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Editing with Premiere Pro (11+) 

This hands-on beginner workshop will cover the interface, controls, and features of the industry-standard software Adobe Premiere Pro. Students will learn how to combine video, still images, and music to tell their stories. (Class size: 7 – 11)

Dates: 12/2 and 12/9 (2 weeks, Sundays)
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Total Cost: $125 / Members: $113

Instructor: Mark Stetson

Podcast like a Pro II: Practicum

Develop and produce your own Podcast in Montclair Film’s state of the art Storytelling studio! This practicum builds on the basics you learned in our introductory class, Podcast like a Pro I, enabling students to leverage the skills they’ve acquired there to pitch, produce, and publish their own shows. Under the guidance of our guest instructor Frank Hablawi, students will produce their own professional Podcasts. Included in the workshop cost is studio time between classes to record your personal material to develop in class. Upon completion of this workshop, students should have 1 – 3 completed episodes of their podcast! Podcast Like a Pro I or special permission is required. (Class size: 8 – 10)

Dates: 11/20 – 12/11 (4 weeks, Tuesdays)
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $325 / Members: $293 (Includes 3 hours of Studio time outside of class)

Instructor: Frank Hablawi

Voiceover – Closed
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Voiceover is everywhere! In addition to learning about the multi-faceted voiceover industry, in this class we will explore what makes voiceover performances compelling and will begin developing the tools necessary to execute them. Topics will include script analysis and interpretation, inflection, pacing, context, vocal quality and finding your signature sound. Students will get to perform both commercial and narration copy in a classroom setting as well as in the studio.

Dates: 10/17 – 11/14 (No Class 10/31) (4 weeks, Wednesday)
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $240 / Members: $216

Instructor: Claudine Ohayon

Going Viral: Secrets to Success!

In this unique workshop, you will learn trade secrets to making online videos and other content go viral. There is a viral blueprint, and you will be privy to key elements that go into building viral success. The class will cover the ideation process for developing viral ideas, the art of viral storytelling and marketing, the do’s and don’ts of viral content design and production, a micro workshop to develop or enhance your own viral concepts with a professional evaluation, viral editing tips, as well as media promotional strategies and tactics to generate earned media coverage vs. paid. In today’s crowded content landscape, the biggest challenge is generating awareness for your content or brand. Don’t miss this limited opportunity to give yourself the viral edge.

Dates: 11/1 and 11/8 (2 weeks, Thursday)
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $150 / Members $135

Instructor: James Percelay

Podcast like a Pro I (15+)

From Radiolab to The Adventure Zone, podcasting has changed the face of our modern media landscape. This hands-on course will give you the background and technical skills to begin developing and producing your very own show in the Montclair Film Storytelling Studio! Learn mic technique, mixing, post-production, and what makes for an interesting podcast from our guest instructor, Frank Hablawi of Upon completion of this course, you will be certified to rent Montclair Film’s state of the art storytelling studio at a discounted rate for your personal podcasts! (Class size 7 – 12)

Dates: 10/16 – 11/6 (4 weeks, Tuesdays)
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $250 / Members: $225

Instructor: Frank Hablawi

Editing with Premiere Pro I (15+) – Closed
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This hands-on beginner workshop will cover the interface, controls, and features of the industry-standard software Adobe Premiere Pro. Students will learn how to combine video, still images, and music to tell their stories. (Class size: 7 – 10)

Dates: 10/25 and 11/1 Thursday (2 weeks, Thursdays)
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $125 / Members: $113

Instructor: Mark Stetson

Editing with Premiere Pro II (15+) – Closed
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Ready to take your editing skills to the next level? Students will study the works of professional editors, and will edit complete narrative scenes. In addition to editing theory, students will practice Filters and Transitions, Basic Color Correction, Sound Leveling and Mixing and more!

