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Intro to Filmmaking for Teens and Young Adults

  • 120 min mins

In our first-ever “Intro to Filmmaking for Teens and Young Adults” workshop, we’re virtually connecting to inspire passionate, young people who are interested in entering the film industry.

This 2-week workshop will be a candid, fun, educational networking experience for teens and young adults age 13-22.

DATES: March 9th and 16th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

To start, teens will learn an overview of different jobs in the film industry including producing, sound, cinematography, editing, directing, and production design. We’ll teach them key steps on how to get started in film, set etiquette, career planning, business, and team building.

Students will receive guidance on how to balance a life in the arts with the realities of earning an income and having a diverse skill set that ensures longevity in the community. One of the main goals of the course is to help each attendee determine what jobs in the industry might fit their personality and abilities based on a realistic approach.


The class will be taught by Jodi Cilley, a long time educator with over 15 years of experience teaching film to teenagers through the Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project.  

Jodi Cilley is a long-time filmmaker, entrepreneur, and educator. She has been teaching video production since 2004 and has taught video and editing at San Diego City College, UC San Diego Extension Digital Arts Center, Platt College, and the Media Arts Center San Diego. She has produced over a hundred projects including web series’, short films, TV specials, documentaries, and commercial projects, and recently produced Film Indiego, a 6-Part TV Series for KPBS. She has a BS in Sociology from Boston College and an MBA with specializations in entrepreneurship and management from San Diego State University. As the founder and current president of the Film Consortium San Diego and the founder and producer of the annual San Diego Film Awards and San Diego Film Week, she is working to build a strong local film industry and to increase exhibition, distribution, funding, and employment opportunities for local up and coming film talent.