The Filmmaker Experience (Fall 2019)

Film Acting for Teens
Filmmaking for kids

Ages: 9th-12th Grade


This immersive and innovative class is the quintessential program for serious high-school students looking to take the plunge into all aspects of filmmaking and acting for the camera! Limited to 12 exclusive spots, students will work for half of the semester in a one-on-one setting with film professionals in a specialized track of their choosing: writing, directing, cinematography or production. From concept to creation, their team will create a fully-produced cutting-edge short film, and gain extensive skills, knowledge and expertise in the focused area of their choosing. The other half of the semester will be spent focusing on acting for the camera. Advanced acting technique for the camera will be the focus, teaching them how to break down sides, create fully-realized characters and bring performances to life on-screen that would rival any Oscar winner! This class culminates in a private film screening where we will invite industry members to view the incredible work students have created. If you are excited by the idea of becoming a professional actor or filmmaker, do not miss this premiere class! Approval from film department required to join. Must have some occasional weekend availability for shoots.

Class dates exclude these holidays:


September 30 (Rosh Hashanah), October 14 (Columbus Day), December 23 (Winter Break), December 30 (Winter Break)


October 1 (Rosh Hashanah), October 8 (Yom Kippur), December 24 (Winter Break), December 31 (Winter Break)


October 9 (Yom Kippur), November 27 (Thanksgiving Break), December 25 (Winter Break), January 1 (Winter Break)


October 31 (Halloween), November 28 (Thanksgiving), December 26 (Winter Break), January 2 (Winter Break)


November 29 (Thanksgiving Break), December 20 (Winter Break), December 27 (Winter Break), January 3 (Winter Break)



Class Policies

  • Video & Photography: Video cameras or filming of any kind is not permitted, although Applause reserves the right to film, photograph classes, and share footage and movies on appropriate viewing platforms (including, but not limited to, Applause New York social media and Applause New York's YouTube Channel) and for teaching purposes and publicity.
  • All Film Acting students will need to sign a minor release talent agreement prior to the first day of class.
  • Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for the TV Series, Film Festival, and Filmmaker Experience Class.
  • Returned Checks: There is a $30 charge issued on each check returned from the bank for any reason