W.Va. Film Producers Holding Problem Solving Workshop in Charleston

Updated 4 years ago Edited from a Press Release

INSTITUTE, W.Va.The second season of West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) Creators Program workshop series continues with the presentation “Producing 101” at the WVSU Economic Development Center (EDC) Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Danny Boyd, filmmaker and WVSU communications and media studies professor, and Lisa Bragg, producer and media studies graduate student, will join together to present this workshop.

Workshop participants will become familiar with the role of the producer and what functions he or she performs in the various visual, audio and multimedia production formats.  The workshop will emphasize the planning and related business aspects of media production rather than the creative aspects of a particular project. Throughout the workshop, participants will develop their own proposed production using the guidelines presented. A good production must begin with a strong foundation. Rather than specializing in one aspect of production, the producer must have a working understanding of every production element.  From the philosophical intent of the final product to the individual practical workings, the producer, more than anyone else, must be able to grasp and manage the big picture.

“Ninety percent or more of issues with any creative production involve matters of producing and planning,” said Boyd. “This workshop is intended to provide creative problem solving strategies to participants for whatever project they have in mind. Don’t just think about film. Producing is part of all creative mediums, from graphic novels to music videos. The same fundamental skills and techniques are utilized regardless of the particular medium or format in which the producer is working.  Great work can be done on a small budget, but the smaller the budget, the better the producing needs to be.”

Boyd has dozens of films to his credit, including Chillers, Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers, and Paradise Park, also known as Heroes of the Heart. Boyd has been a professor at WVSU since 1983 and has also taught around the world, including in Tanzania as a three-time Fulbright scholar.  Producing nearly every genre of film, Boyd’s television work has earned three national Telly awards and two regional Emmy nominations. He has recently expanded into graphic novel creation with two upcoming books, Chillers, the graphic novel, and CARBON. Boyd also serves as artist in residence at the WVSU EDC.

Lisa Bragg is a producer with a background in filmmaking and traditional photography. Her producing experience includes films, commercials, music videos and special events. She also gained valuable industry experience while working as a location scout and researcher for the West Virginia Film Office. Examples of her production work include: Toxic Soup, Provident, Fondly, The Chillers Theme, Xipe, Fall Air, and There is Hope. Lisa’s belief in the power of creativity led her to challenge herself in the WVSU media studies program, where she is currently earning a Masters Degree.

 “This workshop is ideal for aspiring producers, directors, production managers, assistant directors, screenwriters, actors, production coordinators, production assistants, and anyone wishing to explore a career in film or video production,” said Bragg. “Beginners are welcome! Find out how to take your story from script to screen in this one day workshop that will serve as practical guide that’s especially effective for new producers and those in the community looking to produce great films.” 

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation that will count as three units toward a Creators Certificate, awarded after the completion of twenty workshop units. The final workshop scheduled for the fall is Composing for New Media 101 Saturday, Nov. 16.

The Creators Program launched last year as a series of community workshops focusing on skills and knowledge essential to creating for mass media and art. WVSU partners with the Arts Council of Kanawha Valley and the West Virginia Film Office on the series. Workshops are designed for people of all skill levels, including students and others interested in expanding their creative endeavors.

The cost to attend the workshop is $20. Students are eligible for a discounted rate of $10, and registration is requested for all. To register, visit www.digiso.org and click on “The Creators Program” tab.

The WVSU EDC is located at 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.

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