Online FALL 2020 Film Academy
Creative Workshops to Express your Unique Voice!
Classes are added on a regular basis so keep checking back!
(All classes will be held on Zoom)
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)
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)
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).
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. Since going online with most everything we do for work and to socialize these days, do you feel like the Zoom calls and Facetime don’t show your real self? Do you get nervous running a meeting at work? 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 first step for you! In this course, we will review the basics of storytelling and performance to ensure you are your best self in front of any group. Whether or not you want to work on confidence in preparing your next professional storytelling performance with 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 – 10)
Writing Through the Pandemic
The echo of footsteps on an otherwise empty street. The smell of hand sanitizer stinging your nosehairs. The graphs, maps, charts and curves that must be flattened. These are all details that may seem all too common to be noteworthy now, but one day they will illustrate this extraordinary time that still feels unbelievable. And here’s your chance to write it all down, really diving in to both the uncertainties and the silver linings. In this 6-week course, we will craft our personal reflections on living in the time of Corona and explore personal essays, poetry, songwriting and storytelling to help us process and share this experience. Anyone willing to try is welcome and by the end of this course, each of you will have an edited piece of writing to show to our brand new world! (Class size: 8 – 10)
Editing with Premiere Pro 16+
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)
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. Screen some of the best documentaries made by renowned filmmakers who will join the class for a tell-all discussion. This is an opportunity to engage with a variety of professionals about the production and the art of independent documentary filmmaking. All films will be available for screening via Netflix or private link. (Class size 10 – 18)
Producer/Director/Instructor: Reuben Atlas (Brothers Hypnotic, ACORN and the Firestorm, Sour Grapes)
Previous guest filmmakers included: Sam Pollard – Oscar and Emmy Nominee (Sammy Davis Jr.: I Gotta Be Me, 4 Little Girls, Jungle Fever); Smriti Mundhra Oscar Nominee (St. Louis Superman); Jeremiah Zagar (In A Dream, We The Animals).
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)