Annual Youth Film Lab Kicks Off

The Woodstock Film Festival’s annual Youth Film Lab kicked off this past Monday July 8, with writer/documentary producer Cynthia Kane talking to students about the filmmaking process, reminding them to always remember the three whys: Why Me. Why This. Why Now.

On Tuesday, Michael Simmonds, acclaimed cinematographer whose portfolio includes films like HALLOWEEN, THE LUNCHBOX, and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, stopped by to talk shot choices, blocking, lighting and more, showing a clip from his film HALLOWEEN to demonstrate some of his points.

Over the course of two weeks, students will learn from the masters and produce their own short films, which will screen at the upcoming Festival, taking place October 2-6, 2019.

Cynthia Kane with the students and mentors of the Youth Film Lab.

Cynthia Kane with the students and mentors of the Youth Film Lab.

Michael Simmonds with the students and mentors of the Youth Film Lab.

Michael Simmonds with the students and mentors of the Youth Film Lab.

Students learning how to use a camera.

Students learning how to use a camera.

Michael Simmonds showing clips from Halloween.

Michael Simmonds showing clips from Halloween.