Introducing an opportunity for students to safely learn the techniques of filmmaking remotely this summer from the comfort of their own homes.
Young Filmmaker students will meet once a day for a week-long course where they will collaborate with other students and create projects inspired by a specific film genre. Students will then have a chance to showcase their final project at the 44th annual Denver Film Festival in November. These are bite-sized courses perfect for both the entry level filmmakers starting out and the experienced filmmakers looking to expand their skill set.
To begin, students will learn (or refresh on) the basics of film grammar and shot vocabulary. Subsequently, students will dive into film explorations by analyzing classic scenes from their chosen genre. Inspired by the analysis, students will accomplish exercises in filmmaking that build the skill-set of their chosen genre.
Each course will conclude with the development of a narrative short that will be showcased during the 44th Denver Film Festival (November 3-14, 2021) in front of a citywide audience of cineastes
Who can sign up?
High-school students (14 – 18) from throughout the Denver Metro Area and beyond!
Classes will be entirely virtual so there is no restriction on location.
We have 4 epic genre-based courses available this summer. Each course will last 1 week and will focus on one film genre:
Comedy: June 7 – 13, 2021
Film Noir: June 14 – 20, 2021
Horror: June 21 – 27, 2021
Auteur Theory: June 28 – July 4
Classes will be held from 9:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday with hour lunch break at noon.
Every student will need to provide their own equipment such as:
Computer for editing (i.e. iMovie, Adobe Premiere, etc.) and attending Virtual Class
Camera to shoot on (i.e. iPhone, Android Phone, DSLR, etc.)
Zoom Account to virtually attend class
Be sure to enroll by May 30 to reserve your spot.
Comedy: The Art of the Visual Gag
June 7 – 13, 2021
Students will examine classic film comedy and be inspired to make their own comedic shorts, embracing strategies of the silent era into our own century. The Visual Gag was mastered in the 1920’s by the likes of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, was further elevated by Lucille Ball, made elegant by French comedian Jaques Tatti and further refined by Edgar Wright and modern visual storytelling. You will make your friends and family giggle, laugh and guffaw – and you won’t even need to say a word.
Students will examine and be inspired by this classic genre of the 1940s and 50s; the roots of the hit TV series Breaking Bad. Students will learn to embrace light as special effects (what kind of “cookie” is not edible?), shadow as texture, snappy dialogue to create atmosphere, and determine how to properly highlight Bette Davis’ eyes. Crime, investigations and the Femme-fatale double-cross create the cinematic world without a moral compass – A Touch Of Evil from Out Of The Past when the Postmanalways rings twice.
Watch out Get Out! Students will examine aspects of what makes the magic of movie making “magic” – before computers were in use! Learn to make your own (delicious) blood, learn to stage a slap (or punch), lose a tooth, and impale a person’s hand with a pencil. Follow The Final Girlthrough thrills, action and scares that will creep into your final narrative short.
You’ve got a vision! Write, direct, storyboard and shoot; all on your own!– this is what the auteur theory is about; a single director doing it all. Students will examine the works of legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurasawa (inspiration to George Lucas for Star Wars). Students will be inspired to write, direct and shoot their own narrative short with an emphasis on action – embracing a depth of cinematography to make your visual story come alive!
Gwylym Cano is an independent filmmaker and video artist in the Denver Metro area. Rather than “Hollywood” Cano has kept his style “rasquache” – Chicanx-style (though a bit of his Welsh background creeps in.) 10 years ago he started Colorado Academy’s filmmaking program and his students have won numerous awards, local and international. Early in the Mesozoic Era Cano studied film and theater at Yale University. He’s a proud father of two and a red healer who grows wider rather than older. He’s excited to share his passion for film with you.
We want to create a learning program with greater accessibility. This means cheaper price points, available scholarships, remote learning with a larger potential audience and demographic. Flexible payment plans available.