IC Movieology is an immersive 8-week program that was designed specifically for virtual learning.
Movie storytelling is uniquely visual, visceral, and immediate. Learning how to read and write movies is a universal skill set that applies across many different disciplines and builds leadership, communication and empathy. Students watch and discuss classic movie scenes, gain insider secrets about professional mobile filmmaking and learn how to write, produce, and edit their own movies in a variety of genres including: action, comedy and documentary. Beginners and experts alike will be challenged and inspired by our innovative curriculum!Check Out The Curriculum
Everyone from Steven Spielberg to Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig started by making their own homegrown movies. IC Movieology will teach your kids how to channel their voice and make it more deeply felt. Students will learn how to examine and interpret their personal experiences through creative storytelling and be given the opportunity to write, produce and even star in their own movie masterpieces.Sign Me Up!
- Steven Spielberg
Learn the basics of movie storytelling and how to override the automatic settings on your phone or tablet to create more impactful pictures and videos.
Students will watch clips from classic movies ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Despicable Me, unlock the key ingredients of movie storytelling and learn how to make their own movies in different genres ranging from: comedy, and action adventure to documentary.
Level 2 will still offer lots of movie watching, but also a deeper look at mobile technology including: the apps, filters, and gear that can make your mobile videos look and feel like a professional movie. Topics will include: how to storyboard or create a shot list, directing actors, and advanced editing techniques using professional software.
Open to anyone who has taken "IC Movie Camp" or "Intro to Mobile Filmmaking" and advanced students.
We also offer custom workshops for special audiences including: schools, places of worship, and community film clubs.
IC Movieology was created by Joe Frankel (filmmaker and founder of Imaginary Courtyard Inc.) to bridge the distance gap and inspire a community of filmmakers and “movieologists” to come together during this unprecedented moment and bond over their shared love of movies.
It is now easier than ever to make a professional movie on your phone or tablet and deliver it to a global audience. Popular filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh (Oceans Eleven, Erin Brockovich) and Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) have embraced the format and once you go down the rabbit hole exploring all of the professional apps, filters, and gear that are available it’s easy to see why.
You don’t need to be a seasoned filmmaker to enjoy the pleasures of Movieology either. Whether you’re a visual artist, dancer, actor, musician, or just a movie-lover, the study of movies will enrich your passion by fostering a deeper understanding of visual design, story structure, rhythm & movement and so much more.
It's impossible to quantify how much joy your home-spun movies can bring to you and your loved ones. By teaching your kids how to make movies, you give them the satisfaction of seeing their ideas put into action and the finished product is something that can be shared and cherished by family and friends forever.
How to make movies in your own backyard
What lighting and filters do
Which lenses to use
Different frame rates
How to reimagine iconic movie scenes
Different movie genres
How to be the hero of your own story
"I did IC Movieology this summer and really enjoyed it! I love making movies and this seemed like a great program to improve my skills. Each week Joe introduced a different theme like comedy, mystery, music videos, etc. He was able to engage all of the students even though it was through Zoom. I learned many new skills during the course and even started my own business making tribute and special occasion videos. I hope to take more movie making courses and definitely recommend IC Movieology to others interested in learning and growing their skills.."
- Emily W (Student)
"I had the good fortune to be in the room during several lessons from IC Movieology – I was totally captivated. Joe has a wonderful way of teaching kids a very technical topic. He has a warm and relatable personality and an encyclopedic knowledge of movies and movie history. I particularly appreciate how he selected scenes from iconic films and broke them down as a film maker would, explaining shot choices to evoke different emotions and experiences. My daughter loved it!!"
- Leslie M (Parent)
Joe is the founder of Imaginary Courtyard Inc, a content marketing agency that promotes movies and brands through video production and creative storytelling. He co-created the animated comedy series, Steve Guttenberg: Frenchman that is currently under development in Hollywood and he has worked as a writer, director, producer and script doctor in Toronto, New York, and LA. An alumnus of the MFA Writing for Screen & Television program at USC (University of Southern California in Los Angeles) and the BFA Film & Video Production program at York University, Joe is also the co-founder of the Zoom Student Film Festival. He sits on the annual judges panel reviewing submissions from high-school students around the world.