The Filmmaking Program (Grades 6-12) is a progressive and comprehensive curriculum that offers introductory through advanced filmmaking classes, encouraging students to dicover their distinctive artistic voice. The program focuses on filmmaking technique, emphasising the pre-production process, visual storytelling, and artistic style.
Working in a hands-on environment with state-of-the-art equipment, young filmmakers develop their skills in the pre-production/production process and post-production techniques. Film students in intermediate and advanced classes work as an ensemble to create short projects from the planning and pre-production stages through production and editing.
Click on the links below to learn more about some of our featured filmmaking programming. All of the below programs are open to high school students Grades 9-12.
• The Screen Actor's Project is desiged 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 Filmmaking Conservatory is a stepping-stone for students with an interest in moving on to the Independent Study Program and/or college, the Filmmaking Conservatory offers the opportunity to study advanced techniques in lighting, cinematography, and directing. An emphasis is put on working with actors in rehearsal and during production (permission of instructor required).
This semester's Filmmaking Conservatory will be held three Saturdays in April: April 9 (3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.), April 16 (3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.), and April 23 (3:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
• The Tryka Film Coaltion 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.
• The High School Filmmaking Intensive 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 the fundamentals of the filmmaking process and cinematography techniques.
This year's intensive will be held on Sunday, March 6 and Sunday, March 13 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Imagination Stage also offers digital media classes in Computer & Stop-Motion Animation, Screenwriting, and Documentary Filmmaking.
Learn more about the Filmmaking and Digital Media offerings here.
View sample videos from our Filmmaking Students.