We are excited to announce that Megan Kiefer, Co-Founder of Take Two Film Academy, will join us as a regular blog contributor in the area of the arts.
Megan is the co-founder of Take Two Film Academy, an after-school, weekend and summer film school for kids 5 to 15 years old. Her co-founder is Matthew Makar, who recently produced and co-directed “Nursery University.” Take Two is involved in afterschool programs all over New York City including: The Mandell School, The British International School, The United Nations International School (UNIS), Packer Collegiate Institute, and Trinity School, and has independent classes open to the public on the weekends, school breaks and during the summer holiday.
Take Two Film Academy teaches kids filmmaking and acting for film. Students work together in teams to write, act, shoot and edit their own short films. Every student is invited to participate in all aspects or just the areas that interest them. At the end of the term students have at least one film that they have made, copied to a DVD, and posted online. Professional equipment, cameras, audio and editing software are provided.
The courses are a great way to create acting reels for aspiring actors and production reels for aspiring filmmakers. The skills students learn benefit them in all the facets of their lives, from school applications, class projects, to learning viral marketing and beyond!
Megan is a filmmaker, producer and director who has taught kids and teens drama and filmmaking for 11 years. Her production company, Oddly Honest Productions sold its first feature length film “Get on the Limo,” an official selection at the Bergen and Memphis International Film Festivals, to the Documentary Film Channel in 2007. Her short films include “Philadelphia” (2003) “Operation Kid’s Takeover” (2005) and “Jacked” (2006). Upon graduating from Tufts University, she has worked on and off-Broadway (“The Thing About Men,” “Assassins,” “Wicked” “Embedded”) and won an OOBR award for assistant directing “The King of Mackie Street.” She is experienced in the business side of video entertainment through Oddly Honest Productions, Comedy Central Home Entertainment, and is currently enrolled in an MBA program at Babson College.