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For this season of Only in El Paso, we are giving aspiring filmmakers in our community the opportunity to work on a project with the guidance from established filmmakers in our city. Our goal is to help you create an Only In El Paso Story and to build upon your skills as a filmmaker. It’ll be a process but in the end, we’ll have accomplished something that we can all be proud of.

FILMMAKERS You will...

  • Learn how to develop a short documentary from idea to the exhibition of your film at the Alamo Drafthouse.
  • How to work with a real budget.
  • A course Mentor to help you along the way of producing your short documentary.
  • Develop contracts, agreements, budgets, schedules, and other forms needed for the success of your project.

FILMMAKERS, before you apply, you need to...

  • Have your own gear to shoot and edit your piece. You don't need anything fancy to shoot or edit your piece. Creativity is just a fraction of making a meaningful documentary or film. Balancing your budget, time, relationships, crew, gear limitations and other logistics is an art form all on it's own.
  • Have the time to attend every Workshop. Time and dates below.
  • Have time to shoot your short documentary. You will have to balance your schedule to shoot b-roll, interviews and pick up shots. However, we are here to help you schedule your time to keep things simple, effective and within budget.
  • Be open to constructive criticism. It's always hard to hear where your skills can improve. All feedback is to help you and your project be the best it can be.

MENTORS: before you apply, you need to...

  • Have the time to attend every workshop. Time and dates below.
  • Have the time to attend the final screening at The Alamo Drafthouse.
  • Be available. It's safe to say that the filmmakers will need some guidance outside of the workshop. Although this is not a requirement, your availability via phone call, text, email or in person meeting will go a long way with our filmmakers. We will set guidelines.

WORKSHOPS: 6 Sessions Saturday Starting February 1st 11am-3pm

Workshop 1: Research & Development
Saturday, February 1st

  • Fundamentals of developing, producing and directing a short documentary
  • Researching your subject
  • Story Development
  • Creative Direction
  • Building your team

Workshop 2: Pre-Production
Saturday, February 15th

  • Budgeting
  • Scheduling
  • Locations
  • Preparing a shot list
  • Preparing for Post-Production

Workshop 3: Production
Saturday, February 29th

  • Showcase your best footage to the class for constructive criticism
  • Scheduling pick up shoots (if needed)
  • Preparing assets for marketing and Social Media

Workshop 4: Post-Production
Saturday, March 14th

  • Showcase Your 1st Edit to the class for constructive criticism
  • Polishing your story for the final edit.
  • Prepare how to message your short to social media
  • Develop your Social Media Content Schedule
  • Reviewing your budget

Workshop 5: Post-Production & Marketing
Saturday, March 28th

  • Showcase your final edit
  • Showcase and review your social media content

Workshop 6: Building your career Saturday, April 11th

  • Basic Career Development tips
  • Reviewing your budget
  • Preparing for the Alamo Drafthouse Premiere of your short

Before filling out and submitting your application. Please be sure to have read the above information.

Application: Download PDF

Before filling out and submitting your application. Please be sure to have read the above information.

Application: Download PDF

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