It’s a “G” Thing: Program nurtures some of New York’s littlest movie makers

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jul 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-11 18:49:02-04

Lights, camera, action!

Mr. G heads to DUMBO to visit Automatic Studio’s Movie Arts Summer Camp.
“We’re really just hoping to expose them to the real technical aspects of filmmaking,” Che Chisholm, co-founder of Automatic Studio, said.

Chisolm started Automatic Studios with her husband, Peter Vietro-Hannum and mother-in-law, Patricia Hannum.
All of the classes and camps are held at the Made in New York Media Center in DUMBO

“We’ve been working in the industry for the last 20 years,” Chisholm explained. “My background is in set design and my husband’s a camera operator.”

They started the company in 2013 to give their own kids and friends a chance to learn about filmmaking.
And they learn all the steps from start to finish.

“We just came up with like all these ideas of what movies we should do, and like all these characters,” Julia, one of the students, said. “[Then]  we sort of combined all our ideas into a zombie movie”

By the end of the first day, the kids have an entire script written for a short film.

“Then they learn how to shotlist it and how to prepare for the film,” Chisholm said.

Next they head to the studio to learn about the equipment, get into character and shoot the movie.

“At the end of each week, the kids are able to see their finished product,” Chisholm said. “Parents and family and friends can come and see and participate and ask questions, it’s really great.”

“It makes you realize how smart these kids are and how easily they can acclimate themselves to media technology,” Wyatt Maker, teacher, described.
“They’re learning that there is no one star in the bunch that you really have to work with your teammates,” Chisholm said.

And the kids have a lot of fun!

"I like it because we actually learn how to make a movie,” Julia said.

“I like handling the equipment and watching it all come together,” Frankie, another student, said.

The lessons and skills learned here, last much longer than a week though"

"I want to be an animator when I grow up, so I think this will helpful because I'm starting at a young age," Ona, a student explained.

And cut!