Film & Digital Media

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program

Film & Digital Media

Putting It All Together

Making movies is all about collaboration. In order to complete any film project, students need to work together as a team. The skills young filmmakers learn at Idyllwild Arts are not just technical relating to f/stops and camera angles; they are also team collaboration, budgeting, time management and so much more.

From screenplay to final edit, the students learn how to make movies by making movies. They do not just talk about movies they actually make movies.

Courses (Ages 14-18)

Acting for the Camera Intensive

Acting for the Camera Intensive

Ages 14-18

July 2–22
Three-week session

Culmination: Student Film Screening
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.

This three-week practical course for seasoned and beginning actors is an intensive and fun experience both in front of and behind the camera. You will learn the intimate nature of acting on camera (versus stage) and the demands of film and TV production on the actor.
The course begins with taping prepared monologues, which faculty will critique. Then you will learn to use relaxation and imagination exercises as well as improvisation techniques to prepare to shoot scenes. Faculty will guide you toward the realistic acting style required by the truth and intimacy of the close-up lens. You will explore how to use script analysis, beats, actions, and character development. You will use these techniques when auditioning for a student-directed short films and scenes, which will be shot on a professional sound stage.
This intensive is taught with the Filmmaking Intensive. Film students will work with you to develop scene and character interpretations for their short films. Topics also will include style and genre. Invite your friends and family to see you on the big screen at the culmination.
Bring your open mind and your adventurous spirit!

Tuition, room and board: $3,680
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Faculty: Adrienne Carter

Avid Film Editing Intensive (NEW)

Avid Film Editing Intensive

Includes option to test for Avid Media Composer Certification
Ages 14-18

June 25–July 8
Two-week session

Culmination: Student Film Clips Screening
Saturday, July 8, 11 a.m.

Learn how to edit films with Avid Media Composer Software, including the option to take the official Avid certification exam at the end of the two-week course. In this intensive workshop, you will gain a fundamental understanding of Avid Media Composer and the core skills, workflows, and concepts of non-linear editing on the Avid system. The course is designed to unlock the power of post-production in your own films and shorts.

Among other things you will learn:

  • How to create projects
  • Create titles
  • Problem-solve and manage media
  • Edit materials larger than HD (2K, 4K, etc…)
  • Create multi-layer effects
  • Save and output your work

No previous experience with Avid Media Composer is necessary, but a working knowledge of Mac or PC computers is essential. You may take a test at the end of the intensive to receive official accreditation from Avid.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $120, includes Avid course books and four free certification attempts.

Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Faculty: Jon Alvord

Computer Animation Intensive: Giving Pixels Life

Computer Animation Intensive: Giving Pixels Life

Ages 14-18

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Culmination: Student Art Exhibit
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.

Animation means “bringing to life,” and it’s exactly what animators do – whether it’s exploring deep space, creating video game universes or revealing intimate aspects of nature. Disney artists called animation the “Illusion of Life;” and it’s been crafted and refined by imaginative artists at studios such as Pixar, Dreamworks and Warner Brothers.

This immersive workshop is for anyone who wants to start animating, as well as gain foundational skills for future work in animation, film and video, games, or the web. No prior experience is needed. You will start animating on the first day and explore the art of animation by using Adobe Flash to create art and characters. You’ll quickly master the computer’s tools for designing and animating scene elements, characters and effects. You’ll learn essential techniques and tricks that master studio animators have cultivated and examine how to apply them to your work. Every day you’ll be developing your own methods and style while exploring storytelling, movement, sketches and gesture drawing. You also will create a portfolio that incorporates your artwork, action studies, and reference materials along with your digital creations.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $80

Enrollment limited to 16 students.

Faculty: Jim Morford

Filmmaking Intensive: Short Films from Script to Screen

Filmmaking Intensive: Short Films from Script to Screen

Ages 14-18

June 25-July 22
Four-week session

Culmination: Student Film Screening
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.

