The core of our program is to teach kids ages 6-12 the magic, art and science of creating engaging and impactful videos and music that echo their own voice.
Children are taught the fundamentals of recording in a modern studio environment. Including voice-overs, sound efx, and original music tracks.
Through our outreach and in-school program “How To Make A PSA”, we intend to serve over 400 children per quarter in the City of Decatur and countless other kids in neighboring communities.
A First Time for Everything What a treat it was to host our first year of afternoon enrichment and Summer K.A.M.P. The majority of our kids during the summer break were from families who have never experienced our program and the kids came ready to work hard! Daily, we built sets, wrote scripts, filmed, edited,Read More
Week 3 Summer K.A.M.P. Video! Check out our K.A.M.P. Kids from our Week 3 Music Video Production Workshop! After some planning, the kids decided to produce a lip-sync version of “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots. We planned our video, did some location scouting, filmed on the square, utilized green-screen, learned about lighting, applying special effectsRead More
Filmmaking Summer K.A.M.P. Week 2 A Success! In our first Filmmaking Summer K.A.M.P. session, the kids wrote the script, conceptualized the visuals, recorded voice-overs, composed music, filmed, added lighting, edited video, created an original song and worked on a score for this movie. We closed with a Wrap Party at Butter & Cream and someRead More
“The Bounty Hunters” From Our Week 1 Stop Motion Animation Workshop Check out our work from the first week of Summer K.A.M.P.! Kids were painting backgrounds and designing sets with dirt and sand. They used a Panasonic GH4 and edited the movie in Final Cut ProX. What an awesome first week! Week 2 Film MakingRead More
Mothers Day is around the corner and we have a SPECIAL opportunity for some amazing moms! Our friends Dj and Karen with Djaren Photography are hosting a series of Mothers Day Mini-Sessions to benefit the Märchen Sagen Academy! Djaren Photography, Balance Design, and Colors Diaz Painting, have all collaborated to create a mother and child/children miniRead More
Thanks to Sphereographic.com (DJ Jennings and Karen Hagerman), we have a wonderful Google Virtual Tour online now! Please check it our here, or on the tab above! Click and drag your mouse or use the navigation tool to take a tour or our space! Click the arrows floating in the image to move to theRead More
We are sponsoring kids in our after school! We have been very fortunate to find support and guidance from small businesses, non profits, an awesome local bank and individuals alike. Please check out our GoFundMe Page and donate what you can to sponsor a child who needs it! https://www.gofundme.com/fundsforscholarshipsRead More
Our new, stop-motion/live-action/green-screen kid-made masterpiece is here! “The Key of Cupcakes”! The kids spent a LOT of time working on this. Coming up with concepts, making their own backgrounds, filming, editing, moving legos, recording voice-overs and learning how to make music and apply to a film. Here it is!Read More
Our first song cut in our new production room is an anti-bullying/Pro-Kid-Empowerment anthem called “Bullies Are Just Babies”. It features many of The MSA Kids, with Shaina and Christian on the verses, Tinley, Ella and Luca on backgrounds and ad-libs and Julian as the “the bully voice” on the bridge. We hope that you enjoyRead More
Our first full day K.A.M.P. during Fall Break was great! Check out what a pair sisters who attended ended up doing during the week! We were so lucky to have them and are proud to present to you all a lip-sync video for the hit record “Sit Still Look Pretty” by Daya, and performed byRead More
Parents and Friends! The time is here! It’s been an amazing Summer with lots of work and paint and sweat and tears. All of the effort has gotten us to the point where we now stand, on the cusp of opening day! We are excited and honored to host such a unique after school experience,Read More
The time is upon us! We ARE opening our doors on August 1st! Registration is open and we have a few slots left! Green Screen, Stop-Motion, Video Logs, Music Videos, Creative Writing, Short Films, Beat Making and many many more awesome things are happening at The Märchen Sagen Academy for Visual Storytellers After School ProgramRead More
We are here! Our little kick-off party on Friday (the 13th 😉 felt like the entire city was there! It was a blessing to have our big day coincide with City of Decatur’s Lantern Festival. Plenty of kids and folks from the community were around and we thoroughly enjoyed spreading the word about what weRead More
It is the inaugural year of The Märchen Sagen Academy for Visual Storytellers! We will be holding a celebration for the next month! 20% off of all sessions in the 2016-2017 school year! Your child will collaborate with groups of kids and produce exciting, engaging videos and audio! With access to The Houston House, DecaturRead More
Renfroe Middle School recently performed their own rendition of “Fiddler On The Roof (Jr.)”. My family and I attended the premier and loved it! Emma, our daughter, was in the play and we enjoyed seeing the fruit of her hard work, as were all the other excited family and friends in the building. The next morning,Read More
We have gotten our first press! An article popped up in Decatur Metro! http://www.decaturmetro.com/tag/the-marchen-sagen-academy Curbed Atlanta! http://atlanta.curbed.com/2016/4/1/11343652/academy-announces-decaturs-houston-house We even were featured in this month’s issue of Decatur Focus magazine! http://www.decaturga.com/home/showdocument?id=9533 Thx for the support you guys the word is spreading!Read More
The “for lease” sign is down at the Houston House! Our “heart-choice” for the mother-home of this endeavor has been entrusted to us to lease, beautify and build this dream within its walls. We are so grateful! Updates to come and we are soooo happy to make this announcement!Read More
We met with the last few city officials this past week. Great news abounded, the house did well on the construction walk-through, and we are on to next phase of leasing the ideal space to be the mother home for the academy, The Houston House in downtown Decatur. This idea began as a twinkle in myRead More
Here is a link to our official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/marchensagenacademy/ And our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marchensagen/ We will support them both so please follow us on your preferred social media, between the two, for updates and insights. Thank you all, this is a dream coming true. CouleenRead More
We are in the process of launching a little after school program. We have prepared a Facebook and an Instagram page, as we go out into the world and watch this beautiful little school take shape. We are currently ironing out the details of our planned location. We are thankful that we’ve been given the clearance toRead More