Children's Film Academy
Mission Statement: To create an amazing learning experience while teaching a hands on approach in a
practical way teaching filmmaking to Children in a fun manner with no lectures.
About The Program: Children's Film Academy is integrated curriculum supports social skills through teaching the importance of sharing ideas, listening, teamwork and collaboration. We teach every aspect of filmmaking, including research, screen writing, technical camera work, story boarding, lighting, audio recording/or film, direction from behind the camera and video editing. Students will team up to form a film crew and perform all of the different roles involved in making an animated short film. Film making is fun and we firmly believe that classes about filmmaking should be fun as well. No lectures here - the best way to learn is by doing. All of our classes are limited to 10 or 12 students and everyone is encouraged to "get their hands dirty." We love filmmaking, and we'll eager to help you learn the craft while you bring your own film dreams to life.
About The Teacher: Gregory Wigfall's early recognition came as an internationally known platinum record artist and entertainer in the music industry in 1984. Songs include the "The Roof Is On Fire" and "The Request Line" which are still hit songs playing worldwide today. As recent as 2005 Gregory Wigfall was the proud recipient of an ASCAP award presented in Beverly Hills, California. This award winning entertainer has now transitioned from the spotlight to working behind the camera as a Cinematographer. This professional entertainer began his career as a professional photographer in the late 1980's. Gregory Wigfall's lush images and mastery behind the lens made him one of Connecticut's premier cinematographers. Gregory's unique blend of style is developed from a broad range of artistic and photographic experience. He has received training from nationally recognized instructors through out the country. In 2008, he completed a certified film course with the Connecticut Film Industry. He Produced and Directed a Webisode, "A Prune Is Bigger Than A Raisin" which is Gregory Carlton Wigfall's version of the Younger Family from the Hit Broadway Play, "A Raisin In The Sun". This Webisode propels the Younger family forward 2 ½ generations into the year 2008. His leadership and commitment keeps him on the cutting edge of technology. Gregory Wigfall Graduate from Film School in 2013. He is the recipient of a student short film award "Best Produced Short Film" prize for his short "The Chase Hughes Story." Prior to Film School, He spent 21 years of his life working as a Connecticut State Trooper. After retiring in 2005, he coordinated and ran a media performance camp called "Coming To The Stage" where young students learned to Act, Dance, Sing/Rap, Photography and Audio Recording. He is passionate about teaching young people how to use film and photography to create impact and change in the world.