Documentary Intensive for High School Students

August 2 -6 10 am – 2 pm

In this week-long class, students will learn the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking from professional filmmaker Jeff Watkins. The class will cover instruction on interview technique, cinema verite, cinematography, sound, lighting, storyboarding, and editing. Students will work together to create a short, professional documentary video for an area nonprofit. Each student will receive a filmmaking credit on the video, and is eligible to receive community service hours for their work on the project through The Picture House. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about filmmaking from a local professional, while giving back to the community. 

Cost is $450, $405 for members. Classes will take place at The Picture House, on location, and in Condreal Studios.

Movie Making, Grades K-5

Week 1: August 16 – 20

Week 2: August 23 – 27

9 am to 2 pm

In week 1 of Movie Making class, students will participate in creative brainstorming sessions as they embark on writing a screenplay together! After gathering ideas, students in grades 3-5 will work separately to write the screenplay, while students in grades K-2 work together on other aspects of pre-production like gathering costume pieces, scene design, and scouting locations around TPH for filming. Each day will include a lunch break (students bring lunch from home) and time to relax and watch a short film or two in the theater, as well as outdoor play breaks.

In week 2 of Movie Making class, students will act in, direct, and film their script from week 1. Every student will have a chance to audition and act on camera if they choose, as well as take on different roles on the production crew. Each day will include a lunch break (students bring lunch from home) and time to relax and watch a short film together or clips from the days’ filming, as well as outdoor play breaks. By the end of week 2, the student-made film will be “in the can” and ready for professional editors to finish. The final film will debut on the big screen at our annual Student Showcase in the fall and each student will receive a link to the finished film. 

Taught by Kari Morris and Jana Smith. Read about our instructors here.

Cost: $450 per week, $405 for members. For a 10% sibling discount, email Location: The Picture House.

Students can participate in this class for the full two weeks, or just choose one week, depending on what they’re most interested in. 

We can’t wait to welcome students back to The Picture House this August. We will be following CDC guidelines. If you have any COVID related questions or concerns, email or call the Picture House business office at 914.738.3161.