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Calling all who love movies! Join us for the second annual St. Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival, a regional film competition presented by the Science Center and Cinema St. Louis.

In addition to screening entries in the competition, you will have backstage access to movie magic! Learn about cinematography, special effects, editing, directing, lighting, costuming, and set design, by giving it a try! At the end of the evening, winners of the film competition will be announced and screened in the OMNIMAX Theater. #FridayGeekOut

What is First Friday?

Unless otherwise noted by the , all activities are FREE! Free parking on First Fridays! All items marked with a require tickets. Tickets for free screenings available at any box office, starting at 6pm.

Not to Be Missed!

6-9pm, Campus Wide
Science Center Studios Backstage Pass

Want to learn what goes into making movies? Visit sound stages, take Filmmaking 101 classes, and try activities throughout the campus to get stamps on your pass. When you have four stamps, go to the Cinema St. Louis table in the main building; the first 100 people to complete their pass will receive Cinema St. Louis prizes.

 

6:30pm & 7:30pm, T. Rex Meeting Room/LL Science Center Studios Screening Room

Watch the finalists in the St. Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival and cast your vote for the Audience Choice Award.

 

6:30 to 8:30pm, Life Science Lab Classroom/1, GROW Meeting Room/1, GROW Classroom/GROW
Filmmaking 101s

Learn from the experts about different facets of the filmmaking process, including screenwriting, special effects, acting, editing, and more. See the Scheduled Activities section of this program for details. Space is limited. Register at the table outside each classroom to reserve your spot!

 

9pm, OMNIMAX Theater/2
St. Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival, Award Ceremony

See all of the finalists and learn which films have won prizes!

 

Ongoing Activities, 6-9pm

Lower Level-LL

  • At Sound Stage B learn how to work a camera and help shoot a scene in Science Center Studios upcoming film
  • Visit the Costume Department and work with costumers from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Archon in May Hall.
  • Visit the Special Effects room in Dino Den to learn more about practical and digital movie effects.

First Floor-1

  • Talk with filmmakers from Webster University and Lindenwood University, who have helped create all of tonight’s sound stages and Filmmaking 101s.

GROW-1

  • Check out Sound Stage C in GROW Pavilion and test out your directing skills.
  • Visit the Fermentation Station for local beer, wine, and food.

The Loft-2

  • In addition to your favorite movie snacks, don’t miss tonight’s food and drink specials in The Loft!

Makerspace/2

  • Create your own movie storyboard in the Makerspace classroom.

Planetarium

  • Visit Sound Stage A at the Mars Base and learn how to light a scene.
  • Public Telescope Viewing – weather permitting (Archery Field) –night sky viewing beginning at 8pm, with the St. Louis Astronomical Society.

Scheduled Activities

6:30pm, OMNIMAX/2

Superpower Dogs

 

6:30pm, Filmmaking 101s
  • Storytelling: The Art of the Story, GROW Meeting Room/1
  • Acting for the Camera, GROW Classroom/GROW
  • Smartphone Cinematography, Life Science Lab Classroom/1

 

7pm, Planetarium/2
Planetarium Show: Live Sky Tonight

Free! (45 minutes)

 

7pm, The Loft/2
First Friday Trivia

Limited seating; sign up in The Loft.

 

7:00pm, Filmmaking 101s
  • Storytelling: The Art of the Story, GROW Meeting Room/1
  • Smartphone Editing, GROW Classroom/GROW
  • Storytelling: Building the Narrative, Life Science Lab Classroom/1

 

7:30pm, Filmmaking 101s
  • Storytelling: Performing the Scene, GROW Meeting Room/1
  • Directing for the Camera, GROW Classroom/GROW
  • Storytelling: Building the Narrative, Life Science Lab Classroom/1

 

8:00pm, GameXPloration/1
Improv Comedy for Storytelling and Acting

 

8:30pm, Filmmaking 101s
  • Storytelling: Editing the Scene, GROW Meeting Room/1
  • Storytelling: Performing the Scene, GROW Classroom/GROW
  • Smartphone Cinematography, Life Science Lab Classroom/1

 

9pm, Omnimax/2
St. Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival, Award Ceremony

 

10:00 pm, Planetarium/2
Be Kind Rewind

(2008, PG-13, 102 minutes, regular screen format)

 

Answers to Your First Friday Questions

Tell me about Science Center Studios Backstage Pass!

  • Pick up your backstage pass in the Main Building or Planetarium lobbies. Your pass will help you access movie sound stages, Filmmaking 101 classes, and other activities. When you have collected four stamps, bring your pass to the Cinema St. Louis table to collect a prize. The first 100 people to turn in a completed pass will receive a special prize from Cinema St. Louis.

 

What are Filmmaking 101s?

  • These 20 to 30 minute classes are an opportunity to learn more about different aspects of filmmaking. Learn about directing, special effects, story boarding, acting, and more! Classes take place every half hour, from 6:30pm to 8pm, and are located in the Life Science Lab Classroom/1, GROW Meeting Room/1, and GROW Classroom/GROW. Sign up outside each room to reserve your spot!

 

How does First Friday Trivia work?

  • To play, register as an individual or with a team in The Loft on the Second Floor of the Main Building. Registration begins at 6pm and we can accommodate up to 15 teams with a maximum of 6 people per team. There will be five rounds of trivia, with five questions each round. Prizes for the winners of each round!

 

How do I get free tickets? (for shows, presentations, activities, etc.)

  • Get your tickets at any box office, starting at 6pm. Science Center Members may use the Member-Only Ticket Line, at the Membership Desk. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is allowed up to four tickets for your group. Once you have a ticket, you must be in the theater by show time to claim your seat. If you decide not to use your ticket, please return it to the Membership Desk in the Main Building Lobby. Tickets turned in for sold-out shows will be redistributed at the Membership Desk until 30 minutes prior to show time. After this, visitors without tickets may wait in a standby line outside of the show’s venue. We will let in those standing by to fill all seats not claimed by show time.

 

Thank you to The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Rentals Department for the movie props you see throughout the Science Center.

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

  • June 7 – Marvel’s The Defenders
  • July 5 – Gladiator
  • August 2 – Star Trek
  • September 6 – Pokémon

Time

Date:
May 3
Time:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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