RCTV Summer 2020

Photography
August 3-7
Ages 10-17
8:30am-12:30pm OR 1:30pm-5:30pm
Cost $150
Instructors: Anna Cuevas and Angela Merrill
In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of photography including camera settings, depth of field, shot composition, and movement. We’ll be focusing on street photography and portrait photography. This class can be altered to fit the needs of intermediate and advanced photography students.

Explore Adobe
August 10-14
Ages 10-17
8:30am-12:30pm OR 1:30pm-5:30pm
Cost $150
Instructors: Anna Cuevas and Angela Merrill
This workshop will take you through the world of post-production in film. We will learn how to edit, mix sound, color grade footage, and create motion graphics using Adobe software.

Documentary Production
August 17-21
Ages 10-17
8:30am-12:30pm OR 1:30pm-5:30pm
Cost $150
Instructors: Anna Cuevas and Angela Merrill
This workshop will teach the necessary skills of documentary style film while focusing on current event topics and giving students a voice to talk about what is happening around them. We will learn how to operate professional camera equipment and editing software.

For more information and to register, email Classes@rctv.org 

A Senior Profile – Trevor Kinney

4 Years in Drama Club, RCTV Studios, love for Film/Screenwriting

By Catherine Adams

For those that do not know Trevor, he displays an approachable personality because he is always smiling when seen around the halls of RMHS. And those that know him describe him as a kind and respectable student of the RMHS class of 2020 worthy of recognition. 

Trevor has made an impact on the school academically and through extracurriculars. He has made the Honor Roll, continuously for all four years. He was also inducted into the National Honor Society which is an organization that honors students with high GPAs and who do community service work.

Trevor has immersed himself in the RMHS Drama Club. Since Freshman year, Trevor has held roles on the technical crew. As Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Director, as well as other positions like Light Board Operator, Spotlight Operator, and Run Crew member, Trevor has helped produce the plays. He was honored by the club for all his hard work, receiving a scholarship award.

In addition to the Drama Club, Trevor has been a member of the Rocket Independent Video club for the past four years. This year, he held the position of president. He oversees projects as well as works with the club advisors to create project themes based on what the club members want to do. 

His dedication and love for the film and screenwriting industry got him a “fan favorite vote” at a 72-hour film festival. The event and receiving an award, Trevor says, is the highlight of his high school experience. This year it was his team’s third year competing in the event. Winning first place their first year, this past year Trevor wanted to bring home a win. Getting the fan-favorite vote was an experience of a lifetime. 

Because of his love for film production, Trevor has worked at RCTV Studios for four years. There, he films and edits government meetings, local events, and community programming. He also covers studio rentals, and is as a counselor for various classes and camps held at the studio. This job helps him pursue his love for cinema production. 

Trevor volunteers at the YMCA’s Sunday Swim program, where he plays with and helps children with disabilities learn how to swim. Trevor says that “being able to help bring joy and happiness to those who need it is such a satisfying thing to be able to do”

He also volunteers at Artis Senior Living, interacting and running activities for residents with memory conditions. “Being able to bring smiles to the resident’s faces always left me with a sense of joy, which kept me going back to continue to volunteer,” he shares. In addition, last year Trevor volunteered as a CCD teacher for first graders at St. Agnes Parish. “Giving back to others is something I feel is truly important to do, and I’m very thankful for the service opportunities that allow me to do that”

Trevor’s strength in academics are evident in the rigorous courses he has taken. In the past four years, Trevor has taken all honors-level classes and additional Advanced Placement classes. This year, Trevor continues his academic rigor taking Advanced Placement BC Calculus, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Honors Film Literature, Honors French 5, Honors Psychology, Honors Story Writing, and Basics of Guitar and Tech Theatre as electives. 

Through Trevor’s time at the high school, his teachers have inspired him through the intense and interesting classes that he has taken. Ms. Lombardo, his favorite teacher taught his AP Language and Composition last year.  This class strengthened his academic abilities and helped drive his desire to learn and improve even further. Trevor says, “My skills have grown in not just for my English classes, but all other subjects as well.” Ms. Lombardo was thankful to have Trevor in her classes saying, “Trevor was a dedicated and hardworking student who truly cared about the material we were studying.  He also used his unique talent in filmmaking to display his argumentative skills in a creative format”

Aside from his studies and time in the plays, Trevor likes to hang out with friends, play video games, edit videos, and watch movies. He likes to eat pasta, and ice cream and watch his favorite movie, Shawshank Redemption. 

What he will remember most about high school is all of his great friends he met along the way and all of the teachers who have made his experience so enjoyable; people he will never forget.  

Trevor hopes to pursue a career in directing or screenwriting. He hopes to attend Syracuse University where he would major in film production. 

Trevor shares that through his high school experience, “I’ve grown so much as an individual, and learned skills I will keep with me for the rest of my life. I’ve met so many amazing people, made so many unforgettable memories, and learned so much.  It’s a period of my life I could never forget.”

Trevor would like to thank family, friends, and teachers, and teachers who made his pas four years an incredible time. He says it would not have been the same without them. 
Trevor resides on Highland Street with his mother Kathleen, father Kevin, and brother Kevin (15).

