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the junior film school


Established in 2018, the Hallibrack Junior Film School enables the next generation of filmmakers to learn and tell stories in their own backyard.



famous takes

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



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.



  • Tuesdays 4-6PM from April 2 - May 21, 2019

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

  • all equipment included

  • $180 per student


visual storytelling

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



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.



  • Monday-Friday 1-4PM from March 25 - 29, 2019

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

  • all equipment included

  • $215 per student


visual storytelling ii

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



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.



  • Coming Soon!

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

  • all equipment included

  • $215 per student



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!


who is hallibrack

My name is Kathleen and I'm an award-winning writer, director, producer, shooter, editor, and one-stop studio that helps your local business produce high-quality videos. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 and after a few years of working professionally, I took a leap to venture out on my own. I've worked with Networks like NBC, DIY, History Channel, and brands like The Gettys Group, Reynolds Wrap, and Valspar. I have worked on a wide range of projects from documentaries in Ireland, to reality home improvement television shows with "Mr. T". My goal is to satisfy and stun all of my customers with a transparent, collaborative, and soulful process.


The junior film school

After I graduated, I was hired by Notre Dame to work as a teaching assistant for the film department. Through this fellowship, the South Bend Civic Theatre approached me to see if I would be interested in starting a junior film camp. They had no idea how it would work, but I was sold. I brought in an old television to watch movie scenes, found special props the kids requested at thrift stores, taught them to shoot with iPads borrowed from Notre Dame, taught them to edit using iMovie on two old laptops…all while housing ourselves in an abandoned fire station. That summer, I pulled together 26 kids and taught them how to make movies from scratch in 5 days.


why hallibrack

I started Hallibrack because I'm a storyteller who grew up around small businesses. I'm the one who dried your truck with towels at the car wash, I'm the one who set your table before a delicious meal, who helped you get a bag of dog food off the top shelf, who runs payroll for the family business...and now I want to tell your story.


No one knows your brand and business better than you do. I’m here to help you craft together the captivating story that sells your product and shows your customers why they love the experience you provide. I write stories for every audience. I believe in a transparent, collaborative, and soulful process. I value your experience and can’t wait to partner with you.


The princess grace award

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a non-profit, publicly-supported charity, headquartered in New York City and established 36 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace’s [Kelly] legacy. Their mission is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.

In 2012, I was awarded the Princess Grace Undergraduate Film Award to produce my film, An tOileán (The Island). The process required me to write a grant proposal that demonstrated my ability to produce a short film in Ireland, in the native Irish tongue. The Royal Family of Monaco awarded me $25,000 for this project which is in Post-Production.