Filmmaking 101 Virtual Workshop Series | Beyond the Peaks Film Fest

Join us for a FREE series of virtual filmmaking workshops!

November 29 & December 13

Learn how to craft a compelling story and strong characters, and enhance your filmmaking skills with key audio and video recording techniques, during the FREE virtual Filmmaking 101 workshop series. In each hour-long session, we’ll cover the ins and outs of digital storytelling and media creation using the three basic steps of filmmaking: pre-production, production and post-production. Come to one session or sign up for them both.

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to connect with professional film and media-makers, acquire technical and storytelling insights, and meet peer film and video buffs from across the region! Each session ends with an optional Q&A talk-back session with workshop instructors.

Register today to reserve your spot!

Choose Your Skill Building Session

Session 1 | Pre-production
Wednesday, November 29

UPDATE: Workshop runs 10:20 – 11:20 AM

Learn how to craft a compelling story and strong characters in the first session of the Filmmaking 101 series. Begin your filmmaking journey by exploring plot development, script writing, storyboarding and more!

Session 2 | Production and Post-production
Wednesday, December 13

UPDATE: Workshop runs 10:20 – 11:20 AM

Enhance your filmmaking skills with a how-to on video and audio recording best practices. Learn about the types of equipment professionals use in the field and how you can make your own award-winning film in the classroom or at home.

Then explore the art of post-production. From video and sound editing programs and digital music libraries to picking the right test audience, get insight into the final steps that make a good film great!

General Information

Who can attend the workshop?

– High school students in NY, VT, and QC (grades 9-12)
– Homeschool students (grades 9-12)

– Teachers and homeschool educators supporting student filmmakers

Workshop schedule

10:20 – 10:50PM
Guided workshop and group activities

10:50 – 11:20PM
Optional Q&A with workshop instructors

Where is the workshop?

Sessions in the “Filmmaking 101” workshop series take place virtually on Zoom. Links to the workshops will be emailed to all enrollees prior to session dates.

Keep up-to-date with information on additional filmmaking workshops for students, resources for educators, and more with our Beyond the Peaks mailing list.

For classroom-ready resources, tools, and tips, check out our Storytelling and Filmmaking collection on PBS LearningMedia and the festival homepage for genre-specific category insights.

Enter the “Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival”!

To get started, create a student or teacher account on Launchpad. Explore tutorials, resources, and step-by-step instructions on how to successfully submit your completed film entries!

Documentary | PSA | Narrative | Thriller | Open entry

Submissions are due May 14th with winners announced at an end-of-school year Red Carpet Showcase. The top three winners will receive a cash prize and video supplies!

Sign up for Beyond the Peaks!

Register your account today to get started, and receive email updates about the festival.