Reel Lives is, in part, a vocational education program. One of the challenges facing many vocational education programs is a lack of post-training support and opportunities. Our Graduate Program exists to bridge this gap and currently serves upwards of 50 youth annually through a variety of services.
Graduate Skills Workshops
Consisting of 12-15 graduates of our Core Program, these workshops will further our participant’s filmmaking skills. Weekly workshops will be run in advanced filmmaking techniques such as lighting, special effects in editing, and advanced cinematography. The Graduate Workshops will be lead by professionals in the field.
Reel Lives graduates will participate in a series of workshops on ways to use film as a method to promote social change. These workshops will include practicum on designing outreach campaigns around their own films.
Graduate Film Projects
Our Graduate Program participants will work individually and collectively on a number of projects during the year, including projects researched by Reel Lives Staff, and those of our participants’ own creation.
Job / Internship Placement
The importance of applying learned-skills in a professional is incredibly important to the process making the transition to the world of work. All of our graduates will have the opportunity to participate in some sort of professional development through our network of partners.
Reel Lives will produce a monthly online magazine featuring multimedia pieces from our New York and International participants. This project will be managed by our graduates with an advisory panel of Reel Lives staff and journalists. The magazine will be dispersed our mailing list, currently consisting of over 40,000 people.
Introduction to Filmmaking
Our Graduate Program participants will teach an introductory program geared towards seventh and eighth grade students. Each session of ten to twelve students will run for eight weeks. The workshops will teach basic skills in camera use, non-linear editing and documentary film theory. Participants will conceptualize, shoot and create a two-minute silent film.