YouTube: Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, camera, action!

Last quarter, students at ESN-NYC participated in the Film Elective led by instructors Meghan Killeen and Andrew Dispensa. Get a behind-the-scenes look at their YouTube film project.

The 10-week course took students through the different phases of filmmaking, providing a hands-on opportunity to develop their technical skills and English proficiency. First, students brainstormed and collaborated on a pitch. Next, students brought their ideas to life through storyboarding and acting rehearsals. Finally, students had the opportunity to partner with Vicki and Jay Hollett, of Simple English Videos and film at the YouTube headquarters in Chelsea, New York City.

Student Anna Kaliuzhnaia commented that, “Shooting at YouTube Studios was an unforgettable experience! We were able to use the professional equipment and I learned a lot of words for the film industry.” 

Check out the YouTube Space in NYC by clicking here.

We’d like to present the film short, Potato Chips, a film about working together and letting loose! Dig in and let us know what you think by commenting below! 


hands-on (adj.)- active participation, not just book learning

pitch (n.)- a presentation of an idea to get support

storyboard (n.)- a series of drawings to represent planned shots for a film