Designed for high school-aged artists passionate about making films. Using a state-of-the-art soundstage, film-based lighting and grip equipment, HD digital cameras and editing suites, you will make short digital films, from script through completion. In this intensive four-week workshop, a team of instructors with industry experience and credits will teach you learn techniques of visual storytelling, and the importance of the creative collaboration between the writer, director, cinematographer, editor and actor.

In week one, you will focus on story and screenwriting. In week two, you will learn proper camera, sound, directing and crewing skills. In week three, up to four films will be “greenlit” for production, and you will help complete pre-production planning, cast actors from our acting program and work in several crew positions. In week four, you will edit, score, and add visual effects. Films will be screened on the last day of classes, and you will receive a download link of the films. Projects produced in this program have won a number of awards at major film festivals.

Tuition, room and board: $4,480
Lab fee: $150

Enrollment limited to 16 students.

Faculty: Jon Alvord and additional staff to be announced

Live Sound and Audio Recording Intensive (NEW)

Live Sound and Audio Recording Intensive

Ages 14-18

July 30–August 5
One-week session

Culmination: Recording Sessions
Saturday, August 5, various times

If you’re interested in a career in music or media arts, you will need a fundamental understanding of music technology (microphones, mixing consoles, digital audio, loudspeaker systems, etc…). To have at least a cursory knowledge in live sound reinforcement and recording is to be prepared to navigate the technological landscape in which today’s artists must exist.

This intensive will teach you the about the fundamentals of live sound, audio recording and related topics, and offer you practical experience capturing solo and large ensemble performances. Open to students at any experience level, this intensive is designed to build an understanding and experience from the ground up. You will learn fundamentals of sound, acoustics, microphones, analog and digital audio signal, loudspeaker systems, recording principles and basics of live sound reinforcement. You will have the opportunity to provide live sound support, record live concerts and practice learned skills throughout the week in collaboration with the summer music intensives running concurrently, including the songwriting and classical music programs.

Tuition, room and board: $1,685
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 6 students.

Faculty: Chris Reba

Courses (Ages 11-13)

Collaborative Filmmaking for Junior Artists

Collaborative Filmmaking for Junior Artists

Ages 11-13

July 9-22
Two-week session

Student Film Screening
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.

Are you the next Martin Scorsese? Filmmaking is a powerful but challenging art form. How do you tell your story, organize your shoot, manage your technology, and work with others? In this workshop, you will create and collaborate with your peers, using teamwork to get the job done. The program is ideal for the beginner or the experienced student.

You will start at your own level and find new ways to push your skills forward. Your filmmaking team will create, plan and storyboard your own short films. Everyone will perform all acting and film crew roles, so you can experience the full process, both in front of and behind the camera. You will learn camera framing, directing and introductory editing, and get hands-on experience with digital cameras and basic editing instruction on iMovie. The workshop ends with the world premiere of the finished products, which you will get to take home on a DVD.

And the Oscar goes to…

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Faculty: Laura Carson and Sarah Rosenburg

Computer Animation for Junior Artists

Computer Animation for Junior Artists

Ages 11–13

July 9-22
Two-week session

Culmination: Student Art Exhibit
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.

Animation means “bringing to life,” and it’s exactly what animators do – whether it’s exploring deep space, creating video game universes or revealing intimate aspects of nature. Disney artists called Animation the “Illusion of Life;” and it’s been crafted and refined by imaginative artists at studios such as Pixar, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers and Laika.
This immersive workshop is for anyone who wants to start animating, as well as gain foundation skills for future work in animation, film and video, games, or the web. No prior experience is needed! You will start animating on the first day and explore the art of animation by using Adobe Animate to create art and characters. You’ll quickly master the computer’s tools for designing and animating scene elements, characters and effects. You’ll learn the essential techniques and tricks that master studio animators have cultivated, and examine how you can apply them in your work. Every day you’ll be developing your own methods and style while exploring storytelling, movement and sketches. You also will create a portfolio that incorporates your artwork, action studies, and reference materials along with your digital creations.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Faculty: Jim Morford

Courses (Ages 9-12)

FUNdamentals of Filmmaking

FUNdamentals of Filmmaking

Ages 9–12

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.

