Pelham Picture House Programs Encourage Students To Explore Filmmaking

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Come learn about the movies and film making at the Picture House in Pelham. Photo Credit: Daily Voice File Photo

PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Picture House is in Pelham is offering several classes as the school year begins for young students who want to learn about film making and the magic of the movies.

There will be a four-day class for grades K-2 and 3-5 Sept. 3-6. Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The breakdown is:

Day 1: Make a movie in one day. Explore acting, directing, and cinematography. We will be taking a classic fairy tale and turning it into something new, hip, and full of characters. You will receive a copy of the film by the end of the week. $75 fee.

Day 2: Music video day. Explore dancing, singing, and storytelling. We will take an awesome song and create a rocking music video! You will receive a copy of the film by the end of the week. $75 fee. 

Day 3: Movie Day. Come watch two classic fairy tale movies. Come dressed in character too. Parent supervision is required. (cost of a regular child's ticket).

Day 4: Movie Musical Day. Come watch a classic movie musical: "Annie." Parent supervision is required.

There is a 10 percent discount for members at the family level and above

Other classes this fall include "The Little Company" – for pre-schoolers and children in grades K-2. During this program, young artists explore characters, costumes, and creative play with Picture House teaching artists. Students will discover acting and storytelling by creating their own storyboards and bringing their stories and existing stories to life. Music and movement will be incorporated.  

Classes for ages 3-4 cost $330 for 10 Wednesday sessions from 2-3 p.m., starting Sept. 25.

Classes for grades K-2 cost $330 for 10 Monday sessions from 4:30-5:30 p.m., starting Sept. 23 or 10 Wednesday sessions from 3:30-4:30 p.m., starting Sept. 25.

For older students, the Picture House offers "The Company," a skills-based collaborative workshops for students in grades 3-12. The Picture House’s innovative, process-driven approach provides training in film acting, screenwriting and directing. 

In "Movie Making," students use video equipment and editing software to make a short film as a class. Students write, cast, and direct the film. This class also has a story-boarding and cinematography component through which students develop their own ideas using the art of visualization.

Classes for grades 3-5 cost $330 for 10 Wednesday sessions from 4:30-5:30 p.m, starting Sept. 25.

In "Acting and Improv," young actors learn the art of creating characters, explore the wonderful world of improvisation, and discover how to bring their imaginations to life. Students film and create short stories as a class. 

Classes for grades 3-5 cost $330 for 10 Wednesday sessions from 4:30-5:30 p.m, starting Sept. 25.

"Directing movies" will help students strengthen leadership skills while learning to direct. They will use video equipment and editing software and develop ideas through writing, collaboration, and the art of visualization.

Classes for grades 6-8 cost $330 for 10 Monday sessions from 5:30-6:30 p.m, starting Sept. 23.

"Acting for the Screen" will help older actors begin to explore scene study and intensive on camera work. In addition, they will learn about method acting and the art of creating a character.

Classes for grades 6-8 cost $330 for 10 Monday sessions from 5:30-6:30 p.m, starting Sept. 23.

The "Evening Film Club" is a free club for students in grades 9-12. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. It meets from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays from October through June. It's intended for students interested in a deeper involvement with film making  Students are immersed in the inner workings of film production as they move through the cycle of writing, casting, directing and producing their original short feature.

Topics/activities covered during the year include:

•  Screenwriting for the short film.

•  Fundamentals of film production: Producing, directing, lighting and design.

•  Functions of various crew positions.

•  Cinematography, editing, sound design and visual effects.

•  Guest lectures from industry professionals.

•  Field trips to film related venues.

Go here for more information or to enroll in any of these programs

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