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Metropolis Filmmakers: Film for Young People is a program dedicated to introducing youth to the science and techniques of film production.

Debuting in 2014 and running for 3 sessions, Metropolis Filmmakers offered intensive workshops to teach 16mm black and white analog filmmaking to young people, ages 8-12.

The objectives of the workshop included: empowering youth to master unique visual tools and creatively represent their surroundings, personal stories, and observations; encouraging youth to become informed about the issues affecting their local environment and to engage those issues in an active and positive way; teaching participants the properties of optics and the functioning of lenses; instructing each particpant on how to use HD digital film cameras; allowing particpants to see their completed work; and allowing participants to share their work through an entertaining and informative portal.

Workshop activities included: hands-on studio lessons in camera theory and techniques; in-the-field photography around select neighborhood areas with full supervision and instruction; studio viewing of filmed materials, hand-drawn animation experiments, and interactive collaboration; and introduction to next steps of filmmaking, including editing, sound design, and special effects.

Students also learned about the history of film, make handmade films, learn how to apply their new knowledge to making their own movies. 

  • DecadesOut Metropolis Filmmakers Program: Winter/Summer 2014 - 16mm Film Project

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    The initial sessions took place at the DecadesOut Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The theme of the workshops was the exploration of local Brooklyn neighborhoods - namely, Park/South Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Gowanus, and Red Hook.

    Participants were encouraged to explore their local neighborhoods visually — with an eye toward becoming aware of the beauty and challenges facing our urban landscape. Through our collaboration with the Trust for Public Land, we also had the opportunity to collaborate with other students working to rebuild local playgrounds.

    In 2018, the we brought the program to our neighborhood school, PS 118: The Maurice Sendak Community School, where we worked with 3rd graders over the course of several weeks to create short films about topics of their choosing based on the themes outlined above. It was a wonderfully collaborative process, which resulted in a special screening of their finished films for parents and teachers at the end of the session.