Adult Workshops (Age 16+)

COVID-19 Announcement

With an abundance of concern and caution for the health and safety of our students and staff, and in direct consultation with state and local health authorities regarding the COVID-19 virus, Montclair Film Education is today announcing that we are postponing all currently scheduled Education classes and events. Given current uncertainty about scope and duration of COVID-19 in our community and beyond, our current plan is to reschedule remaining classes for the current term once we determine classes are appropriate without undermining public health efforts to contain community spread of COVID-19.

ADULT (16+) Workshops Winter 2020

Creative Workshops to Express your Unique Voice!

From Improv, Screenwriting, and Editing to Voice Acting— and more! Take a look at all of the options and register today to save your spot!

New classes are added regularly, so keep checking back!

(Please Note: Discount applies to $75 Family membership or higher)

Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary is SOLD OUTPlease click here to join our WAITLIST.

Let’s get real! Learn critical filmmaking techniques, develop storytelling aptitude and embark on a meaningful artistic journey through the documentary form. This course marries both practical hands-on skill-building and vital theoretical study for successful filmmaking. Students will work directly with camera, sound and lighting equipment, learn to edit on Adobe Premiere Pro, develop interviewing skills, and grasp the basics of producing and directing their own work. Students will make a short documentary by the end of session and have a chance to screen it for friends and family in Montclair Film’s Cinema505!

Date: 8 Thursdays + 2 Saturdays: 1/30, 2/6, 2/8*, 2/13, 2/20, 2/22*, 2/27, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26
Time: Thursdays 7:00pm – 9:30pm
*Saturday 2/8 and 2/22 from 10:30am – 1:00pm
Cost: Non Members: $500/$450 Members

*Saturdays 2/8 and 2/22 are scheduled as a location shoots. Exact time and date for this class is subject to change, depending on availability of documentary subject.

Instructor: David Gaynes


NEW! Edit Lab

Do you have a project that you want to edit, but wish you had an expert available to help you through the process? Then bring your footage and join us in our Sunday Edit Lab! There will be no formal group instruction, however, our experienced ADOBE PREMIERE PRO EDITORS will be on hand to guide you as you edit your personal film or video. Editing with Premiere Pro I or equivalent required. (Class size: 4 – 8).

Ages: 16+ Adult
Dates: Sunday 3/22
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: Non Members: $120/Members: $108


Editing with Premiere Pro

Editing with Premiere Pro is SOLD OUTPlease click here to join our WAITLIST.

Great editing skills can really make a film come alive! In this hands-on beginner workshop, students will learn the interface, controls, and features of the industry-standard software, Adobe Premiere Pro. Our instructors will teach you how to log footage, create a rough cut, add titles and credits, implement transitions, work with sound, and even play with color. Students will also begin to learn the craft and language of editing. (Class size: 8-12)

Ages: 11 – Adult
Dates: 4 Sundays: 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: Non Members: $275/Members: $247

Instructor: Chris Stetson


Improv I

Improv I is CLOSED.  Please click here to join our WAITLIST.

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 – 12)

Dates: 8 Wednesdays: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Non Members: $275/Members $247

Instructor: Luke Ward


Improv II

Improv II is SOLD OUTPlease click here to join our WAITLIST.

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: 8 Tuesdays:  2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost:Non Members: $275/Members: $247

Instructor: Abby Sher


Podcast like a Pro I

Develop and produce your own podcast in Montclair Film’s state of the art Storytelling Studio! From Radiolab to The Adventure Zone, podcasting has changed the face of our modern media landscape. In this course, students will pitch, produce, and publish their own shows under the guidance of our guest instructor, Frank Hablawi.

Students will work together to develop episodes for an in-house podcast hosted by Montclair Film, learning the techniques necessary to launch their own series after the close of the course. Training on use of studio equipment is included. Upon completion of this workshop, students will have access to reserve the Storytelling Studios for their own projects! (Class size 8 – 12)

Dates: 4 Tuesdays: 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Non Members: $250/Members: $225

Instructor: Frank Hablawi



Screenwriting is SOLD OUTPlease click here to join our WAITLIST.

Do you have an idea that belongs on the big screen? Then this may be the class for you! In this screenwriting workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, from format, to techniques, to story structure. We will also explore character development and dialogue. Students will analyze the works of selected short films and learn the screenwriting process from idea to a working draft. As a workshop class, students will receive valuable feedback from their peers and their instructor as they develop their own original works in class.(Class Size 8-10).

Dates: 8 Thursdays: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Non-Members: $275/Members: $247

Instructor: Gloria La Morte


The Art of Stand-up Comedy

Stand-up Comedy is CLOSEDPlease click here to join our WAITLIST.

Looking to try Stand-up for the first time? Expand your material? Refine your existing set? In this class you’ll generate material, craft jokes, build a monologue and develop your unique comedy persona. You’ll learn about timing, act-outs and voice. You will learn microphone technique and how to speak to an audience. Each day, students will get up in front of the class and perform, building their comfort level and their confidence. The workshop will culminate in a graduation show at Montclair Film’s Cinema 505, which will be filmed so students can see their performances.  Requirements: A notebook, a pen and your sense of humor. (Class size: 8 – 12)

Dates: 8 Mondays: 2/10, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Non Members: $275/Members: $247

Instructor: Eileen Kelly


The Art of Storytelling

Storytelling is SOLD OUTPlease click here to join our WAITLIST.

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 class 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 monthly Montclair Film Story Slam’s, this class will give you the tools you need to deliver high quality stories, performances, and content in whatever spaces you choose! (Class size 8-12)

Dates: 3 Mondays: 2/24, 3/2, and 3/9
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: Non Members: $100/Members: $90

Instructor: Duncan Miller


Voice Acting

Voice Acting is SOLD OUTPlease click here to join our WAITLIST.

Voiceover is everywhere! In addition to learning about the multi-faceted voiceover industry, in this class we will explore what makes voiceover performances compelling. We will also 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. (Class Size 8 – 10 )

Dates: 5 Wednesdays: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Non Members: $240/Members: $216

Instructor: Claudine Ohayon

(Please Note: Discount applies to $75 Family membership or higher)

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