Submitted by: Bellingham Film

Bellingham Film, an organization dedicated to strengthening the local filmmaking community, has launched a new half-year educational mentoring program, Script to Screen, as of August 1, 2017.

Participants will be mentored throughout the process. Photo courtesy: Bellingham Film.

Members of the Whatcom and Skagit filmmaking communities interested in learning more about filmmaking can apply to participate in the Script to Screen program. Projects created within the Script to Screen community will be considered for development, with one pitch being selected for production, fully-funded and shot on professional equipment.

This unique program allows aspiring filmmakers to collaborate with experienced mentors from origination to completion, learning a multitude of professional filmmaking skills. Bellingham Film’s carefully selected mentors will teach participants all aspects of filmmaking in a hands-on production environment. Experienced filmmakers who will act as mentors include Avielle Heath, Joshua Krenz, Caleb Young and Michael Petryni. Additional mentors will be added in later phases.

Script to Screen will occur in four overlapping phases from August 1, 2017 through the local film screening at Pickford Film Center in late spring 2018.

Phase One: Development – Where an Idea Becomes a Screenplay

Open Submission for pitch packages runs August 1 to September 10. Please visit our website (www.bellinghamfilm.com) for more information on submitting a project. Five submissions will be considered for outline development. On October 15, three outlines will be selected for Phase Two.

Phase Two: Pre-Production – Where Screenplays Become a Lot of Paperwork

Writers workshop and complete their scripts. Three producers are hired to begin early analysis of projects. One script will be selected for production on November 19. Producers select crew, a director is chosen, actors are cast. Rehearsals begin in January. The nuts and bolts of pre-production are completed.

Phase Three: Production—Where Paperwork Starts to Look Like a Movie

The film will be shot in Bellingham on four consecutive days in February 2018.

Phase Four: Post-Production—Where Everything Gets Fixed

Editing, sound, music and other elements of post-production incorporating mentor feedback will be completed in time for a public screening in late spring 2018 at Pickford Film Center, followed by Q & A with participating filmmakers.

All skill levels and interests are welcome and encouraged to apply. Participants must have a willingness to collaborate, an open mind to learn, a commitment to participate until the end and make a small $10 donation to help fund the program. This project is sponsored in part by C. Young Creative. To become a sponsor or for more information, see www.thebfo.com/script-to-screen.html and join the Facebook group Bellingham Film’s Script to Screen. Questions may be directed to Joshua Krenz at joshua.krenz@gmail.com.

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