Storytelling school

FC Academy Summer Camp at Medway Teaches Kids Filmmaking and Storytelling

  • Beginner filmmakers
  • Professional storytellers teach the art of filmmaking to students
  • Children open their minds and express their emotions through the film

Having already hosted 30 summer film camps across the state, nonprofit Melrose Filmmakers Collaborative is set to host its FC Academy for the first time in Medway in August.

The week-long film class will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 22-26 at Choate Park. A similar course takes place the same week at the HCAM studio in Hopkinton.

The program is for children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Those involved will learn to script, write, film, act, produce and direct, with the end goal of creating a short film. Each film will premiere at the Filmmakers Collaborative’s International Children’s Film Festival, to be held in November.

“Our classes are constantly improving and developing, which means we can create more opportunities for children to learn the art of filmmaking,” said Laura Azevedo, Executive Director of Filmmakers Collaborative. “Many students arrive with little or no experience and at the end of the week they have something they can proudly share with friends and family. It’s always inspiring to see students return year after year and develop their skills and passion, and then one day pursue a career in the film industry.

After:FC Academy, student film summer camp

She added that older children in the program will learn the art of feature filmmaking, while those aged 5 to 7 will learn the basics of storytelling through stop-motion animation.

Azevedo said the group is working with city and town parks and recreation departments to keep their program costs similar to what communities provide families through sports and after-school camps.

That said, there are options for those looking for help with tuition. Additional information is available on the FC Acadamy website.

FC Academy program director Rachel St. Pierre, who has taught some of the classes herself, said seeing students go from having no film experience on day one to making a work of self-designed art is a special experience.

“It’s really beautiful to see the movies coming,” St. Pierre said. “I also really like the fact that in (the film industry) there is a job for everyone.”

In her class, she says, while the extroverts jump quickly in front of the camera, the more introverted students gravitate towards writing, directing, producing and editing. A shoe for each foot.

Local students work on a short film at a recent Filmmakers Collaborative FC Academy summer session.

St. Pierre said that while the group has professional equipment on site, they start the students off with a tool they know all too well, their cell phones.

“(Their phones) are easy and accessible,” she said.

But there’s always something to learn, even with technology you know and love. St. Pierre said it’s little tips like turning the phone to film horizontally and capturing nuances and angles that make their little test projects more successful.