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.

[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]After high school, Sethi attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in biomedical engineering, but he would spend his free time editing little shorts. He later applied to some of the top film schools in the country, while simultaneously applying to medical school for MD/Ph.D. programs. After getting into both, he had a difficult decision to make. Yet, he realized that whoever replaced him in medical school would do the same job as he would. However, would the person who replaced him in film school champion the Sikh identity in mainstream film and be able to portray individuals with turbans and beards as normal humans and not stereotypes?

Sethi attended Chapman University and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in film production with an emphasis in film directing. As part of an assignment, he has also made a film based on the African American superhero Static, which was released online and screened at Long Beach Comic Con to some of the original creators from DC Comics and the WB. This film became the most watched short created by a Chapman University student.

Sethi completed his thesis film “All Quiet on the Homefront,” which stars Waris Ahluwalia and is based on the true story of Bhagat Singh Thind, who was the first Sikh to fight as part of the U.S. Army during WW1. After Thind came back from the war, his citizenship was revoked, and he became one of the first people to go in front of the Supreme Court to argue what the definition of an American citizen is.

Sethi is currently in the middle of filming a documentary about Sikhs in the U.S. Army: the fight to allow Sikhs in the Army and the ongoing struggle within the additional branches of the military. He has been interviewing various individuals, including former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning and Senator Tim Kaine, and is following a Sikh ranger and Sikh doctor in the Army as well as a young Sikh his first year at West Point.

Sethi continues to write and direct films that tend to be focused on identity and the power and sometimes the arbitrariness of it — that you can create your own identity and still be able to connect with others not like yourself on a human level.

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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.

[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”] He believes that storytelling is merely another word for “emotions” — one uses cuts to convey and create the right emotions correctly. He has presented his research regarding virtual reality and augmented reality at BOZAR in Belgium and London as well as at Stanford University. His virtual reality narrative film is a one-of-a-kind production, and he is currently in talks with museums in both America and Europe.

Duggal has rendered his skills for many government bodies in India and America as well as for clients from Japan, Denmark, Australia, Europe, Columbia, and Canada. Presently, he volunteers with the Anaheim Police Department and creates animation for public awareness and instructs at Higher Ground in Anaheim. He has also set up an e-learning nongovernmental organization to impart education to children in need.

Duggal’s animations have been awarded in the United States, which led him to California to finesse his skills in storytelling under the mentorship of Paul Seydor and Bill Dill.
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