Terryberrry group a followup to summer cell phone film festival
By Gord Bowes, News staff
The next Spielberg or Scorsese might be learning his or her trade at the Terryberry Library.
Young filmmakers are meeting once a month at the west Mountain library to learn about the art of making movies.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, get kids into filmmaking — inspire them and get them to create their own movies,” says local filmmaker Craig F. Watkins, who is heading up the group.
“It’s very informal. We sit around and chat about movies, different ways of making them, different movies we’ve seen recently.”
The first meeting of the Terryberry Film Club, for tweens and teens age 11 and up, was held in September. The club will meet on the fourth Monday of every month. The next meeting is Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.
Watkins got involved with the library during its Human Library night and returned to help with Terryberry’s Cell Phone Film Festival over the summer. Following the success of the contest and the interest participants showed in the film industry, librarian Melanie Olds asked Watkins about forming the film club.
“He is very passionate about mentorship,” said Olds.
Entries from the summer cell phone festival will be shown at the Hamilton Film Festival on Nov. 9. Watkins’ film “The Store” is being screened the first night of the festival.
“The Store” earned some notoriety during filming in the spring of 2012 when a passerby mistook a scene at a Mount Hope convenience store for an actual robbery and Hamilton police tactical officers responded.
Watkins studied filmmaking at Mohawk and Sheridan.
He notes things have changed in the world of visual storytelling even since he graduated in 2009, with digital cameras becoming cheaper and smartphones that can shoot and cut a movie.
“It’s been awesome to see kids that are so young put a movie together,” he says. “When I was that age that was all I wanted to do, but the technology just wasn’t there.”
The students are even giving the teacher some lessons, says Watkins.
“They show me ways that I can’t even keep up. It’s almost like a learning experience for me, too.”
Terryberry Library is located at 100 Mohawk Rd. West. Members do not need to own their own equipment.; for more information about the film club, call 905-546-3921.