Welcome to Montclair Film’s 2021 Summer Academy! Summer Academy workshops are currently scheduled to meet in-person. Montclair Film will follow standards based on the current state and local public health guidelines and recommendations.
For more information: Montclair Film COVID Protocol
Be creative, have fun, and learn new skills this summer!
S1: 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: 7 – 10)
7/6 – 7/9 and 7/12 – 7/16
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 techniques. 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: 7 – 10)
S2: 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: 7 – 10)
7/19 – 7/23 and 7/26 – 7/30
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 techniques. 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: 7 – 10)
7/19-7/23 and 7/26-7/30
S3: Comedy Writing Bootcamp
Got some funny ideas? Whether they’re just in your head or on paper, now’s the time to let them out and make them real. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of comedy sketches – creating characters, exploring scene work, and story structure. Learn some tips, hints and get feedback on how to create comedy pieces like you see on Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele, Amy Schumer and so much more. You’ll work on sketches, monologues and short film ideas to build up a portfolio of ideas… and have fun doing it. (Class Size: 7 – 10)
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: 7 – 10)
S3: Visual Effects (VFX)
Learn how movie magic is done! Go behind the scene 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 such as Nuke, HitFilm and After Effects.
This workshop is the perfect mix of storytelling, cutting-edge technology and creativity. From creating light sabers, to making fantastic worlds using a greenscreen, or making a Repulsor Jet, have fun exploring the fundamentals of VFX! (Class Size: 7 – 10)
NEW! S3: Intermediate Filmmaking Intensive
(Hybrid Workshop: 2 Weeks Onsite + 1 Week Virtual)
In this limited 3-week workshop, filmmakers will create their own original short for their portfolio, film competition – or just to take their filmmaking skills to the next level! Each student will gain valuable feedback from their instructor and their peers as they share their work throughout the process. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with special guest filmmaking professionals who will be invited to share the secrets of their craft.
For the first 2 weeks, students will meet in person where they will be guided through each step of the process from concept to script, and from pre-production through principle photography and production. Production management skills, camera, lighting, sound and more will be reviewed and expanded upon.
In week 3, classes will meet virtually, allowing students to edit their films on their own time. The class will meet online for approximately 2 hours daily for Post Production workshops, and to review students’ cuts at various stages. The class will culminate on Friday, 8/20, with a screening for family and friends in Montclair Film’s Cinema505 (COVID restrictions will apply.)
This workshop is an excellent opportunity to create an independent film under the guidance of an experienced filmmaker and mentor, and to build a community of like-minded emerging young filmmakers. If you’re thinking of applying to film school, this is the perfect way to build your portfolio!
Students must have basic filmmaking and editing experience, and will be admitted by application only. Filmmakers will be expected to work independently on their films for several hours outside of class in Week 3. (Space is limited! Class Size: 6 – 8 Students)
12:30 – 5:308/16 – 8/19 on ZOOM
12:30 – 2:308/20 Film presented at Cinema505
S4: 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 Cinema505, which will be filmed so students can see their performances. (Class size: 8 – 12)
S4: 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 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 Non-Productive.com. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to rent Montclair Film’s state of the art storytelling studio at a discounted rate for your personal podcasts. (Class size 7 – 10)
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