GO BEHIND THE SCENES… CREATE YOUR OWN ANIMATED FILM… PROGRAM A SHORTS FESTIVAL 

BEHIND THE SCENES  |  June 19-23

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BEHIND THE SCENES is all about getting the scoop on the film industry – directly from the insiders! Students participate in interactive workshops with industry professionals from every corner of the business: learn about editing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing, directing and find out what exactly foley artists, sound designers, stunt people, wardrobe and make-up artists do!

Special presentations include a classic silent film with live musical accompaniment, and a field trip to the legendary 32TEN Studios Model Shop where both Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were filmed. 

Students will get hands-on with many of these aspects of the film industry in the brand new CINEMANIACS workshop led by Emmy-award winning filmmakers Melinda Darlington-Bach and Cynthia Pepper. This 2-day filmmaking adventure will include the entire process of making a short film from inception to completed 2-3 minute film. Included in the workshop : an audition with professional actors, every student will be assigned an on-set crew position working in makeup, production assistant, wardrobe, sound, script supervision, continuity, gaffer, or first Assistant Director positions. The student crew members will be the assistants to the Director of Photography. The final completed films will be screened as part of the class at The Rafael Film Center on Friday, June 23rd with follow-up discussion.

DATE:  June 19-23 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
LOCATION: Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
TUITION: $450.
Some scholarships available
Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.

YOUNG CURATORS  |  June 27-29 

Ever wonder how movies get selected for the Mill Valley Film Festival? Now YOU can be a part of the screening jury that programs CFI Education’s Youth Reel section of MVFF40! Students will screen short films from all over the globe and learn how to “curate” the program for presentation to the public in our esteemed annual festival, alongside world-class independent and studio features.

To qualify for the jury, students must have attended BEHIND THE SCENES during the first week of Summerfilm.

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DATE:  June 27-29 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
LOCATION: Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.
TUITION: $75.
Some scholarships available

CHARACTER ANIMATION  |  July 17-21 

Now’s your chance to animate your art! In this introductory course, students participate in a full 5 days of learning animation techniques using Adobe’s Animate and Character Animator software. Educators and animation professionals instruct students on how to create animated films. Students are not expected to make a complete film in this time, but a thematic series of images.

DATES:  July 17-21 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
LOCATION: Makerspace – Media Studio | Hamilton Field, 931 C Street, Novato
TUITION: $700.  – Some scholarships available
Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.
Minimum enrollment is 10. Maximum is 12. If class does not meet minimum enrollment, it will be cancelled two weeks prior to start date.

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