The 2020 Black Box Filmmaking Intensive was interrupted by the New York City COVID-19 lockdown, but in the experimental spirit of the program, the class adapted their first production to their new circumstances, producing a version of playwright Rebecca Miller's Spent Hens using tools including laptops, video conferencing, cellphones, and portable audio recorders. All managed by the class working closely with the cast of the film.
In our BRICxHome version of Spent Hens, Beth (Sarah Schoofs) reaches out to her friend Dana (Tara Cioletti) over video chat to discuss Dana's recent cancer diagnosis only to discover Dana has "liberated" a hen from a local farm.
About BRIC's Black Box FIlmmaking Intensive
BRIC's Black Box Filmmaking program is a unique way for members of the Brooklyn community to learn the basics of the narrative filmmaking process. Approaching filmmaking with the streamlined aesthetic of black box theatre, the program focuses students on process and storytelling as they learn the fundamentals of production from all sides. The hands on approach trains students in filmmaking technique and provides technical training for camera and audio gear as well as fostering an environment for innovation and teamwork.
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Black Box Filmmaking
An experimental class that explores the boundaries between filmmaking and black box theatre.