The Arts and Crafts Movement and its idealistic philosophy, based on the synthesis of nature, love of craft, and simple living, was the genesis of the Byrdcliffe Colony and remains a living and growing component. The tradition and the future of education is alive and centered at the historic Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. 

Movie Making

Thursdays, 3 – 5 pm
April 11 – May 2 (4 weeks)

Register HERE

Storytelling Through Moving Images

Filmmaking is a powerful vehicle for making sense of our lives and sharing the stories we want to tell. It is also an appealing way for artists to showcase and promote their work through a short film of their art created with little editing. Learn the skills you need, from framing and storyboarding to shooting and editing, to express your point of view through creation of video art. 

Over 4 sessions, you’ll learn the various types of camera angles and foundational rules for framing that make a moving image both aesthetically pleasing and expressive, as well as the basics of how to cut and rearrange video footage into a meaningful scene or sequence. Students will primarily use their phone for projects, but there will be access to additional camera equipment. 

What You Will Learn

  • An introduction to film theory and storytelling techniques
  • Basic building blocks of the cinematic language
  • Techniques of video production
  • Elements in video-making to tell interesting stories
  • Brainstorming of film ideas and analyzing short films
  • Composition techniques to compose proper shots
  • Storyboard, script, shoot your own short film
    (Using your phone if you don’t own a camera – the objective; to come out with a series of shots that tell a story, no editing necessary)
  • An overview of filmmaking tools (camera accessories, editing software options, etc.), even if not used in this course
  • Develop a deeper understanding and fondness for films and how they are crafted, sparking a long-lasting desire to create in YOU!

Additional Information

Class Location
Kleinert/James Center for the Arts | 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY.

REGISTRATION: First come first served.
Classes fill up quickly. If full, contact or 845.679.2079 to be added to a Waitlist.


Materials fee
There is NO materials fee for this class series.
Bring your iPhone or camera, and your creativity.


Christina Raia

Filmmaker, Educator

Christina Raia is a Woodstock based Writer/Director. Her work, consisting of over a dozen short films, a web series, and two feature films, has screened at film festivals around the world with coverage on press outlets such as Indiewire and BuzzFeed. Through a desire to support and inspire other artists, she co-hosts the educational podcast Breaking Out of Breaking In and teaches workshops on filmmaking, audience building, and creative distribution methods.

Find out more about Christina and her work at