Create a short film; become a part of a production company

Write, shoot, edit, and produce a short film worthy of a college reel and the film festival circuit while being trained in as a member of StoryArk’s new student production company. Debbie Drew from Cutaway Productions, cinematographer David McClellan, and former LA producer Leah Fein will educate and mentor students in the process of creating an original film. Meetings will take place on Sundays from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at the StoryArk classroom in the Zephyr Studio (421 S Main Street Stillwater in the Brick Alley building). Each week will cover a different facet of film guiding students to completing their final project.

Week 1 – June 2: Concept to Screenplay

Week 2 – June 9: Screenplay to Revision

Week 3 – June 16: Storyboard and Production

Week 4 – June 23: Motion Capture

Week 5 – June 30: Edit 1 – Learn

Week 6 – July 7: Edit 2 – Show

Week 7 – July 14: Final Cut

Week 8 – July 21: Prepare for Screening

Participants can choose to create either a two minute film – either documentary or narrative. 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 July 24th 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 $175 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. Students who master skill sets will be trained and ready to be hired out for student projects. Those interested should contact

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