Cleveland State University
SCHOOL OF FILM & MEDIA ARTS

Odyssey Program

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Learning opportunities for young filmmakers aged 13-18

Teaching tomorrow’s storytellers

Want to be the next Wes Anderson, Ava DuVernay, or Greta Gerwig? Made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis, the Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts inspires a new generation of creative talent with a range of offerings for high school students interested in learning the art of filmmaking. From one-day Saturday workshops covering a variety of filmmaking topics to immersive in-person one and three week summer camps, the Odyssey Program provides experiential learning opportunities for young film fanatics of all skill levels.

The Odyssey Program is made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

Programs for Students Aged 13-18

“It’s an incredible way to connect with others who love film and the art of filmmaking just as much as you.”

This eight-week interactive online course teaches fundamental skills in: Film Analysis, Story Development, Screenwriting, Production, Postproduction.

March 9 – April 27, 2021

Live, eat, sleep, dream, and create films with the students and faculty of the School of Film & Media Arts at this immersive three-week summer film camp that teaches storytelling, film literacy, screenwriting, acting for the camera, directing, shot composition, cinematography, lighting, editing and much more in a fun and collaborative environment.

June 14 – July 2, 2021

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Nail your next audition and learn to work with actors as a director at this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp focused on the crafts of acting and directing.

Residential: July 12 – July 18, 2021
Day Camp: July 12 – July 16, 2021

Learn to tell stories from the world around you at this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp that teaches the art of documentary production.

Residential: July 19 – July 25, 2021
Day Camp: July 19 – July 23, 2021

Learn how to mix creativity with technology and fix it in post with this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp that teaches skills in postproduction.

Residential: July 26 – August 1, 2021
Day Camp: July 26 – July 30, 2021

The Experience

Students see behind the scenes and learn how the industry actually works through special guest lectures and site visits to real-world media environments. Outside of class, residential students get a preview of college life by staying in the dorms and experiencing Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled trips and activities. Live local? Register for the day camp option and save on room and board costs.

Make Films. Make Friends.