• Summer Film Academy student filming on the Chapman University campus
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Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

Summer Film Academy

» Experiment, explore, and create in world class facilities

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 course that all Dodge College freshman take 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 film 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. The program has limited spots available per session, to ensure personalized instruction, and to allow the students to really have a hands-on experience in everything they do.

The academy is led by one of our premier faculty instructors, Tom Ptasinski, who has years 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.

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