Welcome to our Film Production class, where students learn the essentials of making films through hands-on learning and collaboration.
Through our filmmaking coursework, we learn camera angles, camera movement, lighting, sound design, and editing to tell our stories. Students will learn how to conceptualize, shoot and edit video projects as they shoot two original projects and are taken from the pre-production stage (planning-scripting, storyboarding) to production (directing, shooting, interviewing, working with a crew) and post-production (editing on Adobe Premiere, and doing audio mix) – culminating their work with a beautiful screening to an audience.
Through hands-on workshops, screenings, and lots of field experience, this course gives students a solid introduction to storytelling and broadens the skills they can use to express their creativity.
Students will acquire real-world technical skills collaborating on a film crew and will be able to continue to develop their craft to have an internship or create their own stories and get them seen in the world.
- Appropriate for: 7th to 12th Grade
- Dates: March 19 - May 30, 2024 (Tuesdays and Thursdays - 20 sessions)
Betty BastidasFilmmaking Instructor
Betty Bastidas is an Ecuadorian American filmmaker, photographer and media educator. Originally from Ecuador, came to the US at the age of nine. She uses filmmaking and photography as social tools to celebrate the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Most recently, she completed her first international soccer feature, Dreamtown, following the precarious dream of a young Afro-Ecuadorian soccer player, Anibal Chala, as he strives to make it to the professional leagues, and over the span of six years sees his dreams become reality. Other credits include a commissioned short film for ITVS Latino Graduates called Can’t Hold Me Back, following Fernando, a Latino youth from Detroit as he becomes the first in his family to earn a high school diploma. This story aired on PBS Independent Lens in 2013 and was selected to be part of the PBS Online Film Festival. She also co-directed New American Girls for Latino Public Broadcasting, featuring three Dreamers, young undocumented Americans. She is the co-founder of a multicultural production company called Sunrise Media Cooperative focusing on stories of injustice and inspiration for underrepresented communities in the US and abroad. She has been teaching film for the past 8 years at Crotona International High School, Parsons Scholars Program, Temple University and as a teaching artist for organizations such Young Audiences and Tribeca Films Institute. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including NALAC Fund for the Arts, NALIP/HBO Film Grant, Post-production grant from the CNCINE Ecuador, New York Women in Film & Television In-kind grant, NYFA Photography Fellowship, and Brooklyn Council of the Arts Community Grant. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and is based in NY.