Category Archives: Film – News

AVPA Films Screen at Sony Pictures ReCap!

AVPA Films Screen at Sony Pictures ReCap!

  {fshare} Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, the students of AVPA film and Ms. Butler’s Film III/IV class worked diligently on their short narrative films and documentaries. They took part in the entire filmmaking process from pitching and screenwriting to principal production (filming) and post production (editing). In March, the film students… Continue Reading

Marketing a Movie

Marketing a Movie

  {fshare} Above:  AVPA Film Department Students vote for their favorite “12 Years a Slave” poster.  In April 2015, the Young Filmmakers had the honor of having two guest speakers prominent in film marketing share their experience of selling the award winning film, “Twelve Years a Slave.” Valerie Van Galder who worked for New Regency… Continue Reading

Casting a New Light on Cinematography

Casting a New Light on Cinematography

 

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Recently in AVPA Film we participated in a series of lighting workshops taught by three alumni from the film program. Hayden Klemes, Antonio Morasco, and Kris Punturere are all alumni who have gone on to work in some aspect of the film industry and with photography. Two workshops were dedicated to the use of our DSLR cameras and two workshops focused on lighting. The most recent lighting workshops were taught over a period of two days and covered the basics of 3 point lighting and lighting aesthetics in general. The teaching style was a hybrid of Power Point presentation and actual hands on lighting craft. Students got the opportunity to set up lights and C-stands, and grappled with the many complications that arise while lighting a specific scene. For example, once the desired mood was achieved in one lighting set up, the subject’s face became overexposed on one side. Students then had to creatively problem solve to figure out how to stay true to the original look, yet keep everything neutrally exposed. In another instance, we compared the scene when lit with a Kinoflo (fluorescent light) with the same scene lit with a China globe (incandescent bulb). The modeling and shape of the light was very different between the two and did change the mood of the scene. Overall, we covered a lot of vital information about cinematography and established a foundation of knowledge to be built upon in more technical workshops in the near future.

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New Students Join AVPA Film!

New Students Join AVPA Film!

 

{fshare}On Friday, January 23rd, we held our second semester auditions. The applicants pitched their own original film ideas, which were about everything from hostages in the middle east to friendly sea creatures. They then answered questions about the plot and cinematography of their proposed film. We heard a wide variety of imaginative and compelling stories, and got to meet people who were genuinely passionate about filmmaking and joining our film family. Deciding who to accept was incredibly difficult because of all the talent, but we eventually came to a consensus, and selected five individuals to be a part of AVPA Film. Congratulations to Andrea, Cameron, Ginger, Joyous, and Richard!

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On Directing

On Directing

{fshare}Directing4On October 28th, the Film Company held an “Acting for Directors” workshop. It was led by Stephanie Black from Young Storytellers Foundation. Stephanie has experience directing and acting, making her the perfect teacher. We started with a hands-on activity. In a circle, one person would silently perform an action and the person next to them would ask “What are you doing?” They would reply by saying an action that’s completely unrelated to the action they were actually performing. Then the person next to them would perform that action. This continued around the entire circle.

Stephanie then taught us about actor’s thoughts which are when you can see the actor thinking about how to play the character on stage. She gave us examples of how actor’s thoughts can be recognized by having students perform small scenes where they walk into a room and pretend to see something. The rest of us had to try and figure out what they saw, teaching us how hard it is for an actor to tell the story correctly. Our last activity was acting out scenes from movies in front of our peers and giving them feedback on how to improve or adjust their performance. Overall, the workshop was very informative for our directors who will begin directing actors in our fall films very soon! Continue Reading

Big Ideas Worthy of a Big Show

Big Ideas Worthy of a Big Show

{fshare}This month, film students participated in a “round-robin” style pitch session for the upcoming interdepartmental multi-media art exhibition entitled The Big Show. Get ready to explore the Frost Auditorium this December in a totally new way: We’ve got site-specific installations planned for practically every nook and cranny in the building. The film students are planning to install sound and video pieces in five separate areas throughout the building and these pieces will be viewable concurrently with original installations from all of the five departments. Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 18th and meantime enjoy some photos from our lively pitch session!

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Introducing Joel Juarez

Introducing Joel Juarez

  {fshare}After auditions, AVPA Film jumped right in with the start of our Sony Film Development class. The entire Film Department is enrolled in this class and our Creative Director, Ms. Butler, introduced the company to Mr. Joel Juarez. Joel will be co-teaching with Ms. Butler and guiding us from inception to final screening of… Continue Reading

Pitch: Now or Never!

Pitch: Now or Never!

  {fshare}This month in AVPA film, the department held its annual Pitch Fest, where students enthusiastically “pitch” their ideas for films. The films that get green-lighted will eventually screen at Sony Pictures Studios in the spring. To aid the students in their pitching abilities, Film’s Creative Director, Alexis Butler, brought in a colleague, Joel Juarez,… Continue Reading

Making Movies At All Ages!

{fshare}Groups of middle school students from Culver City Middle School, each paired with a Culver City High School film student mentor, came together to write, produce, and edit movies this 2013-2014 school year. The Young Movie Makers project, through the Young Storytellers Foundation, culminated in an exclusive showcase of the films in a reserved theater on… Continue Reading

A Trip to the Mole Richardson Company!

{fshare}The Mole Richardson Company, for those who may not know, is a stage and motion picture lighting manufacturing company. Starting in 1927, the Mole Richardson Company quickly became the leading lighting company in Hollywood. They have created many of the film industry’s standard lights that continue to be used every day in the film world.… Continue Reading