Teen Screenwriting
Grades: 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $350

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 11 - Nov 13Mondays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmClass is Over
WinterTen WeeksJan 1 - Mar 5Mondays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmSpace Still Available
SpringTen WeeksApr 2 - Jun 4Mondays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: Do you love creative writing? Is your head full of stories trying to get out? Do you imagine movies and want to see them brought to life? Screenwriting for Teens can teach you how to write a movie and have fun doing it.

All films begin with a writer, a story, and a screenplay. We start with stories - where they come from and how you can make them your own. We tell stories in class, individually and working together. We look at what makes stories compelling and what stories make for good movies.

Next, we learn how to write scripts. Watching short films and scenes from famous movies, we see how screenplays are brought to life on the big screen. Each week, students write their own short scripts based on a challenge (e.g. a line of dialogue, a location, etc.) and share them with each other.

Finally, during the last class, friends and family are invited to attend as we read from a selection of the best screenplays created in class.

Prerequisite: Students must be approved by the instructor before registering.

Teen Filmmaking
Grades: 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Daryn Davidson & Chris Messineo

Cost: $425

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 12 - Nov 14Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmClass is Over
WinterTen WeeksJan 2 - Mar 6Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmSpace Still Available
SpringTen WeeksApr 3 - Jun 5Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: Working together, the teenagers learn all about filmmaking by making films.

Each session, the students create eight films while learning: camera, lights (soft and hard), sound (shotgun and wireless), green screen, practical effects, special effects, stop-motion, and documentary & narrative storytelling.

Fall SessionWinter SessionSpring Session
I ConfessBall TossTransformation
Pencil TossSplit ScreenTeleporter
Mini MeWhere Am IFlying
Super StrengthGhost StoriesArguments
Film Noir Phone CallCucolorisB/W Interrogation
Stop-Motion: PeopleStop-Motion: BlocksStop-Motion: Alarm Clock
Documentary: BackdropDocumentary: B/WDocumentary: Special
Student Written Short FilmStudent Written Short FilmStudent Written Short Film

Students work with professional equipment with an emphasis on how to duplicate these shots, effects, and films at home.

Finally, at the end of the last class, we encourage friends and family to come and see the films we have created.

Note: For returning students who might have done some of these effects before, we make a special effort to challenge them further.
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 is Over
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.

Teen Filmmaking Workshop
Grades: 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Daryn Davidson

Cost: $650

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 14 - Nov 16Thursdays 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmClass is Over
FallTen WeeksSep 16 - Nov 18Saturdays 9:30 am to 11:30 amClass is Over
WinterTen WeeksJan 4 - Mar 8Thursdays 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm3 Spots Left
WinterTen WeeksJan 6 - Mar 10Saturdays 9:30 am to 11:30 amSpace Still Available
SpringTen WeeksApr 5 - Jun 7Thursdays 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmRegistration Opens January 14th
SpringTen WeeksApr 7 - Jun 9Saturdays 9:30 am to 11:30 amRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: The Teen Filmmaking Workshop is designed for teens with filmmaking experience and a passion for creating movies.

Each session starts with students shooting and editing one mini project. Next, each teen writes and submits their own screenplay. Three of these scripts are selected and developed into film shoots. For each film, students are assigned cast and crew positions (director, assistant director, script supervisor, cinematographer, gaffer, sound, editor, and more) just like on a professional set.

With more time to shoot, the teens have all the advanced equipment in our studio at their disposal (e.g. cameras, lenses, lights, sound, dollys, jib, green screen, etc).

Additionally, the students edit the films using state-of-the-art Apple iMac computers and Final Cut Pro X, as they create special effects and cut together their own movies.

As always, at the end of the last class, we encourage friends and family to come and see the films we have created.

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

Teen Filmmaking Saturday
Grades: 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Daryn Davidson & Chris Messineo

Cost: $550

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 16 - Nov 18Saturdays 2:30 pm to 4:30 pmClass is Over
WinterTen WeeksJan 6 - Mar 10Saturdays 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm3 Spots Left
SpringTen WeeksApr 7 - Jun 9Saturdays 2:30 pm to 4:30 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: The Teen Filmmaking Saturday class is a combination of our screenwriting, filmmaking, and editing classes - giving students a chance to experience all aspects of making a movie.

Each session, the teens create three mini-projects (writing, performing, shooting, and editing) while learning how to work with the camera, lights, sound, green screen, and editing equipment.

Additionally, after learning the basics of screenwriting, the students are encouraged to submit scripts and one is chosen to be produced and edited by the class as our final project.

Fall SessionWinter SessionSpring Session
AliensName TagLightsabers
Whip Pan Split ScreenHead on FireMagic Table
Magic WandsHello, I'm a ...Lightning
Student Written Short FilmStudent Written Short FilmStudent Written Short Film

Students work with professional equipment with an emphasis on how to duplicate these shots, effects, and films at home.

As always, at the end of the last class, we encourage friends and family to come and see the films we have created.
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 pm3 Spots Left

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 pm3 Spots Left

Description: Editing is the unseen art (they say an edit is good when you donít 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 pmSpace Still Available

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.

Teen Filmmaking Mini Camp
Grades: Entering 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Daryn Davidson & Chris Messineo

Cost: $450

Dates and Times:
SummerOne WeekJun 25 - Jun 29Monday - Friday 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: Working together, the teens learn all about filmmaking by making films.

Every day the students work with professional gear as they learn the craft of filmmaking.

Each teen gets a chance to be in front of and behind the camera as we shoot: short movies, documentaries, music videos, stop motion animation, and even special effects with green screen.

Students shoot inside and outside (weather depending) and use powerful Final Cut Pro editing stations to create their own special effects and cut together their own movies.

Finally, at the end of the last class, we encourage friends and family to come and see the films we have created.

Note: Students may only register for one summer camp session to allow more students to participate.

Teen Filmmaking Camp
Grades: Entering 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Daryn Davidson & Chris Messineo

Cost: $900

Dates and Times:
SummerTwo WeeksJul 9 - Jul 20Monday - Friday 9:30 am to 12:30 pmRegistration Opens January 14th
SummerTwo WeeksJul 23 - Aug 3Monday - Friday 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: Working together, the teens learn all about filmmaking by making films.

Every day the students work with professional gear as they learn the craft of filmmaking.

Each child gets a chance to be in front of and behind the camera as we shoot: short movies, documentaries, music videos, stop motion animation, and even special effects with green screen.

Students shoot inside and outside (weather depending) and use powerful Final Cut Pro editing stations to create their own special effects and cut together their own movies.

Finally, at the end of the last class, we encourage friends and family to come and see the films we have created.

Note: Students may only register for one summer camp session to allow more students to participate.

Teen Filmmaking Intensive
Grades: Entering 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Daryn Davidson

Cost: $2100

Dates and Times:
SummerTwo WeeksAug 6 - Aug 17Monday - Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pmRegistration Opens January 14th

Description: The intensive camp is designed for the teen who has filmmaking experience and who loves the craft of filmmaking as much as the actual movies.

Students are challenged to develop their own stories and three scripts are selected for production. For each film, students are assigned cast and crew positions (director, assistant director, script supervisor, cinematographer, gaffer, sound, editor, and more) just like on a professional set.

Class is all day to allow for longer films and to shoot on locations throughout New Providence. Additionally, we have Final Cut Pro editing stations, so the students can create their own special effects and cut together their own movies.

As always, at the end of the last class, we encourage friends and family to come and see the films we have created.

Prerequisite: Students must be approved by the instructor before registering.