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Fox 13 Features First Film School

"Dreams on the big screen" - Have you ever wanted to become a filmmaker? Now's your chance to learn the tricks of the trade. The India International Film Festival is hosting its first Film School this weekend and the opportunity to take your dreams to the big screen is What's Right in Tampa Bay.

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The captivating characters, vibrant scenes and sensational storylines are of the films are awe inspiring, and inspiring future filmmakers is the mission behind the India International Film Festival's first Film School.

Joe Davison is a film director and founder of Pop Gun Pictures. He will be teaching at this weekend's Film Festival.

"It'll allow people that maybe never ever stepped foot on a set or thought they want to make a movie, they're gonna learn how to do that," he said.

Students will learn script writing skills, acting, directing, sound and lighting techniques..

"With a romantic comedy, you generally want the light to be soft and open on them. With a horror film, you're gonna want it to be a little darker, different color," Davison offered as examples.

The Film Festival has attracted big names in the past, including comedian Russell Peters, actors Ajay Naidu and Samrat Chakrabarti, and director Sangeeta Datta. Yet it is the impact on the local film industry that drives this festival.

"They get to meet local producers and directors and writers and actors and businesses that allow you to shoot in their establishments," Davison explained.

The festival has inspired numerous first time filmmakers, according to IIFF Tampa Founder Fancis Vayalumkal.

"There were a couple of films that were submitted to this year's festival as a result of that," he said, "So we are very proud of that."

Indian culture is at the heart of this film festival, but the event and the school are open to all.

"Film is one of the media that connects with everyone, to exchange cultures, thoughts," he explained.

Davison added that he hopes students walk away with, "Complete and utter desire to make films. I want everyone to make movies."
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The two-day film school takes place this weekend, February 4th and 5th.
For more information about the school, go to http://iifftampa.com/filmschool/ .

The Film Festival is February 17th through 19th at Channelside Cinemas. Both events are open to the public. Festival passes may be purchased at http://iifftampa.com/ .

Updated: Thursday, 02 Feb 2012, 7:46 PM EST

Published : Thursday, 02 Feb 2012, 7:21 PM EST

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