This eight-week course, led by producer/director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, will take you through the steps of developing a feature documentary from conception and prep through production. You should come prepared with a project that you plan to produce and/or direct. Crafting a compelling proposal for funders will be a key goal of the course. Sessions will include presentations, interactive exercises, a case study with a renowned documentary filmmaker from the Sundance network, and a one-on-one mentoring session for each participant.
Create a piece of work that uses the power of story to engage your audience in a local issue that is important to you.
Logline: Based on true events, One of US follows a Caucasian mothers first encounter with police brutality happening to her Black son...over the phone.
Synopsis: After learning that her son Perry stole the car to go to a party, Teresa scolds him over the phone for his foolish behavior. Moments later Perry is pulled over for speeding. Understanding that a traffic stop for her son is a serious situation, Teresa gives her son an instruction that she believes is wise only to see it backfire into a tirade of aggression and fear. Even with her husband Gabe intervening, Teresa is forced to endure hearing her offspring being harmed and helpless.
I was inspired not only from this true event that I learned about reading an article on police brutality, but I am faced with my mothers consistent fear of my safety. In her justified paranoia, teaching me how to act and speak around Police officers was her highest priority. My goal writing and directing this project was to showcase that motherly fear and suspense in a cinematic way.
Vimeo link in case video player lags: https://vimeo.com/325355687
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Writer, Producer, Director, and Distributor of Independent Film
A short film script
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