MIDNIGHT THEATRE: PRODUCING A LIVE VARIETY SHOWKenneth Thomas3 sessions >> Friday–Sunday, August 3–511am–3pm, Studio 8, $195No prerequisite.
Have you ever wanted to feel the thrill of live television production? Inspired by old cable TV shows like New Wave Theatre and the early, more absurdist episodes of Late Night with David Letterman / Conan O’Brien, this class will teach you how to be a part of a live TV crew, with the result being a live webcast of an alternative variety show called Midnight Theatre. Early cable TV and late night programming was once fresh, chaotic, and fun—this class will produce a variety show in the spirit of the days before the late-night formula was developed, when chances could be taken to “wow” an unsuspecting late-night viewer that turned on the TV.
Kenneth Thomas is an artist and filmmaker, operating under the moniker of The Scourge Productions. Starting in the world of live television as a news director for CBS, he has spent the last ten years in the world of documentaries; producing, directing, and editing several music docs about various sub-genres of heavy metal music. His documentary, Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century, has screened in over 20 film and music festivals on every continent (except Antarctica), and is currently being independently distributed. Kenneth’s previous works have included directing music videos, producing EPK’s and filming for Queens of the Stone Age, X, Neurosis, Yanni, Isis (the band), Bruce LaBruce, The Residents, The Chameleons UK, Pelican, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, and many other artists. He is currently in post-production on his feature-length documentary about the revered SF-based record store, Aquarius Records.
Most recently, he has expanded his scope into two additional areas: producing and hosting a web series about the eccentricities of craft beer makers, and creating 16mm photography for larger-than-life light boxes, focusing on themes of dystopian landscapes. He completed his MFA at San Francisco Art Institute in May 2012.
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