Students train with filmmaker

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2007

University of Montevallo theater students will get to &8220;talk shop&8221; with filmmaker and UM alum Cameron Watson when he visits the campus this Friday.

Watson, who lives in Hollywood, will talk with all theater majors about the film industry during a morning lecture. That afternoon he will lead an acting-on-camera workshop for advanced students.

The day&8217;s events will culminate in a screening for Watson&8217;s award-winning film &8220;Our Very Own&8221; at 7:30 p.m. in Comer Hall Auditorium. The movie won last years&8217; Grand Prize at the Bluegrass Independent Film Festival in LaGrange, Ky.

&8220;We are very fortunate to have an artist with Cameron&8217;s range of professional experience work with our students,&8221; said theater professor David Callaghan.

Watson received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Montevallo in 1983. While at UM, Watson was an active theater major.

Since then, he has gone on to work in theater, film and television.

Watson&8217;s television career was launched when he was cast as Bart Fallmont in the now infamous mini-series &8220;Dynasty &045;&045; The Reunion.&8221; Other memorable TV appearances include: &8220;NYPD Blue,&8221; &8220;Six Feet Under,&8221; &8220;Frasier,&8221; &8220;Caroline in the City,&8221; &8220;Wings,&8221; and &8220;Cheers&8221; among many others.

He has also appeared in several films, most notably &8220;Vanilla Sky.&8221;