2017 PCFF Youth Filmmaking Workshops


Want to learn how to make a movie? Registration is now open for the 2017 PCFF Youth Filmmaking Workshops for ages 6 to 14. Learn the art of animation, how to make sounds, create special effects and more! All participants’ films will be included in the 2017 PCFF Group Workshop Reel, shown on the big screen during the Festival! Find class details and registration below. Classes often sell out, so don’t delay – register today!

Group Workshop Image 2016

Click to watch 2016 Group Workshop Reel

Saturday, February 11th

NEW! Found Object Character Creation Animation
Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Ages 6 – 12
Learn how to design characters from everyday objects then bring them to life! Workshop participants will learn how to conceptualize and build an actual character using trash from home and/or recycled supplies provided. Starting with pencil and paper, participants will then create a storyboard and film a sequence with their own “creature.”

Saturday, 9:30am–12:30pm
Saturday, 1:00pm–4:00 pm
Ages 6 – 10
Explore the art of Claymation. Make things grow, disappear and smile…in clay! Using clay, students experiment with simple forms and textures.

LIVE ACTION! Green Screen
Saturday, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Ages 10 – 14
Ever wondered how a green screen works? In this workshop students learn the fundamentals of green screening special effects and take turns filming themselves in front of a green screen then in front of backgrounds based on their own artwork.



Sunday, February 12th

Pixilation and Lightpainting Fun
Sunday, 9:30am–12:30pm
Ages 8 – 14
Animate light and people! Simple flashlights become our paintbrushes in this workshop. Using a dark room and flashlights, students generate moving light with long exposure photography. Make simple, repeated shapes with light source to generate the illusion of glowing, animated light. Kids will also learn the animation technique of pixilation. The class will “race” each other without running…a la Norman McLaren.

Character Adventure with Sound Effects
Sunday, 9:30am–12:30pm
Ages 8 – 14
Make your characters come to life with sound! In this class students discuss the role of sound in animation and learn to use sound effects.Screenshot 2015-12-14 12.20.12

LIVE ACTION! Special Effects and Camera Tricks
Sunday, 1:00am–4:00pm
Ages 10 – 14
Discover the world behind practical special effects using common ingredients. Concoctions of slime, blood, and alien drool will be made in class. Learn how to use a camera to fly, slide, and teleport!

“Explore New Worlds” Adventure Animation
Sunday, 1:00am–4:00pm
Ages 6 – 10
Ever dreamed about traveling the world by plane, boat, or automobile? Or flying to outer space to see new worlds? Bring your imagination and learn the art of animated storytelling. Work as a group to create an out-of-this-world adventure film!

FEE: $60 per 3-hour workshop. Includes material / equipment fee PLUS allows student and 1 guest to attend the 2017 Youth Filmmaker Showcase free of charge. Limited scholarships are available. Last year ALL the workshops sold out. Don’t wait! Register today! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

All workshops take place in the RISD Auditorium Building, 17 Canal Walk, Providence, RI 02903. Use Market Square entrance, across from RISD Museum. Click here for map.

WAITLIST: Class sold out? Click here to be added to the workshop waitlist.

For more information regarding workshops, please contact Alyssa Biolchini at office@pcffri.org or 401-209-7585.