Weitere Informationen zum Feriencamp US-C1 Film & Acting    

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Each summer, our Camps give hundreds of high school students an unforgettable and transformative experience in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting, Animation, Photography, and Animation – one which enriches their lives and expands their horizons. Through intensive hands-on immersion workshops our students discover the power of their own creativity.

The Camp is a learning center for individuals who want to explore film and video arts or performance for the screen and stage. For students ages fourteen to seventeen, the camp offers a pre-college enrichment experience that is unparalleled. It is designed for students with little or no previous filmmaking, acting, animation, or journalism experience. They are intensive workshops that fully immerse students in the craft of writing, directing, casting, shooting, acting, editing, animating, or reporting.

We have chosen some of the most prestigious and inspiring locations in the world to hold our camps including New York City, Harvard University, Disney Studios in Florida and Universal Studios, Hollywood. The camps at each location are closely supervised and provide a nurturing environment that encourages students to take creative risks. While students are not required to live on campus, our locations include the option of supervised housing. As part of the camp experience, students take part in a range of extracurricular activities and field trips particular to each location.


Filmmaking students study and practice the four major film crafts: writing, directing, cinematography, and editing. They learn to structure a story and write a script – the academic benefits of this are self-evident. Each student learns to plan, organize, and execute a series of film productions—this develops excellent work habits. Each student learns management skills while directing their crew and actors. Through analyzing and critiquing their finished films, students learn how to use feedback effectively.

Acting students study various techniques for creating believable performances and the requirements of acting for the camera. Students explore Stanislavski’s “Method”, voice and movement, scene study and improvisation, among other topics. The Acting for Film Program is a tremendous opportunity to study human behavior and storytelling, and to develop the discipline required of an actor.

The organizational, communication, writing, and critical thinking skills developed through producing complex productions and performances is of enormous value to our students if they decide to pursue further education in these arts or pursue careers in this industry in the future.

Our 3-D animation workshop is offered at our New York City and Harvard University locations. It gives students a thorough introduction to using MAYA. This incredibly powerful tool gives students the opportunity to create their own 3-D projects using the software which is the industry standard.


High school students (14-17 years) who choose to enroll in our summer workshops are typically among the most motivated and talented among their peers at home. Students must devote one to six weeks working in a focused program. Some students travel across the country or the globe to attend these workshops. The students are typically comprised of an eclectic blend of people from diverse cultures, points of view and lifestyles. This mix adds immeasurably to the learning experience of each participant.


No previous experience is required. Many students are concerned that they will be at a disadvantage in our workshops, because they have no background in the craft. These students should understand that our programs are designed to
accommodate people with little or no experience. We teach all the basics, starting from square one, and move on from there. For students who have
studied with us before, or can demonstrate that they have sufficient experience in the craft, we would recommend our advanced programs.

We encourages enrollment of students from all backgrounds. Students,
however, must be prepared to live and breathe their choice of study in an intensive total immersion workshop. As space is limited, we recommend early
application to guarantee a place in the workshop of your choice.


Every student in a filmmaking or digital filmmaking workshop gets to shoot their own projects with the equipment introduced in classes, and these
students will have a camera in their hands on the very first days of the program.
• Students in the Filmmaking Camps shoot 16mm film with Arriflex-S cameras and portable Lowel lighting packages.
• Students in the Digital Filmmaking Camps and the Music Video Workshops shoot with HD digital cameras.
• Students in the 6-week Combined Filmmaking and Digital Filmmaking learn both film and digital video formats.
• In all the digital and filmmaking workshops, students edit digitally using Final Cut Pro on Apple computers.
• Students in the Acting for Film Workshops will be in front of the camera in class and on location. Class material and projects with be shot on digital video.
• Animation students will work on Maya software.
• Screenwriting students have access to Final Draft in our computer labs.
• In the advanced filmmaking camps, students shoot with Canon 5D Mark II (open only to graduate of Three, Four, or Six-Week Film Camps.


At the camp, the primary concern of our staff is the safety and well being of our students. All workshops are fully supervised programs. High school students are overseen by co-ed teaching and counseling staff. Counselors reside in dormitories or hotel residences with non-commuting students. Please note: with the exception of field trips and other supervised excursions, resident students will not be allowed to leave campus without prior written permission from a parent or legal guardian.


In all our locales, our eclectic faculty are experienced instructors and professional filmmakers and actors who have Master of Fine Arts degrees from the most prestigious graduate film schools in the United States including NYU,
Columbia University, USC, AFI & UCLA; and bachelor degrees from elite colleges including Harvard, Stanford and Brown Universities.


After a long and exhausting day of filmmaking or acting, students residing in our housing facility take part in the many exciting activities available in the Big Apple. Of course, we visit some of New York’s fantastic museums, and see some

quintessential New York sights. Students get to dine in the town of innumerable
restaurants, and explore the West and East Village, Tribeca, Chelsea, and SoHo, all under staff supervision.


