IC Movieology, virtual after-school training for young filmmakers

Virtual after-school program for the next generation of filmmakers.

IC Movieology is an immersive 8-week course that was designed specifically for virtual learning.

  • Small groups meet for fun, interactive ZOOM sessions once per week starting January 11th.
  • Monday - Thursday, 4:30 - 5:30 or 5:30 - 6:30 pm
  • Age 9 - 17
  • Anyone with a smartphone or tablet that films HD video can enroll.
  • Students are grouped according to age and expertise.
  • No prior experience is required!

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Increase your child’s visual literacy & fluency.

Movie storytelling is uniquely visual, visceral, and immediate. Learning how to read and write movies is a universal skill set that applies across many different disciplines and builds leadership, communication skills and empathy. In IC Movieology, students watch and discuss classic movie scenes, gain insider secrets about professional mobile filmmaking and learn how to write, produce, and edit their own movies in a variety of genres including: action, comedy and documentary. Beginners and experts alike will be challenged and inspired by our innovative curriculum!

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IC Movieology hosts online film classes for kids and youth age 9-17
IC Movieology, an e-learning program for kids and youth who love movies

Unleash your child's inner wunderkind.

Everyone from Steven Spielberg to Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig started by making their own homegrown movies. IC Movieology will teach your kids how to channel their voice and make it more deeply felt. Students will learn how to examine and interpret their personal experiences through creative storytelling and be given the opportunity to write, produce and even star in their own movie masterpieces.

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"You have to be ready to hear what whispers in your ear... and if it tickles your heart and it's something you want to do for the rest of your life... we will benefit."

- Steven Spielberg


IC Movieology is an inspiring after-school online program that teaches kids and teens how to make movies on their phone or tablet

Level 1: Intro to Mobile Filmmaking
(8 weeks)

Learn the basics of movie storytelling and how to override the automatic settings on your phone or tablet to create more impactful pictures and videos.

Students will watch clips from classic movies ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Despicable Me, unlock the key ingredients of movie storytelling and learn how to make their own movies in different genres ranging from: comedy, and action adventure to documentary.

Level 2: Advanced Mobile Techniques
(8 weeks)

Level 2 will still offer lots of movie watching, but also a deeper look at mobile technology including: the apps, filters, and gear that can make your mobile videos look and feel like a professional movie. Topics will include: how to storyboard or create a shot list, directing actors, and advanced editing techniques using professional software.

Open to anyone who has taken "IC Movie Camp" or "Intro to Mobile Filmmaking" and advanced students.

*We also offer custom workshops for special audiences including: schools, places of worship, and community film clubs.

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Program Cost

$200 + tax (CAD) for 8 live one-hour ZOOM sessions.

50% Discount for Siblings.

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IC Movieology teaches youth how to make movies through their integrative, online film courses

About IC

IC Movieology, filmmaking for kids and youth

IC Movieology was created by Joe Frankel (filmmaker and founder of Imaginary Courtyard Inc.) to bridge the distance gap and inspire a community of filmmakers and “movieologists” to come together during this unprecedented moment and bond over their shared love of movies.

It is now easier than ever to make a professional movie on your phone or tablet and deliver it to a global audience. Popular filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh (Oceans Eleven, Erin Brockovich) and Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) have embraced the format and once you go down the rabbit hole exploring all of the professional apps, filters, and gear that are available it’s easy to see why.

You don’t need to be a seasoned filmmaker to enjoy the pleasures of Movieology either. Whether you’re a visual artist, dancer, actor, musician, or just a movie-lover, the study of movies will enrich your passion by fostering a deeper understanding of visual design, story structure, rhythm & movement and so much more.

It's impossible to quantify how much joy your home-spun movies can bring to you and your loved ones. By teaching your kids how to make movies, you give them the satisfaction of seeing their ideas put into action and the finished product is something that can be shared and cherished by family and friends forever.

Movieologists Explore...

At IC Movieology, young filmmakers will explore film apps & gears

Film apps & gear

At IC Movieology, young filmmakers will explore lighting & filters

Lighting & filters

At IC Movieology, young filmmakers will explore camera lenses

Camera lenses

At IC Movieology, young filmmakers will explore different frame rates

Different frame rates

At IC Movieology, young filmmakers will explore character creation

Character creation

At IC Movieology, young filmmakers will explore visual storytelling

Visual storytelling

At IC Movieology, young filmmakers will explore different genres

Different genres

At IC Movieology, young filmmakers will explore movie icons

Movie icons

What People Are Saying...

I did IC Movieology this summer and really enjoyed it! I love making movies and this seemed like a great program to improve my skills. Each week Joe introduced a different theme like comedy, mystery, music videos, etc. He was able to engage all of the students even though it was through Zoom. I learned many new skills during the course and even started my own business making tribute and special occasion videos. I hope to take more movie making courses and definitely recommend IC Movieology to others interested in learning and growing their skills..

- Emily W (Student)

I had the good fortune to be in the room during several lessons from IC Movieology – I was totally captivated. Joe has a wonderful way of teaching kids a very technical topic. He has a warm and relatable personality and an encyclopedic knowledge of movies and movie history. I particularly appreciate how he selected scenes from iconic films and broke them down as a film maker would, explaining shot choices to evoke different emotions and experiences. My daughter loved it!!

- Leslie M (Parent)

Before IC Movieology I only watched movies. Now I make them. At IC Movieology, every week we would have a lesson on a different topic - like the first week we learned about all the different angles we use in films. My two ultimate favourite things about the program is that we got to see different scenes from famous movies, like E.T. and my 2nd favourite thing is that every week the students got to watch each other’s short films. Joe is a great teacher because he relates to all of the ideas in the group and makes the learning fun.

— Anne C (Student)

I watched over my son's shoulder during Zoom classes and we both learned a ton! Speaking as a teacher with 20 years of experience, IC Movieology offers essential learning that should be mandatory in schools. The program made us appreciate the movies we watch on a much deeper level.

- Marika C (Parent)

Joe's passion shines through while he teaches. He is very engaging and explains concepts extremely well. Jaden learned a lot about movies and is always excited to put his knowledge into action!

- Cecilia O (Parent)

My daughter had already been making movies on her phone for a few years before signing up for Joe's summer Movieology program and the curriculum exceeded her expectations. Joe kept the Zoom classes lively and fun and the clips he screened opened her mind to all different types of movies. Thanks to the course, she now want to continue to pursue her learning about film. As a parent, it has been great to see her so energized by her work.

- Camille C (Parent)

Joe has been a guest and hosted custom workshops for my English Writer's Craft class on several occasions. His passion for movies is infectious. He has a great rapport with the kids and keeps his classes lively and engaging. I wish I was younger so I could sign up for Movieology!

- Sarah K (Teacher)

Spotlight on:
Joe Frankel,
Program Director

Joe is the founder of Imaginary Courtyard Inc, a content marketing agency that promotes movies and brands through video production and creative storytelling. He co-created the animated comedy series, Steve Guttenberg: Frenchman that is currently under development in Hollywood and he has worked as a writer, director, producer and script doctor in Toronto, New York, and LA for companies ranging from Cineplex Entertainment to Universal Studios. An alumnus of the MFA Writing for Screen & Television program at USC (University of Southern California) in Los Angeles and the BFA Film & Video Production program at York University, Joe is also the co-founder of the Zoom Student Film Festival. He sits on the annual judges panel reviewing submissions from high-school students around the world.

Joe Frankel, founder of Imaginary Courtyard Inc

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