Learn movie magic at ACMI

September 15, 2022 BY

All deliverers are trained teachers with VIT registration, or arts practitioners with Working With Children cards.

The popular school holiday workshops at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) are back this spring.

Keep young hands and minds busy with our rich program of fun and engaging workshops that also teach important STEAM skills.

These holidays, children can learn the skills behind creating a successful YouTube video, learn the secrets of special effects or explore how to make a film masterpiece.

Younger kids can join us to learn how to create blockbuster movies using iPads.

In Make a Movie, a hands-on and creative filmmaking workshop, children can learn the basics of producing, directing and acting in a short film.

Over two days, children aged 9-13 will work together in small groups, under the guidance of experienced staff, to create a team name for their own movie studio, pitch their ideas, write a script outline, act, direct, and operate a camera.

After filming on location at ACMI and around Federation Square, the group will then cut the film together in our post-production studio, adding special effects and a soundtrack.

Keep young hands and minds busy with a rich program of fun and engaging workshops.


There’s also a session for younger children (aged 6-9), so if your child love movies, Junior Make a Movie will show them how to make their own and star in them.

Children can take the first steps on their filmmaking journey with this hands-on creative workshop designed for lower-middle primary ages.

ACMI’s experienced staff will guide participants to plan and create a short film using only a tablet.

From planning a story to shooting and editing, kids will participate in all aspects of movie creation while making new friends along the way.

They will also learn skills to continue their exploration of movie-making at home with their own devices.

The YouTube Starz workshop for children aged 9-13 will see them learn tips and tricks to take their YouTube content to the next level.

This creative and practical workshop will teach children to write effective content and use a green screen, and explore how YouTube stars create videos that go viral.

Participants will learn have the know-how to create videos that look professional, stand out from the crowd and maximise the amount of views they receive.

Younger kids can learn how to create blockbuster movies using iPads.


In Video Wizards: Special Effects (ages 9-13), learn the secrets to creating an awe-inspiring effects video starring you and your friends. Working in small groups, children can begin their journeys to becoming innovative content creators in this hands-on workshop.

Using iPad technology to teach classic practical effects, this workshop puts a new spin on useful filmmaking skills.

Working in small groups to plan, film, and edit an eye-popping video full of impressive transitions, children will learn new skills that are easy to replicate at home.

Children do not need to be accompanied by parents at these workshops.

All our deliverers are trained teachers with VIT registration, or arts practitioners with Working With Children cards.

Lunch is not provided as part of the workshop – children need to bring a packed lunch.

ACMI’s school holiday workshops run from September 19-30 at the Gandel Digital Future Lab 2, Level 1, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne.

For more information or to book, head to acmi.net.au/whats-on/school-holiday-workshops

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