High School Day: April 13

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We have invited nearly 500 students and 30 educators and academic chaperones from 40 partner high schools to attend High School Day, a free educational event in the Dallas Arts District on Friday, April 13, 2012.

High School Day is an opportunity for students and educators to network with industry professionals and filmmakers. The students will attend events at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and Annette Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

High School Day is presented by the Division of Film and Media Arts and the Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University.

High School Day Schedule

8:30a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Check-in

9:20 a.m. Welcome
Annette Strauss Square

10a.m-3:45 p.m. Students will split into groups and directed to various Arts District venues for sessions on:

  • How to Market Your Film – Panel & Discussion
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Art, Technology, Commerce, Culture, Film
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Screenwriting
  • Lighting as a Storyteller

During lunch, students will be able to mingle with students from the SMU Student Filmmakers Association

4 p.m. THE END

Students: You must have submitted a permission slip to Renee Contreras at mailto:rcontreras@dallasfilm.org before you can attend High School Day.

Event Contacts

Renée Contreras
Coordinator of Membership, Education & Outreach
Dallas International Film Festival

Travis Chapman
Membership, Education & Outreach Assistant
Dallas International Film Festival


Art, Technology, Commerce, Culture, Film presented by SMU Film and Media Arts
SMU Film and Media Arts professor Derek Kompare will discuss how film connects art, technology, commerce, and culture. Kompare is an Associate Professor in the Division of Film and Media Arts in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of “Rerun Nation: How Repeats Invented American Television” (2005), a focused study on the television series CSI (2010), and numerous articles on media culture and history. At SMU, he teaches courses on film aesthetics, television history, media theory, media globalization, comics, and video games.

The Nuts & Bolts of Screenwriting

What exactly is a script? What makes a good story? Film is very visual. You don’t tell your audience a story, you show them. Screenwriting is a crucial element in filmmaking that outlines every visual, aural, behavioral and lingual element required to tell a story. At this workshop, students will learn what it takes to create a great story and make it come alive on the big screen. Presented by the Texas Film Commission.

Your Film, presented by Moroch Partners moderated by Roderick Stoker
This panel discussion allows students to interact with industry professionals, get tips on how to market films and learn about film distribution. Roderick Stoker, director of publicity/promotions in the entertainment division at Moroch Partners, will moderate the panel. Some of our guests are: Los Angeles filmmaker Eric Martin, whose short FRAN’S DAUGHTER premiered at SXSW in 2011; and Dallas Film Society Board member John Hersker, CEO of Movie Tavern, a group of cinema dining establishments throughout the country.

Savannah College of Art and Design presents DSLR Cinematography & Lighting as a Storyteller with Paul “Bear” Brown and Michael Hofstein

DSLR Cinematography
Students will interact with professors from SCAD as they demonstrate and discuss the use of DSLR in today’s filmmaking world. Demonstrations will include the use of cameras and the production tools needed for support, such as the Canon 5D MKII, Follow Focus, Sliders, etc. Paul Brown brings a very honest approach to DSLR cinematography, discussing the facts, such as what ‘crop factor’ really means, camera choice and other equipment.

Lighting as a Storyteller
Students will learn and discuss the theory and application of lighting used as a storytelling element with SCAD professors. With an analysis of lighting styles from paintings to films, the professors will break down what different lighting styles suggest and techniques to render more cinematic lighting.


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