This new class being offered by the High Point Public Library will likely not be able to stop your teen from texting 15 hours a day, but at least it will give him or her another option as to how to use that phone.

The library is going to host a film class for teens – ages 13-18 – that will teach them how to write, film and edit a short movie on their smartphone.

More and more full-length motion pictures are being shot on smartphones these days.  To take one example: Steven Soderbergh’s disturbing film “Unsane” was shot on an iPhone.

And, now, the High Point Public Library is hoping to inspire that same creative urge in youngsters and start them out on a slightly smaller scale.

Registration for the unique class is required.  Those interested can register on the library’s website as well as on the Teen Garage Facebook page.  The class is free, but, of course, you’ll need a pretty good phone.

The library’s new “Screen To Screen Film Class” will start on Thursday, June 17. Classes will be virtual even though hopefully the pandemic will be less of a threat next month.

Here are some of the topics that will be covered in the classes this summer:

  • Developing Your Idea
  • Introduction to Script Writing
  • Storyboarding Your Short Film
  • Introduction to Filming
  • Editing the Film on Your Phone

The course will culminate with a “Screen to Screen Film Festival,” which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the High Point Museum, outside on the lawn.

Hopefully, ten years from now, when these young directors mature, High Point will become known as the “Hollywood of the East.”