Summer Youth: Short Film Challenge (Ages 12-18)

  • Monday, August 07, 2023
  • Thursday, August 10, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, August 07, 2023, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, August 08, 2023, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, August 09, 2023, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 10, 2023, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Podcast Studio, Class Code ME080723CJ2
  • 2


  • $280 + $15 Materials Fee
  • $220 + $15 Materials Fee


Create a two-minute, live-action short film in any genre with your phone or tablet.

About this Class

Challenge yourself to an action, drama, comedy, horror, or sci-fi (or any combination of these genres) short film with a beginning, middle, and end. Learn how to shoot and edit on your phone or tablet. No experience necessary, just bring your device and your imagination.

In this class you will:

  • Break down what a genre or cross-genre is
  • Pick the theme
  • Write the script/storyboard
  • Learn how to light for your genre
  • Learn about genre-specific camera work (angles, methods, etc.)
  • Edit your footage
  • Any visual/special effects?
  • Finish your film
  • Showcase it to the class


  • For students ages 12-18.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration closes Monday, July 31.
  • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • You may register your youth for an optional, supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.

  • A materials fee of $15 is included in the cost of the class and covers materials needed. See below for what students need to bring.


Students will make a short project of either their own theme or one chosen by the class.


          Students need to bring a smartphone, laptop, or tablet, and any props they may want to use.

          Class Policies


          Courtney G. Jones is a 30-year veteran of the film and television industry who has long been an advocate of the kind of accessibility mobile filmmaking offers. He serves as head of development for Steve Zahn & Rick Gomez’s company, Macaroni Art Productions. He has produced and directed feature films, commercials, documentaries, and series - some of which have been shot on mobile. He brings a wealth of technical and creative know-how to the classroom. Courtney’s main goal is to show that anyone can make something amazing with the technology that's in their pocket. When he's not writing, producing, filming, editing, or teaching, he’s typically daydreaming about flying, living on a boat, or trying new recipes.

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