Reel Stories Youth Summer Programs

Beginning Filmmaking Program

WANT TO FEEL EMPOWERED WITH SKILLS TO CREATE YOUR OWN MEDIA, TO VIEW MEDIA CRITICALLY AND THOUGHTFULLY AND BE A LEADER BY USING  MEDIA TO INSPIRE?

Reel Stories offers Filmmaking Summer Bootcamps for Middle School and High School girls and non-binary people.  Discover your voice and express your point of view in a powerful and thoughtful way via Film.  Learn how media affects you and those around you and how you can take control of it.  Become a leader in a world where young people consume 9 hours*  of  media per day. You’ll be amazed by your newfound ability to analyze, evaluate, and create powerful and meaningful media.

Bootcamp begins with media literacy training as well as leadership and team building. Film workshops are held throughout the program to teach you the skills needed to create your own film.  Guest lectures are given by professional filmmakers who have worked in the media industry for decades, including Oscar nominees and winners.  Editing takes place the last few days of the program, with a wrap party on the final day. Filmmakers get to debut their films at a real live film festival filled with family and friends.

Advanced Filmmaking Program

WANT TO FEEL EMPOWERED WITH SKILLS TO CREATE YOUR OWN MEDIA, TO VIEW MEDIA CRITICALLY AND THOUGHTFULLY AND BE A LEADER BY USING  MEDIA TO INSPIRE?

Reel Stories offers Filmmaking Summer Bootcamps for Middle School and High School girls and gender non-conforming youth.  Discover your voice and express your point of view in a powerful and thoughtful way via Film.  Learn how media affects you and those around you and how you can take control of it.  Become a leader in a world where young women consume 9 hours*  of  media per day. You’ll be amazed by your newfound ability to analyze, evaluate, and create powerful and meaningful media.

Open to bootcamp graduates, the advanced program dives deeper into filmmaking techniques, and continues with media literacy training as well as leadership and team building. In depth film workshops narrowing in on specific aspects of filmmaking, including sound, production design, and storyboarding, are held throughout the program.  Guest lectures are given by professional filmmakers who have worked in the media industry for decades, including Oscar nominees and winners. Editing takes place the last few days of the program, with a wrap party on the final day. Filmmakers get to debut their films at a real live film festival filled with family and friends.

Utilizing Accessible Technologies, Each Participant Will Be Encouraged To Actively Participate In Every Stage Of The Filmmaking Process

⊕ Development:  As a key part of the development process, directors and producers pitch their project to receive funding to make their films. During our development phase, all attendees are taught how to pitch their stories and work together to get a project “Green Lit”.

⊕ Pre-Production: There are many different elements that need to be considered before a movie is even filmed. Attendees will be given an introduction to these elements, including Scripting, Storyboarding, Casting, Design and Locations.

⊕ Production: With a focus on the roles needed in the actual production of a film, students will learn how the Director, Cinematographer, Actor, Lighting Director, Sound Engineer and others all collaborate to create each frame of a movie.

⊕ Post-Production: Students learn the basic tools to polish a film and prepare it for distribution. In the post-production phase we look at Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Title Creation, and Special Effects.

⊕ Grand Finale: The program culminates in an official film festival where the students present their work to an audience of family, friends and local supporters!

ABOUT REEL STORIES

Reel Stories believes that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes in the media, they will be better reflected on the screen.  Reel Stories is a non-profit organization that empowers young women with the skills to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field. At the Reel Stories summer programs girls get to work in small, collaborative groups, to write, shoot, edit and broadcast their own short films. Reel Stories is the only media program led by professionals in the Media Industry.  Join us this summer to show the world your stories.  Your audience is waiting.  Financial aid is available

Throughout the year Reel Stories offers women of all ages an opportunity to learn how to make films and tell their stories. We do this through a combination of workshops and programs for girls and non-binary people who want to learn how to make movies in the new digital media era.

And The Winner Is…

Here are a few of the film festivals Reel Stories’ films have been a part of: