Greenpoint Gazette


BY Megan Soyars

Age Range: 5-15 years
Dates: Summer Camp: June 17th-August 30th; children enroll on week-by-week basis
Cost: Summer Camp 1-week: $600-$700. Packages available from $600-$1350.
Phone: 347-699-6401
Address: 62 Greenpoint Ave #4

Do you feel like your child could be the next Stephen Spielberg or J.J. Abrams? Then have them sign up to take to take classes with CinemaKidz during the summer! CinemaKidz allows children the opportunity to create their very own stop-animated movies, short films, and documentaries. They offer birthday parties, after-school classes, and a summer camp. CinemaKidz helps children write a script, learn the fundamentals of directing and acting, use the newest video cameras and production equipment, and edit their film under the supervision of well-experienced film professionals.

Summer Camp

Currently, CinemaKidz offers two different week-long summer camps, Cinessentials and Adventures in Animation. According to Founder Ingrid Aravena: “During Cinessentials, kids will learn the ABC’s of filmmaking. Every child will learn the fundamentals of script writing and storyboarding, working in a collaborative environment together to write an original script. Throughout the week each child will have the chance to become an actor, director, cinematographer and more! After shooting the film, kids will learn to edit in Final Cut Pro. Everyone leaves camp with a DVD of the movie, great memories, and a new set of skills.”

The somewhat more advanced Adventures in Animation teaches the fundamentals of filmmaking. Instead of one great film, however, the kids will make several shorts and one longer final piece. Working with objects they find or create, kids will plan and create short stop-motion films. “Legos, toys, or claymation; you name it, they can use it,” said Aravena.

Each camp day lasts from 9-4pm. Aravena recommends kids ages 8-13, but said that programs can be molded for those as young as 6 and as old as 15. To see some of the videos made by the budding directors at CinemaKidz, visit their website.


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