Adult Screenwriting
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $450

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 11 - Nov 13Mondays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass in Progress
SpringTen WeeksApr 2 - Jun 4Mondays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: Do you have a story stuck in your head that would make a great movie? Have you tried to learn screenwriting from a book and are frustrated with the progress you've made? Our Screenwriting class can demystify screenplay format and three-act structure and show you how to get a compelling story on the page.

Throughout the course, we focus on different aspects of the craft, as we learn and do the following:

- Screenplay Format and Software
- Three Act Structure and The Movie Game
- Scene Outline and Scene Cards
- The First Ten Pages
- Creating Characters
- Character, Goals, and Obstacles
- Locations and Action
- Visuals, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
- Dialogue and Nine Techniques
- Character Secrets and Story Questions

We read from each other's scripts and learn how to identify what works, what doesn't, and how to improve. We watch scenes from Hollywood and Independent movies and look at the actual screenplays that created them.

In addition, each week, there are specific writing exercises designed to challenge and motivate you while you learn the craft of screenwriting.

Finally, we'll talk about agents, screenplay contests, and how to get your script read and produced.

Note: Select teens are eligible to take this class with instructor approval.

Adult Filmmaking
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Daryn Davidson

Cost: $550

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 12 - Nov 14Tuesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass is Full
WinterTen WeeksJan 4 - Mar 8Thursdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens September 24th
SpringTen WeeksApr 4 - Jun 6Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: Do you love movies and want to know how to create your own? Have you made a film and are looking to improve your craft? Our Filmmaking for Adults class can show you how to make your own high-quality films.

The course covers all five stages of filmmaking: Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, and Release.

During our ten weeks together, we learn and do the following:

- Screenwriting Basics
- Cameras (Composition, Focus, and Light)
- Lights (Hard and Soft) plus Storyboards
- Sound (Shotgun and Wireless)
- Shoot a Split Screen Video
- Preproduction and Creating a Shot List
- Shoot a Short Film with the Students as Cast and Crew
- 12 Steps of Editing
- Green Screen and Shooting a Mini Me
- Documentary Style Shooting (Interviews and Handheld)

Finally, we discuss your personal goals, so that you are ready to hit the ground running with your own projects.

Note: Select teens are eligible to take this class with instructor approval.

Editing
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Daryn Davidson

Cost: $550

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 13 - Nov 15Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass in Progress
SpringTen WeeksApr 3 - Jun 5Tuesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: They say a film is created twice: once when it is written and once when it is edited. A talented editor can bring a film to life - creating pace, guiding performances, and telling a story.

Using state-of-the-art Apple iMac computers and Final Cut Pro X, you learn the fundamentals of the software: how to log footage, create a rough cut, add titles and credits, implement transitions, work with sound, and even play with color.

More importantly, you begin to learn the language and craft of editing. Why do we cut and when? What shot do we cut to? Exploring these choices is what makes an editor and a film great.

Working with a partner, you cut together six different projects and compare your edit to your classmates:

- Silent Film
- Short Film using 12 steps to editing
- Kinetic Typography
- Slideshow with moving images and transitions
- Commercial Reel
- Short Film with compositing and color grading

Lastly, we discuss your personal projects and how to get work as an editor.

Cinematography
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Daryn Davidson

Cost: $550

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 14 - Nov 16Thursdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass in Progress

Description: If “a picture is worth a thousand words”, cinematography is the art of the moving picture. How do we create images that thrill, frighten, and make us fall in love?

Working with cameras, you will learn the impact of composition, lens choice, depth of field, and techniques for pulling off dynamic shots.

Working with lights, you will learn the craft of the gaffer as you experiment with different lights in a variety of scene styles.

Exercises, both inside and outside of class, will have you setting up shots and finding lighting solutions that deliver the maximum impact.

Working solo and as a team, you will:

- Learn to light for mood
- Discover the secret of camera movement motivation
- Create camera and lighting diagrams
- Use lighting tricks to save time and money
- Design an original shot list and shoot it

Lastly, we discuss your personal projects and how to design a look for your own film.

Prerequisite: Students must have previous class experience and be approved by the instructor.

Adult Screenwriting Workshop
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $450

Dates and Times:
WinterTen WeeksJan 1 - Mar 5Mondays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens September 24th

Description: Do you have experience writing screenplays, but you want to take your craft to the next level? Are you stuck in the middle of a script and can't find your way out? Do you have a story you believe in, but need help polishing for contests, agents, and producers? Our Screenwriting Workshop is designed to answer these questions and more.

Throughout the course, we focus on different aspects of the craft: story, character, dialogue, subtext, structure, arcs, etc. We watch scenes from Hollywood and Independent movies and look at the actual screenplays that created them as we learn tips from the pros.

We read from each other's scripts and learn how to identify what works, what doesn't, and how to improve.

Each week, there is a new lesson, exercise, and writing challenge designed to motivate you while you continue to learn the craft of screenwriting.

Finally, we pay particular attention on how to "market" yourself and your screenplays to contests, agents, and producers.

