“On June 24, I had the privilege to be inside the Nashville Film Institute building, and watched them film a scene. There was only a limited number of invitees to the film set, so I got a more personal look at what went into creating a movie. The way they filmed this scene was new to me. It shocked me to see how they used DSLR video cameras for this particular scene. However it made sense in the end because the camera was very easy to maneuver around, and was easier to set up. Through this shoot I learned how to properly slate a movie, how to create better lighting, how to deliver lines in a scene, and how to rehearse the scene.
I was able to talk with the cast and crew about filming this scene. I also hung out with some of the students who were alumnus, and even an attending student around the NFI building. One big surprise for me was that I met with Tommy Wooldridge, the guy who has recently been so popular with his “Blink 182 pick up lines” video. I didn’t know he was a graduate of the Nashville Film Institute and joined the school soon after graduating high school . One of the students even showed me some of his projects from the school which was a silent film. I also got a chance to show the guys the work I’ve created.
I also got to talk with Prema Thiagarajah, the CEO of NFI and she recommended me an internship on the Steve Jobs movie, where a NFI graduate is working for!! Sadly, I had to turn this opportunity down because I still have one more year of High School left.
As a rising filmmaker with a dream of being in the film industry, to be on a filmset is pretty awesome for me. Thank You so much Nashville Film Institute for inviting me to this event, and I can’t wait to be invited back again.”
Tommy Golden says of the decision to work with NFI Students, “It was a no brainer for me of course! I am a successful graduate of NFI and have 100 percent faith in the school. The students are true professionals and hard workers! Currently in class 0212 there are some really bright and shining upcoming stars, this is what we want to showcase.
When I was a student at NFI I was given the chance to work on a very small film, so I want to give back to the. I want to give the students that are very soon to graduate a chance to have a demo reel like no other when they graduate. Peace Out!”
Joint VA/DOL Program Launches to Retrain 99,000 Unemployed Veterans
Online Site Opens May 15 for Veterans to Apply for Education Benefits
WASHINGTON – Starting May 15, unemployed Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 can now apply for new benefits to cover education costs for up to one year through a joint Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor (DOL) program that focuses on retraining 99,000 Veterans for high-demand jobs.
“This important tool will help those who served our country receive the education and training they need to find meaningful employment in a high-demand field,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Veterans are disciplined, hardworking, goal-oriented team members who can play a vital role in helping businesses and the economy grow.”
You might remember Rahul Ajmera from a short while ago as the winner of the first ever NFI Get Your Shorts On! short film festival. He recently contacted us here at Nashville Film Institute with the below film that is a great way to celebrate his college, students and faculty. Quite a project to produce. Check it out:
Tommy Golden a local filmmaker will be setting out to film an on screen film adaptation of the Stephen King’s short story “The Boogeyman”. After getting funding Golden has set out to film in Shelbyville, Tennessee late February.