Geoffrey SmithEach summer brings blockbuster movies, and this summer is giving local teens a look behind the scenes of some of the techniques that make those bestsellers possible.

Teens are taking a crash course in putting together their own movie with the program "Teen Movie Making 101," hosted at hometown libraries during June. The free workshop is part of the library’s Teen Summer Reading Program.

The workshop will be led by Geoffrey Smith, a professional in the Oklahoma television and film industry. Smith is an Artist-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council and has taught video production in many venues throughout the state for years, including an annual video production camp at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

The program is longer than most teen library events at four hours, but it will keep teens on their toes as it takes participants through the entire process of making a movie, from pre-production to using storyboards to the roles of director, camera operators and actors in filming the movie.

Then they’ll also complete the video by sitting down at computers and learning post-production and editing techniques.

“In a very short time they will go from a beginning idea to the end with a final product,” Smith said.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants, so registration in advance is required.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.