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From Script to Screen

Phoenix Ensemble Inc.
Year Grant Awarded 2015

Email > laswilkes@optonline.net
State > NJ Zip Code > 07106
Website > http://laswilkes.wix.com/phoenixensembleinc

From Script to Screen introduces middle school students, ages 11 to 14, to the art of filmmaking, to inspire them to pursue filmmaking as a career or creative hobby, and to teach important workplace skills. The workshop series is open to all interested students within the target age that live in the community and have an interest in taking the class. Classes consist of 8 to 20 students.

Our workshop, though not fully funded, was a huge success and was made possible from a small grant from Puffin and in-kind artist lending their time to teach the children and financial donations for snacks. The workshop was conducted over a period of ten consecutive Saturdays, end of April - mid July 2016, with more than 10 participating students. Each workshop was three or more hours long, with two 5-minute breaks and one half-hour break. Students learned about film crews, genre's, themes, techniques, jobs and equipment. The students participated in the entire process of movie making, from creating a script, (centered around a social issue) to developing characters, story, prop and wardrobe lists and also partook in several mock bullying skits prior to filming for 2 days. In addition, the kids learned story boarding and created drawings for which they had to present to the class.

In the end, the students created a music video, entitled,"What ya gonna do When the Bully's come after you!" The projects presently being edited and will be shown to the students, the community and their friends and family during a screening, and will also be uploaded here for viewing.