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Free Film workshop great success!

Wootton Bassett Arts Festival
12 – 13 November 2011
“Wootton Bassett Arts Festival offers free FILM workshop”

The Wootton Bassett Arts Festival ran a free short film workshop at Wootton Bassett Library on Saturday 6 August for people interested in writing and filming their own short film.

The workshop was run by award winning writer and director David Hawk and his in-depth knowledge of the industry and the filmmaking process was as obvious as his enthusiasm for the topic.  He has written and directed several short films of his own and has just finished writing his first feature length script, Facility 31.

Participants came from Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Cirencester and Reading and ranged in age from 12 to adult.  Illang Gnanasundaram, who took part in the workshop, said “I had read about some of the points that Dave was referring to in textbooks but it is quite different when someone explains it to you practically.  For me, it was like a refresher course that recharged my passion for this hobby.  Dave did a very good job covering all the fundamentals a film should definitely have, to make it a success”.

The Festival would like to thank two local businesses for sponsoring the event with the loan of equipment: Dreambase Studios for supplying audio visual equipment, including their video camera, and In-House Research and Training for supplying additional presentation equipment.

The Wootton Bassett Arts Festival has a new short film class in its syllabus this year.  Short films up to six minutes in length can be entered in the November festival, but the closing date for entries is 30 September.  For more information and to download a syllabus visit or pick up a copy from Brian Taylor Music or Dandelion gift shop in Wootton Bassett High Street.

The Arts Festival is also holding two FREE Creative Writing workshops.  On the evening of 7 September Phil Kirby, a renowned local poet and our adjudicator this year, will focus on developing poetry writing skills.  And on the afternoon of 10 September the attention will move to short story writing.  Both events will take place at Wootton Bassett Library and your place can be booked by emailing

About the Wootton Bassett Arts Festival
The Wootton Bassett Arts Festival is a celebration of artistic talent in and around Wootton Bassett. Classes are offered in Art, Photography, Film, Music, both instrumental and voice, Creative Writing and Speech and Drama. Professional adjudicators have been engaged to offer feedback and present cups and plaques to the winners.  The Festival is affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals.

Additional Information 
Classes include: Film, Jazz, Painting / Drawing, Prose Reading, Piano, Poetry Writing, Photography, Brass, Solo Mime, Short Story Writing, Folk Songs, Solo Acting, Journalism, Public Speaking, Choirs, Verse Speaking, Woodwind, Group Acting, Songs from Shows, Duologue Mime, Television News Reading, 3-D Art, Sacred and Spiritual Songs, Duologue Acting, Strings, Shakespeare Acting, Ensemble, Bible Reading, Choral/Group Speaking, Youth Debating, Modern Pop Songs, Sonnet Writing and Duets

For more information about the Wootton Bassett Arts Festival contact:

Mrs. Miranda Shirnia, Chair
Tel: 01666 824410
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