Oscar-winning KU Professor to Host Filmmaking Master Class

This July, aspiring filmmakers can learn firsthand the methods and tools used by a successful writer-director to craft award-winning films. Taught by Kevin Willmott — a KU professor of film & media studies who won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for 2019’s “BlacKkKansman” — these master class sessions will delve into Willmott’s creative process, from a film’s first-draft script to its final cut.

Willmott will draw from his decades long career in filmmaking, which began with low-budget cult favorites like “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America” and continues today with major studio productions like “Da 5 Bloods” and “The 24th.” Along the way, attendees will learn how to structure their narratives, making film-defining decisions, and overcome common production obstacles. Willmott will also walk through the nuts and bolts of pursuing a career in the film industry.

Registration for the three-day master class is $149. Sessions will meet online via Zoom from 9 a.m. to noon July 21 and 22 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23. Register for the class here.

Photo: Kevin Willmott, KU professor of film & media studies. Credit: KU Marketing