Reel Focus 2020

Short Films + Workshops

Students in grades 4-7 attend a hands-on filmmaking workshop accompanied by a program of short films tailored to your grade level. We provide study guides to prepare your students for the program and encourage follow-up back in the classroom. Each film program will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers or a discussant. Please read the requirements for booking and send your reservations early. You will be added to our waiting list if we cannot immediately fill your request. Rest assured, we are typically able to accommodate our entire waiting list and make every effort to fulfill your first choice. The workshop descriptions are listed below and the film programs will be announced in January.

When: April 17 – April 20-24, 2019, at 9:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre

To register: Registration will start in January. Pre-registration for Indigenous Spotlight are open and you can grab one of the few spots left here.

Cost: $185 per class (groups of up to 30 students)
Cancellation Policy: Your booking must be cancelled at least two weeks in advance for a full refund  Please send your cancellation in writing to the Education Coordinator.

We also recommend Feature Focus as an alternative to Reel Focus, and Fresh Frames for students in grades 1-4.



Students get animated! Choreographed by the instructor, the class will glide, disappear and fly through the air. This is a great introduction to special effects and stop motion animation.

Digital Filmmaking

The class will learn the functions of a digital video camera, and a few insider tricks. Then students will break into small groups and film short scenes on their own throughout the Roundhouse.


Students shape and mould characters with plasticine and, using stop motion animation, will create short films in small groups. The plasticine is messy, and all kinds of fun!

Objects in Motion

Using everyday office and school supplies, students will animate objects in new, silly, and imaginative ways.

Handmade Film

Explore the art and history of cinema. Students will etch and draw on 16mm celluloid to create a collaborative short film. At the end of the workshop students will be able to see their work projected.

Sound in Film

In this interactive workshop, students will learn about the elements that make up the soundtrack of a film: music, effects and dialogue. In small groups students will create a soundtrack for an animated clip using MacBook Pro computers.

Cut Out Animation

A variety of pre-fashioned and cut out materials will be used to create characters and sets. In small groups, using video capture techniques, students will be taken through the steps of creating a short story.


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