The Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies at the University of Miami School of Communication presents HOMEGROWN: LOW-BUDGET FEATURE FILMMAKING AT UM AND IN MIAMI as part of its ongoing series SCREENING MIAMI: FILM PROJECTIONS OF SOUTH FLORIDA OVER TIME. After two events examining the film history of Miami, we turn to the present day and future filmmaking in the area. Professor Lisa Gottlieb hosts an evening discussing the challenges and benefits of low-budget feature filmmaking in Miami.
If micro budget features are the gateway to careers in feature making, what are our most ambitious students to do?
This panel explores two approaches by two filmmakers with the same goals: to make work that reaches the desired audience and to get the next project funded.
The films EL EMPANTANDO (by MFA students Felipe Echavarria and Maggie Drayton) and BLACK FRIDAY (by Associate Professor Lisa Gottlieb) were shot or based on campus. These films are ambitious, and have the great look and the professional feel we all strive for as filmmakers. Tone and style could not differ more. Their funding strategies differ as well, although they are both well inside the boundaries of micro budget.
We will discuss those approaches as they relate to production, post and distribution, and address the challenges and advantages of shooting in Miami. How can our work break through and stand out? How does location help define these goals? How do we make ambitious long form projects in Miami and on the UM campus, utilizing the wealth of beauty, talent and excitement in our midst?
This event is Free and Open to the public. A reception will be held following the discussion.