Summer Academy for Students

Summer Academy for Students in Grades 6 – 12

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Scholarships are available for qualified students

Classes will be held in person. Vaccinations and Masks will be required pending changes in the CDC, NJ state and local guidelines.

High School Filmmaking

In this hands-on filmmaking workshop, students will learn the art of 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 in 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. Final films will be screened for friends and family in Cinema505 on the last day of class! (Class size: 7-12)

Grades:
9 – 12
Session 1:
7/5 – 7/8 and 7/11 – 7/15
Session 2:
7/18 – 7/22 and 7/25 – 7/29
Time:
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost Session 1:
$550 / $495
Cost Session 2:
$630 / $567

Filmmaking Bootcamp

In this hands-on workshop, students will learn how to generate ideas for their films, and will be introduced to the fundamentals of filmmaking including: shot composition, camera angle, shooting, lighting and sound. Students will learn to work together, taking on the many jobs involved in filmmaking as they create a short film of their very own. Act, direct, shoot, light, edit! The class will culminate with a screening of their short films in our own Cinema505– family and friends are invited to join! (Class size 7– 12)

Grades:
6 – 9
Session 1:
7/5 – 7/8 and 7/11 – 7/15
Time:
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Session 3:
8/1 – 8/5 and 8/8 – 8/12
Time:
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost Session 1:
$720 / $648
Cost Session 3:
$700 / $630

Indie Filmmaking Intensive: Portfolio Building

Want to direct your own short film with a crew of peers under the guidance of experienced instructors and teaching assistants? Interested in applying to a college film program and need to build a competitive portfolio? Or maybe you want to create a high quality film to submit to student film festivals? If you are a motivated high school filmmaker who is interested in creating a polished short film that authentically represents your unique creative vision, then this workshop is for you!

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 4. (Class Size is Limited! Capacity 6 – 10 Students)

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Grades:
10 – 12
Dates:
8/1 – 8/26
Cost
$2000 / $1800

Early Bird Special! Register by April 15 to receive 10% ($200) off!

Directors Lab

A director’s job is to visualize the script, and manifest it from the page to the screen through craft, creativity, and communication. In this workshop, students will learn the tools of directing — from how shot choice, lens choice, camera placement and movement, lighting, sound, and performance all combine in ways to articulate the narrative beats of a scene; to working with actors and understanding how to find the truth in a performance through actionable direction. Students will work on small exercises to sharpen their directing skills, study and analyze the creative decisions made by independent and Hollywood directors, and take turns putting on their director’s hat of choice and shooting a scene in class. (Class size: 7 – 12)

Grades:
8 – 12
Session 4:
8/22 – 8/26
Time:
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost:
$350 / $315

Acting for Film and TV

This course is designed to help students master the craft of acting specifically for on-camera work. We will explore the craft of acting in a safe, fun, and engaging way, and we’ll also look at the ways in which on-camera acting is different than stage acting. Class activities include improv games, monologues, scene study, and basic acting techniques –all geared toward helping discover and empower the performer inside you! 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. At the end of the workshop, students will have their own personal audition tape. (Class size: 7 – 12)

Grades:
8 – 12
Session 2:
7/18 – 7/22 and 7/25 – 7/29
Time:
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Cost:
$490 / $441

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 final showcase at Montclair Film’s Cinema505, which will be filmed so students can see their performances. (Class size: 8 – 12)

Grades:
9 – 12
Session 4:
8/16 – 8/20
Time:
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost:
$250 / $225

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 HitFilm VFX software.

This workshop is the perfect mix of storytelling, cutting-edge technology, and creativity.

From creating lightsabers to making fantastic worlds using a greenscreen, or making a Repulsor Jet, have fun exploring the fundamentals of VFX! (Class Size: 7 – 12)

Grades:
6 – 12
Session 3:
8/8 – 8/12
Time:
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Cost:
$350 / $315

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. (Class size: 8-12)

Grades:
7 – 12
Session 3:
8/1 – 8/5
Time:
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Cost:
$360 / $324

Animation

Art and technology come together in this dynamic hands-on workshop! Students will learn frame-by-frame animation, motion tweening, character development, voice acting and storytelling, and more using Krita, a free professional painting program for 2-D animation. By the end of the course, students will have created a short animation from the planning stages (storyboarding and character designing) through post-production. No previous experience is required! (Class size: 8 – 10)

Grades:
7 – 12
Session 2:
7/18 – 7/22 and 7/25 – 7/29
Time:
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost:
$660 / $594

 Podcast Like a Pro

In this course learn all of the many steps needed to conceptualize, plan, record, edit, and publish a podcast. Get comfortable on the mic recording mini-podcasts of your own with classmates! Learn how to edit those recordings with Audacity: adding in music, advertisements, and cutting out dead air or mistakes. This class sets you up with the skills needed to start a Podcast of your own! (Class size: 7-12)

Grades:
8 – 12
Session 4:
8/15 – 8/19
Time:
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost:
$350 / $315

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! (Class Size: 7 – 10)

Grades:
9 – 12
Session 1:
7/5 – 7/8 and 7/11 – 7/15
Time:
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost:
$400 / $360

Screenwriter’s Workshop

This workshop is for screenwriting students who want to take their screenwriting ability to the next level. Dive deeper into aspects of pace, tone, and character. Read and workshop your screenplays in a writers room format, receiving feedback from their peers and their instructor. This is a great class for students coming from High School Filmmaking, High School Screenwriting, or screenwriters with a decent handle on screenplay formatting. (Class Size: 7 – 10)

Grades:
9 – 12
Session 2:
7/18 – 7/22 and 7/25 – 7/29
Time:
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost:
$450 / $405

Middle 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! (Class Size: 7 – 10)

Grades:
7 – 9
Session 1:
7/5 – 7/8 and 7/11 – 7/15
Time:
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Cost:
$350 / $315

Sketch Comedy Workshop

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, I Think You Should Leave, and so much more. You’ll work on a variety of sketches: character sketches, parodies, repetition sketches, genre sketches, and many more. Learn techniques of performing sketch such as timing and physicality. (Class size 7 – 12)

Grades:
9 – 12
Session 3:
8/1 – 8/5 and 8/8 – 8/12
Time:
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost:
$450 / $405

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membership level or higher)

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Financial assistance is available to all qualified students!

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