Area teens will have the opportunity to learn professional filmmaking as part of the Media Youth Film Initiative (MyFi) which kicks off its spring session on February 21st. A joint program of the Media Arts Council and the Media Youth Center, the 10 week MyFi class will continue Wednesdays through May 2, 2018.
Since 2012 MyFi has been teaching the fundamental elements of visual storytelling to area high school students. Whether their goal is to be in front of the camera or behind the scenes the kids work in small groups of 6-8 forming a production crew. They learn how to conceive and write a film script, create a storyboard, act in film, direct actors, light a set, record sound and to put it all together in an editing program.
MyFi classes are taught by Hezekiah Lewis, Assistant Professor of Communications at Villanova University, and Darryl Ridgeway, independent filmmaker. Says Lewis, “Filmmakers are essentially storytellers and I believe every kid has a compelling story to share with the world”. The young filmmakers are encouraged to tell their own stories in their own voices. Through the generosity of Villanova’s Media Production Department, MyFi students are able to access state-of-the-art production equipment.
When the MyFi films are completed, students get the special opportunity to have them screened the annual Media Film Festival. Young filmmakers will join professional filmmakers on the red carpet at the historic Media Theatre and enjoy seeing their work on the big screen. The 2018 Media Film Festival takes place May 6, 7, 8th.
Students find the MyFi experience enriching but also great fun. One wrote “I learned so much these past weeks and I’ve been introduced into a new way of life!” Parents have endorsed the program as a number of graduates have gone on to respected college film programs. According to one mother, “My son has participated in the last three classes and the total experience has helped him grow into a confident, young filmmaker.”
Classes will be held Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm from February 21st – May 2nd at the Media Youth Center’s Strine Learning Center, 1 Youth Way, Media, PA 19063. The cost is $175 with scholarships available. For more information or to register please visit www.mediaartscouncil.org