Young filmmakers get hands-on experience in a course at the Boys and Girls Club.The first-ever class of film students at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach is working its way through the lengthy process of making a movie, learning to develop their artistic "movie eyes" as well as the technical aspects of filmmaking.
Movie Tech Night offers a hands-on introduction to the world of moviemaking. The course runs from September to May.
Film viewing, group discussions and practice in moviemaking keep the students busy in the club's new Teen Center.
Class supervisor Tina Hird said all of the work rests on the kids. The idea of the class is for the students to learn by doing.
"The kids do everything, I'm basically here to make sure they don't break things," Hird said.
Kids are given an opportunity to collaborate on a movie, which serves as the class's main project. The movie project for the inaugural class is a virtual tour of the club's new facilities.