West Point filmmaker kicks off Film Alliance workshops

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – In its mission to promote filmmaking in North Mississippi, the Tupelo Film Alliance is hosting a series of workshops to help up-and-coming filmmakers get behind the camera and on the big screen.
The first of these workshops will cover the basics of filmmaking, and someone who knows all about that is West Point’s Michael Williams.
He’s an independent filmmaker who has made many short films, including his most recent, “Illumination,” starring Tupelo’s Glenn Payne. Williams makes short films as he’s preparing for a career in cinematography.
Williams has written, directed and produced all of his movies, so he knows how to put a film together from start to finish.
“I’m gonna start out with the basics of filmmaking and how you can do a lot with a little. You have to be super-frugal, and you have to make a lot with what you have,” he said.
He’ll screen his film “Lukos” at the workshop.
“I’ll break it down and go into the production side of it and how to pull off a lot of things, the story, the characters, the visuals,” he said. “It’s definitely not gonna be everything you need to know, but I can definitely open people’s minds to the basics and also create a dialogue.”
Williams said he hopes the workshop will get aspiring filmmakers ready to go behind a camera.
“The reason I make my own short films is to tell my own stories. I want to write them, direct them,” he said. “Hopefully my workshop will show you can do a lot with a little and get creative.”
Pat Rasberry with the Tupelo Film Alliance said more workshops are planned, covering every aspect of filmmaking, from script-writing to camera to costumes to acting to lighting.

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What: Filmmaking basics workshop by Michael Williams

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau

Cost: Free

Info: (662) 841-6521