The Children’s Institute Film School Boasts Successful Program

October 6, 2013 at 6:55 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Children’s Institute Film School, located in Livingston has recently been creating cooking shows through its innovative film programs.

The shows are created for special needs young adults and adults who would like to cook. They feature a chef and one of the school’s students.

TCI Film School students’ cooking show with special guest Chef Alma Schneider will be broad casted locally on TV and nationally on the web.

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The Film School teaches the basics of film/video production to students on the autism spectrum and focuses on two great needs for developing community interaction skills: Increasing non-verbal social skills and career education.

According to professionals at the Film School, collaborating with others is an integral part of all TV and film production. Each participant should have a role and all teammates should work together to create a finished product.

Students of the TCI Film School gain valuable transferable skills by cooperating with staff and peers to create impactful videos.

“Acting on the camera has been observed to heighten the ability of participants in key non-verbal social skills including eye contact, clarity of speech, body posture and movement,” said David Di Ianni, film school director. “Students consistently improve these skills when on camera. We have not documented the generalization of these skills after programs are completed however, we do feel that students gain confidence in their ability to present to others through this experience.”

In addition to work being done in the class room, TCI Film School has also partnered with other academic bodies to provide internships that will help build resumes for students.

One student recently worked as an audio technician on an independent short- film production in Montclair and another student is starting an internship with Woodbridge TV35 this fall to work on the live football broadcasts.

TCI Film School students have also participated in “shadowing programs” at Montclair State University at the University TV facility while others have worked on creating a series of “how to” videos for a private client Camrig,

Two students have been awarded the VSA Award for Arts Achievements and one has been awarded the prestigious Governor’s Award in Art Excellence for his work at the film school.

The school has also produced video footage and interviewed celebrities on campus of TV personalities, The State First Lady, Senator Menendez, former Giants football players and others.

This year, students of TCI Film School will have the opportunity to attend a conference entitled “Behind the Screen, Media Careers 101” sponsored by The Montclair Film Festival at MSU.

TCI Film School is scheduled to be a host venue for the nationally acclaimed Reelabilities film festival by and about filmmakers with disabilities.

TCI Film School successfully completed its first summer session in August 2013 and is starting the fall semester with a 10 week Saturday program as well as the regular school hours sessions during the school year.

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