From concept to preimere

Directing, shooting, editing—CCBC Fine and Performing Arts student Carl Olympio is passionate about it all

So imagine what a thrill it was for him to participate in the intensive B&H Filmmakers Master Class —a four-day, hands-on workshop in which budding filmmakers work with well-known directors from around the world.

“I heard there were nearly 800 applicants and only 64 were selected,” said Olympio. “I was so excited. It was an honor to be chosen.”

Classes were held at the New York Film Academy, where Olympio was paired with Austrian filmmaker Nino Leitner, best known for his documentaries. With the students divided into teams, the real work began. Olympio’s team was charged with producing a 10-minute documentary about a non-profit organization.

“It was great,” said Olympio. “We scouted the location, shot lots of footage, did the editing and even scored the final piece. Nino Lietner was there to teach and guide us every step of the way.”

At the end of the workshop, students showcased their final films at the Lowes Theatre in New York with an audience that included the filmmakers’ families and friends.

“I learned so much while I was there,” said Olympio. “On the technical side, I learned the importance of good audio and proper camera angles. From a personal perspective, it was great having access to prominent filmmakers. The experience was invaluable. I learned so much within four days. It was amazing!”

Olympio is scheduled to graduate from CCBC in spring 2016. Although undecided on his next steps, he is considering several options, including the New York Film Academy and MICA.

“I have finally found my passion,” said Olympio. “I love everything that relates to film.”

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