Prerequisite: Prior NJ Film School screenwriting class or instructor approval.

Note: Select teens are eligible to take this class with instructor approval.

Acting for Film
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Daryn Davidson

Cost: $550

Dates and Times:
WinterTen WeeksJan 2 - Mar 6Tuesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens September 24th

Description: Do you love acting? Do you dream of one day seeing yourself on the big screen?

Acting in front of a camera, lights, and crew is both fun and challenging and our Acting for Film Workshop can teach you what it's all about.

Each week, we focus on different aspects of the craft: auditioning, scene study, character arc, partner work, monologues, reactions, emotional range, subtext, and more.

Additionally, we cover the many technical skills unique to film acting: knowing your frame, your eye-line, your mark, tricks for making each take count, working with a green screen, and more.

Performances are filmed so you can study and learn from your own work while getting comfortable working with camera, lights, and sound.

Our workshop is designed for beginning and advanced students and class size is kept small with weekly assignments designed to challenge each student to grow at their own pace. Advanced students will potentially have the opportunity to perform in other NJ Film School productions.

Finally, at the end of the workshop, each actor receives copies of their best work to use professionally in a reel or on their web site.

Editing Workshop
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Daryn Davidson

Cost: $550

Dates and Times:
WinterTen WeeksJan 3 - Mar 7Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens September 24th

Description: Editing is the unseen art (they say an edit is good when you don’t notice it). What is this magic formula that lets us craft a film and move an audience without drawing attention to itself?

With an understanding of the basics of Final Cut Pro X, we will push beyond the fundamentals and explore the impact of shot choices, shot length, and even selecting takes to create performances.

Technically, we will dig into some of the advanced features of Final Cut Pro (and several plugins) as we learn to create special effects and dynamic stylized edits.

Exercises, both inside and outside of class, will force you to flex your creative muscles as you work on a variety of projects including:

- Documentary
- Motion Effects
- Sound Design
- Advanced Titles
- Twisted Movie Trailer

Lastly, students are encouraged to share their personal projects in class (shorts, documentaries, or even blogs and travel logs) as we learn from each other.

Prerequisite: Students must have previous class experience and be approved by the instructor.

Photography Crash Course
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructor: Mark Menditto

Cost: $100

Dates and Times:
Winter1 DayJan 13Saturday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pmRegistration Opens September 24th

Description: Are your photographs less than spectacular? Do you have a Digital SLR (a camera with interchangeable lenses), but no idea how to take advantage of it? The Photography Crash Course takes the mystery out of your camera and have you shooting like a pro.

Learn how to get great photos using hands-on exercises and lessons. Covering the basics, we teach you how to get the right exposure and create photographs that draw attention to your subject through composition. Practice using lens aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings to get the right exposure, focus, depth of field, and sense of motion.

Using the techniques taught in class, we shoot portraits of each other while learning the secrets of taking a great picture.

Please bring your Digital SLR, manual, and your questions to class - it's time to get shooting.

Blood, Guts, and Guns
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Chris Furlong

Cost: $180

Dates and Times:
Spring1 DayMar 31Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: Do you love special effects? Do you want to film a realistic, but safe, action scene? Are you passionate about horror movies, or do you just want to bring the undead to life? Blood, Guts, and Guns is all about taking the mystery out of great-looking but easy to perform special effects.

In the morning, we focus on inexpensive and classic practical solutions as our victim gets slapped, strangled, punched, stabbed, and cut with a razor blade.

After a break for lunch, we explore simple digital tricks as our prey is struck with daggers, hit in the head with a baseball bat, shot with a gun, and has his heart ripped from his chest.

Plus, as a special bonus, learn our recipe for edible blood with ingredients found in your very own kitchen.

Adult Filmmaking Workshop
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Mark Menditto

Cost: $650

Dates and Times:
SpringEight WeeksApr 5 - Jun 7Thursdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: Designed for filmmakers looking to dig deep into their craft, each eight-week workshop explores a variety of new subjects as we focus on both the skills and equipment necessary to create compelling independent cinema.

Learn advanced techniques as you create your own storyboards, blocking schemes, shot lists, lighting design, shooting schedule, and more.

Work with a variety of advanced gear and learn the pros and cons of each (e.g. cameras, lenses, dolly, jib, slider, follow focus, matte box, a flying drone, and more).

Special projects may include: short films, casting do's and don'ts, rehearsal techniques, the art of editing, the magic of color correction, and more.

Each session we shoot a professional quality short film during an extended shoot day (at least six hours long and using professional actors) with each student responsible for a specific role on the crew. The finished film will be submitted to film festivals.

The first six weeks are lessons, special projects, and preparation for the film shoot. The week seven film shoot is typically on location and is scheduled for Sunday, May 20th (rain dates May 27th and June 3rd). The last week of class will be the Thursday after the film shoot.

Prerequisite: Students must have previous class experience and be approved by the instructor.

Note: Select teens are eligible to take this class with instructor approval.