Being a filmmaker is exhilarating, magical and immensely rewarding.

This summer, the Pelham Island Pictures Film School will bring the joys and excitement of professional filmmaking to the Wayland-area suburbs. Students in our program will write, direct and act in their own short films, equipped with professional quality gear and led by the filmmakers behind Pelham Island Pictures.

With the advent of modern digital film technology, making movies has become more accessible to aspiring filmmakers. Take advantage of this opportunity for your child to experience a new art form and build a skill set for today's video-oriented world.

In all other camps, you have boundaries, and I feel like you don’t have them here. It lets you use creativity in ways other camps don’t.
— Summer Film School Student

Read an article about the Pelham Island Pictures Summer Film School published in the Wayland Town Crier here.


Instruction

Our two-week program will move at a brisk pace, thoroughly preparing each student to create his or her own short narrative film. Students will learn how to write screenplays, plan visual storyboards and production outlines, operate professional digital camera gear and edit video in Final Cut Pro X.

The highlight of the program will be on the final day when we have our very own Opening Night at the Movies -- conveniently held on a Friday afternoon, the final day of classes.

First session: July 17th to July 28th                              Second Session: August 14th to 25th

Facts

  • Two-week program (Monday through Friday)

  • 10 weekday sessions from 9am to 3pm

  • Classes hosted at the LexMedia television studio
  • Tuition is $750

  • Recommended for ages 11-14 (Students about to enter Grades 6 through 9)

  • Students will bring their own lunches daily

  • Enrollment limited to 8 students


lexmedia Studio

The Pelham Island Pictures film school will be held at the LexMedia Television Studio in Lexington, Massachusetts. Students will have access to LexMedia's state of the art television studio, equipped with an editing lab of iMacs, broadcast quality HD cameras, an assortment of professional sound and camera gear, and LexMedia's own green screen.


Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to the Film School!

Students arrive at the studio and get to know each other. We discuss our favorite movies and what types of films students would like to make. Classic film scenes are screened to demonstrate visual storytelling techniques.

Day 2: Technical Bootcamp Day

An intense day of technical instruction. Students learn to operate cameras, record sound, and navigate the intricacies of Apple's professional video editing software Final Cut Pro X.

Day 3: Shooting Workshop

Students start to shoot short test scenes. After lunch, we reconvene to edit the new footage. Students brainstorm story ideas for homework.

Day 4:  Writing Workshop

Group discussion and brainstorming about screenplays. We discuss basic story structures and devices. Students begin writing independently, and are encouraged to work on their screenplays at home. 

Day 5:  Writing/Production Workshop

Writing continues throughout the day. The day closes with a production workshop, as students prepare for filming by choosing shooting locations and drawing storyboards.

Day 6:  Shooting Day 1

When students return after the weekend, they begin shooting their own short films. The class splits into two production teams, each guided by one of the Pelham Island Pictures filmmakers.

Day 7:  Shooting Day 2

Students continue shooting their short films.

Day 8: Editing Day 1

Students import their footage into Final Cut Pro X and begin editing. The film school staff closely monitors the students to provide technical and artistic guidance.

Day 9: Editing Day 2

Students continue to edit their films, preparing a rough cut for delivery by the end of the day.

Day 10: Editing Day 3 and Opening Night (in the afternoon)

Students put the final touches on their films. After lunch, parents are invited to the Film School for a celebratory screening of the students' work.