LLC, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. In October of 2014 “BlacButterflii: The Saigon Ruse Story” premiered to a sold out crowd in Atlanta, Georgia. While “BlacButterflii: The Saigon Ruse Story” was in pre-production Watkins tried her hand at producing, writing, and directing a religious LGBT theme film entitled “Kisses in the Wind” which was screened at the 2015 Outreels Cincinnati Film Festival presented by the Cincinnati Film Society. 2015 yielded, two new web series one created and written by Ms. Watkins entitled "Sinful Paradise", and another based on the novel by Natalie Simone entitled “Girls Just Don’t Do That”. 2015 closed out with another religious LGBT theme short film entitled “I’ve Seen Love Die”.
January of 2016 marked another mile stone when Ms. Watkins launched her own production company Dream N 1 Productions, LLC. Based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. In late 2016, Dream N 1 Productions produced its first major production (though Dream N 1 Productions, LLC houses “Kisses in the Wind” as well as “I’ve Seen Love Die”) entitled “Parallel The Documentary” based on B. Danielle Watkins’ time in Paducah, Kentucky at the inaugural Cinema Systers Film Festival as the first and only African-American Filmmaker. “Parallel The Documentary” has since been screened in two countries overseas, as well as the most recent My True Colors Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York. Finally, and most exciting of it all, in January 2017 the new series “3030” written and produced by, and starring Ms. Watkins wrapped. Basely based on real life events, “3030” has proven to take Ms. Watkins career to the next level becoming the first and only African-American woman to write, produce, and star in a REVRY Original Series. With these, and many more projects underway, Ms. Watkins has proven that being a novelist was just the beginning. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a Graduate of Winston Salem State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. With whom she held many positions, including a state executive board officer for the state of Nevada. For more visit www.bdaniellewatkins.com
B. Danielle Watkins
from Las Vegas