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Moonlight Summer Film Academy

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About the Academy

The Moonlight Summer Film Academy is a 3 week FULL DAY intensive  program for the filmmaker and actor dedicated to the craft of telling stories through film and live scene work.

Filmmaking Track:

  • On-Camera Technique
  • Scenework for FIlm
  • Work on Demo Reel
  • Develop Film Style
  • Directing
  • Cinematography
  • Lighting
  • Editing
  • Sound
  • Directing

Work with Black Magic and Canon Cameras, Learn all about  Angles, Shot Selection and set up.

Building and Breakdown, Lighting Techniques for film/TV/Social Media

Prof. Editing Techniques, Color and Sound Editing

Capturing professional Sound for FIlm

How to run a set and communicate with actors & crew.

Eyelines, Movement, Connection

Act in Short Films & Web Series for Demo Reel

Learn how Stage and film Differ and how to work.

Script Analysis, Understanding Dialogue, Physicality

Learn how to take direction and become a versatile actor.

Develop the practical skills to make professional narrative film.

Learn how to act professionally for Film and Television

Acting Track:


Estes Tarver

Program Director Instructor

Estes Tarver is an award winning Actor/Director/Producer. He has appeared on countless television shows (most recently Outer Banks 3) and you can see his award winning feature film Changeover on Amazon Prime. Estes coaches 100s of professional actors all over the country. Many have booked major Television, film, and Broadway and beyond. For more about Estes CLICK HERE!

Kenneth Ortiz

Filmmaking/Acting Instructor

Kenneth is an actor who can be seen on Episodic Television as well as Web Series and frequently on the stage at Moonlight! Kenny has appeared on major Episodic Television shows such as Ozark (Netflix) starring Jason Bateman, and the new Showtime Series American Rust starring Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney.   He is a graduate under Estes at Moonlight and has BA in drama from UNC Chapel Hill. For more about Kenneth CLICK HERE!

Hayley Cartee

Acting/Writing Instructor

Hayley hails from Durham, NC and was a student of Estes' LONG AGO! She is finishing her MFA in UNC’s Professional Actor Training Program (PlayMakers Rep) . She attended NYU Tisch's prestigious theatre program as both an actor and playwright. She works professionally as an actor and director. Hayley is thrilled to be back at Moonlight! You can read more about Hayley at and CLICK HERE!


Where: Moonlight Arts and Entertainment will be the main site though students may need permission to ride with instructor to a filming location.


Weeks of: June 17th 9am-5pm

June 24th 9am-5pm

July 8th 1pm-9pm  (July 4th week off)

Cost: $1295.00  

100.00 Deposit due upon acceptance. Some need Scholarships  available based on need.


Industry Entertainment L.A.

Talent and Literary Management

Joan Darling

Emmy and Directors Guild of America winner. Director of the legendary “Chuckles” Episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, named the number one tv show of all time by TV Guide.

"Estes Tarver and his company Moonlight are some of the most professional coaches and audition taping resources I've had the good fortune to have clients utilize. Tapes coming from Estes are perfectly lit, framed, and edited and compete with the best self-tapes I see from a variety of markets. Making them even more competitive is the coaching Estes provides. Clients of mine who have worked with Estes have been flown to LA to screen test for everything from studio features to independent film to network tv to the latest streaming shows and several have gone on to book significant, career building opportunities."

Michael Hepburn
Industry Entertainment

Los Angeles

Principal Ent. L.A.

Talent and Literary Management

"Estes is a true gem and it thrills me that the artists I work with regionally have Estes in their corner. He provides a tremendous support to the actor and their families, while navigating projects. He also has great insight on the appropriate direction needed for flawless execution. His tapes and coaching are spot on and better than most I have seen coming out of Los Angeles."

Liz York Principal

Entertainment Los Angeles

"Moonlight Stage Co has become a premier training and performance facility in Raleigh, NC. The level of training rivals any schools in Ny or Los Angeles. Their students get major roles in major productions all around the United States. I have used their actors for teaching workshops and am absolutely dazzled by the level of talent and professionalism. And their ability to bring joy to their work."

-Joan Darling

Ray Dooley

Former Head of MFA Acting, UNC Chapel Hill; Obie Award Winner; Disney/Hulu’s Dopesic.

"During this exciting and promising time for actors, training is the key to success.  Moonlight Stage Company, led by Estes Tarver, has a proven record of booked auditions and artistic growth among its students and coaching clients.  What fosters this success at Moonlight?  Extensive knowledge of the national and Southeast markets, the finest in audition coaching, and classes taught by dedicated and skilled teachers.  Integrity, experience, and success are the watchwords. I am proud of my association with Moonlight and invite you to join us."

-Ray Dooley