Know a budding Steven Spielberg? Want to help K-12 students prepare for success in filmmaking, television, and other media arts?

The gathering of several hundred scholars and practitioners at the 2005 University Film and Video Association (UFVA) conference in Chicago, Aug. 1-6, was just the place to stock up on wise counsel, but some of the suggestions might surprise you.

"Make sure your prospective filmmakers study literature," advised Bruce Sheridan, the New Zealand director, producer, and writer who now heads the film and video department at the prestigious


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