The Filmmaking Program (Grades 6-12) is a progressive and comprehensive curriculum that offers introductory through advanced filmmaking classes, encouraging students to discover their distinctive artistic voice. The program focuses on filmmaking technique, emphasizing 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 Once completing at least one Narrative Filmmaking class, High School students (grades 9-12) can advance to the three Filmmaking Conservatory Workshops: Directing (, ), Lighting (, ), and Sound Design () , .
In these Conservatory Workshops students will focus on directing actors for a "memorable performance" (terminology and techniques), rehearsal planning and organization, script analysis, breakdowns and budgets, advanced lighting concepts and techniques (theory and practice), and post-production sound design. NOTE: These workshops are a stepping-stone (and required) for students who wish to advance to the Independent Film Study program.
• 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. Meetings are once per month and free. The FIRST MEETING this fall is (). All are welcome.
• 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, October 2 and Sunday, October 9 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.