NORFOLK, Va. - A new film institute at Norfolk State University established by actor and director Tim Reid kicks off June 18 with a three-week workshop.
Reid and Norfolk State President Tony Atwater signed an agreement Tuesday allowing Reid's Legacy Media Institute to conduct filmmaking workshops at the school, The Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/LwsMiB) reported.
"Think the early days of the Sundance Film Festival, and that's where we want to be today," Reid told a group of supporters at the university.
Reid said the institute's challenge will be showing students "how to make good movies" as well as providing technical training.
"In this age, students know how to make digital movies," said Reid, a Norfolk native and a 1968 Norfolk State graduate. "What they haven't been exposed to is the competitive nature of the business, as well as all its legal aspects. That's what an institute could do, and it is a pleasure to have it anchored at Norfolk State."
Reid will head the first workshop, in which film professionals will help 12 students make a short film.
"This is the perfect merging of academic training and practical experience," Atwater said.
Reid and his wife, Daphne Maxwell Reid, founded Virginia's first full-service film studio, New Millenium Studios, in Petersburg in 1997. He has been working to bring the film industry to Virginia and he cited Steven Speilburg's "Lincoln" as an example of what could be done. The movie was recently filmed in and around Richmond.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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