What’s Your Story Filmmaking Class

Make Our Community News, Asheville, NCOur new filmmaking class is here!

The “What’s Your Story” Filmmaking class is part of our Making Our Community News program. This particular class provides a unique opportunity for children between the ages of 11 and 18 to work with professional filmmakers to learn how to interview, film, and produce footage. This course will engage students in the power of film by providing them with hands-on experience in filmmaking, while also teaching them about the Asheville community.

The class is held each week on Thursdays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the offices of The Joseph Initiative. Parents and guardians may sign up their children for classes on a monthly basis for as many months as they choose, up to a year. The first two classes are FREE as a way to introduce your child to the program!

Who: Children from the ages of 11 to 18

What: Filmmaking Class (see Course Schedule below)

When: Every week on Thursdays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Where: 3400 Sweeten Creek Road, Suite C, Arden, NC

Cost: $25 per month, for as many months as you choose, up to a year (financial assistance is available)

How: Online or by faxing, mailing or emailing the registration form to The Joseph Initiative


Course Schedule:

September 21st: How to Use a Video Camera – This will be an interactive, hands-on class. Each student will have an opportunity to use the Nikon Professional camera.  They will film 5 minutes of footage, each using multiple filters. Using filters will allow them to learn what each filter offers and why a filter is needed.

October: Filming with A Cell Phone – The students will learn how to film content with their mobile devices or tablet. They will learn camera angles, how to set up shots, how to edit after capture, cool apps to use with their devices for filming and photography.  If you do not have a cell phone, extras will be provided.

November: What Next? – What occurs after you have been given a film assignment?  Students will learn about the checklist and must-have steps to begin pre-production. Also, what is pre-production? Very important element!

December: What is a Producer? – They will learn what a producer is and the numerous responsibilities that comes with the job description. Students will view video clips of popular producers explaining why they love it and the challenges that occur.  This will set up the beginning process of developing the documentary we will create to premiere at our Red Carpet event, held in September.

January: How to Develop a Story – This will highlight how to create a storyline for camera as well as how to interview guests on camera and shoot interviews.

February: On Location – We will take the students downtown to show them how to shoot various angles and how to interview individuals.  Kids will conduct interviews and create a social media outreach.  The social media aspect will help them engage with the community for their project.

March: Filming – Continue with filming the content we need to capture for our project. (this may extend into April).

April: Filming – Continue with filming the content we need to capture for our project.

May and June: Editing – Students will learn how to edit the footage for the film. They will also learn how to pick music that best fits the tone of the project

July: Distribution –The students will prepare their film and how they want to present the project at the event.

September: Red Carpet Event – Public Viewing of the Films (NO charge for students and their parents/guardians)

The goals of this class is for each participant to be able to:

  1. Learn the principles of effective visual and audible storytelling.
  2. Communicate ideas to the targeted audience.
  3. Collaborate in an effective and flexible way by being able to work as a team member as well as assume leadership.
  4. Learn about the filmmaking process.
  5. Tell the stories of others with dignity and respect.

Expectations of each participant:

  1. HAVE FUN!!!
  2. Ask questions.
  3. Bring your creativity.
  4. Follow the direction of the instructor.
  5. Follow all safety rules.
  6. Remain with the group at all times.
  7. Operate as part of a team.
  8. No disruptive behaviors and definitely no verbal or physical aggression.
  9. Express thought and ideas in a respectful manner to instructor and other students.


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