Winter 2021 Classes for Adults (Ages 16+)
Creative Workshops to Express your Unique Voice!
New classes are added regularly so keep checking back.
(All classes will be held on Zoom)
Podcast Like a Pro
From Radiolab to The Adventure Zone, podcasting has changed the face of our modern media landscape. This hands-on course will show you how to develop and produce your very own show! Learn mic technique, mixing, post-production, and what makes for an interesting podcast from our guest instructor, Frank Hablawi of Non-Productive.com. (Class size 7 – 12)
Inside Docs: Filmmaker Series
What does it take to make and release a non-fiction film? The behind-the-scenes stories are often as incredible as the documentaries themselves. Students will screen some of the best documentaries made by renowned filmmakers who will join the class for an intimate, tell-all discussion. Under the direction of Producer/Director/Instructor Reuben Atlas (Brothers Hypnotic, ACORN and the Firestorm, Sour Grapes) students have a unique opportunity to engage with a variety of professionals about the production, and the art and craft of independent documentary filmmaking. (10 – 20)
Editing with Premiere Pro
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. A professional filmmaker and editor will teach you how to log and organize 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. Montclair Film will provide access to Premier Pro during class hours, as well as designated practice hours during the week. (Class Size: 7 – 10)
*If you are interested in an Editing II Workshop, please add your name here: Editing with Premiere Pro II
5 Saturdays 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20
Editing Technical Requirement: (Minimum specifications)
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) or macOS v10.13 or later
(MacBook Air not and Chromebook not recommended)
Processor: Intel® 6thGen or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent
RAM: 8 GB of RAM
Graphics Video Memory: 2 GB of GPU VRAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB available for installation and 2 GB for footage
Recommended Screen Size: 15 inches
Screenwriting – Closed
Students will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting from format to techniques to story structure. Students will analyze the work of successfully produced screenplays to learn what it takes to write for film and television, as well as receive valuable feedback from their peers and their instructor as they develop their own original short, feature, or television scripts! No previous screenwriting experience is required. (Class Size 8-10)
Acting for TV and Film
Now is a great time to learn how to perform for the camera. In the past two years, NYC has had more TV series shooting here than anywhere else in the country. Whether you have a background in musical theater, or plays, or have never acted before, this class will prepare you step in front of the camera in TV and Film. Students will be on camera every day in class, watching their work, and learning how to bring the right amount of energy for a realistic performance. Topics also include: working with tv and film scripts, breaking down scenes, making choices, hitting your mark, preparing self-taped auditions at home, and learning the business side of acting. At the end of the workshop, students will receive a copy of their in-class work. Students will need a device (laptop, tablet, phone) with a camera and access to wi-fi. Classes will be held over ZOOM. Your instructor will also record these rehearsals/performances and play them back live during class. (Class size: 8 – 10)
NEW! Digging into the Darkness: Horror Films & Discussion
Dive into the spine-tingling details of new and classic horror films with instructor Jay Kay – host of the Horror Happens radio show. Participants will watch a new film each week in advance of class, then come together with other horror film fans on Zoom to talk about all the gory details. Film techniques, horror genres and horror history will be discussed. Netflix subscription is required to participate.
Feb 21: Filmmaker Padraig Reynolds (Dark Light)
Feb 28: Filmmaker Zak Hilditch (Stephen King’s 1922)
March 7: Producer Adrienne Biddle (The Blackcoat’s Daughter)
March 14: Filmmakers Zach Lipovsky & Adam Stein (Freaks)
March 21: Filmmaker David Marmor (1BR)
*R-rated movies will be shown and discussed. Participants under 17 will be required to show parental consent.
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. (Class Size 8 – 10)
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All courses will be held on ZOOM unless otherwise noted and will require a camera and microphone. Any other technical requirements will be included in the course description.
For More Information Contact: Education@MontclairFilm.org