From Script to Screen

An advanced film class for high school students

Create a short film worthy of a reel or film festival

Write, film, edit, and produce a short film worthy of a college reel and the film festival circuit. Professional filmmakers and educators including Andrew Peterson from Film North, Sundance filmmaker E.G. Bailey, Director Cynthia Uhrich, LA screenwriter Jodie Burke, Debbie Drew from Cutaway Productions, and cinematographer David McClellan will educate and mentor students in the process of creating an original film. With the exception of the first morning gathering, meetings will take place Sundays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at ArtReach St Croix (224 N Fourth St, Stillwater). Each week will cover a different facet of film guiding students to completing their final project.

Week 1 - June 5: Concept to Screenplay (This meeting only from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM)

Week 2 - June 17: Screenplay to Revision

Week 3 - June 24: Storyboard and Production

Week 4 - July 1: Motion Capture

Week 5 - July 15: Edit 1 - Learn

Week 6 - July 22: Edit 2 - Show

Week 7 - July 29: Final Cut

Participants can choose to create either a documentary or a narrative film. Students will be expected to work on their project outside of meeting times and will receive feedback throughout the process. The final film will be considered in the StoryArk Short Film Competition as juried by the professional filmmakers with a $100 prize to the winner. The film will also enjoy a public screening at the StoryArk Festival the evening of August 1 at the Phipps Center for the Arts.

StoryArk is pleased to collaborate with Cutaway, Stillwater Area High School’s student production company, to make this project possible. Bring your own camera if you have it, but equipment will be provided for those students who need it. Tuition is $195 for the session, but no student is ever turned away for financial reasons. Contact if you desire financial assistance.

Note that this experience is for students who are serious filmmakers who dream of a career in the industry. Those interested should contact (Tuition is $195, but scholarship is available)

We empower student voices and equip teen artists to succeed

StoryArk provides a variety of creative programming for youth, allowing them to tell their story through their chosen medium - whether that be a novel, poetry, film, song, podcast or anything else they can dream up. Student initiated and student led, each project is imagined, designed, and developed by youth. Professional authors, screenwriters, filmmakers, musicians, producers, directors and actors share their expertise and experience, helping students gain new skills in their craft and empowering them to become their best creative selves. Find out more at

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