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TAKE ONE: Students of the Asheville School of Film's Youth Summer Filmmaking Experience work on their narrative short. From Oct. 7-Nov. 25, the school will offer Filmmaking 101 for adults interested in the moviemaking process. Photo by Bill Pivetta

• Fresh off the success of its Youth Summer Filmmaking Experience program, the Asheville School of Film offers a Filmmaking 101 course for adults interested in the moviemaking process.

According to the course description, the eight-week introduction “begins with the study of both the creative and technical principles of filmmaking. Students will learn about visual storytelling concepts, script writing and storyboarding, casting actors, professional equipment, on-set protocols, directing, lighting, camera operation, shot composition and editing. Students then will create a group short film from conception to completion [and] finalize their project using a professional, nonlinear digital editing system.”

Classes run 6:30-9:30 p.m., each Wednesday from Oct. 7 to Nov. 25, plus two shooting days, the dates of which are yet to be determined. Tuition is $595 and includes all equipment and supplies. Students will receive a digital copy of the short film, which will also be screened at a local theater.

• Beginning Friday, Feb. 12, the Biltmore House will host Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film, a costume exhibition of wedding dresses and attire from 19 well-known movies. Displayed throughout America’s largest home, the award-winning costumes span 300 years of wedding fashion from films set between 1645 and 1935, including Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Pride and Prejudice. Each costume display will also have deluxe arrangements created by Biltmore’s floral design team to complement each film’s era. The exhibition runs through July 4, 2016, and access will be included in the general admission ticket price.

• Building on the momentum of his first two-day workshop since moving to Western North Carolina, award-winning documentarian Kevin Peer is offering one-day experiential filmmaking workshops through the end of the year.

“Conceptualizing and Planning Your Next Production” takes place on Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Marshall High Studios. The workshop guides prospective nonfiction filmmakers step-by-step through a clear, logical-yet-soul-honoring process. Participants move from assignment, idea and vision to a cogent and competent production plan, learning the techniques that Peer has used as the foundation for each of his cinematic endeavors.

Additional workshops on different topics will be offered in October, November and December. The cost is $175 for a single workshop, but students who sign up for multiple classes receive a discounted rate.

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center presents the premiere screening of DOUBLETAKE on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 1 and 4 p.m. The film is a video montage of experiences from April’s {Re}HAPPENING, the annual multidisciplinary experimental art event that “honors the dynamic artistic energy of Black Mountain College and pays tribute to the groundbreaking innovations of that community of artists.” Admission is free, and the 1 p.m. screening also includes an introduction by representatives from The Media Arts Project and BMCM+AC.

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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