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Programs for Students Aged 13-18

Saturday Workshops in Spring 2022: 

From January to May 2022, the Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts offers a series of one-day workshops for high school students (aged 13-18) interested in film and media arts. Occurring on select Saturdays from 1-5pm and taught by experienced School of Film & Media Arts faculty, each workshop focuses on a different aspect of filmmaking. Topics for the series of workshops include film language and film analysis, production and postproduction use of green screens, cinematography, screenwriting, and acting for the camera.

$150 fee per workshop

Odyssey Workshop: Exploring the Language of Film

Saturday, January 15 || 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: James Denny
Illustrated by clips from classic and contemporary films, this workshop examines the building blocks and techniques that make up film language. By doing so, students will better understand how filmmakers construct a film shot-by-shot, and how filmmakers can better elicit various emotions and psychological responses from their viewers. The workshop will culminate with students watching a portion of a film and identifying any of these techniques they recognize and their overall effects.

James Denny has been teaching film history and analysis courses at Cleveland State University since 2006. He earned his Master of Arts in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology from CSU, writing on the difference between black-and-white and color film footage in terms of the effects on audience emotion. James has co-authored various papers on film and television including those exploring character movement in film, the effects of the laugh track in sitcoms, the parallel history of film and video games, and the effects of modern 3-D movies on the audience.

Odyssey Workshop: Working with Green Screens

Saturday, February 19 || 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Rich nova Milne
With a simple green screen, filmmakers can create movie magic by compositing two images or videos together to produce a single image – changing the background to whatever fantastical setting they desire. In this hands-on workshop, students get experience working with green screens in a production setting and then learn to manipulate their footage using digital postproduction software.

Rich nova Milne is the Visiting Assistant Lecturer in Postproduction at the School of Film & Media Arts and half of artist duo nova Milne AKA Ms&Mr, who live/work from their studio in Cleveland. nova Milne received the New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts category in 2020. They are also the recipient of numerous awards, grants and artists’ residencies internationally and the US, including a Project Grant from ​the Australia Council for the Arts in 2018.

Odyssey Workshop: Developing Cinematography Skills

Saturday, March 12 || 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Michael Suglio
Like painters, cinematographers create the perfect picture, but use a camera and light instead of a paintbrush.  Through hands-on activities and shots from popular films and series, students will learn how to design shots and then assemble them into a sequence in this skills-focused workshop.

Cleveland native Michael Suglio is the creator and director of the “Short. Sweet. Film Fest.” Suglio earned a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He has produced and directed a feature film and several short films and music videos, and he serves on the Board of Directors of Independent Pictures, which hosts the Ohio Independent Film Festival.

Odyssey Workshop: Story Development and Screenwriting

Saturday, April 9 || 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Tiffany Alexander
Encompassing everything from idea generation, story structure and plotting, characterization, revisions and final edits, and more, story development is an essential part of the process in the creation of any successful screenplay. Take the first step in translating your ideas to the screen with this activity-packed workshop that introduces strategies and techniques of the trade.

Tiffany Alexander has a BA from Hampton University, and a recent MFA in Narrative Media Writing from the University of Georgia.  She has worked as a Copy Editor at the Orlando Sentinel, Reporter and Assistant Metropolitan Editor for the Plain Dealer, Adjunct Professor at Metro State University in Denver, Assistant City Editor at the Denver Post, as an Editor at CNN Digital, and as an Adjunct Professor at Kent State. Outside of her journalistic past she has written children’s books and TV Pilots.

Odyssey Workshop: On-Camera Acting

Saturday, May 14 || 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Ellen Rooney
This workshop will introduce fundamental principles about acting and how we learn to perform on-camera. Through a historical survey of techniques from traditional schools of modern acting, student will perform different exercises (such as repetition, gibberish, paraphrasing) from some of the most important teachers of 20th Century Modern Acting, including Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler and Constantin Stanislavski. Using monologues or commercials scripts from film or television, students will get an introduction to on-camera and memory techniques for actors.

