Spark Studios (formerly Drop TV and Media Magic) 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.
Creative and technical training in filmmaking to teens ages 15-19
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.
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.
- 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)
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 – Someday” was 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.
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.
CURRENT PROGRAM: Spark Studios Summer Youth Employment
July 20 – August 27
Class meetings via Zoom (first two weeks)
In Person at Pershing Studios (last four weeks)
Monday-Thursday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
PAID minimum-wage work opportunity for youth
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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