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Online Film Directing for Teens

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Our Online Film Directing Workshops are a hands-on, filmmaker experience designed to provide teens with the opportunity to explore storytelling through the art of film. This experience consists of three one-week modules. Students may enroll in all three modules or select to complete individual modules (students are not required to complete one module to attend the next). Students are not required to complete one module, before taking any other. 

Schedule Options

There are two schedule options:

Option 1:
• 3-Weeks
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
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One module is completed over a single week

OR

Option 2:
• 12-Weeks
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Saturday at 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
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One module is completed over four consecutive Saturdays

Module One: The Subtext Film
In this module students focus on the background and supporting visuals of the “mise-en-scene” or “telling the story.”  Students choose a few emotions or an idea or a concept and are challenged to visualize the idea without using human beings in the frame.  This enables the new film director to explore the myriad ways one can manifest subtext in the story being told without words, and an important and fundamental aspect of visual literacy for film. 

Module Two: The POV (Point of View) Film
Students will create a subjective film that demonstrates to us, the audience, how they are feeling and/or what they are thinking. Students can choose a specific character and situation, and then visualize that character’s point of view using a point of view shot. The story must be shot in a way that allows the audience to understand who the character is, how the character is feeling and what the character is doing – all the points of view shot.

If the students do not have anyone to act for them, they can shoot a film that implies an unseen presence – a ghost, their pet dog, a fly buzzing around the room – but still tell a story. Students can also be creative with inanimate figures such as Legos, stuffed animals or dolls.

Module Three: The Writing Challenge
Students will take a favorite character from a movie and continue that character’s story – what happens next (the sequel) OR what happened before we met the character.

Alternatively, students may create their own character, develop the character’s traits, what the character likes, how the character behaves, etc., and develop a basic outline of the character’s story. This week and project are devoted to the important skills of character and story development that are of tremendous value to all writers and directors.

Tuition & Dates

Tuition: $250 (USD) per module

Dates:

Module One: The Subtext Film
• TBD

Module Two: The POV (Point of View) Film
• TBD

Module Three: The Writing Challenge
• TBD