February 8th, 2016

Teen Film Fest 2016

There’s something big on the horizon for you, Cecil County teens. This year, our beloved Cecilwood film competition has morphed into something new. Don’t worry, the 2016 Teen Film Fest will carry on the tradition of allowing you to share your short film with the world. However, we’ve added a few twists to make the experience even better! You can now shoot and submit your film with a tablet or smartphone. You can also attend two brand-new programs designed to take your footage to the next level. And yes, your submissions will still be shown to the public, and awards will still be given. Sometimes, change is great.
This year, your goal is to create the best Book Trailer. Have you ever read a book and thought it would make an awesome movie? Did you have a picture in your head of the characters, the scenery, or the epic battle sequences? Would you like to turn your ideas into a short film, and freak out with your fellow book nerds? Now’s your chance. And if you’re not sure what it’ll take to achieve amazing results, never fear! We’ve got you covered with a new two-part program: Behind the Scenes.
Professor Brandon Boas will be visiting the Elkton Central Branch to lead the Behind the Scenes programs and help you bring your vision to life. In Part I (February 16th @ 4), he’ll teach you some filmmaking basics to get the ball rolling. Part II (March 15th @ 3:30) is all about helping you edit and polish your footage. With this kind of support anything is possible, so be sure to save the dates and register as soon as you can. Can’t wait to get started? Check out Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts or Digital SLR Video and Filmmaking for Dummies, or take a free Gale course in Screenwriting. You should also head over to the Teen Film Fest page for submission guidelines, deadlines, and FAQ’s. See you at Elkton on May 5th for the screening!
What book will you use for your film?

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March 24th, 2011

Cecilwood: Festival of Short Films

Lights, Camera, Action! We’re gearing up for our second annual Cecilwood: A Festival of Short Films (TM). This is YOUR chance to participate in a local film festival, even if you’re just a beginner. We’re accepting all kinds of short movies, from documentaries to comedies to dramas . All submissions must be less than 5 minutes in length. The festival is split into two age divisions – the teen competition and the adult competition. The first prize for each is a $100 Visa gift card!

If you want to get a leg up on the competition, we have two great programs coming up that can help you improve your film-making skills:

This Saturday, March 26th, Elkton High School librarian Kim Dyer will be leading a workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 on Introduction to Film-making. Bring a bagged lunch and learn the basics of creating a short film. Participants will work in teams and get hands-on practice with Flip cameras provided by the library.

Have questions about how to use your video camera? On Monday, April 4th, Daniel Krukosky from Cecil College will help you Make the Most of Your Video Camera! Bring your own video camera to the library along with the instructional booklet (if available) and Dan will help you advance your skills.

Both programs still have openings, so give us a call at 410-996-5600 ext. 481 and sign up today! Entries for Cecilwood: A Festival of Short Films (TM) are due Monday, May 2nd, 2011 by 8pm. We will show the films and announce the winners at the Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2011. For more info click here. And here are some suggestions for types of films you may want to create…

•    DocumentaryCB057409
•    “Moc”umentary
•    Comedy
•    Drama
•    Romance
•    Public Service Announcement
•    People/Community (“Where I’m From”)
•    Land/Landscape (Environmental)
•    Animation
•    Personal Narrative
•    Experimental

Do you enjoy watching different types of movies or do you stick to a certain genre? Comedies, dramas, romance, documentaries – what’s your favorite?

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