BestFest Student Films Festival offers free filmmaking workshop—”Camera! Action!”— Sun., June 4

BestFest Student Film Festival, a project of Best Video Film & Cultural Center, will offer a the second of two unique workshops for local high school student filmmakers. Each workshop covers an important but often misunderstood aspect of capturing a scene, led by a local professional expert from the industry.
 
The first workshop, “Lights!”, was held on Sunday, May 21, and led by Emmy Aard-winning documentary filmmaker Rebecca Abbott. The second, “Camera! Action!,” will take place on Sunday, June 4, and will be led by Jay Miles.
 
Each workshop will last 60-90 minutes. They are free for high school students and reservations are highly recommended.
 
BestFest Student Film Festival showcases films by area high school students. The festival is open to all high school students from New Haven, Connecticut, and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange). The first BestFest was held on Dec. 10, 2016.
• “Camera! Action!” (June 4, 3 PM): Jay Miles will detail the traditional (and non-traditional!) strategies for where to place the camera in order to best cover a scene, and address the particular challenges of location shooting. Learn about shot selection, coverage, inserts, wilds and more! Miles will also touch on some of the key elements of directing actors. From rough rehearsal, to the rhythm of calling “rolling, action, cut,” to giving notes and making adjustments. Learn about all of these strategies and more!
 

Jay Miles

Jay Miles has worked in TV, video, film and commercial production for over 20 years, including shows for NBC, ABC, FOX, the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Versus and DirecTV. He has taught media at East Haven High School, as well as at Quinnipiac University, Fairfield University and the CT School of Broadcasting. He has contributed to such magazines/Websites as Film Threat, Moviemaker, Adorama.com and Techsmith.com, as well as on panels at events including iTVFest, the annual UFVA conference and the All American High School Film Festival. His first book, “Conquering YouTube,” combines the professional and practical tips that he has used on major shoots with the approaches that he employs to help numerous beginners reach for the stars with their own successful projects.

For more information, call (203) 287-9286 or email BestFest Student Films at bestfeststudentfilms@bestvideo.com. BestFest Student Films can also be contacted through Twitter at @BestFestFilms. Information is also available at
www.bestvideo.com/student-film-festival/.

BestFest Student Films to host free workshop for high school students on importance of strong storytelling Sat., Nov. 5, at 2 PM

best_fest_workshop_story_110516_webBestFest Student Films, a project of Best Video Film & Cultural Center, will offer a free workshop on effective storytelling in movies for high school students on Saturday, November 5, at 2 PM. The event will be held at Best Video Film & Cultural Center at 1842 Whitney Avenue in Hamden.

BestFest Student Films was created to showcase films by area high school students. The festival is open to all high school students from New Haven, Connecticut, and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange). Selected films will be screened at the 2016 BestFest Student Films Festival December 10, 2016. The deadline for submission of films is November 18.

Beyond presenting students’ films, the festival will serve as an educational resource for student filmmakers. The steering committee plans to assemble a group of expert volunteers—including film industry veterans and educators—to offer advice on issues ranging from screenwriting to audio engineering, film financing to editing.

As part of BestFest Student Films’s educational mission, BestFest is offering a free afternoon workshop on November 5 to acquaint aspiring student filmmakers with the techniques of strong storytelling. Among the topics to be covered include creating compelling characters, plot construction, and genre conventions—both how to work within them and how to use the element of surprise to subvert them.

In addition to the discussion of the importance of story as a foundation of effective filmmaking, the group will offer an ask-us-anything panel at the event for students who have questions about other aspects of filmmaking.

To reserve a place at the workshop, call (203) 287-9286 or email BestFest Student Films at bestfeststudentfilms@bestvideo.com. BestFest Student Films can also be contacted through Twitter at @BestFestFilms.

For more information as this festival is developed please visit www.bestvideo.com/student-film-festival/.

New Haven Independent reports on BestFest Student Films workshop “The Nuts & Bolts of How to Make a Movie”

Reporter Tom Breen of the New Haven Independent attended last Tuesday’s free workshop on filmmaking and wrote up a great report for the online journalism site, “Local Filmmakers Prepare Students For Fall Film Festival”:

Now that Best Video has successfully transitioned into its status as a non-profit, the Hamden-based video rental store/cafe/performance venue is looking to bolster its value as a practical and educational resource for young filmmakers in the community. The first major initiative that they’re taking to help realize that mission is through the BestFest Student Film Festival, which will offer a venue for high school students from New Haven, East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange to submit and present their work.

Tuesday night’s session, which ran from 7 to just after 9 p.m., was the first step in preparing student filmmakers for that festival, bringing together a handful of experts to share tips, best practices, and a wealth of personal and professional anecdotes.

Thanks to Tom Breen for covering this inaugural event for BestFest Student Films. And thanks to our presenters filmmaker Gorman Bechard, Jay Miles (East Haven High School), Robb Blocker (Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School), Rebecca Abbott (documentarian and professor at Quinnipiac University) and Caden Rodems-Boyd (student filmmaker, Educational Center for the Arts).

Presenters Robb Blocker (Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School) and Caden Rodems-Boyd (a student filmmaker in the visual arts program at Educational Center for the Arts). Tom Breen Photo

Presenters Robb Blocker (Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School) and Caden Rodems-Boyd (a student filmmaker in the visual arts program at Educational Center for the Arts). Tom Breen Photo

Read the complete article here.