Dates: 12/2 and 12/9 Sunday (2 weeks, Sunday)
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Total Cost: $150 / Members: $135

Instructor: Mark Stetson

Documentary I

Calling all truthseekers! Explore how documentary filmmaking can be a sacred and powerful process for illuminating the world. This course will examine contemporary artistic documentary filmmaking in both theory and practice. Students will learn practical storytelling skills including shooting and editing, concept formulation and refinement, producing and directing. Over the course of the 9-week program, students will have the opportunity to develop and workshop their own original projects individually or in collaboration with other class members.

Dates: 10/11 – 12/13 (No class on 11/22) (9 weeks, Thursday)
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Total Cost: $500 / Members: $450

Instructor: David Gaynes

Screenwriters Workshop

Through the study and discussion of successful feature scripts and films, we’ll talk about screenwriting craft elements and how best to utilize these techniques in your own stories. We’ll do some generative writing and revision activities. Students should have a working knowledge of proper screenplay format and a sense of basic story structure. Students may bring in scripts they’ve written for further development, or can start from scratch with a brand new idea. Students will take turns sharing up to 20 pages of a screenplay (feature or short) to be read and discussed in a workshop by the instructor and peers. (7 – 10 students)

Dates: October 16 – 12/4 (8 weeks, Tuesday)
Time: 7:15pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $300 / Members $270

Instructor: Apryl Lee

Improv I – Closed
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The fundamentals of improvisation are the fundamentals of life. Listening, agreeing, forwarding action, taking care of your partner and so much more! You’ll be introduced to those lessons as you play games as well as create characters and scenes using a variety of improv and creativity exercises. You can’t do anything wrong, no experience necessary! Number one rule is to have fun! (Class size: 8 – 13)

Dates: 10/16 – 12/4 (8 weeks, Tuesday)
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $260 / Members: $234

Instructor: Gary Rudoren

Improv II

The study of improv moves forward into more scene work and character development. Students who have completed the MF Adult Improv 1 class (or others with experience can petition) will work on longer form improvisation including scene montages, monologues, and more advanced games. More exposure to thinking on your feet. Oh, and fun, there will be fun. The final class includes a performance! (Class size: 8 – 12)

Dates: 10/15 – 12/10 (No class 11/12) (8 weeks, Monday)
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $260 / Members: $234

Instructor: Gary Rudoren

Sketch Comedy Writing – Closed

Whether you have some ideas you think are funny just scribbled on post-it notes or are trying to finish a script, this new introductory writing class will give you insights into creating comedy sketches for the stage or short videos. Through a six week writing course you’ll learn how sketches are created, characters are developed, and ideas sharpened. Come get those crazy ideas out of your head and onto paper – well, or onto your computer at least. (Class size: 8 – 12)

Dates: 10/17 – 11/28 (No class 10/31) (6 weeks, Wednesday)
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $210 / Members: $189

Instructor: Gary Rudoren

The Art of Storytelling

Everyone has a unique story to tell, but not everyone has the training or the confidence to feel comfortable telling it. Do you get nervous running a meeting at work? Do you wish you had more confidence speaking at events? Do you want to ensure your message is well received on the radio, a podcast, or at your next fundraiser? Then the Art of Storytelling is the perfect workshop for you!

In this course, we will review the basics of storytelling and performance to ensure you become your best self in front of a crowd. Novice and veteran storytellers alike are welcome to sign up. We will learn from each other and join a growing community of storytellers in a time when sharing your stories and messages clearly and correctly is so vital. Whether you want to work on confidence and poise in large groups or work on preparing your next professional storytelling performance with the Montclair Film Story Slams, this class will give you the tools you need to deliver high quality stories, performances, and content in whatever spaces you choose!

Dates: 10/15, 10/22, 10/28 (3 weeks, Monday)
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $100 / Members: $90

Instructor: Duncan Miller

SFX Make-up Design: Zombie Apocalypse! (14+) – Closed
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Want to make a horror film or just kill it on Halloween? In this hands-on workshop, a professional SFX make-up artist will teach you how to bring back the dead using a professional death palette. Leave class with scary new skills – and the materials to turn your friends and family into walkers! (Class Size: 10 – 16)

Date: October 21 Sunday
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Total Cost: $70 (Includes $25 Materials fee) / Members $63

Instructor: Paul J. Mason