Grades 9-12

COVID-19 Announcement

Montclair Film is accepting registration for their 2020 Summer Academy. Please note that we will be consulting with local health authorities regarding the COVID-19 virus throughout the spring. If health officials determine that it is not appropriate to hold classes without undermining public health efforts to contain community spread of COVID-19, all registration will be refunded in FULL.


Class Full? Join the Waitlist

*Scholarships are available for qualified students.
To apply: http://www.montclairfilm.org/Scholarship/

 

SESSION 1 (S1)

S1: NEW! Sketch Comedy Writing

Are you a comedy lover? Perhaps you’ve seen yourself as the protagonist in your favorite Netflix series? Or maybe you’ve watched a comedy show and thought “I’m way funnier than this!” Whatever your situation, this class will serve as an active workshop to refine your writing skills as we will form a writing team for a hypothetical sketch show of the classes choosing. In so doing we will model the writing process for not only creating individual sketches, but sketches that are part of a larger thematic show. We will review different sketch forms (clown, topical, abstract) and study successful sketch comedy troupes from the popular (SNL, Mr. Show, Key and Peele, Kids in the Hall, Monty Python) to the equally impressive but more obscure groups. You will learn how to work alone, and with others, refine existing material and ultimately champion each other’s work in the spirit of true collaboration. Class size: (8 – 12)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates: 7/6 – 7/17
Time: 10:00 – 12:30
Cost: $425 / Members: $382

 

S1: High School Filmmaking

In this hands-on filmmaking workshop, students will learn the art of narrative filmmaking from script to screen. Students will work together as a film crew to generate ideas, work with actors, and master camera, lighting, and sound design. Students will also learn the basics of editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. In each class, students will work both behind and in front of the camera, in both exterior and interior locations, so that they can gain as much experience as possible. All of this will result in the production of our very own short film which will be screened in our in-house theater, Cinema505 at the end of the workshop. No prior filmmaking experience is required. (Class size: 8 – 12)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates: 7/6 – 7/17
Time: 2:00 – 5:00
Cost: $570 / Members: $513

 

SESSION 2 (S2)

S2: High School Screenwriting

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: 8 – 10)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates: 7/20 – 7/31
Time: 10:00 – 12:30
Cost: $425 / Members: $382

 

S2: High School Filmmaking

In this hands-on filmmaking bootcamp, students will learn the art of narrative filmmaking from script to screen. Students will work together as a film crew to generate ideas, work with actors, and master camera, lighting, and sound design. Students will also learn the basics of editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. In each class, students will work both behind and in front of the camera, in both exterior and interior locations, so that they can gain as much experience as possible. All of this will result in the production of our very own short film which will be screened in our in-house theater, Cinema505 at the end of the workshop. Class size: (8 – 12)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates: 7/20 – 7/31
Time: 2:00 – 5:00
Cost: $570 / Members: $513

 

SESSION 3 (S3)

S3: 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. Our instructors will teach you how to log 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. In the course of the week, students will edit a short narrative scene, a promo, and a documentary short! No prior editing skills required. (Class size: 8 – 12)

Grades: 6 – 12
Dates: 8/3 – 8/7
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Cost: $330 / Members: $297

 

S3: Screenwriters Workshop

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 a large portion of their script outside of class.  Screenwriting I is recommended. (Class size: 8 – 10)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates: 8/3 – 8/14
Time: 10:00 – 12:30
Cost: $425 / Members: $382

 

S3: NEW! Acting for Film and TV

This course, for both new and returning acting students is designed for teens to explore creating a characters and working on-camera in television and film scenes. Using improvisation, scene study, and basic acting techniques, we will dive into the craft of acting in a safe, fun, and engaging way. Students will get to see their work on camera and understand how on camera acting differs from the bigger, broader work on the stage. Each student will have the chance to get in front of the camera every class, and for those who are interested, there will also be an opportunity to work behind the camera to understand the dynamic between the actor and the director. Some in class exercises will be recorded and available for students to download and take home. (Class size: 8 –12)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates: 8/3 – 8/7
Time: 1:30 – 4:30
Cost: $285 / Members: $256

 

 

S3: NEW! Visual Effects (VFX)

Learn how movie magic is done! Go behind the scenes and discover the exciting high-tech world of VFX. In this NEW hands-on 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. From creating lightsabers to fantastic greenscreen worlds, to designing your Iron Man Repulsor Jet and even cloning yourself… Let your imagination run wild in this new cutting-edge VFX workshop! (Class Size: 8 – 12)

Grades: 6 – 12
Dates: 8/10 – 8/14
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Cost: $345 / Members: $310

 

S3: Stand-Up Comedy

Wiseguy? Chatterbox? Class clown? This is the workshop for you!
In this class, students will learn the art of Stand-up comedy. Through a series of exercises, they’ll generate and develop material, craft jokes and build a monologue. They’ll learn about timing, act-outs and voice. They’ll learn microphone technique and how to speak to an audience. Each day, students will get up in front of the class and perform, building their comfort level and their confidence. The workshop will culminate in a graduation show at Montclair Film’s Cinema 505, which will be filmed so students can see their performances. (Class size: 8 – 12)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates: 8/10 – 8/14
Time: 1:30 – 4:30
Cost: $270 / Members: $243

SESSION 4 (S4)

S4: NEW! Directing Intensive

In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of directing including scene work, blocking, script analysis, shot composition, and lighting techniques used by master filmmakers to tell compelling stories. Students will acquire knowledge and techniques that aspiring directors need to improve their craft. This immersive workshop is designed for students who have some experience and want to focus on the directorial aspect of filmmaking. Filmmaking 1 or previous experience recommended. (Class size: 8 – 10)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates: 8/17 – 8/21
Time: 9:30 – 1:00
Cost: $365 / Members: $328

 

S4: Reel World Filmmaking

Under the guidance of a professional filmmaker, students will gain real world experience by creating a short documentary film. Students will be guided through every phase of a professional production including development, pre-production, lighting, shooting, interviewing, and editing. Students will shoot the subjects at various locations around town. Build your portfolio, develop marketable filmmaking skills, and create a film for positive social change! Community Service credit available upon request. Filmmaking experience or special permission required. (Class size: 8 – 10)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates
: 8/17 – 8/28
Time: 1:00 – 5:00
Cost: $760 / Members: $684

 

S4: Cinematography Intensive

Cinematography is fundamental to visual storytelling. In this hands-on course, you will learn how to take your films to the next level, creating a sleek and professional look. Students will learn the language of visual storytelling through composition, lighting, color theory, and camera movement. They will then use these tools to help create mood. Students will also learn how to properly use camera equipment like cameras, lenses, and mounts. Whether you want to be a director, writer, set-designer, or undecided, this course will provide knowledge and techniques that aspiring filmmakers need to improve their craft. Filmmaking 1 or filmmaking experience recommended. (Class size 8 – 10)

Grades: 9 – 12
Dates: 8/24 – 8/28
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Cost: $330 / Members: $297

 


Class Full? Join the Waitlist

*Scholarships are available for qualified students.
To apply: http://www.montclairfilm.org/Scholarship/