Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Film & Artistic Voice Institute

film & artistic voice Institute

Program Dates: June 21 - 27, 2020
Grades: Rising 8th - Rising 12th

This one-week intensive explores the relationship between filming and editing while exploring the presence of the filmmaker's artistic voice. Students will take daily workshops where they will participate in discussions about understanding and generating their personal artistic voice. These discussions will be applied as the students film and edit their own product. Students will leave the intensive with a short film trailer that will express their artistic style and serve as a jumping off point for larger productions. Previous experience is welcomed, but not required.


Matthew C. Seifert is a media maker and educator. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in film studies and anthropology from Rhode Island College. He has achieved his Master of Fine arts in Film and Visual Media Arts from Emerson College. With a background in narrative media and a passion for interactive media, Matthew strives to explore new avenues for presenting film and interactive media. During his Graduate career, Matthew developed his skills in interactive media and game design. He is excited to work in academia, teaching new generations of students about interactive media and game design. Matthew has displayed work on the Paramount Urban Arts Screen, projected work into the Urban Art Gallery windows, participated in the Digital Immersion Exhibition at the Huret & Spector Gallery at Emerson College. His most recent project and MFA Thesis, Under Maintenance, was accepted into the 2018 Boston Festival of Independent Games.

Zach Roberson, in addition to serving as our Director of Community Programs at Walnut Hill, is a member of the Humanities department where he teaches the History of Film course. Zach holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History focused in Egyptology and a minor in Film Studies from Hood College in Frederick, MD. His senior thesis explored and analyzed the depiction and representation of art museums and historical sites as settings or backgrounds in major blockbuster films. Zach is a cinephile, and always eager to talk about films with his students. He brings high levels of engagement to the classroom setting and sparks interest in anyone who enjoys watching films. Zach is also the faculty advisor for the Anime, Comics, Gaming, and Film Club.