The Filmmaking Program (Grades 6-12) is a progressive and comprehensive curriculum that offers introductory through advanced filmmaking classes in a hands-on environment working with state-of-the-art equipment. The program focuses on filmmaking technique, emphasizing the pre-production process, visual storytelling, and artistic style.
In the FUNdamentals of Filmmaking class (grades 6-8), students learn the critical elements of making a narrative film, from the pre-production process (organization, logistics, visualization, and stylistic choices) to production (cinematography and sound) and post-production techniques. Regardless of the level a student enters this class, there is much information to be learned. This is NOT a production class but is meant to give students a solid foundation to work from.
The High School Filmmaking Intensive (grades 9-12) is for the highly motivated, but very busy, high school student who wants a fast track through the film curriculum. This is a two-day comprehensive workshop that focuses on elements of making a narrative film, from the pre-production process (organization, logistics, visualization, and stylistic choices) to production (cinematography and sound) and post-production techniques. Regardless of the level a student enters this class, there is much information to be learned. This year's intensive will be held on Sunday, January 29 and Sunday, February 5 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Students who have met the pre-requisite requirements should move on to the Narrative Filmmaking Project. (NOTE: This class can be taken multiple times.)
In this two-semester production class, students will apply previous knowledge to a fully-fledged short narrative project. In the first semester, students write and design an original multifaceted short film. By the end of the semester, the class will have a comprehensive pre-production design using film techniques to enhance visual storytelling concepts. The second semester is dedicated to production and post-production. Each step of the way, students elevate their knowledge of filmmaking techniques and experiment with new artistic choices. Students who want a production experience and end up with a finished film should take this ensemble-based class.
High School students (grades 9-12) can advance to the Filmmaking Conservatory Workshops: Directing, Lighting, and Sound Design.
In these workshops, students will focus on the three essential and complex areas of directing, lighting, and sound. In the Directing Workshop (February 25 and March 4, 3:00-6:00), students will gain insights into working with actors (terminology and techniques, rehearsal process), script analysis, breakdowns, and budgets. In the Lighting Workshop (March 11, 3:00-8:00), students learn advanced concepts and techniques (theory and practice) of using light to tell stories and create mood. In the Sound Design workshop (March 18, 3:00-6:00), students gain knowledge and skills in recording and post-production sound design.
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NOTE: These workshops are a stepping-stone (and required) for students who wish to advance to the Independent Film Study program.
The Independent Film Study is the flagship program in the curriculum and requires focus, dedication, and maturity.
Here, students become the auteur. Under the supervision of a mentor, students write, produce, and direct their own short film from concept to final product. IStage filmmaking resources are at the student's disposal to take out on location, including camera gear, sound, and lighting equipment. Many students use these projects in their college submission portfolio. The key word here is INDEPENDENT. Students are required to take the lead during the entire process and encouraged to stretch their creative wings.
The Screen Actor's Project (grades 9-12) is designed for actors interested in acting for the big screen. In this unique production class, high school actors learn the specific techniques of film acting by working with a professional director as they rehearse for, and perform in, a fully-fledged original movie.
The Tryka Film Coalition consists of high school students who want to make films or be part of a filmmaking community. TFC is a teen film hub housed at Imagination Stage, where high school students connect with each other to learn about and produce films. Meetings are once per month and free. For more information and to see some of their work: trykafilm.com.
Check out this video created by our Tryka Film students with the help of actors from our Acting Conservatory and Dance theatre. This student-directed, filmed, and edited video was their response to The Human Family poem by Maya Angelou.
We also offer Your Lens Your Vision: Documentary Filmmaking Workshop for students who wish to delve into the world of documentary film. NOTE: There is no pre-requisite for this class.