Make a movie with the help of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte Unconventional Film School

Film slate

Are you looking to improve your filmmaking skills or just curious about the process of video and film making? If so, you may be interested in attending one, or all, of our new workshops starting in January! As part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s burgeoning Community Media Strategy, and in partnership with the Charlotte Unconventional Film School, we are excited to announce Make a Movie, a workshop series aimed at helping you make a movie.  Beginning in January and running through May 2019 ,  these FREE in-person workshops will take place at various Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branch locations on Saturday afternoons, and will bring together filmmakers, professors and professionals to provide insight into this exciting industry.  

Recommended reading list can be found here.

All workshops are FREE, but registration via the links to the individual events on is REQUIRED.  Please click on the link at each workshop to join and to register for the speicific events you want to attend. In some cases, there is a waitlist you can join if the event is already full with registered attendees. Space is limited.

Jan. 12, 2019 – Hickory Grove Library

Secrets to Making a Successful Film presented by Keema Mingo

A leader in local independent filmmaking director, writer, producer and casting director Keema Mingo has also worked on Hollywood productions.  She’ll show students what it takes to successful create a movie with and without a budget; which team members are most important to have on set; how to create local partnerships to get your projects done and how to transition skills and expertise into a position that’s perfect for each student.

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Jan. 19, 2019 - Hickory Grove Library

Hands On: Getting your Indie Film Made presented by Joshua Overbay

Join Joshua Overbay, a professor of film at Western Carolina University and New York Times-awarded filmmaker , as he details how to produce an independent film. Overbay will give a hands-on experience overview of running a movie set and offer students the confidence and know-how to gather the people and resources they need to start making an indie movie.

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Feb. 2, 2019 - West Boulevard Library

Audio Production for Filmmakers presented by Michael Quigley

A lifelong learner and creative, Michael Quigley’s current explorations include the intersection of music, cinema and computer software. Quiqley leads a workshop that covers becoming more conversant in the importance of sound in filmmaking, the basics of audio, equipment and software, audio capture and basic audio manipulation and mastering. Quigley will also teach students how to independently assist on set of an indie movie.

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Feb. 16, 2019 - West Boulevard Library

Telling Stories for the Screen presented by Rodney Stringfellow                           

Rodney Stringfellow currently teaches courses in screenwriting, film history and video production at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. An educator and screenwriter, he’s written episodes for Nickelodeon, PBS, Disney Channel and more. Stringfellow designed this class to help students craft stories specifically for the screen. The workshop teaches story structure, screenplay formatting, idea development and what happens after students have finished a script.

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March 2, 2019 - Hickory Grove Library

Intro to Cinematography for Narrative Filmmaking presented by Chuck Bludsworth

For more than 30 years, Bludsworth has worked as a crew member, cinematographer, director or writer on feature films such as Cape Fear and Dances With Wolves, television shows, documentaries, commercials and corporate films. In this workshop, students will learn how to interpret and create the language of cinema, the vocabulary of shot structure, basic lens theory as well as basics of camera placement and movement.

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March 16, 2019 - West Boulevard Library

Directing presented by Joshua Overbay

This master course will teach students everything they need to direct a small crew on a small budget to make an amazing film. Students will learn how to direct actors, develop a visual language through shots and make hundreds of decisions before, during and after the filming. Students will learn how to lead the cast and crew from pre-production through post-production, while creating a positive environment where everyone thrives.

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April 13, 2019 - Hickory Grove Library

Casting & Location Scouting presented by Chip White, PGA

Award-winning producer and writer Chip White is passionate about translating concepts from script to screen. He brings more than 25 years of experience to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library as he will present on casting and location scouting. He’ll teach students how to see the whole picture, from concept to final product.

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April 27, 2019 - Plaza Midwood Library

Making a Short Documentary presented by Reuben Bloom and Kathleen Bloom

Digital storytellers Reuben Bloom and Kathleen Bloom are Charlotte filmmakers and founders of Basic Cable, creating content that connects people with their communities. They’ll lead students through this highly interactive day on the outskirts of the Charlotte Boom! Festival in Plaza Midwood. Learn to make a short documentary in this hands-on workshop. After this workshop, you’ll be ready to start capturing all those stories that fascinate you, so you can share them through your own documentaries.

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May 11, 2019 - Beatties Ford Road Regional Library         

Brilliance of Bollywood Movies presented by Ananda Mitra, Ph.D.

Anandra Mitra teaches teaches Indian culture and communication practices at Wake Forest University. Students will enjoy excerpts from many classic and current Bollywood movies as Mitra instructs on communicating ideas through your movies in an entertaining way.

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May 18, 2019 - Beatties Ford Road Regional Library

The Art of the Interview

Presented by Mike Collins and Tommy Tomlinson

Mike Collins is a veteran Charlotte broadcaster who is host of WFAE’s Charlotte Talks. Tommy Tomlinson spent 23 years as a columnist and local reporter for the Charlotte Observer and is the current host of WFAE’s Southbound podcast. Collins and Tomlinson will share stories about a handful of the thousands of people they’ve interviewed during the years. Students will earn what goes into the making of a good interview so they can and will be ready to conduct their own, capturing thoughtful answers to make interesting content for a documentary or behind-the-scenes work.

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