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For Ages:  13-19
When:  Saturdays
Time:  Varies

Please contact Melissa if you're interested in filmmaking opportunities at the library.)

[contact Melissa for more information]



About the Program

What is it?
A serious independent filmmaking program where teens, working together as one unit, create their own 6-7 episode mini series.  (Each episode runs roughly 15-20 minutes.)

When is it?
Saturdays.  Times vary.  Teens may choose to come for a full day (9 AM - 4 PM) with a one hour lunch or a half day (9-12 or 1-4).  It is up to the teen how frequently and for how long they come.  (See "Attendance" below for more information.)

Who should attend?
Anyone with a serious interest in filmmaking between the ages of 13 and 19.  We have a lot of fun, but we do a lot of work.  This is not a program for loafers.

Who will be running it?
Melissa has a B.A. in Television, Radio, Film from Syracuse University and will be in charge of supervising the class.  She handles scheduling and communication, but the teens are largely responsible for running their meetings themselves.

I missed the registration deadline, but I'm still interested in being a part of this.  How can I get involved?
We are ALWAYS looking for committed individuals who want to ACT.  We'll have auditions sometime in October/November.  If you're interested in getting involved in front of the camera, please contact Melissa for more information.  If you want to be a part of the crew and have missed the deadline, please consider joining as an actor.  The group really values people with a good work ethic.  If you join as an actor, but want to do more, the chances of you being a part of crew are actually pretty high.

I'm interested in filmmaking, but this sounds like too much for me.  Do you have anything "lighter"?
Yes!  Please check out the Z-Factor Productions page.  It also meets once a week, but only for an hour.  Z-Factors focuses on short film production, and the environment is perfect for beginners, tweens, and/or those looking for a "lighter" filmmaking experience!



This is an INDEPENDENT filmmaking group.  Melissa supervises the program, but the teens do the bulk of the work on their own.  Participants must be responsible and mature.  Anyone who cannot participate in a mature manner will be asked to leave the club.

This is up to the participant.  A number of teens will choose to come in from 9 AM and stay till 4 PM, especially on filming days.  The group usually takes an hour lunch break and carpools to the Lowes Food Shopping Center to eat.  (Some bring their lunch and go with the group.)  Unless you have a role that requires you to be here every Saturday (such as main cast or director), you can also decide how often you come to club.  Please let Melissa know when you will be absent or have a conflict so she can adjust the schedule accordingly.

It is YOUR job to keep on top of what's going on with the group.  The club has a (closed) Facebook group where Melissa will post the schedule for the weekend days in advance.  She will also send e-mail and text reminders as needed.  Please remember that communication is a two-way street.  If you can't make it or don't know what's going on, please let her know.

This is not a club for loafers.  We have a lot of fun but also do a lot of work.  You should be prepared to give 110% every time you come to club.  If you will only be available "once in awhile" (such as once every two months) or you find that your schedule is highly unpredictable, this may not be the club for you. 

Because teens will be working as a group, it is important for everyone to respect one another.  Hurtful behavior (whether through words or actions) will not be tolerated and is grounds for removal from the club.

Sometimes the group might film at a location other than the library (we call this working "off-site").  Please treat any off-site location with the same respect and care you would use at the library.  Remember, you are representing the library while off-site.