Film Making Group

GROUPWORKS WEST

FILM MAKING GROUP

 

Using Film Making to Unlock Creativity, Imagination, Improvisation, Collaboration, Empathy, and Self-Awareness in Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

GroupWorks West is pleased to offer film making groups for children and teens from 8 to 18 years old. Group members will create short films, documentaries, music videos, commercials, and television shows and in the process expand their social imaginations and creative problem solving abilities. By engaging in film making members will improve their ability to successfully function within an ensemble and navigate group dynamics.

 

The process of film making requires group members to use their creativity and perspective taking abilities to create narratives and stories, develop characters, and engage with actors in reciprocal manner to produce a finished product.

 

Group members will explore different genres of film making, including action, comedy, drama, and satire. This exploration process will enable members to experience and respond to a wide range of human emotions – which will help strengthen their capacity for empathy and self-awareness.

 

Children and teens with ASD are visual learners and are highly motivated to learn about films and film making. As a result of their learning style and motivation, they are willing to take on and master challenges through film making needed for friendship, academic achievement, and employment: innovation, improvisation, grey area thinking, and teamwork-collaboration.

Group Leaders:

Christopher Mulligan and Elizabeth Bauman

Christopher Mulligan LCSW is the founder and clinical director of GroupWorks West. Christopher has been working with children and teens with autism for 20 years and has facilitated film making groups for ASD children and teens for 12 years. Christopher has a passion for filmmaking and a personal connection to film as he grew up watching firsthand the creative and collaborative process of making films. Christopher Mulligan is the son of director Robert Mulligan (“To Kill a Mockingbird”) and the nephew of actor Richard Mulligan (“Soap” and “Empty Nest”).

Elizabeth is an actor and filmmaker (check out her IMDB filmography) and a well-respected acting coach. She has taught at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute both in New York and Los Angeles and at Scott Sedita Acting Studios as well as privately for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a Master’s Degree in Performance Education from NYU, and a Master’s Degree in Drama Therapy from the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles. She has worked with and counseled children and teens in group homes and was the resident drama therapist at Hollygrove Orphans Home in Hollywood. Elizabeth has also worked in rehabilitation centers with developmentally disabled adults, teens on the autistic spectrum, as well as children and teens with psychological disorders utilizing video therapy, narrative drama therapy and monologue work.

Groups meet for 10 weeks for 2.0 hours. Groups are offered both weekdays and weekends. Call 310/287-1640 or email groupworkswest@aol.com for more information

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