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“Introduction to Film Series” Back at Art in the Loft

A seven week course on learning how to make and produce film, the Introduction to Film Series is back at Art in the Loft for another year.

Taught by Zach Irving and Kara Bauer–LeMonds, the class is for anyone who wants to learn more about what it takes to produce film.

“There’s a lot of things that you might not think of until you get into the meat of actually making a film,” said Zach Irving, one of the instructors of the class. “You might not have a location that works, you might not have a time of day that works, your actors might not be great at what they’re doing and stuff, so how do you get around that? You tell a story and convey it to people.”

Irving and Bauer–LeMonds share a passion for film, and are excited to pass it down to those who are excited to learn.

“You forget that the actual art of making any kind of media in the film medium is collaborative, and it’s a bunch of really creative, interesting people, and we’re doing this on such an accessible and small scale, that it reminds you back of your indie film days where you’re running around helping your friends make their projects,” said LeMonds.

LeMonds is from Alpena and got her start in her film career in Chicago. She spent many years there before moving back to Alpena, which she says is a magical place.

“I’m actually in awe of the degree of people who are here with tons of creativity and we work really well together,” she said. “There’s a rather irreverent group of creatives that run around in these parts, and so it wasn’t daunting to think that there would be people out there that would enjoy something like this.”

The hope is that people enjoy what they’re doing, enough that they can make the class even bigger.

“We hope that everyone has fun with it, and we hope to grow these classes into a segment two, and also offer smaller that are more focused on editing, or lighting, or cinematography, or even shooting with your phone,” said Irving. “So in the future, we would like to grow this even bigger. So that’s what we want to get out of it.”

The students will share the film they created over the seven weeks in the final class.