By Lisa Biehle Files
One Earth Film Festival offers three filmmaking workshops for kids from 3rd through 8th grades which are just for fun or to help develop skills to enter the Young Filmmakers Contest.
High school students in need of extra help with filmmaking may partake of artist/teacher Jeff Lassahn’s free tutelage from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia, 400 S. State St., in Chicago. Call 312-747-5260 first to confirm his availability.
Live Action Workshops for Grades 3 to 8 Live action filmmaking workshops are split into two age groups, grades 3 to 5 and grades 6 to 8. Each age group will have two classes lasting 2-1/2 hours each on Sundays, Dec. 4 and 11. Please bring an ipad or tablet, if possible. The first class will cover story, lighting, and audio, with plenty of time for hands on learning. The following week, the focus will be editing and production. Kids will have time to shoot additional footage during the week between classes.
These two workshops will be held in collaboration with the River Forest Park District at the Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave. Register for grades 3 to 5 here, and for grades 6 to 8 here. Class times for the former go from noon to 2:30 p.m. and for the latter, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for residents of River Forest and $35 for non-residents. Water and a nut-free snack will be provided.
Artist/teacher Jeff Lassahn will guide these workshops with help from freelance film editor Lucy Coria as well as animators David Wall and Lauren Travers (more below).
Animation Workshop for Grades 3 to 8Animators David Wall and Lauren Travers will teach students stop-motion animation using iPads, animation stations, and a special in-house app provided by Steve and Kate’s Camp. Legos will be available, and students are also welcome to bring drawing materials.
This class will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Vincent Ferrer School Gymnasium, 1515 Lathrop, in River Forest. Cost is $30 per person. Water and a nut-free snack will be provided. Register here.