Intensive Arts is a two-week period during which the students participate in specialized activities focusing on aspects of filmmaking that may not be covered in the normal curriculum. In honor of the School of Filmmaking 10th anniversary, the school brought back alumni from the past seven graduating classes for Intensive Arts.
Alumni who returned for this event conducted workshops and panel discussions focusing on the “real world” of the filmmaking industry. They spoke about the experiences, challenges, and rewards of their profession.
Intensive Arts also included a screening of TWO SOLDIERS, a short film directed by cinematographer Aaron Schneider, A.S.C., shot in and around Winston-Salem during Intensive Arts 2001 with a crew composed of many current and former School of Filmmaking students. TWO SOLDIERS was art directed and set decorated by production design faculty member Burton Rencher, and co-produced by former producing faculty member Betsy Pollock and Assistant to the Dean Kate Miller. TWO SOLDIERS premiered on Sept. 20, 2003, at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and won for Best Narrative Short over 15 minutes.
Other activities during Intensive Arts included resume and job interview workshops, a Script Fair, lighting workshops, production sound workshops, and a Project Greenlight workshop.