Filmmaking

Directing Tennessee’s Future Filmmakers Filmmaking students are introduced to both the theory and technical aspects of filmmaking. Through lectures, films and hand-on experiences, students will learn the three aspects of filmmaking: pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will be taught all aspects of camera, lighting and grip equipment, sound equipment and editing software.

What Students Will Learn: – the process of brainstorming to come up with their final story – to write the script – to line the script – to breakdown the script – to schedule the shoot – to find actors and location – to shoot the film Each student will fulfill a crucial crew position on the set and using the same protocol as is conducted in Hollywood studios. Student projects will include Self-portrait, Process, and a 5-10 minute Narrative Short as the final project which will be submitted to the Nashville Film Festival.

Filmmaking Chair

John Ashworth

Ashworth is the filmmaking and Visual Arts Chairman for the Governor’s School for the Arts. In past years, he has taught Graphic Design and Computer Art in the program and was the Visual Arts Production Coordinator before becoming the chairman. Currently the computer art instructor in Middle Tennessee State University’s art department, he brings a unique fine arts studio perspective to the use of computer technology in the visual arts. Having taught gifted students on secondary and college levels offers Mr. Ashworth a wide perspective on expectations and approaches for working with the talented students in the Governor’s School program. Mr. Ashworth’s experiences as a producing artist include solo exhibitions, commissioned paintings, portraiture, graphic design and illustration.  


Sam Dalton

Filmmaking Faculty

Sam Dalton is an accomplished Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy, a two-time national Telly, and a Parent’s Choice award-winning television and... read more

Sam Dalton

Filmmaking Faculty

Sam Dalton is an accomplished Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy, a two-time national Telly, and a Parent’s Choice award-winning television and motion picture actor, writer, director, producer and television and print journalist with over 35-years of hands-on experience in all phases of the entertainment and communications media, on both sides of a camera.

His motion picture and television acting credits include the original Paramount motion picture “Footloose”, the NBC Daytime Series Santa Barbara, a costarring role on the NBC Prime-Time Series Mancuso FBI and numerous other appearances.

For the past three years, Sam has served as an instructor and as a Visiting Assistant Professor-Film at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville where he teaches a rotating series of required and special topics college curriculum courses including “The Fundamentals of Production”, “Production II Filmmaking”, “The Business of the Biz”, “Documentary Production”, “Mastering The Art of Pitching”, and “Mastering The Art of Movie Trailers”. He also teaches the Watkins summer three-week Pre-College High School Film Track Program.

Spenser Fritz

Filmmaking Faculty

Spenser Fritz graduated with his B.F.A. in Screenwriting and Directing from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. Shortly after... read more

Spenser Fritz

Filmmaking Faculty

Spenser Fritz graduated with his B.F.A. in Screenwriting and Directing from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. Shortly after he started his own production company, Boun Pane Pictures. He has written, directed and edited many award winning short films such as “Weight,” “Murderererer,” and most recently “Rock Hunter in 3D.” Spenser has also won awards in time-based festivals like the 48 Hour Film Project in Nashville and the 24 Hour Film Festival in Knoxville.

While Spenser’s main focus is narrative film making, he has also directed, shot and edited a variety of music videos, documentaries, and promotional videos. Throughout his career he has been involved with nearly every aspect of film making. In 2010 he was the sound recordist for the award winning film “Nickel Children” and most recently was the script supervisor for the upcoming film “10 Seconds.” He is currently in pre-production on Boun Pane Pictures’ next project, a comedy TV pilot set to debut in late 2011.    

Amanda Dillingham

Film Production Teacher

Nashville based artist Amanda Dillingham graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from Watkins College of Art & Design in... read more

Amanda Dillingham

Film Production Teacher

Nashville based artist Amanda Dillingham graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from Watkins College of Art & Design in 2005 and with an MFA in Studio Art from Vermont College of Fine Art in Montpelier, Vermont in 2008. Amanda works in a variety of media including drawing, video, sculpture, and installation with issues linked to feminine identity, rituals, body image and the Skin Ego. She recognizes the importance of a research-based studio process, making writing and reading integral the process of creating.

Amanda’s growth as an artist has benefitted from mentorships with established artists such as Faith Wilding, Judy Chicago, Jeanne Dunning and William Pope L. Amanda has exhibited and curated shows across Tennessee, as well as exhibiting nationally in cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia and New York City. Most recently, Amanda was the gallery curator at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN and currently is an adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University and David Lipscomb University.

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Filmmaking

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