Filmmaking at Writopia Lab

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Writopia Lab’s filmmaking programs are driven by the students’ creative vision. They are story-based programs elevated by professional-grade instruction. In a fun and productive space, students write, shoot, and/or edit short films under the guidance of professional filmmakers.

Our programs, described below, vary by age and location.

Summer Programs

School Year Programs


Summer Programs

Filmmaking Production Seminar

Teens 13+
New York City* | Los Angeles

We offer a film program in the summer that gives participants the opportunity to take part in a film-school style workshop. While the focus remains on the writing aspect of filmmaking, the structure allows for more depth into the technical aspects of the artform as well. Participants will write, produce, cast, and edit their own silent film, gaining better proficiency with professional-grade cameras, sound and lighting kits, and editing software. The seminar culminates in a film screening.

*Note: the New York City program is application only. To apply, click here.

Screenwriting Seminar

Teens 13+
New York City | Los Angeles

Teen screenwriters work under the guidance of a professional screenwriter in the style of Writopia’s creative writing workshops. Screenplays are devised, developed, and polished over the course of the school year, or, during the summer, over the course of five, three hour weekday sessions. Writers will also delve into film and TV show analysis with screenplay excerpts, and explore the ways in which acting, production, and directing all influence the choices one makes when crafting a script. All finished screenplays result in a table read.

Screenwriting Workshop

Kids 8-12
New York City | LA | New York Metro North

Young screenwriters work under the guidance of a professional screenwriter in the style of Writopia’s creative writing workshops. Screenplays are devised, developed, and polished over the course of the school year, or for half-day programs over the summer. Writers will also delve into film and TV show analysis with screenplay excerpts, and explore the ways in which acting, production, and directing all influence the choices one makes when crafting a script. All finished screenplays result in a table read.

Script to Screen Summer Elective

All Ages
New York City | Los Angeles | New York Metro North | Washington, DC

As part of our full-day summer camp, Fiction & Fun, writers get a chance to spend an hour and a half each day working on their own collaborative film, from the genesis of the idea through to the editing, in just a week.

School Year Programs

Inside the Writer’s Room -- TV Writing Workshop

Ages 13+
New York City \ Los Angeles

Get a peek inside the writers’ room of a television series with seasoned TV writer, Jeff Lock, for writers 13-17. Participants will work on a shared episodic story, each person writing an episode of the series. They will brainstorm together, write separately, and workshop their screenplays. These fun and productive workshops will meet once a week for 1.5 hours, on Saturdays starting on September 29th. The workshop will culminate in a public, theatrical reading with professional actors. To register, click the "enroll" button at the very top of the page.

Private Sessions

All Ages

New York City | Los Angeles | New York Metro North | Washington, DC
Writers will work one-on-one with a filmmaking professional to create their own, individualized project; whether a continuation of something the writer has worked on before or a brand-new idea.

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