This is the perfect class for middle and high schools students who have an idea for a short film. Our on-camera acting teacher and indie film producer Mark J. Parker will share his knowledge of making films and teach students the basic steps in filmmaking. All students should have an idea of a short film to shoot and be prepared to spend time writing and thinking about their project during downtime. Mark will guide you through the whole process of making the best video you can – from writing your script, prepping for your shoot, and filming with actors on locations, to editing the footage and posting/publicizing the final film. Students will not be expected to shoot their film during this time – this class is strictly to know the basics before making the film.
Mark J. Parker is an acting coach, independent filmmaker, casting director, digital content creator, podcast host, and SAG-AFTRA actor. Mark has worked on many films and TV shows in various capacities throughout the years, from broadcast series “Ugly Betty” and “30 Rock” to cable shows like “Celebrity Close Calls.” He cast 7 seasons of the ABC hidden camera series “What Would You Do?” at ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions in NYC. Additionally, he’s cast improv-based/soft-scripted TV specials, limited series, and reality series for broadcast, cable, and streaming networks since 2010, along with scripted independent films and video projects. After 40 North American film festival acceptances, his short film “Sticks” is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, and his next short “Family History” will be finished and screening later this year. He co-hosts and produces the entertainment podcast “Add This To Your List,” and his most recent stage credits include: The Laramie Project (Clocktower Players, Irvington, NY), You Can’t Take It With You (St. Jean’s Players, NYC), Night of the Living Dead Live! (interACT Theatre Productions, NJ), and Dog Sees God (AlphaNYC Theater Co., NYC). He graduated from Fordham University and received a certificate in Producing from NYU’s School of Professional Studies.