Western Piedmont Offers Summer Course on Filmmaking


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Edwin Dennis

Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) will offer a filmmaking course this summer. Filmmaking 101 is designed to give an overview of the filmmaking process, from script to screen. Students will delve into all aspects of making a short film, from story development and screenwriting, to lighting, camera/audio work and editing. With an emphasis on learning through doing, students will come away from this course with an understanding of not only how things are done in the production process, but why.

Filmmaking 101 is open to anyone who has an interest in understanding professional filmmaking. The course will be held from Monday, July 11 through Wednesday, July 27 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Moore Hall, room 106 on the main campus of WPCC at 1001 Burkemont Avenue in Morganton. Cost for the course is $85.00.  To sign up, visit the Filmmaking 101 page and follow the instructions.  More information is also available by contacting WPCC Continuing Education at 828-448-6707.

Students will have the opportunity to learn from instructor Edwin Dennis who is an award winning independent filmmaker. Edwin has worked in the film industry for over 30 years and earned his Master’s degree in Film from the famed Columbia Film School in New York where he studied screenwriting with Terry Southern (Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider), editing with Ralph Rosenblum (The Pawnbroker, Annie Hall) and producing with Michael Hausman (Ragtime, Amadeaus, Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain) and James Shamus (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain).

Edwin has been an active participant in Hollywood films shot in Western North Carolina. In 1999, he was hired as the Location Manager on The Green Mile, which starred Tom Hanks, while the production filmed in Blowing Rock, N.C. One of Edwin’s latest projects, entitled Mountain People, Mountain Dew – Moonshine over Cataloochee, is an exploration of the artisans’ craft of liquor making as practiced by mountain people for generations. The program is hosted by Raymond Fairchild (five time national banjo champion), and was filmed on location in western North Carolina.