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 pmRegistration Opens June 4th
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 pmRegistration Opens June 4th

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.

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.

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.