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Lakota Country Times: 'Reel Jobs' school nurtures Lakota talent

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The Reel Jobs Film School is a joint training project between USDA Rural Development and the Cloud Horse Art Institute. Is intended to help develop the skills of aspiring Lakota who want to find work in the film industry. Courtesy photo

Film School Continues In Kyle
By Brandon Ecoffey
Lakota Country Times Editor

KYLE -- Lakota Country has more than its fair share of talented artists. The difficulty is finding the proper outlet for them to display their talents. In Kyle an effort to create more homegrown filmmakers continues to evolve.

"We want this school to help build the film industry in Indian Country, the folks that are coming to share their insights and skills make this the best film school star you’ll find anywhere. We want folks from the whole region who are serious about real knowledge of this industry to commit to this once a month training! Growing diversity in film content and more Native American movies must start with creating more Native American Producers, and Writers," said Mark St. Pierre of Reel Jobs.

The Reel Jobs Film School is a joint training project between USDA Rural Development and the Cloud Horse Art Institute. Is intended to help develop the skills of aspiring Lakota who want to find work in the film industry. Since its initial opening the school has grown leaps and bounds.

"Since acquisition, we have had open mike and theatrical activities. We have removed the original ceiling above the stage and added both digital and incandescent lighting with dimmers and computerized control panel. We now have a stage that is 14x22.5 feet. Through grant funds Reel Jobs Film School utilizes state of the art technology. Reel Jobs is using a 4000 Line Per Inch Cinematic Camera and lenses, two quadcopters one slow the other high speed, lighting, and sound capture. The goal is to put the knowledge of how to use these tools into the hands of local aspiring film makers," said the institute.

Now with movement up going in the right direction Cloud Horse will bring in acclaimed actor Shannon Wray to help instruct students.

Ms. Wray has a broad background in many forms of media. She began her career in the music industry in Los Angeles, first as a performer and then as an artists’ manager and agent. After identifying a need for a comprehensive program guide for cable television systems in the U.S. she created and published the highest circulation guide in the U.S. with one of North America’s premier magazine publishers. A multi-year career in book marketing and publishing took her to New York, London, and Toronto.

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The school is open to any and all individuals who have an interest in film creation. The purpose of this workshop is to offer an opportunity to generate ideas, learn how to test them as viable concepts for media production, and to work through the steps that will take an idea from conception to completion in various forms, such as commercials and PSAs, web series, short film, or episodic television.

This three-day experience is intended to give a high level overview of production and to develop an understanding of the process. If you are interested in attending the school please call 605-890-6280 or 605-840-9246 for information or to acquire an application.

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