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Spring media arts events scheduled

Waynesboro-tag-4CMembers of the growing creative media community have several exceptional opportunities coming up, including a screenwriting workshop, a beginning audio workshop — both free — and a regional short film competition.


Waynesboro Cultural Commission’s Screenwriting Workshop

Tuesday, March 13 and Monday March 25

Award-winning screenwriter Alexander Gillies

Call 943-9999 to register

Two intensive evening workshops — from 7 to 9 pm — will introduce potential authors to screenwriting. Writing a great screenplay is a little inspiration and a lot of craft. We’ll cover the foundations of structure, screenwriting theory and the process of building great characters. Writers will come away with a framework for organizing their ideas into a compelling story along with helpful tips for writing and revision. By exploring what makes good storytelling one of the most powerful forces on the planet, we’ll discover the tools that keep writers writing and keep their readers reading.

Zan Gillies is a freelance filmmaker, videographer and editor. He has a BA in Film Studies from the College of William and Mary and has been featured as a guest reviewer on the Scriptshadow screenplay review blog. He has been a finalist and semi-finalist in various screenwriting contests, including The Writer’s Store’s Industry Insider Competition. At last year’s Richmond 48 Hour Film Project, his team’s film won “Best In Show.” Zan lives in Waynesboro.

The screenwriting workshops will be Wednesday March 13 and Monday March 25, from 7 to 9 pm. Although everyone is encouraged to attend both sessions, each will have valuable information for the beginning screenwriter. The size of the class will determine the location, so registration is required. Call the Wayne Theatre Alliance Office at 540-943-9999

The screenwriting workshop is the first in a series of free writers’ events


Staunton Chapter of Virginia Production Alliance Beginning Audio Workshop

Tuesday, March 19th 6 to 8pm

Staunton Public Library in the “Meeting Room” on the 2nd floor

1 Churchville Ave, Staunton

Cat Moncure, James Madison University School of Media Arts & Design

The Staunton Chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance presents the first in a series of experiential Workshops. “Beginning Audio” will demystify audio and provide producers, actors, directors and crew increased understanding and skills behind the import, nuance and craft of field audio recording.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Cat Moncure is a graduate of James Madison University School of Media Arts & Design,


Regional short film competition

Waynesboro Cultural Commission

Deadline, 5 pm, April 1, 2013

This short film competition created by the Waynesboro Cultural Commission is open to residents of Virginia and the contiguous states of West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina in two age categories: Youth 20 and under and Adults 21+. Your submission should be no longer than 16 minutes in length (including credits). All genres of short film are welcomed. Enter your short film to win cash prizes and a chance to have your film screened with other finalists in Waynesboro, Virginia. Final judging will be by Daphne Maxwell Reid who is best known as Aunt Vivian from the hit comedy, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Entries with a completed registration form and $10 registration fee MUST be received by the Waynesboro Cultural Commission by 5pm, April 1, 2013 or postmarked by that date. Finalists will be selected from the submissions and screened on May 4, 2013 (finalists will be notified of the screening details). Winners in each age category will be announced at the screening. There will also be an audience choice award.

For an application, go to http://wborofilm.weebly.com, or call the Waynesboro Cultural Commission at 943-9999.

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