Local filmmaker Ty Cooper hosts documentary workshop at PVCC

As part of its 2018-19 Fine Arts and Performance Season, Piedmont Virginia Community College will host a free documentary filmmaking workshop with local filmmaker Ty Cooper on Friday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “How to Create a Documentary with Purpose” will take place on the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville.

Using hands-on experiences, short film screenings and lecture format, Cooper will guide participants through the process of transforming true stories into compelling documentaries, from refining an initial idea to editing the final cut. Topics to be covered include planning and funding a project, formulating a topic in creative ways to engage an audience, using technological and creative tools to capture and edit moving images, and gathering visual elements to support the narrative with purpose and integrity. Participants will have the chance to gain experience using camera and audio equipment, recording onsite and interviewing subjects.

Noting the host of new technologies available to novice filmmakers, Cooper hopes to see more people harness the medium to bring stories they are passionate about to the screen. “From social issues, the life of a famous person, or any subject you can imagine,” said Cooper, “these aspiring filmmakers are entering the industry purpose driven.”

Cooper’s recent projects include serving as director, editor and cinematographer on the short film “Mingle,” which was recently screened at the Independent Shorts International Film Festival. He is currently in the final stages of directing and producing the full-length documentary “America’s Darkest Future,” which addresses education accessibility for diverse communities and families.

The workshop is open to PVCC students, faculty, staff and the public. No experience or pre-registration is required.

The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive. For more information, contact the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 or boxoffice@pvcc.edu. A full list of PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance events is available online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.