Our Philosophy

Filmmaking is fun and we firmly believe that classes about filmmaking should be fun as well.

No lectures here - the best way to learn is by doing. All of our classes are limited to 10 students or less and everyone is encouraged to "get their hands dirty". Screenwriters will write, actors will act, and filmmakers will shoot films using our equipment.

We love filmmaking and are eager to help you learn the craft while you bring your own film dreams to life.

Our People
Chris MessineoChris Messineo
Director ~ NJ Film School

Chris Messineo is an award-winning writer and director.

He is the founder of Off Stage Films, an independent production company, shooting short films and corporate videos. They have won awards for screenwriting, acting, sound, cinematography, editing, score, and directing.

He has worked as a director, screenwriter, crew member, script reader, screenplay consultant, and even a film festival judge. He has taught hundreds of students in night school as well as at schools in the tri-state area.

In 1998, he formed the NJ Screenwriter's Group and since then, they have held over 150 original screenplay readings. In 2002, he created MoviePoet.com, a free online contest and forum to celebrate the art of short scripts and help bring screenwriters and filmmakers together.

Chris is passionate about filmmaking, teaching, and frequently lectures on Hitchcock, Film Noir, Chaplin and Keaton, and much more. He lives in New Providence with his wife and daughter.

Elizabeth MessineoElizabeth Messineo
Manager ~ NJ Film School

Elizabeth Messineo, some call her "Mrs. Film School", works behind the scenes keeping the books and managing the business.

Liz has been many things at many times. Using her degree from Susquehanna University in Theatre Arts, she has performed on stage throughout Northern New Jersey for the past twenty five years. Additionally, she has directed numerous children productions for theaters and school groups. She has worked a variety of film crew positions for Off Stage Films and others.

Using the left side of her brain, she has been an accountant for several corporations throughout New Jersey, as well as an editor and proofreader for local businesses.

When not at the film school, Liz can be found watching movies with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.

Chris FurlongChris Furlong
Instructor ~ NJ Film School

Chris Furlong believes that "Life is an Improv."

He has been affiliated with the Chatham Playhouse in Chatham, NJ for over 25 years. He has done it all from performing, designing/building sets, sound design, casting, and painting. He has also served on the theater's Board of Trustees as President, Vice President and Business Manager.

For over 10 years, he taught drama and improvisation at an overnight summer camp in North Jersey. Chris worked for the S.P.A.T.T. program of Chatham by teaching theater to students ranging from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Locally, he has directed High School plays.

Chris has produced numerous films for Off Stage Films and assisted with production responsibilities on corporate videos. He lives in Morris Plains with his cat, Mocha.

Paul J. MasonPaul J. Mason
Instructor ~ NJ Film School

Paul J. Mason has been involved in various areas of production for over fifteen years, but it is his first love, makeup, that he always finds himself going back to.

Having discovered his love for the art of makeup in his late teens, he attended film school at New York University and took classes at NYC based Special Effects Workshop. At Daydream Productions, he worked as an on-site set designer and an effects and prop artist. With CPS Inc., he supervised the effects division and worked in special effects and character makeup, prosthetics, puppetry, props, stop motion animation, and producing new projects.

He has worked on such films as "Across the Universe" and "The Sickness"; such TV shows as 30 Rock and Celebrity Deathmatch; commercial clients such as Verizon and Jeep; documentarians like National Geographic and The History Channel; stage greats like Edward Albee and August Wilson; and such recording artists as Fallout Boy and David Bowie with Trent Reznor.

Today, Mason is a founder of Gotham FX. He is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School.

Mark MendittoMark Menditto
Instructor ~ NJ Film School

Mark Menditto is a freelance photographer and cinematographer in New Jersey.

His still photography work has been on exhibition at Soho Photo Gallery (New York), Visions Gallery and the Swerdlow Gallery (New Jersey), and as stock photography through PhotoShelter, iStockphoto and the Auroraphoto stock agencies. Mark's work has appeared in Bark Magazine and ASMP Bulletin.

His cinematographic work (IMDB) includes Facade, Test Subject, Undercover, and The Water's Edge. Mark is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and one of their Best of 2009 photographers.

Mark and his lovely wife live in New Jersey and watch their rescued greyhound "Tessie" romp around their yard in between photo and film shoots. His website is www.MendittoPhoto.com.

Our Studio and Gear

We are located in New Providence, New Jersey (minutes from Routes 22, 24, 78, and the Short Hills Mall). Our 3,700 square foot studio is handicapped accessible and provides plenty of room for both instruction and production.

755 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974

We are fully loaded with all the equipment needed for independent filmmaking:

  • Sony LMD-2110 21.5" Video Monitor
  • Small HD DP4 and EVF Video Monitor

Tripod and Mounts:
Grip Cart:
  • Slate
  • Cinefoil
  • Apple Boxes
  • Pelican Cases
  • Gaffer's Tape (Black, Green, and White)
  • Telescoping Hangers (Trombones)
  • Clamps (C, Mafer, Cardellini, & C47)
  • Makeup Kit (Brushes, Ben Nye Bruise Wheel, etc.)
  • Hawgfly Blood
  • Mini Fogger Smoke Machine
  • Props (costumes, weapons, antiques, etc.)
  • Intergalactic Atomic Raygun
  • and Much More
  • Kino-Flo Diva-Lite 200 Kit
  • 2 Kino-Flo Diva-Lite 400 Kit
  • 1 Kino-Flo 4ft Double Complete Fixture
  • Lowel DV Creator Light Kit 55
  • 2 Lite Panels Micro LED Lights
  • 1 China Ball
  • 1/2 a Dozen Metal Clamp Lights
  • 2 Remote Dimmer Switches
  • Digital Juice Butterfly Kit - White and Black (8 x 8)
  • Westcott Reflector 6 in 1 52"
  • PhotoFlex Reflector 5 in 1 42"
  • PhotoFlex Tripod and Reflector Arm
  • Digital Juice Chroma Pop Green Screen (5 x 7)
  • Matthews Green/Blue Screen (20 x 20)
  • Matthews White Screen (20 x 20)
  • Green Screen Kit (10 x 12 w/ stands and crossbar)
  • Marble Cloth Interview Backdrop
  • Set of Matthews Flags (various sizes)
  • 6 Matthews Century Stands with Arms
  • White and Black Bounce Boards(various sizes)
  • 7 Junior Boa Weight Bags
  • 6 Matthews Lighting Tripods

  • Zoom H4n Portable Digital Recorder
  • Sony MDR-7506 Production Headphones
  • Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones
  • Sennheiser G3 Wireless Microphones
  • Sennheiser G2 Wireless Microphones
  • Sennheiser MKH416 Shotgun Microphone
  • Sennheiser Pistol Grip, Windsock, and Windscreen
  • Oktava MK012 Omni, Cardiod, and Hypercardiod Microphone
  • Oktava Shockmount, Windscreen, and Headphone Hanger
  • Carbon Fiber Boom Pole
  • Matthews Boom Pole Grip
  • Professional Sound DV ProMix 3 - Field Mixer
  • XLR Cables (various lengths)

Editing and Post Production: