NOTE: DAILY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS. For the past six years, the Righteous Conversations Project has connected teens and Holocaust Survivors for meaningful intergenerational dialogue and collaborative new media projects. During The Righteous Conversations Digital Storytelling Workshop, students will take one survivor’s story and bring it to life through live interview, experimental animation and sound design. In doing so, students are introduced to powerful tools that carry forward the narrative of Holocaust Survivors in our community. Previous films have gone on to screen in numerous film festivals and win many awards.
***For all levels. Previous film experience is not necessary. In addition to animation, students learn interview techniques, camera and microphone setups, and studio lighting techniques. This unique workshop is particularly suitable for those who have an interest in animation, visual art and digital storytelling and those who have already taken a workshop through the Righteous Conversations Project.
Teaching Staff: Artistic Director of the Righteous Conversations Project, Cheri Gaulke, has mentored hundreds of successful video/film projects at Harvard-Westlake in her roles as Video Art Teacher and Director of the Summer Film Program. Professional animation mentors and teaching artists will lead film production and guide students in learning film and animation techniques. Samara Hutman, Director of The Righteous Conversations Project, will facilitate dialogue, reflection and creative collaboration with Survivor elders.
On the first Thursday of the workshop (June 15th), class will meet for an introductory dinner from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.
Dates: June 15, 4:00-7:00 pm, June 16, 19-23, 26-30, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
NOTE: DAILY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS. For the past six years, the Righteous Conversations Project has connected teens and Holocaust Survivors for meaningful intergenerational dialogue and collaborative new media projects. In the Righteous Conversations Public Service Announcement (PSA) Workshop, students engage in dialogue with Holocaust Survivor Mentors and are inspired to create PSAs centered around topics of contemporary social injustices and issues. Workshop participants learn about the power of social action through film and the ways film can be used to raise awareness and effect change in our world. PSAs are gifted to non-profit organizations and submitted to local, national, and international film festivals, where they continue to be recognized and win awards.
***For all levels. Previous film experience is not necessary.
Teaching Staff: Artistic Director of the Righteous Conversations Project, Cheri Gaulke, has mentored hundreds of successful video/film projects at Harvard-Westlake in her roles as Video Art Teacher and Founder/Director of the Summer Film Program. Master teachers and teaching artists will lead PSA production teams and guide students in learning film techniques. Samara Hutman, Director of The Righteous Conversations Project, will facilitate dialogue, reflection and creative collaboration with Survivor elders.
Dates: June 15, 4:00-7:00 pm, June 16, 19-23, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
A two-week intensive to shoot and edit a short film. This session is for students who already have experience and want to be part of a filmmaking crew. There are opportunities for actors, directors, cinematographers, production designers, sound engineers, composers, and production assistants. In addition to live action films, we will also explore stop-motion animation for entire films or sequences within films. Scripts will be selected by the teachers from those generated during our Writing the Short Film intensive. Students will work in small production teams based on interest, each crew working with a mentor. Each film team will start with casting and determining the visual style of their film. The campus will become our back lot as we scout locations and develop each film's production design. Then we'll plan our camera work and shooting schedule. At the end of the first week, we will have a beautifully shot film and some initial editing. In the second week, students go deeply into the process of post-production. A film can be shot and simply edited, but to make a film competitive in the festival world, one needs to refine the editing in many ways. We will explore different editing styles, do audio dubbing and corrections, create a soundscape with sound effects, select music or compose a score, add special effects, make interesting title sequences and credits, do color corrections and more. In past years, films produced in our program have been screened in film festivals and won national awards.***This class will not cover basic instruction and is therefore open only to students who have previously taken Summer Film Camp: The Basics, an upper school Harvard-Westlake Video Art class, or equivalent. Students who have not met the pre-requisites but feel they should be in an advanced level course may apply by submitting a link to their previous work. Teaching staff: The camp is overseen by Sarah Morton. Sarah first joined HW Film in 2013. She has worked on both Righteous Conversations Project and the Short Film programs. She has worked closely with HW Film Director Cheri Gaulke.
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