Sunday, September 20, 2009


(Check out below for free Scriptwriting Lessons!)
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers intergenerational Community Filmmaking Project brings together diverse neighbors, friends, and even family members for a creative, technical, and intuitive act – making a film. Learn how to create a believable story and a physical world for that story, then as a team capture the vision you have created through camera, lighting, production design and sound.
Learn how to plan your own shoot and
How to call upon your own community for help
Find out about the diverse jobs in the film industry that might suit your personality and abilitieshow to get started and what you have to sacrifice for the pleasure of doing something you like
Already a filmmaker or a retired professional?
Then join the class and bring your skills
Your vision to share in a meaningful environment.
Students from our Spring 2009 "MAKE A FILM" Class
studying what it all begins with - the Script!


1st Class:

INTRO TO SCRIPTWRITING:Written Blueprint for Making a Film(Development)FLM 100 Wednesdays, September 30, October 7,14,21,28, 6:00-9:00pm15 hours ($90)

Open to adults of all ages and teens 16yrs and older

25 Chapel Street, 4th Flr(

At NYC College of Technology Continuing Ed Division)

A,C,F – Jay St/Borough Hall 2,3,4,5 –Borough Hall M,N,R – Court Street

To Register: Call the Continuing Ed: (718) 552-1170

For more info on the classes contact Brooklyn Young Filmmakers (718) 935-0490
(note: our blog is currently more up-to-date than our website)

A comprehensive introduction to screenwriting and how a script is used by all departments as the “blueprint” for making a film. Students will write their own short scripts while studying the four short films that Brooklyn Young Filmmakers has produced in its last four class series*. Students will also read and discuss the student script “THE EX-FACTOR”, which we shoot in the third class.
(Note: Students in this current class will have the opportunity of having their scripts considered as the script selected for production in the Spring 2010 “Make A Film” Class Series.)

Want a free Scriptwriting Lesson?

Paula Philip's script "THE WAITING ROOM" was produced by the Spring 2009 "Make A Film" Class.

Read Paula's original student script (2nd draft) :

Make you own notes about what you like or don't like or don't understand. Then check out our blog every Monday for new lessons:

September 28th

A critique of the 2nd draft of “THE WAITING ROOM” and ideas on how to further develop the script. Feedback by Paula Philip, the student writer, about the critique and revision process. Plus an introduction to script format and where you can find free scriptwriting software online.

October 5th

Posting of the revised script with Director’s notes. Plus notes on Production Design.

October 12th

Understanding the script: Director’s notes to an actor.

October 19th

Sample Storyboards and a Shot List

October 26th

Lessons from “THE WAITING ROOM” Shoot

Paula Philip (a Clinton Hill resident) and Trayce (BYFC Director)
point to still photos of the waiting area in
Brooklyn Child & Family Services ( ,
the Fort Greene location Brooklyn Young Filmmakers
secured for "THE WAITING ROOM" shoot.

(Find out October 5th why we decided
the furnishings and wall coverings already up
in the waiting area in Brooklyn Child & Family Services
didn’t work for “THE WAITING ROOM”)

2nd & 3rd Classes in the “MAKE A FILM” Series:

GETTING STARTED IN FILM: Intro to Production Assistant & Organizing a Low Budget Shoot (Pre-Production)

FLM 200 Wednesdays, November 4,11,18,25, December 2, 9, 16, 6:00-9:00pm 21 Hrs ($120)

A primer on how to make a low budget film and the basics of getting started as a production assistant, using the script “THE EX-FACTOR” as a case study. Students will help workshop the script to develop a shooting script, storyboards, and production design, and then participate in Community Auditions for actors and a Community Scavenger Hunt for wardrobe, props, and set needs. (This class is offered through the Continuing Ed of NYC College of Technology. To Register call: (718) 552-1170.)

MAKE A FILM Class (Production)

FLM 300 Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 6:00 – 9:00pm (plus-out-of-class assignments) & Weekend Shoot 25 Hrs ($120)

Students who take FLM 100 or FLM 200 will be eligible to take this class offered directly by the Brooklyn Young Filmmakers at the location we will be shooting at in Fort Greene. The camera and lighting departments will be headed by a film professional with students assisting. To register for this class contact Brooklyn Young Filmmakers: (718)935-0490


December 5th, Brooklyn Young Filmmakers


The Brooklyn Young Filmmakers Community Filmmaking Project is made possible in part by the Brooklyn Arts Council DCA Regrant Program and Councilwoman Letitia James

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