All of our summer programs for high school students and tweens are full-time programs for the duration of the course. While the curriculum is consistent at our various locations, the actual schedule of daily classes will vary
from location to location.
• In our filmmaking and digital filmmaking workshops (other than 1-week Workshops), students typically will be in class for half a day and shooting for half a day. After every shooting period, a portion of one day or more is reserved for post-production editing. In Oneweek Workshops, students generally have classes on day one and two, and go into production on day three and four. Day five is reserved for post-production.
• Acting students will have similar schedules to the filmmakers in which a portion of their days are class hours and the remaining portions are spent on location in productions.
• Animation and Screenwriting students have classes that are often preceded or followed by a lab period during which they apply the information they are learning in class to the projects they are creating.


In all of our filmmaking, digital filmmaking, acting and animation workshops, students celebrate the completion of their program at a final screening of their work. With the exception of our one-week programs, these screenings are open to family and friends. Each student in every workshop will receive a certificate.


All students will learn an enormous amount in a short time. High School students who complete their programs will be provided with ample knowledge and experience to decide whether to continue their creative studies through
college and beyond. High school students interested in fields such as painting and photography will learn that a filmmaker must have an eye for composition and light and shadow. Students with interests in the theater arts will receive invaluable experience learning how to create truthful performances.


Students may use any one, or all, of the projects they complete in a portfolio of their work. This portfolio may serve as an excellent addition to college applications. Many undergraduate film or arts programs will requestexamples of an applicant’s work.


Studying in New York is like living at the crossroads of the world. New York City has a way of thrilling the senses that is as constant and direct as the subways rumbling beneath its surface. For size, diversity of landscape, people, and culture the city is unparalleled. One can hear dozens of different languages, choose from the cuisine of six continents, and rub shoulders with diplomats, designers, machinists or musicians on any given day.

New York is a city of distinct pieces: the bustling shops of Chinatown and Spanish Harlem, the stately museums, the brownstones. New York is about neon lights and taxi horns and street music, bookstores and landscaped parks and ten million inhabitants working together, each as unique as the next. All told, New York City, dynamic, rich in layers, always alive, is the perfect training ground for filmmaking and acting. The city challenges and stimulates students on every shoot, every step of the way.


The Academy’s classes are located at the beautiful Millennium High School in downtown Manhattan. The school is easily accessible to the rest of the city, and steps away from the heart of the bustling financial district. A walk or short train ride takes the student into the heart of Soho, Tribeca, Little Italy or Greenwich Village. A twenty-minute train ride brings students to the door steps of Columbia University and Harlem, or Chinatown, Coney Island, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Simply by volume alone, New York is indisputably the greatest center of independent film production in the world. Like many filmmakers, novelists, playwrights, and painters, our students find that New York itself helps shape their artistic vision. The city is not only a setting for their stories, but also an active element in the lives of their characters.


We reside at the John Street Residence located on John Street in lower Manhattan. The John Street Residence is monitored 24/7 by doorman security. Students live in fully-furnished rooms. Rooms include LCDTV/ DVD units with cable, refrigerator, microwave, internet line, air-conditioning and private bathroom. The John Street Residence is a large facility, and the Film Academy makes every attempt to keep all of our students on the same floors. Counselors live on each floor with our students and enforce a strict curfew. The housing arrangement is something parents may want to discuss with their child before the summer, as it requires a certain level of maturity and responsibility on the student’s part to be accountable for obeying all the rules set forth. Breakfast foods are supplied for each room- milk, OJ, cereal, frozen waffles, bread, bagels, and fruit, so students can prepare their own morning meal.

Students must purchase lunches and dinners at restaurants or markets in the surrounding environs of the housing and school facilities. Therefore, students do have the ability to roam freely to patronize establishments in these areas. Students must inform their counselors of their destinations and they must adhere to our Buddy System. No student is allowed to roam alone. Although students may explore the area, they must stay within a certain radius of the housing and school facility. That radius is clearly outlined at the onset of the program. It is requested that all students have personal cell phones with them during the program. Students are escorted on foot or via public transportation to and from the John Street Residence classroom facilities for class and/or shooting.

Students shoot on location in New York City in crews of 3-4 students and are always supervised by Teaching Assistants during these productions. Saturday activities are mandatory for housed students and include daylong trips within the five boroughs typically to New York City attractions, outdoor screenings,
museums, and amusement parks. Our counselors living at the John Street Residence plan and supervise these outings. In case of medical emergency,
students are taken to the nearest hospital. Please note: Parents who wish to allow their children to leave the residence or campus without supervision must submit a written authorization. However, even with permission, excursions without supervision may still be limited as determined by our staff.


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