Summer 2020 Workshops

Two-Day Explore Adobe

Monday, July 6-Tuesday, July 7

Ages 8-14

8:30am-5:30pm

Cost $120

Instructors: Anna Cuevas & Moriah Greeno

This workshop will take you through the world of post-production in film. We will learn how to edit, mix sound, color grade footage, and create motion graphics using Adobe software.

Three-Day Intro to Video

Wednesday, July 8-Friday, July 10

Ages 8-14

8:30am-5:30pm

Cost $175

Instructors: Angela Merrill & Moriah Greeno

Write, direct and produce your own video production! In this three-day workshop you will learn how to write a script, use professional cameras and editing software.

Two-Day Acting on Screen

Monday, July 13-Tuesday, July 14

Ages 10-16

8:30am-5:30pm

Cost $120

Instructors: Angela Merrill & Moriah Greeno

In this two-day workshop you will learn how to create a script, use professional cameras and gain the acting skills necessary to be the star of your own production! 

Three-Day Photography

Wednesday, July 15-Friday, July 17

Ages 10-16

8:30am-5:30pm

Cost $175

Instructors: Anna Cuevas & Moriah Greeno

In this three-day workshop, you’ll learn the basics of photography including camera settings, depth of field, shot composition, and movement. We’ll be focusing on street photography and portrait photography. This class can be altered to fit the needs of intermediate and advanced photography students.

One-Week Video Production Workshop 

Monday, July 20-Friday, July 24

Ages 10-16

8:30am-5:30pm

Cost $275

Instructors: Anna Cuevas & Moriah Greeno

During this week long workshop, you will learn techniques that are necessary in video production.  Learn what it takes to properly script-write, direct, crew, act and edit your own unique television show or short film. Teachers will guide you thru programs such as: Celtx, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Photoshop, as well as, state-of-the-art camera equipment and even chroma-key to help you create a masterpiece. Viewing for Family and Friends on the final day at 4:30pm.

Screen Play-For Actors

3 week session: Monday, August 3-Friday, August 21 (No Weekends)  –  Cost: $525

2 week sessions: Monday, August 10-Friday, August 21 (No Weekends)  –  Cost: $375

Ages 10-17

8:30am-5:30pm

Instructors: Angela Merrill, Anna Cuevas & Moriah Greeno

In this three-week, collaborative workshop you will learn the skills it takes to perform for the big screen! You will study the screenplay, develop characters, shoot on location and so much more as you learn the skills to make films.  This workshop will have a minimum of two field trips that will happen away from RCTV, as well as, many off location filming opportunities.  Final Red Carpet, Movie Premiere will take place on Sunday, August 11th at RCTV Studios at 3:30pm.

Screen Play-For Crew

Monday, August 3-Friday, August 21 (no Saturdays or Sundays)

Ages 10-17

8:30am-5:30pm

Instructors: Anna Cuevas & Moriah Greeno

Cost: $200 for One Week, $300 for Two Weeks, $400 for Three weeks

Sign up for one, two or all three weeks! In this collaborative workshop, you will learn the skills it takes to create movies for the big screen! You will learn shot composition, lighting techniques, cinematography and so much more as you develop the skills to make films. This workshop will have a minimum of two field trips that will happen away from RCTV, as well as, many off location filming opportunities.  Final Red Carpet, Movie Premiere will take place on Sunday, August 23rd at RCTV Studios at 3:30pm.

For more information and to register, email Classes@rctv.org 

Winter Classes 2020

Advanced Photography for Ages 10-17

Instructor: Anna Cuevas
Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm
Feb 24 – May 4 (No class 4/20: Make-Up, if needed, 5/11)
10 weeks
Cost: $145*

In this 10 week class, students will learn advanced composition and lighting throughout various units such as photojournalism, product, food, portrait, and sports photography. Students must have prior DSLR knowledge. This class culminates with a gallery viewing for family and friends!

Video Production for Ages 8-12

Instructor: Angela Merrill
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm
Feb 25 – May 5 (No class 4/21: Make-Up, if needed, 5/12)
10 weeks
Cost: $140*

In this 10-week course you will get hands on experience with video cameras and editing software while producing PSA’s, commercials and/or movie trailers.  

From Script to Screen for Ages 10-16

Instructor: Angela Merrill
Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm
Feb. 27 – May 7 (No class 4/23: Make-Up if needed, 5/14)
10 weeks
Cost: $210*

In this 10-week class students will first learn how to develop a script for TV or film and then take that script and turn it into a short film or TV episode. Students will learn script writing, camera composition and editing. This class culminates with a final viewing for family and friends!

Graphic Design for Ages 12-17

Instructor: Emma Thompson
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm
Feb. 27 – May 7 (No class 4/23: Make-Up if needed, 5/14)
10 weeks
Cost: $140*

Not able to take graphic design classes in school? This introduction to graphic design class may be a perfect place for you to begin! We’ll start with the basics like color, type, and shape. Then eventually build to full compositions of posters, invitations, and more! 

NEW FOR ADULTS!!

Graphic Design for Adults 

Instructor: Emma Thompson
Thursdays, 7:15-8:15pm
Feb. 27 – May 7 (No class 4/23: Make-Up if needed, 5/14)
10 weeks
Cost: $25 for members $75 for non-members 18+

It’s never too late to learn graphic design! In this introduction to graphic design class, you’ll learn everything from the ground up. We’ll start with the basics like color, type, and shape. Then eventually build to full compositions of posters, invitations, and more!