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Young Filmmakers Get Creative at TPH’s Break Camps

by admin

The Picture House hosted our first filmmaking camps of the year over February break at both our Pelham and Bronxville locations. Students and teachers alike had a great time discussing what goes into making a really good movie trailer — the kind that makes you forget about your popcorn and Snow Caps for two and a half minutes and clear your schedule for an upcoming Friday. Kids from kindergarten through 5th grade then spent the rest of the week learning how to use camera equipment, what different crew positions do on a film set, and how to work together to tell their stories visually. 

The students wrote, directed, shot, and acted in their own movie trailers (quadruple threats exist). They applied what they learned about framing and blocking shots to evoke different genres and tones, from fantasy to adventure to horror. Some of the students were naturals in front of the camera, and while some were disappointed they didn’t get to spend more time learning how to edit their own videos, we assured them they should be careful what they wish for. All of the trailers turned out great and can be seen on The Picture House’s Vimeo page. Maybe the full-length versions will play on our screens one day!

Kids K-5 can also look forward to our April camps in Pelham and Bronxville. From April 3-6 teachers will guide students as they adapt timeless poems into short videos. Learn more and register today!

By Spencer Sapienza