Movie Makers

A Writing and Film Production program for Middle School students culminating in a screening of student produced films.

Movie Makers is a genre-based writing and film production program for Middle School Students. Over two semesters, the students will learn about filmmaking beginning with screenwriting, then pre-production, and ending with post-production.

Using group activities, mentorship from high school students, Masters Classes from experts in the entertainment industry, and hands-on practice, Movie Makers will guide the students through the production of their first film made on iPads. The program culminates in a screening at which the students will be able to watch their debut films on the big screen in front of teachers, family, and peers.

The Movie Makers program incorporates the curriculum of the Script to Stage program, reinforcing grade 6, 7 and 8 language arts standards. Depending on school needs, the programs occur either in-school or as an after-school enrichment program. High school students join adults and act as mentors, which teaches peer mentorship and reinforces the principles of YSF’s Script to Stage program and Movie Makers for high school alumni.

This program is currently available at Culver City Middle School, Jordan Middle School, Mark Twain Middle School, St. Anne School, USC / 32nd Street Magnet and Whaley Middle School.

Check out the video to see some of our students in action:




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