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the junior film school

 
 

enables future filmmakers to learn and tell stories in their own backyard.

 
 
 

 

famous takes

…or how to remake classic movie scenes with a twist.

 
 
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SYNOPSIS

Budding filmmakers and movie buffs alike will love this hands-on introduction to the world of cinema. This course blends the art of filmmaking with the joy of movie watching. Students will learn from the pros as they break down classic movies and then craft their own spin on famous scenes.

 

DETAILS

  • 6th-12th grade only, 5 min / 10 max

  • all equipment included

 
 

visual storytelling

…or how to make a movie from scratch in five days.

 
 
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SYNOPSIS

Aspiring filmmakers begin their journey to the silver screen by learning the craft of cinematic storytelling in this engaging, hands-on introductory course. Using friendly technology, campers will work in teams to write, storyboard, scout for locations, cast actors & actresses, produce, direct, shoot, and edit their short 3-minute movie for a live screening with family & friends at the end of the session.

 

DETAILS

  • 6th-12th grade only, 5 min / 10 max

  • all equipment included

 
 
 

visual storytelling ii

…or how to make an even better movie from scratch in five days.

 
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SYNOPSIS

Young artists continue to hone their filmmaking skills in this intermediate camp. Dipping their toes into film history and analysis, crafting a full story arc, diving deeper into production techniques, and learning the industry’s editing methods are just some of the topics campers will explore. Just like the Visual Storytelling I, campers will work in teams to produce a short 6-minute movie by the end of the week. *Must have completed Visual Storytelling I to participate.

 

DETAILS

  • 6th - 12th grade only, 5 min / 10 max

  • all equipment included

 
 

 

the instructor

 

My name is Kathleen McClay - I’m a Riverside resident and passionate filmmaker. I graduated in 2013 from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Film, Television, & Theatre and Irish Language & Literature. As a student, I pursued competitive grants to travel and produce short documentaries in Ireland and Northern Ireland - and even won a national award from the Princess Grace Foundation to produce a short film "as Gaeilge" (in Irish). I am a published author of film theory, have guest-lectured in film history and film production at Notre Dame, and became a teaching assistant for the film department following graduation. In 2014, I started the South Bend Youth Film Camp in a partnership with the South Bend Civic Theatre. I haven’t forgotten the lasting impact of a good teacher, and I’m very excited to bring these fun and engaging film courses to the Riverside community!