The Filmmaking Program (Grades 5-12) 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.

Dedicated film students can continue to the Film Conservatory (Grades 9-12) where they will study advanced techniques in lighting, cinematography, and directing, with an emphasis on working with actors in rehearsal and during production (permission of instructor required). This class is designed as a stepping-stone for those students with an interest in moving on to the Independent Study Program and/or college.

Introducing! Tryka Film Coalition (TFC, Grades 9-12) consisting 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. Learn more here.

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 the fundamentals of the filmmaking process and cinematography techniques.
This Winter/Spring, the workshop will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, March 1. 
*Please note the date change from Feb. 22 to March 1
>>Register today!

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.


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Bethesda, MD 20814
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