Online Adult (16+) Mini-Camp
Who says camp is just for kids?
A Taste of Improv
Four class sessions to introduce you to the fun of improvisation through exercises, games, and scenes. If you’re interested in improv – and you’ve seen it on TV or live – and want to have some fun letting those crazy ideas out of your head, this mini-camp will give you a summer blast of creativity. (Class Size: 7-12)
This class will be held in-person in Montclair Film’s Cinema505. Proof of vaccination is required.
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)
Podcast Like a Pro – Closed
From Radiolab and Serial to The Adventure Zone and This American Life, 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 from concept to reality! Learn mic technique, mixing, post-production, and what makes for an interesting podcast from our instructors, Frank Hablawi & Al Baldino of Non-Productive.com as they and a host of special guests take us through the steps to podcast like a pro! (Class size 7 – 10)
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).
Screenwriters Lab – SOLD OUT
Do you have a concept or a script in progress that you’re ready to take to the next level? Perhaps you need structure and encouragement, as well as creative and practical feedback? This interactive, round-table writer’s room environment will help foster creativity and collaboration as students develop their own original short, feature or episodic television scripts. Under the guidance of Screenwriter and Instructor John Rotondo, students will read and offer feedback of each other’s work in order to help their fellow writers realize their script’s full potential. Understanding of basic screenplay structure, theme, story, plot, character development and film language is required but illustrative lessons will be integrated for reinforcement based on need and relevance. Screenwriting I is recommended. (Class Size: 7-10)
Intro to Voice Acting – SOLD OUT
Voiceover is everywhere! In addition to learning about the multi-faceted voiceover industry, in this introductory 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)
Digging into the Darkness: Horror Film & Discussion Series – CLOSED
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. Summer films include Girl on the Third Floor, The Strangers: Prey at Night & Truth or Dare. (Class size: 10 – 20)
*R-rated movies will be shown and discussed. Participants under 17 will be required to show parental consent.
Inside Docs: Filmmaker Series – CLOSED
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 – 16)