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Programs

Programs for Students Aged 13-18

March 9 – April 27

Weekly Online Sessions:  Tuesdays, 4:00-7:00pm

Fee: $600

Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this eight-week interactive online course for students aged 13-18 teaches skills in:

  • Film Analysis
  • Story Development
  • Screenwriting
  • Production
  • Postproduction

Over the course of eight weeks, students learn the fundamentals of film production through lectures and interactive activities conducted on Zoom by an expert instructor from the School of Film & Media Arts. While working on fun assignments designed to spark creativity, students will also hear from an array of industry professionals who will provide pointers and advice about careers in film. Students will also learn the fundamentals of film analysis by viewing curated films each week and breaking down their elements during instructor-led discussions. Online camp counselors will also be available during dedicated office hours to the guide the students through the creative process and an online discussion group allows students to connect with each other outside of class sessions.

At the completion of the course, students will have created an original short film that will be screened at an online film festival, to be held on Tuesday, April 27.

  • Students should be prepared to dedicate 5 hours per week for this course.
  • Students are required to supply their own technology – camera, sound, and editing – for this class. 
  • Students can shoot with their own prosumer camera, DSLR or cell phone that can shoot high quality footage. 
  • Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability. 
  • This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.

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

June 14 – July 2

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.

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 (gross!).

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 12 – July 18
Residential: $1500

July 12 – July 16
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 new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp focuses on the crafts of acting and directing for students aged 13-18.

During the week, students hone their skills in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes with interactive workshops designed to develop strong acting and directing technique. 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 an edited “reel” to add to their portfolios.

Workshops include:

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 19 – July 25
Residential: $1500

July 19 – July 23
Day Camp: $1200

Interested in telling stories about the world around you? Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this new 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 26 – August 1
Residential: $1500

July 26 – July 30
Day Camp: $1200

Learn how to mix creativity with technology and fix it in post 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 editing labs and using Adobe Premiere and AVID, students learn how editing techniques deliver and enhance narrative with activity-filled workshops on a variety of topics including:

Organizing for Editors: As the projects become bigger and more complex it is necessary to find an organizing system that works for you to create a more streamlined process. Naming your files, organizing your bins and keeping a clean timeline are all important parts of the editing process!

The Rough Cut: This is the stage where the film starts to resemble the final product. Assemble your footage in order, making note of everything you need to add to create the final film!

Editing for Story and Character: Learn how to sequence your shots to best tell your story and highlight your characters.

ADR: If sound wasn’t captured well enough on set then Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR) can help you fix that! This can also be used for narration and other creative purposes.

Color Correction vs. Color Grading: Learn the difference between the two and how each process can enhance the final product of your film!

Sound Mixing: Laying all the audio tracks on top of each other and making sure everything sounds good. This is the make or break stage in postproduction!

Foley: Crack! Bam! Boom! Enhance the audio quality of your film by creating your own sound effects with this workshop on foley artist techniques.

Along with illustrative film screenings and special guest lectures from industry professionals, students complete several individual projects as they work to hone their postproductions skills.

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.

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