Create a horror movie with like-minded peers and killer instruction.

I© Mark Dawson Imagine this: Sunny blue skies, puffy white clouds slowly lolling overhead, the serene lapping of the waves, and decrepit rotting zombies streaming through it all, causing mayhem, gore, and some amazingly sweet filmmaking.

This workshop is for teens who want to learn the latest skills and techniques in horror filmmaking from accomplished filmmakers and working professionals. The workshop is intense and offers hands-on opportunities to shoot, secure scary sound, and create bone chilling lighting, and apply gory make-up all while foraging for props and sets. Through the classic medium of the horror flick, learn to design shots, plan action, light scenes and direct a crew and actors.

With the help of professional editors students create and finish a horror short over the two-week session. Students receive a DVD of their project and leave with an understanding of the filmmaking process and a sense of your individual talents.

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. 

All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.  

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

 

Instructors

Travis Trudell

Travis Trudell earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Film at Maine Media College in 2001. After graduating Travis moved to Massachusetts and started working on local film and television productions.

As of 2010, Travis has worked as an electrician on over ten feature films including the Oscar winning The Departed and the films Gone Baby Gone, The Game Plan, 2127 Dresses, The Box, Shutter Island, and Edge Of Darkness.

He has taught at the workshops for over 8 years and loves returning to the workshops every year.  

He currently lives in Boston with his wife Diana, a documentary filmmaker, and their daughter Matilda and son Joaquin.

His Comic book collection is getting too big for his nerd-ery.

Course Dates

Aug 3 to Aug 16

Tuition

$2795

Class Size

16