McPherson College was host to a special workshop for 24 McPherson middle school and high school students learning the basics of filmmaking and editing Wednesday.
The Mindfire Academy, based in Wichita, put on the workshop on the MC campus, which included lessons in digital video editing, operating top-of-the-line movie cameras, and making “light paintings” using smartphone screens. This was the first workshop of its kind put on by the Mindfire Academy.
“The kids have been really resourceful, they’re showing real talent,” said Jason Opat, who is in charge of Mindfire Academy. “As long as you have a computer, the talent and the right software, anyone can do it."
Opat is CEO of Integrated Media Group in Wichita, which created the new Mindfire Academy. Integrated Media Group creates the on-set graphics seen in big-budget Hollywood movies, all from Kansas. The company creates the graphics seen on computer screens in full-length movies. Among their credits are “Iron Man,” “Transformers,” and the action thriller “Eagle Eye.”
Mindfire Academy includes instructors from the Integrated Media Group staff and is a venture of Integrated Media Group. The academy offers a master's of fine arts, covering topics, such as 3-D modeling, sound production, digital filmmaking and video game production.
Opat said the workshop works as an introduction to the techniques and equipment used in filmmaking.
“They're getting to see the most expensive cameras out there,” he said. “It lets them know all the functions they should be looking for, even in the most inexpensive of cameras."