YOUNG FILMMAKERS WORKSHOP

Developed for teens aged 12-18, Denver Film’s Young Filmmakers Workshops (YFW) furnish their participants with opportunities to learn the art of cinema, collaborate with other young filmmakers, refine their work with industry professionals and exhibit their films in public premieres.

Led by professional filmmaker and educator, Scott Kinnamon, each workshop is designed to reach students at every stage of their storytelling development. For students new to filmmaking, the Introductory courses will give them a sense of the art of visual story and how to harness that to be creators of their own imaginations. Masters and Focused Workshops are designed for the more accomplished student and will get them working with equipment and software immediately to craft a more refined short film. For high school students who want to try a more specialized format, SeriesFest TV Pilot Academy and the Documentary Academy will partner students with industry professionals for a deep dive into episodic or unscripted content.

Each summer workshop is an all day (6 hour), two-week or three-week, specialized program to help foster the personal expression and power of young voices through the art of filmmaking.

2020 PROGRAMS

SeriesFest TV Pilot Academy

June 1–19, M–F from 9am–3pm

In this three-week intensive Workshop, students will learn the structure and style of episodic storytelling. Working as a writer’s room, students will learn from professional writers, working together to create an original TV Pilot concept and script. The students will go through a complete pre-production process to ready for their shoot, followed by a week of on-location film production all led by industry professionals. The final week will be focused on editing, color correction and sound sweeting, with each student overseeing a significant portion of the Pilot. The completed TV Pilot will screen as part of the nationally recognized SeriesFest with a Red Carpet experience for family, friends and community members on the big screen at Denver Film’s Sie FilmCenter.

Open to all high school students 14–18 years old who have completed one of the YFW Intro Workshops, the Masters Workshop or have similar experience from other filmmaking programs.

Introduction to Filmmaking (A)

June 15–26, M–F from 8:30am–2:30pm

In this two-week long story-based Workshop, Young Filmmakers will be introduced to Film Theory and the fundamentals of filmmaking. The story themes emerge from the Young Filmmakers themselves. Then, working within a small group (3-6 students) and with the help of the talented and experienced YFW staff, Young Filmmakers will write, prep, shoot and edit a short film. All films will then be screened at a Red Carpet experience for family, friends and community members on the big screen at Denver Film’s Sie FilmCenter.

Open to all teens 12–18 years old. No experience necessary.

Documentary Camp

June 22–July 10, M–F from 9am–3pm (off July 3rd for Holiday)

In this three-week focused Workshop, students will learn the art of non-fiction storytelling. Led by professional documentary filmmakers, students will work together to shape their story around a subject to illuminate and celebrate the honest truth within. The first week will be focused on research and structure, while the second week will be an on-location film shoot capturing the chosen subject. The third week will be devoted to editing to shape the final short film and prepare for screening. The completed Documentary will screen with a Red Carpet experience for family, friends and community members on the big screen at Denver Film’s Sie FilmCenter.

Open to all high school students 14–18 years old who have completed one of the YFW Intro Workshops, the Masters Workshop or have similar experience from other filmmaking programs.

Introduction to Filmmaking (B)

June 29–July 10, M–F from 8:30am–2:30pm (off July 3rd for Holiday)

In this two-week long story-based Workshop, Young Filmmakers will be introduced to Film Theory and the fundamentals of filmmaking. The story themes emerge from the Young Filmmakers themselves. Then, working within a small group (3-6 students) and with the help of the talented and experienced YFW staff, Young Filmmakers will write, prep, shoot and edit a short film. All films will then be screened at a Red Carpet experience for family, friends and community members on the big screen at Denver Film’s Sie FilmCenter.

Open to all teens 12–18 years old. No experience necessary.

Masters Filmmaking

July 13–24, M–F from 8:30am–2:30pm

In this two-week long Workshop, Young filmmakers will dive more deeply into the art of Cinema and Visual Storytelling. Working from student-generated story ideas, Young Filmmakers will have two weeks to write, prep, shoot and edit a short film. All films will then be screened at a Red Carpet experience for family, friends and community members on the big screen at Denver Film’s Sie FilmCenter.

Additionally, film professionals will be visiting the Workshop from a variety of disciplines, sharing their expertise and answering Young Filmmakers’ questions. Past presenters have included: Oscar-winning director, Daniel Junge; Film commissioner, Donald Zuckerman; Principals of High Noon Productions—the world’s largest reality TV producer; Oscar-winning editor, Davis Coombe; adventure film videographer, Kim Johnson; and many more.

Open to all teens 12–18 years old who have completed one of the YFW Intro Workshops or have similar experience from other filmmaking programs.

Focused Intensives

Tracks: Acting, Directing, Screenwriting, Editing, Cinematography

In this two-week long Workshop, Young Filmmakers will focus on one of five cinema disciplines (Acting, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Directing and Post-production). The first week is spent under the guidance of a film professional in that area of expertise—diving deep into the discipline and developing skills. The second week will group one student of each discipline into a production team in order to produce short films with each Young filmmaker utilizing their new expertise. All films will then be screened at a Red Carpet experience for family, friends and community members on the big screen at Denver Film’s Sie FilmCenter.

Open to all teens 12–18 years old who have completed one of the YFW Intro Workshops, the Masters Workshop or have similar experience from other filmmaking programs.