The Filmmaking Program is a progressive and comprehensive curriculum that offers introductory through advanced filmmaking classes in a hands-on environment working with state-of-the-art equipment. The program focuses on filmmaking technique, emphasizing the pre-production process, visual storytelling, and artistic style. Please note: The “register” button will directly link you to our course catalog, and you will be able to register from there.
FUNDAMENTALS OF FILMMAKING
Students learn the critical elements of making a narrative film, from the pre-production process (organization, logistics, visualization, and stylistic choices) to production (cinematography and sound) and post-production techniques.
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DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING WORKSHOP
For students who wish to delve into the world of documentary film.
HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKING INTENSIVE
For the highly motivated, but very busy, high school student who wants a fast track through the film curriculum.
NARRATIVE FILMMAKING PROJECT
In this production class, students will apply knowledge from previous classes or camps to create a fully-fledged short narrative film.
FILMMAKING CONSERVATORY WORKSHOPS
In these workshops students will focus on the three essential and complex areas of directing, lighting, and sound. These workshops are a stepping-stone (and required) for students who wish to advance to the Independent Film Study Program.
Students will gain insights into working with actors (terminology and techniques, rehearsal process), script analysis, breakdowns, and budgets.
Students learn advanced concepts and techniques (theory and practice) of using light to tell stories and create mood.
SOUND DESIGN WORKSHOP
Students gain knowledge and skills in recording and post-production sound design.
INDEPENDENT FILM STUDY
Under the supervision of a mentor, students write, produce, and direct their own short film from concept to final product.
SCREEN ACTORS PROJECT
Designed for actors interested in acting for the big screen.
David Stern has worked in the commercial industry from boutique production companies to large firms. As an independent filmmaker, he wrote, produced, directed, and edited over a dozen short films and has been a recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle, an IAC London International Film Festival Gold Seal award, and a TIVA Silver Peer award. David has taught film at George Washington University and Imagination Stage, where he also produces, directs, and edits video content. David wrote, directed, and edited his two feature films, Loopholes, a dramatic comedy, and the noir-styled movie, Dead Giveaway. David is currently in development on his third feature.
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TRYKA FILM COALITION
The Tryka Film Coalition consists of high school students who want to make films or be part of a filmmaking community. Although housed at Imagination Stage, high school students connect with each other to learn about and produce films. Meetings are once per month and free.
For more information and to see some of their work: trykafilm.com.