New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Jersey Media Arts Center Spring 2011 Filmmaking Workshops Announced!

Workshops include "Introduction To Screenwriting", "Filmmaking I", "How To Raise Money For Film & Video Projects", "The Film Business: Basic Legal and Business Aspects of Motion Picture Production and Distribution", and "Mastering Audio For General Production Work".

Introduction to Screenwriting
Instructor: Jeff Cohen

Screenwriting is a combination of creativity, craft, and commerce. With a strong emphasis on structure, this class will introduce students to the nuts and bolts of screenwriting, as well as the reality of selling your work and getting it produced. Film clips will illustrate specific points, and students will be shown how to absorb the rules, in order to break them intelligently.
Day/Time/Place: 2 Sundays, February 6+13, 2011 - 12 Noon to 3:00 PM
Loree Hall #024, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Fee: $200 (Materials not included) = General Public
$180 (Materials not included) = Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
About the Instructor: Jeff Cohen is a screenwriter, novelist, and freelance writer whose screenplays have been developed by Jim Henson Productions, CBS, Gross-Weston productions, and others. His Aaron Tucker mystery novels have been optioned for television or film, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Premiere, The Star Ledger, USA Weekend,  Writer's Digest, and Entertainment Weekly.

Filmmaking I
Instructor: Albert Gabriel Nigrin

This hands-on workshop for beginning and intermediate students welcomes those who wish to become more adept at filmmaking.  Participants will shoot and edit a short film directed by the instructor. While working on this film, students will be instructed in the fundamentals of film production: use of the camera, lighting, editing, sound, and other special techniques. Limited enrollment.
Day/Time/Place: 3 Sundays, February 27, March 6+27, 2011 - 12 Noon to 3:00 PM
Loree Hall #024, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Fee: $345 (Materials not included) = General Public
$335 (Materials not included) = Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends

How To Raise Money For Film & Video Projects
Instructor: Albert Gabriel Nigrin

This grant writing workshop includes discussions on designing media projects to make them attractive to potential funders; answering the most important questions before looking for funds; where the funding sources are; researching private and public dollars; targeting likely prospects; talking to funders; creating a professional proposal; dealing with grant acceptance and rejection. Limited enrollment.
Day/Time/Place: Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 12 Noon to 3:00 PM
Loree Hall #024, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Fee: $100 (Materials not included) = General Public
$90 (Materials not included) = Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
About the Instructor:  Albert Gabriel Nigrin is a Cinema Studies Lecturer at Rutgers University.  In addition, he is the Executive Director of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc., which presents the New Jersey Film Festivals and the United States Super 8mm Film + Digital Video Festival. Mr. Nigrin has an M.F.A. in Visual Arts/Film and Video from Rutgers University and he is also an award-winning experimental media artist. Mr. Nigrin was a 2002 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Media Arts Fellowship winner.  In addition, his films/videos were screened as part of the 2004 Enter The Screen: Experimental Film programin Changzhou, China, the 2005 Floating Images: Experimental Film program in Shanghai, China . the 2006 Toronto Images Film Festival, and the1998-2001 Big as Life: An American History of 8mm Filmmaking Retro at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The Film Business: Basic Legal and Business Aspects of Motion Picture Production and Distribution
Instructor: Steven C. Schechter, Esq.

This workshop is designed to inform participants about the legal and business aspects of the motion picture and entertainment industries. The workshop welcomes producers, film/videomakers, film/video students, lawyers, as well as amateurs and the general public. Participants will learn the general rules of law which apply to the production and distribution of motion pictures and other audio-visual productions and will learn the basic provisions of common contracts used in the motion picture industry. Topics will include: what rights are needed to produce a motion picture; how to obtain music, film clips and other clearances for audio-visual productions; and typical financing and distribution arrangements.
Day/Time/Place: Sunday, April 10, 2011- 12 Noon to 3:00 PM
Loree Hall #024, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Fee: $100 (Materials not included) = General Public
$90 (Materials not included) = Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
About the Instructor: Steven C. Schechter is a film industry attorney who practices law in New Jersey and New York and is a lecturer on entertainment law at Seton Hall University. Mr. Schechter received his law degree from Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and has a B.A. in Television, Radio, and Film Production from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Prior to establishing his own firm, Mr. Schechter was associated with Chasen & Lichter, a New York entertainment law firm, where he practiced entertainment, art, and publishing law, and with the legal department of New Line Cinema Corp. in New York City. He is an advisor to the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.

Mastering Audio For General Production Work
Instructor: Mitch Hiller

This course will begin with a tour of the sound chain from sound waves principles, through the basic electrical properties producing audio signals and finally the digital encoding processes.    Microphones will be discussed with respect to their many types and basic placement concepts.  Signal levels and proper interfacing will be examined using various examples.  We will allow individual questions and interests to partly guide the direction of certain course material, as seems appropriate, to provide a springboard to address many related subjects including balanced lines, noise control, reading meters, troubleshooting, a basic no math intro to the decibel, gain staging, etc.
Day/Time/Place:  Sunday, April 17, 2011  - 12 Noon to 4:00 PM
Loree Bldg. # 024 , Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Fee:   $100 (Materials not included) = General Public
$90 (Materials not included) = Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
About the Instructor: Mitch Hiller is a graduate of The Institute Of Audio Research and has been teaching basic and advanced audio principles for 20 years.  Mitch consults in areas of live sound reinforcement, studio troubleshooting & design and multi-track recording of live events.  Mostly, he works in his recording studio with musicians and songwriters as a tracking, mixing & mastering engineer or co-producer.


New Jersey Media Arts Center 2011 Workshops Registration Form

___Introduction to Screenwriting
$200/$180 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
___Filmmaking I
$345/$335 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
___How To Raise Money For Film & Video Projects
$100/$90 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
___The Film Business: Basic Legal and Business Aspects of Motion Picture Production and Distribution
$100/$90 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
___Mastering Audio For General Production Work
$100/$90 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends

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Completed registration forms must be accompanied by the workshop fee(s), which are non-refundable unless a class is canceled. Seating is limited and 90% of our workshops sell-out quickly, so register early. Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends must enclose proof of current membership to qualify for discounts.
Make checks payable to: New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.
Send this form and payment to:
Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC
(018 Loree Hall-Douglass) 72 Lipman Drive
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8525
For more information call us (732) 932-8482 or email NJMAC@aol.com.