| Debbie Gardner
SPRINGFIELD – An upcoming Saturday workshop series at the Bing Arts Center on Sumner Avenue is offering would-be teen moviemakers a chance to create a short film and have it critiqued in Hollywood.
“Movie Making for Youth” will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 2, 9, 16 and 23, including a red carpet premiere with limousine at the Bing. The workshop is open to teens from 12 to 17 years of age. The cost to attend is $250 per student, payable in three installments of $87. Limited scholarships are available; applicants should send their request for scholarship consideration, or for more information, to Brian@BingArtsCenter.org.
“This will be the first movie-making program we’ve had at the Bing in Springfield,” said instructor David Horgan, who has offered similar programs through Boys and Girls Clubs and both the Holyoke and Springfield school systems during the past six years. He said participants in the Bing workshop will collaborate to write, direct and act in a 10 to 15-minute movie.
“You find some like to direct, some like to be on camera, some like to write, everyone takes turns at what they like the most,” he said.
Horgan, who produced the early Will Smith music videos, the opening for the NBC TV series “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as well as the first Mark Wahlberg music video during his time in Hollywood, said the Bing moviemaking workshop has an added plus for participants.
“We’re offering a very unique opportunity this time around. We’ve gotten sponsorship from American Movie Channel (AMC) and a dear friend of mine is the person who developed “The Walking Dead.”
“The final film, I’m going to show to the American Movie Channel for his critique,” Horgan continued, “So the kids have a wonderful opportunity to make a film that is really going to get seen.”
Horgan said the movie would also play at the YouTube studios in New York City.
Beyond the chance to write, act and direct in their own movie, Horgan said this workshop would offer would-be filmmakers some important industry insights.
“I give them the real inside story on the entertainment industry and how you can succeed in it,” he said. “I’ve worked with Quincy Jones, filmed on Hollywood studio lots, directed Peter Scolari from “Gotham” – and I bring all of that to these kids.”
Horgan said the workshop would be limited to 12 to 15 applicants, with seven spots already filled. For more information email Brian@BingArtsCenter.org or sign up on the Bing’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BingArtsCenter.