A group of graduates from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts learned through the experience of making their first movie that teamwork, above all else, might be the most important piece of filmmaking.

While making their debut feature “The Arbors,” the UNCSA alumni went far beyond merely writing a script, shooting it and editing it. They did everything from raising money to finding locations, with many of the crew already working in full-time jobs. The fledgling filmmakers said they relied on the advice of UNCSA faculty to understand what they needed to do in order to get the project made.

“It’s pretty much everybody doing all the jobs,” said Clayton Witmer, the film’s director and co-writer. “Half of the crew has full-time jobs while we’re trying to make this, so it’s working around those full-time schedules and everyone pulling late nights.”

The filmmakers want to have the production wrapped by the end of August. They hope that if the film is successful, it will lead to future opportunities to work together.

To learn more about the production, visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thearborsmovie, and to see a teaser clip from the film, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YNqjeaQufo&feature=youtu.be

 

UNC School of the Arts

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