Filmmaking After School – An after school program to write, direct, shoot, and edit movies!

Join us for weekly adventures in filmmaking after school! Monday afternoons (Wednesdays available if Mondays fill). Students will make movies and animations! Topics change every month. January is 90 second Newberry! We’ll be making a film for the book: My Father’s Dragon. February, March, April, and May films TBD.
Youth ages 2nd-6th grade / 3:30-5pm / Flexible dropoff & pickup 30 minutes before/after each class / Mondays January – May
$95/month Tuition – If you’d like to sponsor a student or if your student needs sponsorship, please contact us at
Led by Lisa Smith & Charlotte Taylor



What are we doing?

Do you love to dress in costume and act? Ever dreamed of being a Movie Director? Here’s your chance to try it out! Students will work together to script, storyboard, act in, direct and edit a movie of their own design! We will celebrate at the end of the last class with a screening for family and friends. Students will also get a DVD copy of the movie to take home.

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About the Instructors:

Lisa Smith earned her MA in Film Production from the Ohio University School of Film, where she first taught Film History and Film Production.  Her production experience includes documentary, educational, television advertising and experimental/artistic film and video.  Her work has been screened at  the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Walker Art Center’s Independent Filmmaker Series and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, as well as on PBS as part of “The Independents” series.  Her production credits include awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the Athens International Film & Video Festival.

Lisa has been teaching for the past 17 years, including stop motion animation, film history, and video production, as well as home educating her four sons.  She teaches math & English in the home school community, and conducted a children’s orchestra in the Florida Keys for seven years. Other Asheville area teaching experience includes Carolina Day School, Claxton & Ira Jones Elementaries, UNCA’s Super Saturday, True Ink and her own World Peas Summer Camps.  In 2012, she received the Teacher Innovator Award from PBS and the Henry Ford Museum for teaching stop motion animation.  She currently resides in Asheville, NC.

About the Instructor:

charlotte with projectorsCharlotte Taylor is a process. She is an experimental animator and the program coordinator/faculty of film and video production at a small college in Western North Carolina. Her research ranges from digital animation and handmade film to optical toys, and she is particularly interested in alternative forms of production and presentation. She earned an MFA from the University of Iowa and a BA from the University of Florida. Her work has screened at venues across the world, including: Ann Arbor Film Festival, MonoNoAware, Indie Grits Festival, Strange Beauty Film Festival, TIE, EFF Portland, FLEX Fest, and the Anthology Film Archives. She was the recipient of the 2012 Helen Hill Award from Indie Grits, for her film The Edge of Summer. She enjoys organizing and teaching community filmmaking workshops and is the President of Mechanical Eye Microcinema, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing equitable community access to media arts workshops, resources, and screenings. Charlotte is currently working on a direct animation music video and an animated 16mm essay film about women in Belegarth medieval combat.