Action!: Young Film Fans Wanted

Assistant Professor Josh Overbay
Assistant Professor Josh Overbay

WILMORE, Ky. — As part of the growing-up process, teen-agers often find themselves questioning who they are and what they believe. To Josh Overbay, an assistant professor in Asbury University’s Media Communication Department, that’s a perfect match for the University’s new Center for Communication Arts and its built-in film sets and latest visual storytelling equipment.

Overbay — and Isaac Pletcher, an adjunct professor in the Media Communication Department — look to tie those things together as they lead a three-day film camp on the Asbury campus in July. They look to give students (seventh through 12th grades) the opportunity to build essential media and storytelling skills with lessons on writing, directing, producing and editing films.

“Art has always been a means for humans to express and understand themselves, particularly when in a great deal of inner conflict,” Overbay said. “This is why teen-agers bring such passion and immediacy to their art. Though it may not be the best technically, it is often the most artistic and honest. We hope to push students in this direction by equipping them with the tools to tell true stories through the film medium.”

Adjunct Professor Isaac Pletcher
Adjunct Professor Isaac Pletcher

Overbay has directed 13 films and won 22 cinema awards, and his film “Transposition” was a national finalist for a student Academy Award. Pletcher has more than 30 credits for directing, producing and directing photography, and he has won more than 25 awards for his work. Their real-world experience combines with graduate-level training from Regent University to enable them to offer campers a solid foundation for filmmaking.

“I want them to grasp the technical and theoretical foundations of filmmaking,” Overbay said. “Moreover, I hope they understand that stories are a means for communicating truth, and this truth must come from the honesty in which they operate while telling their own stories.”

Film camp will take place July 13-15. Contact Valarie McKinney at (859) 858-3511, ext. 2374, or valarie.mckinney@asbury.edu for more information or to register.

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