TV Studio Production Classes Lead to Extraordinary Opportunities

Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production classes provide students with unique opportunities to learn about the world of filmmaking, directing and editing, preparing them early for future careers. In the digital media studio, students explore the specific steps that go into creating a film and practice techniques used by professionals. Additionally, the classes have helped students foster connections with the local film community and discover opportunities to network on a broader level that will benefit them in their vocational aspirations.

Two seniors who have already completed the initial TV Studio Production class continued their involvement during the summer and into the fall, thanks to a connection with the Long Beach International Film Festival that teacher Eric Krywe established. Remi Schott, who is in the Television Studio Production 2 class and Julia Wiener, a TV Studio Production 3 student, assisted LBIFF co-founders Ingrid Dodd and Craig Weintraub in carrying out a successful four-night event.

As the youngest of the festival’s interns, Remi and Julia received an opportunity that was primarily afforded to college students. The overall experience further expanded their knowledge of the film industry and the skills it entails as they contributed to the screening of more than 50 films in four theaters across Long Island.

Both seniors helped manage the event’s social media outreach and collaborated with other interns in designing festival merchandise. Remi also helped with directing the films and cleaning up after them, and Julia reached out to companies for sponsorship possibilities.

The festival took place from Sept. 24-27, though the preparations and behind-the-scenes work began long before. Remi and Julia spent hundreds of hours in the months prior to the event attending meetings, receiving training and completing assignments that were necessary to ensure the event would run seamlessly.

Both seniors found that their internships helped solidify their decisions for the future.

“The day after the festival ended, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” said Remi, who originally wanted to pursue film production but now has a stronger interest in the communications side, with plans to major in journalism and minor in broadcasting in college.

Julia, who has known for years that she wants to further her filmmaking studies after graduation, shared similar reflections. “Being able to get firsthand experience and make connections in the industry while still in high school was such a wonderful and special experience,” she said. “It was eye-opening and really helped me realize how attainable my dreams are if I put in the full amount of work that’s needed.”

The two students also emphasized the value of working with experts in the field. “As interns, we had the opportunity to meet lots of filmmakers and directors, and I got the chance to show them my work and have them give me feedback from a professional viewpoint,” said Julia. “I’m still in touch with the people I met,” said Remi. “It is important to keep the lines of communication open.” 

The high school’s TV Studio Production classes teach students how to build their own films from the ground up. Last year, students earned a number of awards and honors through competitions and community-based initiatives. The school held its own film festival, which Dodd attended, last spring and is planning to do so again this school year. The classes also regularly welcome guest filmmakers who share advice and inspiration with the industry’s next generation.