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San Antonio ISD and TLU Present Texas Film LAB

9/11/2013
Joint effort creates an elite experience for students interested in filmmaking


San Antonio Independent School District and TLU are joining together for Texas Film LAB—an elite and unique program for creative high school students interested in filmmaking. The four workshops, taught by experienced TLU dramatic media professors, span from Sept. 2013 to Jan. 2014, covering the topics of screenwriting, preproduction, production and postproduction. SAISD theatre teachers will select two students from each of the eight district high schools to participate in Texas Film LAB, which stands for learn, apply, become.

“The goal is not only to give students the tools to create their own 10-minute short film for UIL competition in spring 2014, it’s to create an elite experience for them where they’re able to work with professionals who have worked within the industry,” said Shannon Ivey, assistant professor for dramatic media at TLU. “The TLU Dramatic Media department is focused on film and we have faculty who are professionals with experience working in Hollywood and film production. We want to give these creative students an opportunity to see how they can tell the truth of their story through the medium of film.”

Ivey will teach screenwriting, the first workshop, on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Fox Tech High School from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The following three, preproduction, production and postproduction, will be taught by TLU Dramatic Media Professors Dave Legore and Terry Price. Focusing on tools such as writing, storyline development, camera angles, movement, set, resources, editing, effects and reshoots, the workshops will train and teach students fundamental skills for filmmaking.

“I think it’s crucial for students in SAISD to get as much exposure to as many opportunities that can be afforded to them,” said Omar Leos, SAISD coordinator of visual and theater arts. “The Texas Film LAB gives our students the chance to learn from working professionals in the industry and show them what it takes to begin, create and produce a media production.”