Ellen Rooney has worked in dance, theater, and film in New York City, Los Angeles, and Cleveland and currently teaches acting at School of Film and Media Arts at Cleveland State University, Baldwin Wallace, Conservatory of Music, and The Beck Center. She teaches also internationally through various online teaching networks with students in Beijing, Shanghai, and Portugal. Previously, she has taught for Hathaway Brown Theater Institute, Shaker Arts Council, and Solon Center of the Arts. She has worked many local theater organizations including Near West Theater and Geauga Lyric Theater. Since 2003Ellen has been member of Women In History, portraying Isadora Duncan, Joan Rivers, and Dorothy Fuldheim. She has Master degrees in Dance and Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a PhD in Theater from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

June 13 – July 1, 2022

Residential: $4500 
Day Camp: $3600 

Live, eat, sleep, dream, and create films with the students and faculty of the School of Film & Media Arts at this immersive summer film camp for students aged 13-18. Through interactive workshops, lectures, film screenings, and focused activities, students learn storytelling, film literacy, screenwriting, acting for the camera, directing, shot composition, cinematography, lighting, editing and much more as they create their own original films in a fun and collaborative environment. Visits from special guests provide insight into a career in the film industry and students gain exposure to Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through trips and outings.

Level One and Level Two Experiences: After learning filmmaking fundamentals in their first year, returning campers participate in intensive, camp counselor-led workshops focused on building their skills and tackling more complex projects. 

With access to the film school’s professional soundstages, Mac editing labs, and vast inventory of film production equipment, expert instructors aided by CSU film student camp counselors help students hone their skills while finding their creative community and making friends during this activity-packed experience.

All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students. In addition to staying in the dorms and getting a feel for CSU campus life, residential students will enjoy a full slate activities and trips during the evening and weekend hours.

Classes and workshops include:

Film Analysis: Watch films we like: comedies, dramas, action, indies and streamers (PG content) in their entirety, then we go back and look at specific scenes and shots to see how they affect us as an audience, and think about how they were constructed (lighting, color, graphics, editing, performance, directing, camera movement and lens choice) to give us the feeling it conveys.

Match That Frame!: Participate in exercises to learn lighting, grip and camera. We project a shot from a movie that we have seen in film analysis and build it in our studios – using professional lighting instruments, grip equipment (c-stands, flags, silks and nets) cameras and lenses to recreate the look of the original.

Settiquette: Learn how to behave on set, set safety, crew positions, how to call and slate shots – get ready for the next time the Russo brothers call you up for help on their set!

Crafting Characters: Create believable characters, whether they’re walking on the moon or chatting in your bedroom – figure out what makes us all tick – and how to make your characters people we care about!

Building a Scene: Learn to craft scenes with believable characters in attainable settings with goals and obstacles and a change that moves the story forward!

Screenwriting 101: The nuts and bolts of formatting a script and getting your stories on the page using professional screenwriting software!

Sounds Good!: Learn how to capture clean audio from your actors and tweak it in post. Learn how to build environmental sounds that brings your film to life. Now add that musical theme to cue audience emotion.

The Cutting Room Floor: Learn or hone your editing skills, building scenes, creating energy and pace, or slowing to let the audience absorb the emotion. We’ll learn the software that lets us tell stories with impact.

Act Up! An introduction to screen performance techniques – essential for actors, directors, editors and cinematographers. You’ll learn to be rather than act on the set – and to trust your transparency rather than indicating how you feel.

The Art of it All: Decorating sets, choosing wardrobe, dressing hair, makeup – even effects makeup.

Direct to Film: Now cast those characters, put them in scenes and wardrobe, apply makeup, lighting and blocking – you call the shots – and you edit them too!  Complete your film for the BIG SCREENING at the end of the program. Stick around and see all your new friends in the credit roll – and celebrate your accomplishment!

This program is made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis

July 11 – July 17, 2022
Residential: $1500

July 11 – July 15, 2022
Day Camp: $1200

Nail your next audition and learn to work with actors as a director! Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this one-week intensive day and residential summer camp focuses on the crafts of acting and directing for students aged 13-18.

During the week, acting track students focus on performance techniques for in front of the camera through a series of interactive workshops, while directing track students concentrate on programming designed to develop directing skills. After learning core concepts, students will collaborate on scene studies that will be staged for the camera and filmed using professional film production equipment. Film screenings and special guest lectures add depth to the intensive curriculum.

At the conclusion of the program, students will be provided with a copy of their filmed scene study for their portfolios.

