Let’s go make a scary movie!

“The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.” - Wes Craven (Director of Scream, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, Nightmare on Elm Street)

What’s your favorite moment from a horror movie? What are the origins of fear? What dark unknown should we explore? What makes you freak out? You will discover the artistry it takes to create tension, fear and jumps for your viewers. We will examine how and why genre films are so compelling for so many people. Then we will put that all into practice as we write a script, scout for the best locations (dark woods and old, creaky farmhouses are down the street), audition actors, crew up and shoot!

This workshop is for teenagers who want to learn the latest skills and techniques in horror filmmaking from accomplished filmmakers in the genre. The workshop is intense and offers hands-on opportunities to film, create scary sound elements, bone chilling, dramatic lighting, and use gory make-up, all while coming up with props and sets. Create through the lens of a horror movie and learn to design shots, plan action, and ultimately use a crew and direct actors and make something that will have people gasping and covering their eyes in fright.

With the help of professional editors, students will make a horror short shot over the two-week session. Students will  leave with an understanding of the filmmaking process and a sense of their individual talents and path they are most suited for.

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. 

All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.  

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board


Course Dates

This course is not offered at this time.
Check our full workshop listing for other alternatives.

Please email us or call 1-877-577-7700 with any questions.



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