Our Story A lot has happened in Charlotte and the neighboring communities. ThunderRock Film Festival™ lays the groundwork of empowering our scholars to take an active role in capturing discussions past and present in vogue and bringing it to the silver screen. ThunderRock Film Festival™ seeks to empower and promote independent student film makers at Thunderbird Preparatory Academy. Our shared vision of diversity, appreciation, and passion for film making allows our scholars the avenue to look at the larger world through a critical lens while presenting a vision for viewers to make an informed decision. We seek to distinguish the cultural richness of film and screen writing while encouraging our scholar to think outside the box and embrace their uniqueness through storytelling and an artistic lens.
Our World of 24/7 Media We see this medium as a special type of storytelling that explores factual stories and issues using film or video to expand the boundaries between fact, fiction, and opinion. Being a critical viewer in our world of 24/7 media, and understanding how messages and stories are interrelated will allow our scholars the means of understanding the dangers of a single story while designing a rich platform which informs and excites, all the while educating the neighboring and larger community in which we reside. We Offer ThunderRock Film Festival™ offers in-person dialog with filmmakers, providing audiences, artists, and community with meaningful opportunities to network, interact and engage with the most compelling independent scholar-artists at Thunderbird Preparatory Academy. The Festival is a chance to celebrate and discover new voices, experience the art of filmmaking, as well as to explore TV, web series and alternative media. The primary mission of ThunderRock Film Festival™ is to introduce the art of storytelling through a lens and have fun doing it.
ThunderRock’s Film Festival™ signature programs include the Filmmaker In-The-Know, Chocolate Talks, Master Classes, Screenings, Awards and more. The Festival will premiere features and short films created by rising independent student filmmakers at Thunderbird Preparatory Academy.
Creating positive social change through storytelling, design & media
Giving a voice to the misrepresented or underrepresented
Helping to heal an ailing community
Building Community, Inclusion & Equity
Jurors Jurors for the 2017 Premier ThunderRock Film Festival™ are now being selected.
ThunderRock Film Festival Schedule of Events 2017 We are gearing up for ThunderRock Film Festival™ 2017 film festival. Stay tuned for meeting dates/times.
ThunderRock Film Festival MAY 5th 2017 Overview – General Ideas WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND - DIRECTORS MEET AND GREET
Overall goal of film festival
Deliverables—deadlines and trailer
Roles of positions
Checklist for directors
How to begin script (Formatting etc.)
Realistic goals/focus for student filmmakers
In this session we will focus on the basics:
Dates of Film Festival; Timelines; Deliverables; How to Begin. Technology/Apps will be at the discretion of the director
10 STEPS to movie making
Takeaways: The major players in making a film and requirements of specific positions. Role of director/producer/actors etc. and the role of the crew. For next meeting: Concept; outline of script (bare bones); title THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH - Film 101 Pt. I
Script - Take concept and discuss writing script
How many actors? Look like?
Importance of details in script
Storyboard – importance and what it is
Location – where are you going to film?
Actors – Hiring friends/rehearsal time/time to film. What to expect of your actors.
Takeaways: Students will learn more of writing/formatting script (including tweaking ideas); general idea of storyboard; location and importance of; basic acting techniques for better performances. For next meeting: Students should have at least general outline of script to storyboard. Scripts /rehearsal schedule / shooting schedule/cast /crew /breakdowns of scenes for storyboards
THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD - DIRECTOR MEET AND GREET
Checking in – Questions? - Gone wrong?
Review: Scripts / scene breakdowns for storyboards/rehearsal schedule/shooting schedule/cast / crew
Tag Line – creating
Getting ready to go FILM!
Discussion of location, props, importance of rehearsal
Takeaways: Students will learn the importance of a storyboard and see their own films more clearly. Filming tips. For next meeting: Tag line for promotion, ideas for creating eye catching movie poster, any thoughts if filming has begun
THURSDAY, MARCH 30th - Marketing 101 Pt. II
Create movie poster board to promote around school
Editing—Discuss, importance of
Any questions/ progress of films
Importance of trailer
Takeaways: Students will learn marketing skills with tag lines and posters. Learn importance of trailer and start generating ideas. For next meeting: Ideas for trailer THURSDAY, APRIL 6TH
Discussion of importance
Brainstorming as a group
Students should have majority of filming completed and begin editing
Takeaways: Students will learn importance of trailers and how they are used for marketing. Ideas to strengthen trailers. Due APRIL 20th: Trailer uploaded by 7 pm (No Exceptions) SPRING BREAK APRIL 10-17TH
THURSDAY APRIL 20TH BY 7 PM - TRAILER DUE
UPLOADED TO YOUTUBE – SEND LINK
APRIL 27TH Marketing 101 Pt. II Social Media
View trailers etc.
Films should be edited
Title and Credits
Further discussion on promotion
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER for festival May 5th
Prep for Q and A
Takeaways: Students will learn from watching trailers more tips for marketing. How to promote with family/friends. For next meeting: General idea of answers for Q & A on May 5th. Title and credits added to films.
MAY 4th -- Film 101 Pt. II MAY 4TH
Run through of festival
Last minute issues
FRIDAY, MAY 5TH -- FILM FESTIVAL
ThunderRock Film Festival Opening Date (Tentative subject to change)
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Volunteer Opportunities with the Atlanta Film Society ThunderRock Film Festival™ needs outgoing and enthusiastic volunteers to make this initiative successful. Volunteering for ThunderRock Film Festival™ is about helping a wonderful selection of films and artists to share their stories here at Thunderbird. However, the real benefits of volunteering aren’t things, or even films—they are the experiences you have and the people you meet.
What volunteer positions are available?
Greeters: Will welcome patrons and provide directions to where they need to go.
Line Attendants/Scanners: Responsibilities may include organizing guests into appropriate lines or scanning guests’ tickets.
Box Office & Registration Agents: Will aid guests with accurate event information and assist them in purchasing tickets.
Theater Attendants: Will be stationed outside of the theater doors to mark tickets for patrons and click in any passes on the clicker.
Ushers/Ballot Collectors: Will be stationed inside the theater assisting guests to their correct seats. Ushers/Ballot Collectors will also be responsible for giving out and collecting ballots at the beginning and end of each film.
Special Events: Tasks will include set up, break down, clean up & maintenance during & after our special events.
Volunteer positions are subject to change, so please be flexible!
Volunteer Benefits? ONE FREE screening voucher (Buddy Pass) for select film and seminars for each shift you work. Each shift is around 4-4.5 hours. For more information about Corporate Volunteer Teams, use our contact form by CLICKING HERE.