The After School Clubs Filmmaking class is heading into it’s second season! In this hands on course, 5th through 8th graders have an opportunity to experience every aspect of film production from start to finish, with other students who share their filmmaking passion.

Under the guidance of HMS parents and professional filmmaker, Nan Bress and professional animator, Rochelle Victor, our students get to work all positions of a small film crew. From production assistant and sound engineer, to camera operator and director, students get to do it all as they work on class assignments and a final group project of their own making.


Along the way students will meet working professionals and be exposed to a variety of story-telling genres and conventions, ultimately becoming auteurs, as they share and learn to critique the raw footage they shoot each week and watch clips from classics.

In addition, students will learn to use an impressive array of camera equipment, including professional High Definition video cameras, a DSLR camera, a “vlogging” (video blogging) camera, a drone, a Go-Pro, and consumer cameras including flip cams, ipods and cellphones.

They will be taught the basics of film and documentary genres, shooting techniques, and how to record good quality audio using professional equipment.They are also learning how to import their clips onto a computer, log their footage, add selected clips to a timeline, add music, and create titles.

The program will culminate in the premier of the videos our filmmakers create! Stay tuned for screening dates and times! 

“I’ve never directed before and it’s been amazing! I’ve gotten to write too. This course is a great way to be able to collaborate with people and have an excellent final result.” Cody V.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to make a film that we wouldn’t have the ability to make without Rochelle and Nan. I appreciate how they allow the kids to write their own scripts and use their own artistic styles within the movie. They have supported us, in that they’re finding ways to make almost every one of our ideas realities.” Gideon L.

From Nan Bress
“Please join ‘The Awkward School Dance’ Film production this Spring Break! Here are the details:

  • Come to the PAC Monday or Tuesday, March 26th or 27th
  • Wear 1980’s school dance clothes
  • We’ll be filming 10:00 am to 3:00 pm both days.
Drop in for just a couple of hours or all day both days! You’ll experience a bit of Hollywood at High Meadow!” You can reach me at (845) 706-3074
or e-mail me at Hope to see you there!”
Thanks Everyone and Happy Spring!