The Lightning Thief

FREE Online Summer Book and Movie Club

Join Our Online Club:

• Reading The Lightning Thief

• Online Message Board Discussions

• Streaming the Movie

• Live Panel Discussions with Lightning Thief Experts

• Create a Radio Play of one of the Book Scenes


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TK1 Media Intensive:

Filmmaking 101: Cinema as a Language

WHEN: There are two in-person sessions:

  • Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:15pm. Ages 14-18. Limited space available. Starting Tuesday, September 21 @ The Taos Hive.
  • Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:30pm. Ages 12-18. Starting Tuesday, September 28 @ The Taos Hive.
  • Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:00pm. Ages 12-18. Starting Tuesday, September 28. Live via Zoom.

WHERE: In-person: The Taos Hive. 1146 Gusdorf Rd. Digital: Live via Zoom.

WHO: TK1 Director of Media, Pete Monro (pictured at right)

HOW TO REGISTER: This class is for ages 12-18 only; a class for ages 8-11 is here. We are capping participation at 10 for the in-person sessions and 20 for the digital sessions. Free Registration for In-Person Intensive is Here. Free registration for Digital Intensive is Here. All in-person participants MUST provide proof of vaccination or they will not be able to attend.


Did you know that motion pictures are only 140 years old? A incredibly young art form, filmmaking has its own language and vocabulary. This six-session workshop will introduce teachers and students to both the creative and technical language of filmmaking. You will learn how to speak to an audience with the moving image. Broken up into three stages — Pre Production, Production and Post Production — we’ll discuss the various elements of each, and how you can create your own film with readily available resources.  

Week 1: The Spark.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021. 4:00-5:15pm @ The Taos Hive – 1146 Gusdorf Rd.

5:30-7:00pm. Live via Zoom

There are so many different stories to tell — and so many different ways to tell them. This first workshop covers the many possibilities in choosing your project, brainstorming the various ideas bubbling up in your head, as well as how to structure these ideas and solidify them into a concrete, meaningful outline.

Week 2: Get it Write.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021. 4:00-5:15pm @ The Taos Hive – 1146 Gusdorf Rd.

5:30-7:00pm. Live via Zoom

Staring at a blank page is one of the most intimidating things in the world. But noow is the time to take these ideas you’ve developed and put them into script format, writing a screenplay or in another format that works for you. There are plenty of free screenwriting programs that make this process easy for beginners.  

Week 3: Picture is Up.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021. 4:00-5:15pm @ The Taos Hive – 1146 Gusdorf Rd.

5:30-7:00pm. Live via Zoom

Cinematography is at the heart of filmmaking: without the image, there is no film. Every movie and TV show you see is very carefully composed within the frame. This week, we’ll discuss the hows and whys of shot size, the type of camera movements, lighting considerations, and so on. All of these elements communicate something crucial about the story and atmosphere to your audience.  

Week 4 : Lend Me Your Ear.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021. 4:00-5:15pm @ The Taos Hive – 1146 Gusdorf Rd.

5:30-7:00pm. Live via Zoom

Sound recording and design is more essential to filmmaking than you might realize. This week, we’ll discuss the basics of recording sound and sound design. Background noise, sound effects, music… all of these elements can make or break the atmosphere of your film. It’s much more important than you might think! 

Week 5 : Cut It Out.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021. 4:00-5:15pm @ The Taos Hive – 1146 Gusdorf Rd.

5:30-7:00pm. Live via Zoom

Movies are made in the editing room. Deciding what to show and what not to show changes how we experience the story, how we feel about the characters and the overall rhythm of the film. Using Adobe Premiere, we’ll learn some of the tips and tricks to help make the process much easier.

Week 6 : Beyond the Internet.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021. 4:00-5:15pm @ The Taos Hive – 1146 Gusdorf Rd.

5:30-7:00pm. Live via Zoom

We all watch movies online, but the communal experience in theaters is still alive and well. Part of creating this work is finding your audience and sharing it with them. This last week, we’ll talk about what steps you can take in promoting your work and submitting for exhibition — there are literally thousands of film festivals across the world, and your film could play on a big screen in one of them. Using FilmFreeway and other helpful online tools, we’ll explore all the various places to submit and exhibit your film. There are also labs to develop future projects as well as screenwriting contests that can give your projects great momentum.




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