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May 5th, 2009
Film 101 workshop coming to Texas State


Students at Texas State will have the chance to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of the film industry when Film 1o1 comes to San Marcos from June 21 to 26.

Sponsored by Texas State’s Department of Theater and Dance, the five-day residential training workshop, taught by film industry professionals, will involve students directly in the filmmaking process from development to postproduction.

Students will learn the importance of story organization, legal matters and the high-stress environment of real-life production. In keeping with the workshop’s real world feel, students will work full 12-hour days, which is the standard in the filmmaking industry.

Participants will use professional motion picture cameras, equipment and editing systems, while working alongside industry professionals. During the workshop, a short film will be prepped, cast, rehearsed and shot, which will help students obtain skills useful to film industry careers.

Tom Copeland, Texas State alumnus and long-time director of the Texas Film Commission (TFC), will lead the workshop. Since his retirement from TFC, Copeland has been teaching film classes at Texas State, which include “the business of film,” and “short film development.” Additionally, Copeland has helped many Texas State student obtain jobs or internships in the entertainment industry.

Film 1o1 founder and award-winning filmmaker Chris Caddel will also be present as a workshop instructor. Caddel has a 20-year background in filmmaking and is now at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center in Lubbock, which is also sponsoring the event. He has worked as a director, editor, director of photography and art director in the industry,

For more information about the workshop, visit its website, or contact Copeland via email.

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