The Wootton Bassett Arts Festival ran a free short film workshop at Wootton Bassett Library on Saturday 6 August for people interested in writing and filming their own short film.
The workshop was run by award winning writer and director David Hawk and his in-depth knowledge of the industry and the filmmaking process was as obvious as his enthusiasm for the topic. He has written and directed several short films of his own and has just finished writing his first feature length script, Facility 31.
Participants came from Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Cirencester and Reading and ranged in age from 12 to adult. Illang Gnanasundaram, who took part in the workshop, said “I had read about some of the points that Dave was referring to in textbooks but it is quite different when someone explains it to you practically. For me, it was like a refresher course that recharged my passion for this hobby. Dave did a very good job covering all the fundamentals a film should definitely have, to make it a success”.
The Festival would like to thank two local businesses for sponsoring the event with the loan of equipment: Dreambase Studios for supplying audio visual equipment, including their video camera, and In-House Research and Training for supplying additional presentation equipment.
The Wootton Bassett Arts Festival has a new short film class in its syllabus this year. Short films up to six minutes in length can be entered in the November festival, but the closing date for entries is 30 September. For more information and to download a syllabus visit www.wbaf.co.uk or pick up a copy from Brian Taylor Music or Dandelion gift shop in Wootton Bassett High Street.
Wootton Bassett Arts Festival
12 – 13 November 2011