FILM ACADEMY

July 16th - July 26
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Program Overview

For two weeks, students will be immersed in the world of film through class discussions, film screenings, guest speakers, field trips, and filmmaking in small groups. They will live, breathe, and eat filmmaking around the clock while being taught by industry professionals. All of this will be shared with their peers as they work in groups to complete projects to create short digital narrative projects that will be showcased in the theater to parents and relatives on the final night of the program.

This two-week intensive program is meant to teach high school students about all aspects of filmmaking, including directing, cinematography, sound design, editing, and working with actors. The emphasis is on the art of storytelling and how to use the many tools to make a complete well-told story.

The program is meant for students with all levels of filmmaking experience. This allows students to get a great picture of what the real world looks like and also hear about the life of a film student from individuals who lived it.

The students work in small groups to create three short films during the program, with a showcase screening of their final films at the end of the program. We limit the camp to 24 students to ensure personalized instruction and to allow the students to have genuine hands-on experience in everything they do.

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Learn how to edit on Adobe Premiere

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Open to 7th and 8th Graders

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Basics of Animation (After Effects and Photoshop)

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Work with Canon DSLR Cameras

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Lectures on films, film history and Case Studies on Films

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Field Trip to Hollywood

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Guidance on admissions to film school

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Write, film and edit three short films

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Workshop in television and sound design

INSTRUCTORS

HARJUS SINGH SETHI

Harjus Singh Sethi was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Identity has always been a constant theme in his life. Growing up as a Sikh with a turban and uncut hair was tough and got more difficult when he started high school. His freshman year at Saint Xavier High School, an all-boys Jesuit high school, was in 2001, when 9/11 happened. These events and the constant struggle of realizing there was no one place where he fit — too Indian to be American, too American to be Indian — were set upon him at a young age. His turban and wisps of long hairs trailing down his jaw bone didn’t fit the traditional rules at Saint Xavier, but he knew that it was values and compassion that truly united people.

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HANSJEET DUGGAL

Coming from a colorful land of diverse culture, Hansjeet Duggal first fell in love with animation and editing at the age of 8, when he would scribble sketches from life and books. During this time, he took professional training in animation and went on to earn his Masters in Animation in 2013. It was then that he rediscovered his love for storytelling and editing. Having a deep understanding of emotions because of his skill in animation, Duggal was able to shape and tell stories through visual storytelling by using the same principles.

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