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Film, Video, and Photography

American Univeristy:  

Session I: June 11 - 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session II: June 23 - July 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Write an original short script. Produce a video, including shooting, sound recording and nonlinear editing on Final Cut Pro, all in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. No prior experience required; students grouped by ability. Equipment provided.

American University

June 11 - 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

This interactive hands-on class focuses on the core skills for making great documentaries: how to determine a good story that needs to be told visually, how to film compelling interviews, how to capture dynamic real-life on location scenes and how to shoot effective b-roll footage while making the most of a limited budget and time. Students will research, write, produce and edit a final mini-doc and post it to the web.

American University

June 23 - July 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Develop skills actors need to work in television and film. When do you need a close up? How do you describe your needs to an actor? Refine your basic visual vocabulary and learn how to break down a script and communicate your ideas from behind the camera. As an actor, learn how to interpret a script and hit your mark for a blocked scene. Explore the aspects of character development while working closely with your director to reach the desired creative vision.  

American University

June 23 - July 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Learn the core concepts of animation production in this experiential course. Each student will have a computer and drawing tablet to practice computer-based and hands-on techniques. Learn the fundamentals of drawing motions, character design, timing and syncing in animation and cleanup. Go to our student work page to view examples.

American University

June 11 - June 28

This 18-day film intensive is designed to take students from script to screen and everything in-between. Using the standard three-act Hollywood movie structure, students learn how to transform their ideas and stories into short-form fiction screenplays and then professionally produce, shoot, and edit their films with state-of-the-art film and digital production equipment. In addition to creating their own film, students will screen movies and learn to be a discerning critic.

Writing, Journalism, and Broadcasting

American University

Session I: June 11 - 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session II: June 23 - July 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

U.C. Berkeley

July 26 - August 3, 9a.m. - 12 p.m.

See what it takes to write a news story for print, broadcast, and the web. Get practical instruction in effective writing techniques for your school newspaper, neighborhood newsletter or website. Learn how to distinguish between news and promotional writing. Hear professional journalists talk about their careers and visit a local newsroom.

American University

June 11 - June 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This course introduces you to the field of broadcast journalism and related legal, ethical and technological issues. Develop interviewing, reporting and writing skills. Produce a brief radio documentary or a television field report for your portfolio.



Television, film, theater, music, sports, fashion, gaming... It's all entertainment today. Learn from experts in the field and understand the importance of messaging. Why are ratings important in television? How do you promote a film? Could you represent a celebrity-be it an actor or an athlete? What is the red carpet all about? Who gets $$ every time you hear a song? Is the gaming industry the next big blockbuster? An inside look and what you need to be successful in the entertainment industry.