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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. 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 workshop 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 Montclair Film Story Slams, this class will give you the tools you need to deliver high quality stories, performances, and content in whatever spaces you choose!

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Once you register, you will get an email with a special promo code that you can give to a friend for 50% off.

Dates: 3 Mondays: 2/25 – 3/11
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $100 / Members: $90

Instructor: Duncan Miller

Editing with Premiere Pro (Ages 15+) 

This hands-on beginner workshop will cover the interface, controls, and features of the industry-standard software Adobe Premiere Pro. Students will learn how to import files, combine video, still images, and music to tell their stories. (Class size: 8 – 11)

Dates: 2 Sundays: 2/10 and 2/24
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Total Cost: $140 / Members: $126

Instructor: Kyle DeMilner

Editing with Premiere Pro II (Ages 15+) 

Ready to take your editing skills to the next level? In addition to editing theory, students will review basic editing techniques and shortcuts, and practice using Filters and Transitions, Basic Color Correction, Sound Leveling and Mixing and more! (Editing with Premier Pro I or equivalent required.)

Dates: Sunday: 3/3
Time: 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Total Cost: $90 / Members: $81

Instructor: To be Annouced

Screenwriters Workshop – Closed

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Do you love visual storytelling? Through the study of successful scripts and films, we’ll talk about screenwriting craft elements and how best to utilize these techniques in your own stories.  Students will create their own original short, feature, or television scripts, and present their work during table reads, where they will receive instruction and support to strengthen skills of storytelling, structure, and pacing, and will develop a deeper understanding of the key elements of screenwriting. In short, this class will help students develop from aspiring screenwriters to confident, knowledgeable, and skillful visual storytellers. Students should have a working knowledge of script format and a sense of basic story structure. Screenwriting I or Screenwriting 101 Intensive (offered on 1/27) recommended. (Class size 8 – 10)

Dates:  8 Thursdays: 2/7 – 3/28
Time: 7:15pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $300 / Members $270

Instructor: Maggie Hames

Screenwriting 101 Intensive

In this multi-generational screenwriting intensive beginner students can learn the basics of screenplay formatting, outlining, and narrative structure. Students will analyze short films and professional screenplays. No previous screenwriting experience required. Students will leave this workshop with the basic knowledge to enter Montclair Film’s Middle School, High School or Adult Screenwriting Workshop.

Dates: Sunday: 1/27
Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Total Cost: $55 / Members: $50

Instructor: Ryan Moore

Podcast like a Pro I

From Radiolab to The Adventure Zone, podcasting has changed the face of our modern media landscape. This hands-on course will give you the background and technical skills to begin developing and producing your very own show in the Montclair Film Storytelling Studio! Learn mic technique, mixing, post-production, and what makes for an interesting podcast from our guest instructor, Frank Hablawi of Upon completion of this course, you will be certified to rent Montclair Film’s state of the art storytelling studio at a discounted rate for your personal podcasts! (Class size 7 – 12)

Dates: 4 Tuesdays: 1/22 – 2/12
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $250 / Members: $225

Instructor: Frank Hablawi

Podcast like a Pro II: Practicum

Develop and produce your own Podcast in Montclair Film’s state of the art Storytelling studio! This practicum builds on the basics you learned in our introductory class, Podcast like a Pro I, enabling students to leverage the skills they’ve acquired there to pitch, produce, and publish their own shows. Under the guidance of our guest instructor Frank Hablawi, students will produce their own professional Podcasts. Included in the workshop cost is studio time between classes to record your personal material to develop in class. Upon completion of this workshop, students should have 1 – 3 completed episodes of their podcast! Podcast Like a Pro I or special permission is required. (Class size: 7 – 10)

Dates: 4 Tuesdays: 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9*
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $325 / Members: $293 (Includes 3 hours of Studio time outside of class)

*This class runs every other Tuesday so that students have enough time between classes to record their materials to bring to class.

Instructor: Frank Hablawi


Voiceover is everywhere! In addition to learning about the multi-faceted voiceover industry, in this class we will explore what makes voiceover performances compelling and will 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: 2/13 – 3/13
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $240 / Members: $216

Instructor: Claudine Ohayon

Documentary Filmmaking

Calling all truthseekers! Explore how documentary filmmaking can be a sacred and powerful process for illuminating the world. This course will examine contemporary artistic documentary filmmaking in both theory and practice. Students will learn practical storytelling skills including shooting and editing, concept formulation and refinement, producing and directing. Over the course of the 10-week program, students will have the opportunity to develop and workshop original films under the guidance of an award-winning documentary filmmaker. (Class size: 8 – 10)

Dates: 9 Mondays: 1/28 – 4/1
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Total Cost: $540 / Members: $486

Instructor: David Gaynes

Improv I

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 – 13)

Special Offer!

Buy One-Friend One

Once you register, you will get an email with a special promo code that you can give to a friend for 50% off.

Dates: 8 Tuesdays: 1/29 – 3/19
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $275 / Members: $247

Instructor: Gary Rudoren

Intermediate Improv

The study of improv moves forward into more scene work and character development. Students who have completed the Improv I 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 showcase in Montclair film’s Cinema 505! (Class size: 8 – 12)

Dates:  8 Mondays: 1/28 – 3/25 (no class 2/18)
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Total Cost: $275 / Members: $247

Instructor: Gary Rudoren

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