Movie makers to share knowledge

Two
award-winning movie makers will be sharing their expertise with novices at a
film workshop this weekend.

Emmy-award
winner Bob Carruthers, who is directing Zombie Driftwood in Cayman, and David
McWhinnie, executive director of Obselidia which won the Sundance Film Festival
award for cinematography this year and an executive producer on Zombie Driftwood,
will teach workshop attendees how to make documentaries and movies on low
budgets.

This
is the latest workshop held by the Cayman Islands Film Commission.

Film
Commission director Dax Basdeo said the workshops were an “excellent
opportunity” for people interested in careers in films locally to work with the
movie makers and learn from them.

“I
am looking forward to the workshops being well attended and perhaps that the
people who take part will take a step further and do their own projects,” he
said.

In
Saturday’s module, the film-makers will use case studies, including recent
documentary films “Hitler, a Journey Through His World”, “Michael Jackson – The
Earth Song” and “Black Eyed Peas”, to explore how to make documentaries on
micro budgets and will demonstrate the range of documentary programming that
can be made in the Cayman Islands.

On
Sunday, using the examples of Mr. Carruthers’ Macbeth and Mr. McWhinnie’s
Obselidia, the duo will focus on practical advice
on how to drama productions on low budgets in Cayman. Obselidia was made for
US$175,000.

Each
workshop can accommodate 60 people.

Delegates
chosen on the day will be enabled to spend time on the set of Zombie Driftwood,
a low budget film being shot on Grand

Cayman this month.

There
will also be eight internships available covering the principle aspects of film
making. The chosen interns will shadow members of the crew and work on the set
of Zombie Driftwood. Interns must be 16 years or older.

Internships
are available in the fields of sound, assistant director, editing assistant,
camera, make-up, and producers’ assistant.

Mr.
Basdeo said the zombie movie was an ideal choice for the first film to be shot
in Cayman with the help of the Film Commission, which was set up in late 2008.

“We
had always envisioned doing a small budget film, nothing very elaborate, but
one that would be a good training and capacity building opportunity,” he said.

The
workshops cost $20 per day and will be filled on a first-come, first-served
basis, organisers say. Each workshop runs from 1pm to 6pm and will be held at
the Harquail Theatre’s Black Box.

Candidates
for internships should email their applications to [email protected],
indicating which internships they are applying for and why, and marking the
email subject line “Internship application”.

People
interested in finding out more about the work of the Film Commission and
getting updates on future projects and training opportunities can visit the
commission’s CaymanFilm fan page on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

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Bob Carruthers with actors rehearsing for Zombie Driftwood at the Harquail Theatre in May.
Photo: Norma Connolly

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