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Video Production Online

Ages 11-18



As technology improves, the barriers to creating movies and tv have never been lower, but what makes a video production good, and how can you use those techniques to make your own films better? Whether it is for the latest TikTok video challenge, home movies, or a budding YouTube viral empire there are film techniques that make videos higher quality, more compelling and more memorable. We will look at some of the basics that go into telling a short story, making a commercial, and making a movie trailer or music video, and examine some of the basics of sound design, video effects, and video editing that can bump up any burgeoning directors’ game!


Ages:  11 – 18
Dates:  Oct. 3 – Nov. 21, 2020
  Saturdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am EST
Tuition:  $325 
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)




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Zachary Rhoades
Comic Artist
Read more about Mr. Rhoades

Zachary Rhoades has been working in media since 2003, and taught undergraduate courses in animation, storyboarding, greenscreen, and production at Art Institute of D.C. and George Mason University. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Rhoades is an avid fan of all things nerd and geek, including cartoons, comics, and video games. Mr. Rhoades has created and contributed to multiple independent comics and books and is a regular contributor to “The Saturday Morning Cartoonists” podcast. Mr. Rhoades earned his bachelor’s degree in computer graphics and animation from George Mason University, and he is currently working on the independent publishing of his illustrated novel series “GENE515.”










Anime Art & Technology
Ages 11-18
Saturdays, 11:30 am–1 am EST
Oct. 3–Nov. 21, 2020


Visual Storytelling:
Art, Comics & Manga

Ages 11-18
Saturdays, 1:30–3:00 pm EST
Oct. 3–Nov. 21, 2020