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Script to Screen: A One Day Film Intensive

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, in collaboration with the Performing & Fine Arts and Communications Departments of Fayetteville State University and the Fayetteville Cumberland Youth Council of Fayetteville Cumberland Parks & Recreation, are pleased to offer eight Cumberland County high school students** and seven Fayetteville State University students an opportunity to participate in a free one day film intensive.

The purpose of Script to Screen is to provide students who are exploring a career in the film industry an opportunity to experience the many facets of film production under the guidance of a professional active in the industry. In this one-day film production intensive with noted writer, producer and director Jamel "Mel City" Thornton, students in grades 9-12 will learn theory and application in six key areas of film production:

          • Development and scriptwriting
          • Pre-production
          • Production
          • Wrap
          • Post-Production
          • Pitch and shopping distribution

Student participants will also receive a free ticket to True to Yourself (see sidebar for more information) and a meet and greet with Tichina Arnold and Winsome Sinclair, CSA thanks to our youth ticket partner The Links., Inc.   

**Students were selected through an application process which closed January 16th, 2018.

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            When: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 (if selected, applicant must be able to attend on this day)
            Where: Campus of Fayetteville State University
            Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Mel City
Mel City got his start in the industry on Spike Lee’s infamous He Got Game. His extensive resume includes work on OX’s hit television series New York Undercover; Belly; countless music videos for artists such as DMX, The Lox, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Janet Jackson. Mel City has also worked with highly sought after directors like Chris Robinson, Director X (formerly Little X), Dave Myers and Benny Boom and is currently producing FLINT 6, a fictional-biopic which confronts the Flint Water Crisis head on. An Army veteran, Mel City holds a B.S. in Communication Arts & Mass Communication from St. John’s University, attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Houston, Texas) and is currently studying for the New York Uniform Bar Exam.


  • Open to any 9-12th grade Cumberland County Resident
  • Entries are limited to individuals only. Group submissions are not eligible.

NEW: Only the Written Application is Required

Make sure to respond to both questions in the written portion of the application.

1. Why is film important to you? (maximum 500 words)

2. What areas are you interested in and why? (maximum 500 words). Choose from the following

All areas of the application must be completed and signed by the applicant and parent/guardian to be considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • Development and Script Writing
  • ​Pre-Production includes
    • Budgeting
    • Script Breakdown
    • Casting
    • Crewing
    • Scouting
    • Tech
    • Tests
  • Production
  • Wrap
  • Post-Production
    • Edit
    • SFX
    • VFX
    • Music 
    • Sound
  • Pitch and shopping distribution

A panel reviewed all eligible applications. The Panel consisted of volunteers with professional experience in the arts and film/videography, and members of the Fayetteville Cumberland Youth Council. At least one member of the Panel was be an Arts Council staff member.

The written application and video were the applicant’s opportunity to present their best case for selection. The panel made selection recommendations based solely on the information provided by the applicant.

Please note – it is understood that not every applicant will be proficient in every evaluation criteria. The purpose of the project is to provide a learning experience with a working professional. Each application was evaluated on an overall impression of the applicant’s strengths in the following areas:

Content objective: planning and flow
Ideal applicants will:

  • Follow the Guidelines
  • Answer questions in the order they are presented
  • Include only relevant content that relates to the provided questions

Creativity/Artistic Merit 
Ideal applicants will:

  • Provide thoughtful and original responses to the provided questions
  • Display connections between the applicant and the content of the program
  • If special effects are used, they are relevant to the core message of the application

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The panel will meet the week of January 15, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their status by Jan. 22.

If you have any questions about your about these guidelines, we encourage you to contact Adrienne Trego, Education and Outreach Director,, 910-323-1776 ext. 228.