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Spark Studios

Spark Studios is part of The Art Effect’s workforce programs, a section of programming that is comprised of arts-based career and skills training programs. Spark Studios uses media arts as a platform to provide underserved teens in Poughkeepsie with paid work experiences, work readiness training, and life skills in a positive and student focused out-of-school environment.

CURRENT PROGRAM: Spark Studios Fall Workforce Program
October 12th – December 3rd
Monday – Thursday, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm 

Spark Studios is a filmmaking and videography program for youth interested in developing their film production and professional skills including: Working with clients on commercial videos
and bringing a creative vision to life across stages of production.
Youth who complete Spark Studios earn a $200 stipend.

Click HERE to apply today!

Spark Studios Filming

Creative and technical training in filmmaking to teens ages 14-19

Spark Studios media producers learn the ropes of a fully functioning film set, while also learning workplace skills, receiving training in camera operation and filmmaking techniques, and gaining experience with production software, technology, and the Adobe Creative Suite. 

Filming in Poughkeepsie

Creative Filmmaking

  • Explore cutting-edge media production techniques
  • Artistic and technical skill building to create creative short films
  • Student produced original media productions
  • Industry exposure
  • Develop skills, attitude, and competency for college
  • Intermediate-level youth program skills for entry into the Art Institute (to prepare college film portfolios)
Spark Studios skill building

Last year, youth in Spark Studios produced films for clients including Poughkeepsie City School District, Black Excellence Community, and Hudson River Housing.

Youth filming in Poughkeepsie

Skill Building and Workforce Training

  • Financial literacy and time management skill development
  • Develop community connections and interpersonal skills
  • Media portfolio development
  • Pre-production and post-production basics
  • Specialized training in entry-level assistant roles
  • Real work experience through high-quality media arts productions for community clients
  • Develop skills, attitude, and competency for the workforce, including The Art Effect’s advanced program, Forge Media.
Spark Studios Filming

Youth Film Awards

Many of the films by Spark Studios youth win entries and awards at film festivals around the world:

Last year, “The Edge” won an award at the Wilcat Spirit Film Festival and at the Lower Hudson Media Arts Show. The Film was also a finalist at the Reel Exposure Teen Film and Photography Festival. The film was also selected for Newark IFF Youth Festival, The Lift-Off Sessions and First-Time Filmmaker Sessions.

 “The Lock Down” won an award at the Wildcat Spirit Film Festival and at the Lower Hudson Media Arts Show and was a finalist at the Reel Exposure Teen Film and Photography Festival. It was also selected at The Lift-Off Sessions and First-Time Filmmaker Sessions.

Santa Woman” has won awards at the Rockland Youth Film Festival and the Reel Exposure Teen Film and Photography Festival and was a semi-familist at the Newark IFF Youth Festival.

The Art of Loss” won at the Lower Hudson Media Arts Show.

The Problems We Share” was selected for the Reel Exposure Teen Film and Photography Festival.

Here’s A Toast” won at the Lower Hudson Media Arts Show.

If You Choose To Accept It” was selected for The Lift-Off Sessions and Reel Exposure Teen Film and Photography Festival.

Nirvana” was a finalist at the Newark IFF Youth Festival and a selection at The Lift-Off Sessions and First-Time Filmmaker Sessions.

The Written and “E+MC Scared” were selected for The 9th International Children’s Film Festival.

A Problem” was selected for the Reel Exposure Teen Film and Photography Festival, Dances with Films, and Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival.

DaVinci Jackson – Somedaywas selected for The Lift-Off Sessions, First-Time Filmmaker Sessions and Newark IFF Youth Festival.

Freemium” was selected for The Lift-Off Sessions, Super International Teenager Film Festival and First-Time Filmmaker Sessions.

Spark Studios Summer Planning

In addition to production, The Art Effect partners with local organizations to host panel discussions, screenings, and events that highlight the incredible work produced by Spark Studios youth including The International Reel Exposure Teen Film and Photo Festival and in 2019, we worked with the City of Poughkeepsie to organize a public screening of Spark Studios films with a local HBO production team who provided feedback on youth films.

This program is partially funded by monies received from the United Way of Dutchess County, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dutchess County.

 

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