COPA SHORTS FILM FEST 2019 brought some amazing films to an
avid, interested audience.

On Saturday, February 23, a series of three workshops (free)
gave new filmmakers insights into skills and concepts to enhance their filmmaking.
All Saturday workshops were presented at Maricopa High School’s Black Box
Theater. Maricopa DECA and National Honor Society members volunteered and
helped run the events all weekend! Facility Manager Kevin Piquette was
instrumental in smoothing out technology and arrangements on a very challenging
weather-plagued day. (Hail and freezing conditions in Maricopa, Arizona!!)

We thank our professional filmmakers who provided this
exciting content!


Ben Juhl, Dirt Capsule Films, served as moderator for a
panel including:

Jason Ryan

Melissa Oldham

Kevin R Phipps

Approaches to finding necessary funding were offered
including ways to present to funders.

Those attending were riveted! 


Makeup artist extraordinaire Aeni Domme discussed
considerations for makeup and what it is like dealing with actors. Then, she
used student filmmaker Kaden Rogers as her model to demonstrate techniques.
Domme showed: creating a neutral face without blushing, then in succession, a
tired face; a haggard, ill face; and a series of bruises, cuts, and scars.


Experienced director and actor Kevin R Phipps took the
audience through ways to make on set relationships work smoothly. 

In the afternoon, student films were presented at Maricopa
High School Performing Arts Center. 

Attendees were amazed at the quality and energy of the
student films!

Awards for student filmmakers were announced, along with
some special awards.