Middle and High School

Online FALL 2020 Film Academy

Check out our exciting line-up of classes for students ages 11 – 17.
Classes are added on a regular basis so keep checking back!

NEW Fall Classes for Adults (16+) Coming Soon!

Guerrilla Filmmaking – Closed

Want to make movies at home? Don’t think you have enough equipment to make it work? Think again! Just ask guerrilla filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi) or Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick (The Blair Witch Project).

Guerrilla Filmmaking teaches students the skills they need to use the tools already at their disposal to make great films! Students will learn the fundamentals of filmmaking as they are guided through concept and script development, pre-production, production and post production by our experienced instructors. They will learn the tricks and tools of guerrilla filmmaking including: how to optimize shooting on their phone, use DIY lighting to light their film, and how to use editing software to put everything together. In addition to in-class exercises, students will have the opportunity to work independently on their films outside of class. Develop your filmmaking skills and learn to think like a Director in the hands-on filmmaking workshop! (Class size 7 – 10)

MIDDLE SCHOOL – Closed

Dates:
8 Thursdays:
10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
Time:
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Cost:
$300 / Members: $270
Ages:
11 – 14
Instructor:
HIGH SCHOOL – Closed
Dates:
8 Saturdays:
10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12,12/19
Time:
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Cost:
$300 / Members: $270
Ages:
14 – 17
Instructor:
HOMESCHOOL – Closed
Dates:
8 Tuesdays:
10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
Time:
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Cost:
$300 / Members: $270
Ages:
12 – 17
Instructor:

Required:
A smartphone (either iPhone and Android) or a Tablet that can record HD Videos
A computer meeting the following minimum specifications:

Webcam and Microphone
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

Recommended:
Tripod with phone mount ( e.g., Tripod with Phone Mount )

Visual Effects (VFX) – Closed

Learn how movie magic is done! Go behind the scenes and discover the exciting high-tech world of VFX. In this NEW online workshop, students will explore visual effects and how they are created. Students will learn a variety of techniques such as Rotoscoping, Compositing, Set Extension and Camera Tracking using industry-standard VFX software.

This workshop is the perfect mix of storytelling, technology, and creativity that can be done from home! From creating lightsabers to fantastic worlds in space, to designing your Iron Man Repulsor Jet, making the Upside-Down from Stranger Things and even cloning Stormtroopers… Let your imagination run wild in this new cutting-edge online VFX workshop!

Software is free to download and all the assets and footage will be provided for each class. See tech requirements below. (Class Size: 6 – 8)

Dates:
8 Wednesdays: 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
Time:
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Cost:
$350 / Members: $315
Ages:
12 – 17
Instructor:

VFX Technical Requirement: (Minimum specifications)
Apple: macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, or 10.13 High Sierra or
Windows: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
Internet connection: Required for online activation (FREE)
Processor: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors or AMD equivalent.
RAM: 8 GB Recommended
Graphics Video Memory: 2 GB of GPU VRAM
Hard Drive Space: 4 GB available
Recommended Screen Size: 15 inches

Editing With Premiere Pro 12+

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 Premiere Pro during class hours, as well as designated practice hours during the week. (Class Size: 6 – 8)

Dates:
3 Tuesdays and 3 Thursdays: 12/1, 12/3, 12/8, 12/10, 12/15, 12/17
Time:
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cost:
$275 / Members: $247.50
Ages:
12 – 17
Instructor:

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 1 – 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 create their own original short, feature, or television scripts! No previous screenwriting experience is required. (Class Size: 7 – 10)

Dates:
8 Tuesdays: 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
Time:
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cost:
$285 / Members $257
Ages:
12 – 17
Instructor:

Screenwriter’s Workshop – Closed

For young screenwriters looking to improve their craft, this writing workshop will help make their scripts stand out. Students will dig deeply into story analysis and character development while creating their own original short, feature or television scripts. While inside our “writer’s room” environment, students will be able to give and receive invaluable feedback on their stories from experienced, and like-minded writers. Basic screenwriting knowledge is required, and students will be expected to write portions of their script outside of class. (Class size: 7 – 10)

Dates:
8 Saturdays: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
Time:
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cost:
$285 / Members $257
Ages:
12 – 17
Instructor:

Comedy Writing – Closed

Whoever said tragedy + time = comedy didn’t live in a pandemic with people fighting for racial equality. We need funny now more than ever, so let’s take a look around and find a way to laugh — mostly at ourselves. In this class we will dive into comedic monologues, sketches, satire, and stand up. All you need is a willingness to be silly. Class size: (7 – 10)

Dates:
8 Wednesdays: 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
Time:
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Cost:
$290 / Members $261
Ages:
12 – 17
Instructor:

Acting for TV and Film

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.

Dates:
5 Mondays: 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7
Time:
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cost:
$200 / Members $180
Ages:
12 – 17
Instructor:

 

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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