Teen Producers Project

In this 12-week program, youth dive headfirst into the fundamentals of filmmaking and their own short films.

LOCATION: UCSD @ Park & Market. 1100 Market St, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92101

SPRING 2024!

DATES: January 27 – April 20, 2024

Schedule: Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost: $400

Learn the basic principles of filmmaking while producing 2-3 minute documentaries in a collaborative learning environment! Each team produces a short documentary on a vital community issue. Technical instruction focuses on camerawork, lighting techniques, recording audio, interviewing skills, story structure, and editing.
Focused on fictional storytelling, teens further hone their skills through workshops in screenwriting, advanced cinematography, lighting, editing, sound design, and directing actors. Students should have at least 6 months of filmmaking experience.
Scholarships (APPLY HERE)
Need-based scholarships are available for students who qualify. Partial scholarships available on a case-by-case basis.

Take your technical, theoretical and storytelling skills to the next level. Under the guidance of a MACSD community producer, participants will develop short-films aimed at entering the film-festival circuit. While the program is open to ALL young filmmakers, MACSD particularly welcomes applications from Black, indigenous, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ filmmakers. During the program EACH young filmmaker will have the unique opportunity to produce a 5-10 minute short documentary or narrative film. While the genre and subjects of these films is open, MACSD encourages participants to integrate themes that address social issues that impact their communities.

Cost: Waived for all participants.

Eligibility: To be eligible to participate in this program, students must:Between the of ages 14-24.

      1. Previous enrollment in both documentary, narrative TPP courses, other MACSD programs
        OR Provide proof of relevant experience in video production. This could be through a portfolio, past projects, or reference letters from a teacher/professional.
      2. Students should possess the necessary technical skills to operate basic equipment, including the ability to manually expose a camera, set up 3-point lighting, and operate audio equipment such as shotgun and lavalier microphones. Additionally, proficiency with ONE editing software such as Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, or DaVinci Resolve.
Program Benefits:
  1. Equipment: Access to a Canon C70 or C100, zoom and prime lenses including Canon RF 15-35mm, F2.8, 70-200mm, F2.8, 28-70mm, F2 and 50mm, F1.2. External monitors including the Atomos Shogun 7. Lighting equipment by Aputure including 300x, NOVA P300c, and basic 3-point light kit in addition to softboxes, matthews C-stands, and flag kit. Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone and Rode RODELink Lav Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphones. Standard Manfrotto tripod and most other basic equipment needed for production. Editing stations with Adobe Creative Suite and more…Equipment access is subject to availability and scheduling logistics.
  2. Mentorship: Each student will be guided by a community producer, providing valuable mentorship and professional insight.
  3. Practical Experience: Hands-on experience in creating a short film that can be applied in future film projects.
  4. Social Impact: Address social issues that impact their communities, providing a platform for important discussions and potential change.
  5. Collaboration: Students have the option to work in pairs, fostering teamwork, and collaborative problem-solving skills.
Application Process:
  1. Video Sample: Candidates must submit a link to one video sample in which they played a significant creative role (director, writer, editor, etc.) The video sample should demonstrate their storytelling ability, technical skills, and creative vision.
  2. Online Application: This includes details about experience and skills in video production and a short statement about why you are interested in this program and what social issues you are passionate about addressing.
  3. In-Person Interview: Candidates who move to the next stage of the application process will be invited to interview in person at one of our two locations (UCSD @ Park & Market, City Heights IDEA Lab).
Timeline: (Subject to change)
  • June – Development – 2 weeks
  • July – Development – 4 weeks
  • August – Pre-production – 4 weeks
  • September – Pre-production – 2 weeks
  • October – Production – 4 weeks
  • November – Post-production – 4 weeks
  • December – Post-production – 4 weeks



For more information about the Teen Producers Project, contact:

Larry Da Silveira, Education Coordinator
larry@mediaartscenter.org | 619-230-1938