Workshops for Acting Track:

Improv Games: Through games and exercises, students develop the ability to react spontaneously and unlock truth, intensity, and joy in their performances.

Crafting Characters: Create believable characters, whether they’re walking on the moon or chatting in your bedroom – figure out what makes us all tick – and how to make your characters people we care about!

Monologues: Without a scene partner to rely on for inspiration, monologues can be the most challenging acting skill to master. Learn how to unlock meaning in a monologue and prepare it for an audition.

Workshops for Directing Track:

Approaching a Scene: The first step is choosing a scene that will effectively show off your skills as a director as well as the skills of the actors. Once chosen, students learn how to closely read the material in order to define the objectives of the characters, understand the arc, and make choices to heighten the drama or comedy of a scene.

Casting: Now that you’ve seen everyone audition, it’s time to decide who you want to cast! Get your team together and deliberate who you all think is best suited for the role.

Staging a Scene: Learn how to block a scene for the camera and shoot for coverage with effective staging that looks great in wide, medium, and close up shots.

Combined Workshops:

Auditioning on Both Sides of the Table: As a director, learn how to give notes and suggestions to actors so you’re able to fully see their potential and as actors learn how to receive these notes and suggestions so you can show the director the performance they’re looking for!

The Art of Rehearsals: Break out and work with your actors in a collaborative setting! Go over blocking, camera placement, and the direction you want the actors to take in their performance. For actors, this is the time to ask questions about their character and work with the director to create a fully three-dimensional character. Rehearsals are the time to experiment and find out where the scene should go. Directors can set deadlines for their actors like when to be off book and what they should bring to future rehearsals.

Shooting Day: The big day! Come in fully prepared and on top of your game. Everyone will be looking at you, the director, to call the shots throughout the shoot.

All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students. In addition to staying in the dorms and getting a feel for CSU campus life, residential students will enjoy a full slate activities and trips during the evening and weekend hours.

This program is made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

July 18 – July 24, 2022
Residential: $1500

July 18 – July 22, 2022
Day Camp: $1200

Interested in telling stories about the world around you? Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this one-week intensive day and residential summer camp teaches the art of documentary production for students aged 13-18. 

During the week, students will learn the fundamentals of non-fiction storytelling, become familiar with a variety of documentary styles, and acquire basic filmmaking skills through interactive workshops. Film screenings of exceptional documentaries will illuminate the form, as well as special guest lectures from industry professionals who will speak about their experiences in the field.

Working independently or part of a group, students will use filmmaking techniques they learn to create a short documentary film, which will be screened in a show on the final day of the program.

Learn:

  • How to pick a compelling subject
  • The difference between observational, expository, and advocacy documentary forms
  • How to stage and film an interview
  • How to capture reality as it happens with a camera
  • How to work together on a film crew
  • How to record usable sound on location
  • How to edit documentary footage for story

Engage:

  • Watch stylish and thought-provoking documentaries
  • Get a look behind the scenes from industry professionals
  • Discuss new styles and trends in the field
  • Build your filmmaking skillset with hands on experience
  • Use the film school’s ample resources to create your own film

All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students. In addition to staying in the dorms and getting a feel for CSU campus life, residential students will enjoy a full slate activities and trips during the evening and weekend hours.

This program is made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

July 25 – July 31, 2022
Residential: $1500

July 25 – July 29, 2022
Day Camp: $1200

Everyone has a story to tell – learn the skills to tell your story for the big screen with this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp for students aged 13-18, presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts.

With full access to the film school’s Mac labs, students will learn how to use industry-standard screenwriting software as they participate in a variety of interactive workshops designed to spark creativity and develop storytelling skills. Along with illustrative film screenings and special guest lectures from seasoned professionals, students will also learn about the different forms of screenwriting, including:

  • Writing the Short Script
  • Writing the Feature-Length Screenplay
  • Writing for TV
  • Working in a Writer’s Room
  • Adapting Source Material for TV and Film

After a week of thought-provoking creative activities and skill-building writing exercises, students will have completed a short script that will be performed at a final table read on the last day of the program.

All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students. In addition to staying in the dorms and getting a feel for CSU campus life, residential students will enjoy a full slate of activities and trips during the evening and weekend hours.

This program is made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

“It’s a great way to meet other people interested in film and a wonderful opportunity to expand your filmmaking talents.”