Have you ever wanted to make a movie? With technological advances, you might already have the “point-and-shoot” tools you need, but how do you tell the story?

Learn the basic foundations of cinematic storytelling. Through various exercises, you create, plan and storyboard your own short films. Fellow students will perform all roles of a film crew, including acting, so everyone can experience the full process, both in front of and behind the camera. Camera framing, directing and introductory editing will be included. This workshop will give you hands-on experience with digital cameras and basic editing instruction on iMovie, as well as a bit of history of the cameras and moving pictures. The workshop ends with the world premiere of the finished products, which you will get to take home on a DVD.

Bring your imagination and get ready to make a movie!

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Tuition, day student: $2,765
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 14 students.

Faculty: Laura Carson and Sarah Rosenburg

Faculty Bios

Jon Alvord is a film editor with extensive experience in visual effects. He has worked on such films as Armageddon, Spy Kids, Sin City and X-Men. He has been nominated for many awards, receiving Emmy recognition for his work on the HBO Miniseries John Adams. Alvord is an Avid Certified Instructor. He has been a professor of film and television and teaches at Idyllwild Arts Academy.
(Chair – Filmmaking, Avid Film Editing Intensive)

Laura Carson (SAG-AFTRA) holds a BA in Theatre & Speech from the College of William and Mary. Over the years, she has performed in several plays in regional, NY and LA theatres. Her film and TV credits include Highly Functional, Bruce Almighty, Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls and Drop Dead Diva. She recently shot her original short film, Spare Change, in Colorado. Visit her website www.lauracarson.com.
(Collaborative Filmmaking for Junior Artists, FUNdamentals of Filmmaking)

Adrienne Carter, is an actor, writer, producer and teacher. She co-authored the novel FAB, published by Doubleday, and wrote on the TV shows Eve, Las Vegas, Everybody Hates Chris, Brothers and Born Again Virgin. She currently is developing a series about African American millennials. Adrienne taught acting at Prairie View A&M University. She holds a BA in Spanish from Yale College and an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. Adrienne has taught for the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program since 2011.
(Acting for the Camera)

Carrie Meeker: BA in Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley; MA in Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara. Carrie returns to her eighth year at Idyllwild, bringing along her experience working with a variety of media including ceramics, watercolors, photography, fiber arts, and the written word. Her works in visual arts have received recognition and awards in public exhibitions.
(Computer Animation)

Jim Morford is a Digital Media Arts and Multimedia instructor using Adobe Animate, 3ds max and Adobe Photoshop. He began his graphics career creating the AniMax computer graphics system and has designed graphics and facilities for the environmental field and contributes to the development of the Away3D rendering engine and the Blender 3D authoring environment. Jim directs VisualInteractiveArts, a studio creating digital, 2D and 3D interactive content for animation and game design and development, and leads workshops in animation for all ages.
(Computer Animation)

Christopher Reba is the Music Department Chair at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Chris boasts a long list of accomplishments in the music industry in addition to his past roles as coordinator of music at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and instructor of music and sound recording at Finger Lakes Community College, New York. As a musician and recording engineer, Chris has played in dozens of bands and ensembles with distinguished artists in many genres, including Grammy-winning artists Sean and Sara Watkins, and Chris Thile of Nickel Creek, Buena Vista Social Club, Jason Mraz, and many others.
(Live Sound and Audio Recording Intensive, Songwriting)

Sarah Rosenberg (SAG/AFTRA) has been working in film and television since the age of 18. Sarah started her career as an actress working in theatre and has gone on to work on tv shows such as Cold Case and Southland as well as several feature films and various web series. She has also co written two feature length films and written, directed and produced a series of short films. Full credits can be found at www.imdb.com.
(Collaborative Filmmaking for Junior Artists, FUNdamentals of Filmmaking)

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