Engage, Educate & Empower
Big Picture Alliance uses digital filmmaking to engage, educate and empower over 200 youth every year through our after school, workforce, and summer programs across Philadelphia.
We partner with schools, cultural institutions and social service agencies to bring filmmakers into the classroom to teach collaborative filmmaking through a hands-on project-based curriculum. Youth learn script writing, video production, and editing through creating original films from script-to-screen.
Our teaching artists work with students to help them find their creative voice, while developing their communication, collaboration, and technical skills. Youth create digital portfolios, share their work with industry professionals through field trips to TV & film studios, and present their films at screenings and festivals.
Life & Career Skills
- Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking
- Media Literacy
- Digital Literacy
- Creative Writing
- Social Emotional Empowerment
- Leadership Development
- Professional Development
- Civic Engagement
Learning The Basics
After School Programs
Students learn the basics of scriptwriting, video/audio production, and editing through creating personal video poems and a collaborative group film around a common theme. The program uses digital media arts to engage students with their Social Studies & English Language Arts curriculum and allows them to earn class credit for their screenplays and final films. Students emerge with digital media portfolios of their work which they can use towards high school and college applications.
Students learn the technical, creative, and professional skills needed to execute full service video productions from script to screen – how to operate professional media equipment, collaboratively plan & execute projects, and present their work to their industry professionals at local TV/media studios. They emerge from the program with a Big Picture Alliance Filmmaking Certificate, resume and digital media portfolio website which they use to apply for scholarships, internships, and work opportunities.
Summer Camps for advanced learning
Students learn scriptwriting, video/audio production, and editing through creating collaborative group films from script to screen. Youth use their films to explore themes of importance to themselves and their communities. The programs expose students to culturally enriching fields trips, workshops and screenings at museums, TV & Film studios, and more.
mENTORSHIP fOR tEENS
Teen Media Collective
Via Lux Teen Media is a youth-led film collective that provides the resources, community and mentorship for teens to collaborate on original films and develop as media professionals. It allows program alumni to continue creating original films, promoting their work to a broader audience, and connecting with media industry professionals. Members write original screenplays and then take on cast & crew roles to collaboratively produce the films under the guidance of mentors. The collective organizes the annual Via Lux Film Fest where they debut their films along with other BPA youth films from programs across Philadelphia.