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Make Your Own Short Film At Home
Acting for Film
Intro to Voice Acting
Intro to Screenwriting
Camera for Beginners
5 Day Film-Making Workshop
Feature Film Program
GIFT Make Your Own Short Film At Home
This program is a series of 3 classes that will take you from writing to shooting to editing, all in your own home! The first class will teach you all about how to craft your story using what you have at your finger tips. In the second class you will learn all the tips and tricks on what to shoot and how to shoot it. Then you have a week to shoot your film and the final class is a screening/presentation and debrief. What worked well? What was challenging? Don't worry, all through the program your instructor will be available to help! You will need a computer for writing and editing, and a video camera (smart phones work just fine!).
GIFT Acting for Film Workshop
Lots of teens are already familiar with acting on stage but on screen is a big difference! In this online class, veteran Actor Chantal Perron will take you through the technical world of on-camera acting and get you ready for the audition room. We will focus on script interpretation, camera technique and making strong choices. In addition, Producer Elise Graham will educate participants on the world of television production including what to expect when you show up to a set.
GIFT Intro to Voice Acting: Behind the Mic
Join artist and educator Shannon Blanchet, as we navigate the differences between voice acting and screen acting, the vocal tools you didn't know you had, and the production process. Be prepared to whisper, yell, and make strange noises...
GIFT Screenwriting Workshop
Every girl has her own story to tell. Many write short stories or poetry and the jump to writing a screenplay is monumental. In this workshop we will provide the secrets to the golden rules of screenwriting, focusing on short film format. We will teach you how to write full and dynamic characters, how to structure your story, and how to format your script like a pro.
GIFT Camera for Beginners
Participants will learn the different components of a camera, how important sound is to video, and how to use the lighting available to you. These skills can easily be transferred to making your own films! Each participant will have the opportunity to film a number of sequences through the day using professional video cameras, audio equipment, and lights.
GIFT 5 Day Short Film-Making Workshop
The GIFT 5 Day Short Filmmaking Workshop is a fun and engaging hands-on program that will give teen girls a taste of all stages of film production from writing to shooting to editing and post-production. The workshop is taught by industry professionals who are committed to helping the next generation of young women tell their stories. Participants will be introduced to the basics of filmmaking and get their hands dirty working in groups to write, shoot, and edit a short film over the course of the five days. Not sure about writing a script or handling a camera? We’ll give you all the instruction you need and you’ll be in a supportive group working together with a mentor by your side the entire time.
GIFT Feature Film Program
This program runs from January to June, one day a week after school, and culminates in the filming of a full length feature film in July! The curriculum covers the finer points of what it takes to develop a film from concept to script to production, and post. They will shoot two short films, then participants are given the opportunity to specialize their learning by department. Building on what they learned from the short film-making, they choose the department that they are most interested in and this is the department they will serve during production of the feature film (art department, camera, sound, etc). Each department will have an experienced professional department head but the bulk of the heavy lifting will be completed by GIFT participants.
* Programs are designed for different ages, ranging from 10 to 19 year olds, please refer to each workshop for the offered ages. GIFT is a safe space that welcomes and supports all members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
**GIFT is a not for profit organization dedicated to supporting teen girls who are interested in film-making. Fees are used to offset the cost of the program, however inclusivity is essential to us and we don’t want cost to be a barrier for any participant. Many of our workshops have subsidies available. Contact us at to ask about subsidies.