By Education Department08.16.16
Drop by the Media Arts Lab between 1:00-3:00 pm on the first Saturday of the month for our Family Saturdays @ the Lab program!
Each month features three brand new hands-on activities for students ages 3 and up. With the help of our faculty and staff, media makers of all ages can explore, discover, and create amazing projects. We offer a wide variety of activities: from animation and sound editing, to live green-screening and group storytelling projects, plus so much more!
PLEASE NOTE: Family Saturdays @ the Lab run from October through April. Family Saturdays are currently on a "warm weather break," and will resume in October 2017.
Participation is FREE and open to the public. No registration is necessary.
(JBFC Film Family Members receive an "early-bird" perk. Doors open at 12:30 pm for all card-carrying members at the Film Family level and above).
WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF FAMILY SATURDAYS @ THE LAB?
Family Saturdays @ the Lab are held on select Saturdays from October through April from 1:00–3:00 pm. We offer a drop-in schedule, so you may arrive to the program when you like. Each month we explore a new film-related theme. Each of the three featured activities will be centered on that theme. Our faculty and staff will guide your media-making with a brief demonstration of each of the three projects. All materials will be provided.
WHAT IS THE MEDIA ARTS LAB?
The Media Arts Lab, located down the street from the JBFC Theater in Pleasantville, NY, is the hub of our education initiatives. This 27,000-square-foot production space features state-of-the art technology, including an animation studio, a fully equipped soundstage, a recording studio, workshop space, a 60-seat screening room, 16 editing suites, and an equipment room stocked with audio and visual capturing technology. Our building is wheelchair accessible and there are a limited number of cubbies available to you, should you choose to use them.
ARE THERE ANY PERKS FOR MEMBERS?
JBFC members at the Film Family level and above can enjoy a special 30 minute preview of each Family Saturdays @ the Lab program, and enter starting at 12:30pm. Find out more about JBFC Membership levels and benefits online.
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES CAN I EXPECT?
Each month Family Saturdays @ the Lab features three, brand new hands-on activities. All of our activities encourage thoughtful and engaged media-production. Past activities include: sound editing in our recording studio, 2D and 3D animation filmmaking, a virtual rock band on iPad instruments, hand-made film strip coloring and live projection, hand-made electric guitars, live green-screening, and an interactive digital puppet show (just to name a few.)
HOW DO THE ACTIVITIES DIFFER EACH MONTH?
Each Family Saturdays @ the Lab program is designed around a specific theme related to that month's family film programming. Past themes have included: sound, character, and lighting, among others. Past family films have included: Horsefeathers, Safety Last, The Pink Panther, The Boy in the World, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and The Muppets (just to name a few.)
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR FAMILY SATURDAYS @ THE LAB?
We do our very best to provide an all-ages experience. Many of our featured activities are best suited for children ages 3 and up. We strongly encourage guardian participation! Your attention, encouragement, and enthusiasm will certainly contribute to your child's experience at the Media Arts Lab.
CAN I KEEP THE MEDIA I MAKE?
Yes! All digital media creations will be distributed to you after the event, via a download link which will be emailed to the address you provide during your arrival.
WHY ARE THERE NO FAMILY SATURDAYS @ THE LAB FROM MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER?
We take a warm-weather break from May through September because at that time, our Media Arts Lab is filled with over 100 excited campers in grades 3-12! Our Summer @ the Lab program runs M–F from 9:00–4:00 pm. Although our Family Saturdays @ the Lab program goes on hiatus, our family film programming is year-round! Click HERE to learn more about our Summer @ The Lab program, or check out our film calendar to view the upcoming schedule.
ARE THERE OTHER FAMILY PROGRAMS AT THE JBFC?
Yes! The JBFC offers a variety of campus-wide activities for families. Each month features a family film screening at our five-theater cinema. Additionally, we offer a wide variety of courses and workshops year-round for students of all ages. Check out the JBFC Kids page on our website to stay up-to-date on all JBFC Family offerings and opportunities!
Check out our film programming calendar and find out what movies will be playing the day of your visit.