Summer Film Camp: The Basics

Grade Levels:7-12
Dates/Time:Dates TBD
Location:Feldman Horn, Upper School Campus
Instructor:Cheri Gaulke
Cost:$425 (includes materials)
A one-week intensive to learn the fundamentals of camera work, editing and storytelling.

Have you ever wanted to make your own films? This film camp, designed especially for 7th-11th graders, offers a comprehensive approach to filmmaking with a focus on narrative. We’ll watch films to identify what makes a good story and learn all of the necessary tools from cinematography to editing. The HW campus will be our back lot as we shoot scenes in various genres, which we’ll edit into short films complete with music and credits. Participants will work in small groups and everyone will get a chance to explore story development, production design, acting, directing, cinematography and editing. Stop-motion animation will be an option as well as live action. Students will receive a DVD of their individual and collaborative work. The camp is overseen by Cheri Gaulke, director of the Summer Film Program and HW Video Art teacher for 24 years, who is assisted by an animation specialist and a team of experienced film teachers.

***For beginners and Summer Film Camp repeaters (all projects are new)

Teaching staff: Artistic Director Cheri Gaulke has mentored hundreds of successful video/film projects at Harvard-Westlake in her roles as a Video Art teacher and director of the Summer Film Program. She will be joined by a team of experienced teachers (including a screenwriting and animation specialist) who will facilitate projects.

NOTE: You can bundle “Summer Film Camp: The Basics” together with “Making a Film” for $1150. Choose The “Summer Film Package” when you register.

Writing the Short Film

Grade Levels:9-12
Dates/Time:Dates TBD
Location:Feldman Horn, Upper School Campus
Instructor:Cheri Gaulke
Cost:$425 (includes materials)
A one-week intensive to learn the fundamentals of screenwriting.

How do you construct a short film screenplay that is succinct yet complex, simple but powerful? Students often struggle with how to make a good story and yet story is the key to making a successful film. We will watch short films and do lots of writing — exploring character, dialogue, plot, and different genres and styles. This one-week intensive is an opportunity to hone your craft and make your films better. Students have a lot of fun in this class and report that it helped their writing in general. Four screenplays from this class will be produced during Making a Short Film. Past screenplays produced during the Summer Film Program have been selected for film festivals. Guest speakers may include an industry professional screenwriter.

***For new and experienced writers

Teaching staff: Artistic Director Cheri Gaulke has mentored hundreds of successful video/film projects at Harvard-Westlake in her roles as a Video Art teacher and director of the Summer Film Program. She will be joined by a team of experienced teachers (including a screenwriting and animation specialist) who will facilitate projects.

NOTE: You can bundle “Writing the Short Film” together with “Making a Film” for $1150 (a 10% discount). Choose The “Summer Film Package” when you register and indicate that you’d like to take “Writing the Short Film” first.

Making a Short Film

Grade Levels:7-12
Dates/Time:Dates TBD
Location:Feldman Horn, Upper School Campus
Instructor:Cheri Gaulke
Cost:$850 (includes materials)
A two-week intensive to shoot and edit a short film.

***This class will not cover basic instruction and is therefore open only to students who have previously taken Summer Film Camp: The Basics or an upper school HW Video Art class. Students who have not met the pre-requisites but feel they should be in an advanced level course may apply by submitting a DVD of their work. Email instructor for details: cgaulke@hw.com.

This camp 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 addition we will explore the art of trailer editing. Possible guest speakers include a professional editor, title designer and sound effects artist.

Participants will receive a DVD of all films completed in Making a Short Film. In past years, films produced in our program have been screened in film festivals and won national awards.

Teaching staff: Artistic Director Cheri Gaulke has mentored hundreds of successful video/film projects at Harvard-Westlake in her roles as a Video Art teacher and director of the Summer Film Program. She will be joined by a team of experienced teachers (including a screenwriting and animation specialist) who will facilitate projects.

NOTE: You can bundle “Summer Film Camp: The Basics”  or “Writing the Short Film” together with “Making a Film” for $1150 (a 10% discount). Choose The “Summer Film Package” when you register and please indicate which course you’ll be taking before “Making a Film.”

The Righteous Conversations Project PSA Workshop

Grade Levels:7-12
Dates/Time:Dates TBD
Location:Feldman Horn, Upper School Campus
Instructor:Cheri Gaulke
Cost:$495
We are looking for a group of creative, curious teens for an intensive workshop that connects teens and Holocaust survivors. We are at a crucial historical moment in which young people have a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from those who survived the Holocaust and to partner with them in this creative, social action project.

Teens work together with survivors over the course of a week to create public service announcements (PSAs) about contemporary injustices in our world. Workshop participants learn about the power of media messages and the ways they can be used to raise awareness and effect change in our world. Teens will choose their issues and form PSA production teams. Throughout the creative process, survivors serve as mentors, giving feedback and participating as they are able. In our previous workshops, powerful PSAs were created which went on to be selected by film festivals and used by organizations to promote causes. You can learn more about The Righteous Conversations Project and check out our PSAs at www.righteousconversations.org.

***For all levels. Previous film experience is not necessary.

Teaching staff: Artistic Director Cheri Gaulke has mentored hundreds of successful video/film projects at Harvard-Westlake in her roles as a Video Art teacher and director of the Summer Film Program. Four master teachers (including an animation specialist) will head up production teams. Project Director Samara Hutman, Executive Director of Remember Us, will facilitate the teen/survivor dialogue and partnerships.