Teens Can Sign Up for Free Summer Film School at Muncie Public Library

tudents in a previous Summer Film School are shown with camera equipment and working together to edit a video. Photo by Noelle Sherrell, MPLStudents in a previous Summer Film School are shown with camera equipment and working together to edit a video. Photo by Noelle Sherrell, MPL

By Susan Fisher—

MUNCIE, Ind.—Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to learn about videography and editing using state-of-the-art equipment at the 2022 Summer Film School at Muncie Public Library (MPL). This free program provides two weeks of hands-on production experience and classes related to film production and will take place at Connection Corner, MPL’s technology center.

Film school instructors are Stuart Cotton, MPL Digital Mentor, and Spenser Querry, MPL Technology and Digital Specialist. According to Cotton, this year’s film school will be just a bit different than in years past. “This year, we will have shorter classroom sessions and more experiences with cameras in-hand so that students can put the concepts to use right away,” he said. “Anyone with an interest in learning how to better tell stories will have lots of fun learning the concepts and then immediately creating their own videos.”

Both instructors promise that the film school experience will be fast-paced and at the end of the two- week course, all students will have completed projects to share on their social media and to add to their portfolios, which can prove helpful, especially for students who are considering the study of film or videography at college. Cotton also pointed out that video skills are increasingly important in general, “In this society, where we celebrate video through the increasing prominence of social media and where videos may be required as part of a scholarship, college, or job application, MPL’s Connection Corner is thrilled to offer students tips and tricks to make their videos stand out.”

The Summer Film School will take place each day, Monday through Friday, during June 6-June 17 from 1-5 p.m. at Connection Corner, located at 1824 E. Centennial Avenue, Muncie.

Applications are available at any MPL branch and can be returned to the Circulation Desk or Information Desk at any branch. The application is also available on the library website at www.munciepubliclibrary.org. Interested applicants can also call Stuart Cotton at (765) 747-8216 or email him at scotton@munpl.org. Students in eighth grade are also eligible to apply and will be considered. A library card is not required and students from any school (city or county) or in homeschooling are welcome to register. The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 24.

Much of the industry-standard equipment and editing software used in film school was made possible by previous technology grants from the George and Frances Ball Foundation and from the Best Buy Foundation.