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Film and Frolic: 1-Week
Film and Frolic: 1-Week



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The digital age has put the power to make masterful movies in the hands of regular citizens, but few students (let alone adults) have any clue where to begin. Film & Frolic is part feel-good summer camp, part amateur-filmmaking camp, and entirely about having fun. In the process, we will build a 21st-century skill that uniquely pushes our creative limits. Students entering grades 6-9 will collaborate to conceive, cast, storyboard, film, edit, soundtrack, and produce one or more movies on SPA's varied and picturesque Goodrich Campus and at numerous field trip locations. All post-production editing and sound design will be done by students using Macs and iMovie. We will screen our works on the final afternoon. Additionally, we will enter prominent international student filmmaking competitions. Since 2015, dozens of F&F campers have won major accolades on the national stage. Students will create live-action comedies and dramas, documentaries, music videos, or whatever most inspires them. We will also engage in plenty of good indoor and outdoor frolicking — dabbling in everything from sardines, to world cup soccer, to capture the flag. By camp's end, students will have exercised their brains and bodies, and will have a newfound knack and appreciation for filmmaking.

Note: Film & Frolic is offered in two formats: one week (June 24-28) and two weeks (July 8-19). All iMovie experience levels are equally welcome in both sessions! Session 2 provides filmmakers with more time, field trips, and resources to go deep with their movie, screening their draft work to the director, counselors, and campers at a feedback party prior to shooting and editing a much-enhanced final film. The two-week version features twice the field-trip time, doubling the number of shooting backdrops and creative opportunities. Two-week campers who have previously tried the one-week format have reflected afterward that they prefer the two-week format. However, for students who are only available for one week, that option offers a short and sweet path into the fun and boundless world of teen filmmaking.

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teacher: Bobak Razavi, SPA teacher and St. Catherine University professor, founded and directs student movie-making experiences year-round at SPA, including a fall student news program, a winter mini-documentary week, and a 90-Second Newberys activity. At St. Kate's, Razavi designed and teaches Making Change By Making Movies, a graduate-level course for primary- and secondary-school teachers. He has led film-making experiences with students from over a dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin schools, and his students' works have won multiple awards at national youth film festivals.

Dates: June 24-28, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-9 in fall 2019
Enrollment Maximum: 20