Got the Filmmaking Bug?
Whether you're brainstorming ideas, figuring out a crucial plot point, or editing a scene, come out to PRIMAA's Film Stew, a film development club where you can discuss your film project and receive constructive feedback from fellow filmmakers. You are also expected to lend your ideas in helping other filmmakers develop their own projects.
Film projects of all stages welcome:
- idea stage
- story structure
- shot breakdowns
Much like a book club, Film Stew will meet monthly to discuss projects at whatever stage you're in. You'll have self-imposed assignments due the next meeting, which will hopefully keep you moving forward with your film!
Encouraging feedback is import, but it's crucial that the feedback is also honest. You will hear a variety of opinions on your project from filmmakers with all sorts of backgrounds. Come ready and open to receive the gamut of feedback -- what you do with it is up to you.
Likewise, when discussing another's project, we expect constructive criticism that may aid the filmmaker in furthering his or her project.
If your film requires people to review content, be prepared with hard copies, electronic links, or visual aids to present your ideas. There are limitations to presentations being in a public space (i.e. sound quality might not be theatre-grade), so keep that in mind when deciding the best way to present.
Each participant will receive an equal amount of time for their project so it's wise to also have prepared what topics you'd like to discuss, questions you'd like to ask, or specific feedback you're looking for.
Have your checklist of what you should bring:
- Pen, Paper/Notepad, Laptop/Tablet/Connected Device
- Hard copies, links to materials
- Specific questions and/or discussion topics
- An open mind
- Your constructive-thinking caps
To keep you motivated and on tasks between meetings, you will assign yourself "homework" due at the next meeting. It can be anything from revising a scene in your screenplay, or advancing from an outline to a treatment; the point is to keep you accountable for work so your project keeps advancing.
If you don't complete your assignment, you won't be allotted time; however, if you need additional feedback to complete your tasks, we will definitely carve out a slot.
But it's my First Time?
If this is your first time attending Film Stew -- or if you're switching to a new project, no problem. Bring your new ideas at whatever stage and be prepared to present it to the group.
You own your project (at least we assume you do!). Any feedback given during our meetings is for you to do with as you wish with no restrictions attached. If the club helps you with your project, it would be great to receive a thanks in your credits to the "PRIMAA Film Stew"
Best part: it's free for PRIMAA members! Non-members can attend one PRIMAA event for free but then we ask you to become a member to continue attending.
As we are kindly being hosted by Card's Board Game Cafe, it would also be nice to show local support by buying a drink or snack.