1-Week Online Film Class for Teens

Learn to Make a Short Film at NYFA

In our 1-Week Online Film Camp for teens, students aged 14-17 receive an exciting introduction to the craft of storytelling through film. Staying true to our hands-on approach, as in all of the New York Film Academy filmmaking camps, students have the opportunity to write, direct, shoot and edit their own short project. ​Production exercises and projects are completed during a weekday evening, including the execution of the shooting plan and post-production​.

The pace of this online film class is feverish as each student completes a short film to be screened at the conclusion. No experience is required to attend.

Program Description

Camp Name: 1-Week Filmmaking Camp for Teens

Class Descriptions

Director’s Craft – Students are taught the language of cinema and how a director effectively communicates a story to their audience. Focused on aspects of visual storytelling and continuity-style scene coverage this class also teaches the proper way a director prepares in advance of physical production. Including in the Director’s Craft class is the Pre-production meeting, a time for the students to pitch their story and go over their production plan.

Screenwriting – This class teaches basic screenwriting structure, and works to build a fundamental understanding of story. Students work to formulate their film ideas in this class.

Cinematography – These classes introduce the students to the fundamentals of cinematography and camera operation as applied to shooting with a mobile device. This class will also explain the manual camera settings available via the Adobe Rush mobile application.

Editing – Students learn how to import their digital footage into the Adobe Rush editing platform. Creating a timeline, inserting and splicing footage, special digital effects like transitions and project exporting are the main skills taught.

Screen & Critique – This class is designed to help the students dissect their and their classmates film exercises while identifying what directorial choices were effective and why.

To learn more about NYFA’s teen camps, visit the NYFA Camp Brochure.


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