A Touch of Hollywood in Mid-Missouri
"I think it's vital that women, who are vastly under-represented in the ranks of American directors, get a chance to come to a place where it's their world and they get to tell the stories they want to tell," said artistic director Ken Lazebnik.
Students start their lessons in the classroom, then take what they've learned to a working set on campus. They will spend two weeks making a pilot for a new TV series.
Stephens brought in people from all parts of the film industry, to show students their many possibilities.
"You think that there's a director and there's an actor, that those are the only two jobs that exist, but there's so many out there," said student Sarah Whorton. "And if you can find something that you really enjoy, then it really can open up a different world for you."