Anytown, USA (ONLINE)


Anytown, USA is an advanced seminar in which each student produces and edits an eight- to twelve-minute video on a topic of their choice based in an interesting small town, village, or community. Students will be encouraged to explore genre, technique, form, and their personal artistic vision in creating their short documentary. The instructor will pre-produce a number of potential topics within the community to be profiled. While students will be encouraged to focus their films on one of the pre-produced topics, they won’t be limited to those topics—they may “find” their own documentary within the community.

We’ll start production the third week. Each week, students will review each other’s footage, story structure, and edits. At the end of the course the films will be screened in the community. Previous Anytown courses have been profiled on WUNC’s The State of Things. Last year's Anytown videos can be seen here. This class is ideal for students who have taken or are taking introductory production and editing courses and would like to apply their knowledge, or for those with basic production skills seeking more experience. Students must have access to a video camera, tripod, and a lavalier microphone. (20 hours/Advanced)

Randolph Benson is a graduate of Wake Forest University and of the North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. His film Man and Dog has appeared in film festivals worldwide and has garnered numerous awards, most notably a Gold Medal in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards. His work has been featured on HBO, Bravo, the Independent Film Channel, numerous public television stations, Canal Plus–France, Telewizja Polska S.A.–Poland, and KBS-Korea. Benson received an Eastman Kodak Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Additional information:
Participants must provide their own video camera with external microphone input. Participants will be responsible for some personal costs while on location: food, lodging, travel, etc. Some videomaking experience is highly recommended.


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