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 vary by age and location; a breakdown is below!

Application-Only Teen Filmmaking Seminar

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.

Trimester Long

Over the course of 15 two-hour sessions, teens will devise and write a screenplay and see it through to a finished short film, culminating in a film festival in May. While the focus remains on the writing aspect of filmmaking, the seminar’s structure allows for more depth into the technical aspects of the artform as well. Participants will gain better proficiency with professional-grade cameras, sound and lighting kits, editing software, and the experience of working with professional actors who bring the scripts to life.

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Teen Screenwriting

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.

Young Writers’ Filmmaking Workshop

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Our Trimester-long program is a unique, in-depth study and practice of all aspects of filmmaking. Past projects have included (but are not limited to):

Collaborative Films: Workshop participants will decide on one story and style as they set out to produce a short film together. The collaborative film process allows each participant to try out the many facets of film production, finding the roles that interest them most and honing their skills in that area. They will also get to use our high-quality filmmaking equipment and professional-grade editing software.

Web Series: The group works together to create a serial comedy or drama exploring the same world and characters. This allows the filmmakers to see every stage of the filmmaking process on a very short scale multiple times.

Script-to-Screen Summer Elective

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.

Screenwriting for Young Writers

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.

Private Sessions

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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