Cinemaniacs is an after-school program where youth (ages 14-18) explore the role of cinema in their lives and society through watching and analyzing a diverse selection of historical and contemporary films. Youth develop a deeper understanding of the evolution and craft of filmmaking through screenings, discussions, activities and conversations with guest filmmakers.
Fall & Spring / Tues 4-6pm / @Big Picture Alliance
BPA’s After School Filmmaking programs empower youth (ages 14-18) to produce original films from script-to-screen under the mentorship of professionals. Youth learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, cinematography, audio, acting, directing, and editing through collaboratively producing films that explore their perspectives, life experience and imagination. These films premiere at community screenings and are submitted to the Big Picture Film Fest. Youth receive a stipend for full participation in the program.
Fall-Spring | Tuesdays 4-6pm | @One Art Community Center
BPA’s Youth Media Collective is a 9-month paid fellowship that provides youth (ages 14-18) with the creative community and professional mentorship to develop their artistic practice, produce collaborative films, and explore career paths through weekly workshops and monthly weekend intensives. In the fall, youth develop fundamentals through producing their own short film from script-to-screen. In the spring, the collective produces a collaborative group film which premieres at the annual Big Picture Film Fest. Youth also have access to weekly open labs and mentorship sessions to support their personal, artistic and professional development.
Fall-Spring | Thursdays 4-6pm | @Big Picture Alliance
Film Futures is a 9-month paid fellowship where youth (ages 18-24) produce an original narrative film from script-to-screen under the mentorship of professionals. Through 200 hours of weekly hands-on workshops youth learn screenwriting, cinematography, audio, acting, directing, and editing. In the fall, each participant develops a screenplay and pitches their film to a panel of industry professionals. One film is selected for production in the Spring where participants delegate roles and collaboratively bring the film to life. The film premieres at the annual Big Picture Film Fest.
Fall-Spring | Tuesdays 9am-3pm | @Big Picture Alliance
Media Futures is a 9-month paid workforce program that supports youth (ages 18-24) towards pursuing careers in film & media. Youth gain 200 hours of hands-on training, develop portfolios, attain industry certifications (Adobe Premiere), and produce a community documentary under the mentorship of professionals. Alumni are placed at 4-month paid apprenticeships with some of the top film & media companies across Philadelphia and are eligible to work with Big Picture Productions.
Fall-Spring | Thursdays 9am-3pm | @Big Picture Alliance
Youth (ages 18-24) learn the fundamentals of acting & directing for film through scene studies, monologues and workshopping the screenplay selected from the Fall Screenwriting Workshops.
They then produce this film in collaboration with the Cinematography Workshops – gaining professional experience with casting calls, auditions, and on set. The film premieres at the Big Picture Film Fest.
Spring | Wednesdays 10am-12pm | @Big Picture Alliance
Youth (ages 18-24) learn the fundamentals of screenwriting through developing a short film treatment, pitch deck, and screenplay under the mentorship of professionals. They pitch their films to a panel of industry professionals and one film is selected to be workshopped and produced through BPA’s Acting/Directing & Cinematography Workshops in the Spring. Participants are encouraged to continue onto the Spring Acting/Directing Workshops where they will build upon their skills through making this original film.
Fall | Wednesdays 10am-12pm | @Big Picture Alliance
Youth (ages 18-24) learn the fundamentals of photography through creating an original photo series and portfolio of work under the mentorship of professionals. The program explores career paths in photojournalism, commercial photography, and art photography. Participants are encouraged to continue onto the Spring Cinematography workshops where they will build upon their photo skills through filmmaking.
Wednesdays 1-3pm | Sept 20 – Dec 14 | @Big Picture Alliance
Youth (ages 18-24) learn the fundamentals of cinematography (expanding upon the skills they learned in the Fall Photography Workshops) through studying films, hands-on training with Sony FX6 Cinema cameras and pro lighting, and storyboarding the screenplay selected from BPA’s Fall Screenwriting Workshop. They then produce this film in collaboration with the Acting/Directing Workshops – gaining professional on-set experience as a camera department (overseeing grip, lighting and camera).
Spring | Wednesdays 1-3pm | @Big Picture Alliance
BPA program participants can reserve time at the BPA media lab and weekly one-on-one mentorship appointments to support their personal, professional and artistic development. This includes project support, skill development, portfolio development, and career guidance (applying to scholarships, college, internships, grants, etc)
Fall-Spring | Wednesdays 4-6pm | @Big Picture Alliance
BPA’s Weekend Workshops are crash course introductory workshops where youth (ages 14-24) learn the fundamentals of a particular aspect of filmmaking under the mentorship of professionals. Youth apply what they learn through a hands-on activity where they create and share a piece of work by the end of each session. Each workshop begins with an orientation to BPA programs and GroundFloor Studios.
3rd Saturdays Monthly | 1-4pm | @Big Picture Alliance
Participants (ages 18+) learn the fundamentals of digital media production through creating a short community-based documentary from script-to-screen under the mentorship of professionals. Through weekly hands-on workshops, participants learn the technical and creative skills of digital media production including screenwriting, camera, audio, editing, crewing, production planning, and conducting interviews. Participants will premiere their final film at a culminating community screening. Upon completion, alumni are eligible to become members of One Art’s Community Production Team – documenting events and producing community driven content.
Fall & Spring | Tuesdays 6:15-7:15pm | @One Art Community Center
1315 Walnut St. Suite 131