Teen Screenwriting
Grades: 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $300

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 15 - Nov 17Mondays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmClass is Full
WinterTen WeeksJan 5 - Mar 9Mondays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmClass is Full
SpringTen WeeksApr 6 - Jun 8Mondays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

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. We write our own scripts 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.

Teen Filmmaking
Grades: 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $375

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 16 - Nov 18Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmClass in Progress
WinterTen WeeksJan 6 - Mar 10Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmSpace Still Available
SpringTen WeeksApr 7 - Jun 9Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

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: ThingsStop-Motion: Story
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 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $500

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 16 - Nov 18Tuesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass is Full
WinterTen WeeksJan 7 - Mar 11Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmSpace Still Available

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 a short film and compare your edit to your classmates

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

Kids Filmmaking
Grades: 5th through 8th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $375

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 17 - Nov 19Wednesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmClass is Full
WinterTen WeeksJan 7 - Mar 11Wednesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmClass is Full
SpringTen WeeksApr 8 - Jun 10Wednesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

Description: Working together, the kids 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: ThingsStop-Motion: Story
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.
Adult Filmmaking
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $500

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 17 - Nov 19Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass is Full
WinterTen WeeksJan 6 - Mar 10Tuesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmSpace Still Available
SpringTen WeeksApr 6 - Jun 8Mondays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

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.

Teen Filmmaking Workshop
Grades: 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $500

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 18 - Nov 20Thursdays 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmClass is Full
WinterTen WeeksJan 8 - Mar 12Thursdays 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm2 Spots Left
SpringTen WeeksApr 9 - Jun 11Thursdays 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

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.

Kids Filmmaking Workshop
Grades: 5th through 8th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $500

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 19 - Nov 21Fridays 4:30 pm to 6:30 pmClass is Full
WinterTen WeeksJan 9 - Mar 13Fridays 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm2 Spots Left
SpringTen WeeksApr 10 - Jun 12Fridays 4:30 pm to 6:30 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

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

Each session starts with students shooting and editing one mini project. Next, each kid 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 kids have all the advanced equipment in our studio at their disposal (e.g. cameras, 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.

Kids Filmmaking Saturday
Grades: 5th through 8th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $500

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 20 - Nov 22Saturdays 9:30 am to 11:30 amClass is Full
WinterTen WeeksJan 10 - Mar 14Saturdays 9:30 am to 11:30 amClass is Full
SpringTen WeeksApr 11 - Jun 13Saturdays 9:30 am to 11:30 amRegistration Opens January 18th

Description: The Kids 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 kids 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
AliensBeat BoxName Tag
Whip Pan Split ScreenMagic TableBalloon Pop
Hello, I'm a ...Lightning5 Shot Coverage
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.
Teen Filmmaking Saturday
Grades: 9th through 12th Grade

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $500

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 20 - Nov 22Saturdays 12:00 pm to 2:00 pmClass is Full
WinterTen WeeksJan 10 - Mar 14Saturdays 12:00 pm to 2:00 pmSpace Still Available
SpringTen WeeksApr 11 - Jun 13Saturdays 12:00 pm to 2:00 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

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
AliensBeat BoxName Tag
Whip Pan Split ScreenMagic TableBalloon Pop
Hello, I'm a ...Lightning5 Shot Coverage
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.
Black Eyes, Bullet Holes, & Zombies
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Paul J. Mason

Cost: $190

Dates and Times:
Fall1 DayOct 11Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pmNo Longer Available

Description: Whether you love drama, comedy, action, or horror - special effects makeup can add depth and drama to your film.

The special effects makeup artist and the independent filmmaker walk hand-in-hand. Physical effects reinforce the scene, give motivation to the actors, negate pricey post effects, and bring a touch of reality to any project.

Learn the basics of the craft in a one day seminar. In the morning we cover:

- Makeup basics and safety
- General bruising and the "black eye"
- Paint on cuts and lacerations
- Broken nose

After a break for lunch, return in the afternoon to learn:

- Building up with wax for bullet holes
- Zombies

Students receive a set of brushes, brush cleaner, sponges, and a Ben Nye master bruise wheel (worth $40) to practice on their own.

Photography Crash Course
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Mark Menditto

Cost: $100

Dates and Times:
Winter1 DayJan 3Saturday 1:00 pm to 6:00 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.

Adult Screenwriting Workshop
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $400

Dates and Times:
WinterTen WeeksJan 5 - Mar 9Mondays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmSpace Still Available

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 are specific writing exercises designed to challenge and 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.

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

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $180

Dates and Times:
Spring1 DayApr 4Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

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.

Acting for Film
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $500

Dates and Times:
SpringTen WeeksApr 7 - Jun 9Tuesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

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.

Adult Filmmaking Workshop
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $600

Dates and Times:
SpringEight WeeksApr 8 - May 27Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmRegistration Opens January 18th

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. DSLR camera, digital sound recorder, dolly, jib, slider, follow focus, matte box, 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 fiilm shoot. The week seven film shoot is typically on location and is scheduled for Sunday, May 17th (rain dates May 24th and 31st). The last week of class will be the Wednesday after the film shoot.

Prerequisite: Prior NJ Film School class or instructor approval.

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

A Crash Course in Filmmaking
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $300

Dates and Times:
Summer2 DaysJun 26 - Jun 27Friday 7:00 to 10:00 & Saturday 9:00 to 5:00Registration Opens January 18th

Description: Are you eager to make a film but you don't know where to begin? Or maybe you've already made a film, but it didn't turn out quite as good as you hoped. Our Crash Course in Filmmaking is a two-day, ten-hour workshop that can really help.

On Friday evening, we discuss Development and Pre-Production. We look at scripts from Hollywood and Independent movies and talk about how to write or find a story perfect for your own production. We then dissect the script we will be shooting in class the next day and put together a shot list and production schedule.

On Saturday morning, we shoot a short film with two professional actors. You learn the basics of good lighting and sound, as well as how to work with actors to get the best performance possible.

On Saturday afternoon, we move onto Post Production and Release. We edit our film, focusing on the fundamentals to establish pacing and mood while putting together a clean sound mix. We look at post-production tricks like digital pans and zooms and color correction. We even talk about DVDs, Marketing, and Film Festivals.

In the last hour, we talk about your productions and answer any questions you might have to help make your film a success.

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