Screen scene: Local film news

EYES WIDE SHUT: Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in a still from The Big Sleep. Howard Hawks' 1946 film kicks off the North Asheville Library's series of Raymond Chandler adaptations. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Asheville School of Film’s recently completed student films will be screened at the Merrimon AveNUE location of Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. on Sunday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public.

ASoF’s upcoming offerings include “High Concept Commercial Production,” an eight-week course starting Monday, March 7, that will guide students through the actual production of a commercial for Asheville Distilling Company — Troy & Sons. Students will cast actors, scout and secure locations, create storyboards and shot lists and film the project using industry-standard cameras, lighting and audio equipment and techniques. Following the production phase, students will edit the footage using Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro. The class meets each Monday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., plus two additional shooting days, and the cost is $495.

On Saturday, March 19, Sid Williams and David Schmidt will lead the “Location Sound Recording on a Budget” workshop. Designed to educate independent filmmakers, multimedia specialists and producers on the choice, use and selection of audio equipment, the hands-on workshop’s emphasis will be on the use of consumer and midlevel gear. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment for demonstration, evaluation and optimization. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $150.

• The North Asheville Library’s March film series highlights movies based on the works of legendary hard-boiled crime fiction novelist Raymond Chandler and features three actors’ takes on the writer’s iconic private eye, Philip Marlowe. Howard Hawks’ adaptation of The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, gets things started on Saturday, March 5. Dick Richards’ take on Farewell My Lovely (1975), starring Robert Mitchum and Charlotte Rampling, will be shown on Saturday, March 12, and the series concludes with Robert Montgomery’s Lady in the Lake (1947), featuring Montgomery and Audrey Totter, on Saturday, March 19. All films will begin at 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room and are free and open to the public.

• After gaining filmmaking experience at the Savannah College of Art and Design and in Los Angeles with companies such as Bose, The VIA Agency, VISA and the NFL, Stephen Nadeau has moved back to Asheville to found Brother Blue Studio. The videography and photography studio specializes in video and photo production as well as managing this content on each of its clients’ social media platforms.

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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