Friday, January 18, 2008

College of Santa Fe's New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive in the news

The Santa Fe New Mexican has an update on the College of Santa Fe's New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive...
The Big Picture: School's Back in Session
by Robert Nott
FADE IN on Jonathan Wacks and Diane Schneier Perrin, who head up the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive in the College of Santa Fe's Moving Image Arts department. They're saying the first year of the program went pretty well. They're gearing up for year two, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Partially sponsored by a $1 million grant from the state, the NMFI provides hands-on training in producing, directing, screenwriting, and editing that leads to the creation of a short film for the producers and directors and a feature-length script for the screenwriters. Wacks is the chair of the college's Moving Image Arts department, and last year he hired Perrin, a producer with about 20 years experience in the industry, to direct the program. She in turn hired working professionals in the business, including screenwriter Tom Musca, to teach.

Last year, 26 students (all but two from New Mexico) took part in the two-semester certificate program. Most of them had little or no previous film training or experience. The program culminated in a public screening of the six completed short films at The Screen at the college in September.
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Read the full article here: The Big Picture: School's Back in Session

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