Adult Filmmaking
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $550

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 13 - Nov 15Tuesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass is Over
WinterTen WeeksJan 4 - Mar 8Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass is Full
SpringTen WeeksApr 3 - Jun 5Mondays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm3 Spots Left

Description: Do you love movies and want to know how to create your own? Have you made a film and are looking to improve your craft? Our Filmmaking for Adults class can show you how to make your own high-quality films.

The course covers all five stages of filmmaking: Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, and Release.

During our ten weeks together, we learn and do the following:

- Screenwriting Basics
- Cameras (Composition, Focus, and Light)
- Lights (Hard and Soft) plus Storyboards
- Sound (Shotgun and Wireless)
- Shoot a Split Screen Video
- Preproduction and Creating a Shot List
- Shoot a Short Film with the Students as Cast and Crew
- 12 Steps of Editing
- Green Screen and Shooting a Mini Me
- Documentary Style Shooting (Interviews and Handheld)

Finally, we discuss your personal goals, so that you are ready to hit the ground running with your own projects.

Note: Select teens are eligible to take this class with instructor approval.

Editing
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $550

Dates and Times:
FallTen WeeksSep 14 - Nov 16Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass is Over
SpringTen WeeksApr 4 - Jun 6Tuesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm3 Spots Left

Description: They say a film is created twice: once when it is written and once when it is edited. A talented editor can bring a film to life - creating pace, guiding performances, and telling a story.

Using state-of-the-art Apple iMac computers and Final Cut Pro X, you learn the fundamentals of the software: how to log footage, create a rough cut, add titles and credits, implement transitions, work with sound, and even play with color.

More importantly, you begin to learn the language and craft of editing. Why do we cut and when? What shot do we cut to? Exploring these choices is what makes an editor and a film great.

Working with a partner, you cut together six different projects and compare your edit to your classmates:

- Silent Film
- Short Film using 12 steps to editing
- Kinetic Typography
- Slideshow with moving images and transitions
- Commercial Reel
- Short Film with compositing and color grading

Lastly, we discuss your personal projects and how to get work as an editor.

Adult Screenwriting Workshop
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $450

Dates and Times:
WinterTen WeeksJan 2 - Mar 6Mondays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass is Full

Description: Do you have experience writing screenplays, but you want to take your craft to the next level? Are you stuck in the middle of a script and can't find your way out? Do you have a story you believe in, but need help polishing for contests, agents, and producers? Our Screenwriting Workshop is designed to answer these questions and more.

Throughout the course, we focus on different aspects of the craft: story, character, dialogue, subtext, structure, arcs, etc. We watch scenes from Hollywood and Independent movies and look at the actual screenplays that created them as we learn tips from the pros.

We read from each other's scripts and learn how to identify what works, what doesn't, and how to improve.

Each week, there is a new lesson, exercise, and writing challenge designed to motivate you while you continue to learn the craft of screenwriting.

Finally, we pay particular attention on how to "market" yourself and your screenplays to contests, agents, and producers.

Prerequisite: Prior NJ Film School screenwriting class or instructor approval.

Note: Select teens are eligible to take this class with instructor approval.

Acting for Film
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructor: Chris Messineo

Cost: $550

Dates and Times:
WinterTen WeeksJan 3 - Mar 7Tuesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmClass is Full

Description: Do you love acting? Do you dream of one day seeing yourself on the big screen?

Acting in front of a camera, lights, and crew is both fun and challenging and our Acting for Film Workshop can teach you what it's all about.

Each week, we focus on different aspects of the craft: auditioning, scene study, character arc, partner work, monologues, reactions, emotional range, subtext, and more.

Additionally, we cover the many technical skills unique to film acting: knowing your frame, your eye-line, your mark, tricks for making each take count, working with a green screen, and more.

Performances are filmed so you can study and learn from your own work while getting comfortable working with camera, lights, and sound.

Our workshop is designed for beginning and advanced students and class size is kept small with weekly assignments designed to challenge each student to grow at their own pace. Advanced students will potentially have the opportunity to perform in other NJ Film School productions.

Finally, at the end of the workshop, each actor receives copies of their best work to use professionally in a reel or on their web site.

Blood, Guts, and Guns
Ages: 9th Grade to Adult

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Chris Furlong

Cost: $180

Dates and Times:
Spring1 DayApr 1Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pmSpace Still Available

Description: Do you love special effects? Do you want to film a realistic, but safe, action scene? Are you passionate about horror movies, or do you just want to bring the undead to life? Blood, Guts, and Guns is all about taking the mystery out of great-looking but easy to perform special effects.

In the morning, we focus on inexpensive and classic practical solutions as our victim gets slapped, strangled, punched, stabbed, and cut with a razor blade.

After a break for lunch, we explore simple digital tricks as our prey is struck with daggers, hit in the head with a baseball bat, shot with a gun, and has his heart ripped from his chest.

Plus, as a special bonus, learn our recipe for edible blood with ingredients found in your very own kitchen.

Adult Filmmaking Workshop
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 10 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Mark Menditto

Cost: $650

Dates and Times:
SpringEight WeeksApr 5 - Jun 7Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm1 Spot Left

Description: Designed for filmmakers looking to dig deep into their craft, each eight-week workshop explores a variety of new subjects as we focus on both the skills and equipment necessary to create compelling independent cinema.

Learn advanced techniques as you create your own storyboards, blocking schemes, shot lists, lighting design, shooting schedule, and more.

Work with a variety of advanced gear and learn the pros and cons of each (e.g. cameras, lenses, dolly, jib, slider, follow focus, matte box, a flying drone, and more).

Special projects may include: short films, casting do's and don'ts, rehearsal techniques, the art of editing, the magic of color correction, and more.

Each session we shoot a professional quality short film during an extended shoot day (at least six hours long and using professional actors) with each student responsible for a specific role on the crew. The finished film will be submitted to film festivals.

The first six weeks are lessons, special projects, and preparation for the fiilm shoot. The week seven film shoot is typically on location and is scheduled for Sunday, May 21st (rain dates May 28th and June 4th). The last week of class will be the Wednesday after the film shoot.

Prerequisite: Students must have previous class experience and be approved by the instructor.

Note: Select teens are eligible to take this class with instructor approval.

A Crash Course in Filmmaking
Ages: 18 and Up

Class Size: Limited to 12 Students

Instructors: Chris Messineo & Daryn Davidson

Cost: $300

Dates and Times:
Summer2 DaysJul 7 - Jul 8Friday 7:00 to 10:00 & Saturday 9:00 to 5:00Space Still Available

Description: Are you eager to make a film but you don't know where to begin? Or maybe you've already made a film, but it didn't turn out quite as good as you hoped. Our Crash Course in Filmmaking is a two-day, ten-hour workshop that can really help.

On Friday evening, we discuss Development and Pre-Production. We look at scripts from Hollywood and Independent movies and talk about how to write or find a story perfect for your own production. We then dissect the script we will be shooting in class the next day and put together a shot list and production schedule.

On Saturday morning, we shoot a short film with two professional actors. You learn the basics of good lighting and sound, as well as how to work with actors to get the best performance possible.

On Saturday afternoon, we move onto Post Production and Release. We edit our film, focusing on the fundamentals to establish pacing and mood while putting together a clean sound mix. We look at post-production tricks like digital pans and zooms and color correction. We even talk about DVDs, Marketing, and Film Festivals.

In the last hour, we talk about your productions and answer any questions you might have to help make your film a success.

Note: Select teens are eligible to take this class with instructor approval.