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»About the Summer Film Academy at Dodge College

Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers a two-week comprehensive, collaborative and creative high school film program during the summer.

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 program is modeled after the introductory class all freshman take a Dodge College called “Intro to Visual Storytelling”. We emphasize the art of storytelling, and how to use the many tools we have to make a complete, well-told story. The program is meant for students with all levels of filmmaking experience.

The students have the advantage of getting a true college experience by getting to work with the equipment and facilities at our school, as well as live in our dorms. The students work in small groups to create three short films during the program, with a showcase screening of their final film at the end of the program. We limit the camp to 30 people, so ensure personalized instruction, and to allow the students to really have a hands on experience in everything they do. 

The camp is led by one of our premier faculty members Harry Cheney, who has decades of experience in both the film industry and running summer programs. There are also other instructors with the program that are either current students or alumni of Dodge College. 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 people who live it. 

+-Activities

Here is a breakdown of some of the activities the students do during the camp:

  • Learn how to edit on AVID software
  • Work with HMC-150 cameras
  • Cinematography workshop using a set on our 4,000 sound stage
  • Check out props from our Finley Prop House
  • Lectures on films screened in our 500-seat Folino theater
  • Field Trip to Los Angeles that includes:
    • Lighting seminar at historic Mole-Richardson lighting house
    • VIP Warner Brothers Studio Tour
    • Watch film at historic theater in Los Angeles (El Capitan or Arc Light depending on film availability)
  • Evening at Downtown Disney
  • Lecture on admissions to film school with Dodge College Admissions Director
  • Write, film and edit three short films in groups of 5
  • Workshops in Television, Sound Design/Foley

+-Cost

The cost of the program is $3,000 for the two weeks. This includes housing in the dorms, all meals in cafeteria, field trips and all equipment used for the program. Travel plans are not included in the cost. (It is required for all students to stay overnight on campus for this program).

+-Accommodations

Students stay in our newest dormitory, Sandhu Residence Hall. Students usually have one roommate and have their own bathrooms. 

+-Dates of 2014 Sessions

Session 1: June 20 – July 3, 2014

Session 2: July 6 – July 19, 2014

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    Contact us at:

    summerfilmacad@chapman.edu

    (714) 997-6765


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