The Magic of the Moving Imageby Penelope Starr on Oct. 07, 2013, under Arts, community
I’m taking a workshop at Gangplank every Saturday for the next seven weeks called The Magic of the Moving Image, a film-making workshop, taught by the amazing Gene Rudolf. I was hesitant to make the commitment to be in town for every weekend during this lovely camping season but it just sounded too good to pass up.
We had our first class today and the 15 or so participants introduced themselves and told what aspect of filmmaking they are interested in. The majority of people spoke about their desire to learn skills so that they can tell stories. My classmates are an interesting lot ranging in age from 11 to their 60′s with many different life experiences to bring to their projects.
The goal of the class is not to become technical wizards in eight weeks but to learn theory, principles and techniques through practical projects. Yes, I have homework to do, and I’m looking forward to it.
Gene Rudolf is a highly respected motion picture art director/production designer, with forty years professional experience and over thirty feature film credits including Raging Bull, Diner, Against All Odds and The Great Gatsby. Besides generously sharing his wealth of knowledge, he even brought coffee, fruit and donuts for everyone.
Gangplank is a wonderful new meeting space downtown at 17 E. Pennington. They are “a collaborative workspace, without physical or financial barriers preventing participation,” according to their website. Their expectations are that participants will share their ideas and knowledge with others so that innovative ideas will flourish.
I expect just that from The Magic of the Moving Image.