Application Deadline: Friday, January 29th , 2016
Workshop Begins: Thursday, March 10th, 2016 Pills
Starting its 39th year,Third World Newsreel Production Workshop continues a long tradition of providing unique “hands-on” media production training, teaching practical skills and resources for emerging filmmakers. This intensive 4-month program supports and trains people from communities who have historically had limited economic resources and access to mainstream educational institutions or traditional training programs. By offering the basic technical and storytelling tools to create fiction or documentary projects, the Production Workshop carries on the mission of TWN of promoting independent cinema made by and about communities of color and other underserved groups and their progressive allies.
The Production Workshop curriculum integrates elements of new digital technologies and multi-platform and interactive media in its training but its focus is the development of preproduction, production and post-production skills necessary to take a short 5-minute HD video project from conception to completion. Working in small groups, workshop members collectively conceive and produce with the help of instructors and guest speakers, professionals working in the field of film, video and transmedia. The students work on one group project as well as one individual short project during the program.
The Production Workshop meets every Thursday at 6:30 pm in the offices of Third World Newsreel. The time commitment needed to participate in the workshop is high and participants must be able to attend regular class meetings as well as meet the out-of-class demands of pre-production, production, and post-production. Prior film, video or related experience is helpful but not required; self-initiative, time and a progressive and collaborative spirit are, along with a commitment to meeting class production deadlines.
The TWN Production Workshop Director is Chrystian Rodriguez, who led the 2015 workshop and formerly taught media production at Global Action Project and Tribeca Institute. The Workshop is dedicated to the memory of the great Herman Lew, the longtime TWN Workshop Director, who passed away suddenly in 2014.