Visual Arts Academy Creates Opportunity for Teen Filmmakers

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The iD Visual Arts Academy, a summer program for teens, is expanding locations to include Stanford University. Teens learn filmmaking, movie production, professional photography, and web design.

The cost of bringing your personal vision to the silver screen is within reach. That’s powerful.

With the growing popularity of independent and low budget movies on the silver screen, an increasing number of teens and young adults are seeking the skills it takes in order to produce their own film, photography and web portfolios. This year’s Academy Awards was dominated by Voltage Pictures’ “Hurt Locker,” walking away with six awards including best picture. The budget? Only $11 million. Blumhouse Productions’ “Paranormal Activity” grossed over $100 million worldwide with a reported budget of $15,000. Not $15,00,000. “When we see more diversity on the big screen, it trickles down to our students,” said Pete Ingram-Cauchi, CEO of iD Visual Arts Academy. “The cost of bringing your personal vision to the silver screen is within reach. That’s powerful.”

The iD summer film camps, part of the iD Visual Arts Academy, educate teens on filmmaking and movie production in Montreal, Quebec at McGill University, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at UC Berkeley. The newest location for the Academy is Stanford University in the Bay Area.

“If you’ve ever seen small film crews in the Bay Area or Montreal during the summertime, there’s a good chance you are seeing students from our Academy,” said Ingram-Cauchi. “What you might not know is that these students are only 14, 15, and 16 years old, and they come from all over the country, and the world. They are making films good enough to get on the film festival circuit.”

Many of the young promising filmmakers end up pursuing careers in film and broadcasting. One such graduate from the iD program, Cristina Frenzel, directed a documentary which aired on HBO—all by the time she was 15 years old. Sibling to a brother with autism, Christina produced “The Third Parent,” applying personal knowledge to share her concerns and life experiences in a visual way. She later went on to graduate from the USC School of Cinema-Television.

“The caliber of instruction we offer at the iD Visual Arts Academy is something that is hard to find for teens” said Somer Lowery, Program Manager for the Academy. “Our students use professional software like Apple® Final Cut Pro 7® and learn from accomplished faculty.” Jazz Tigan, a long time iD instructor, has recent film credits which include working as a Character Technical Director on Dreamwork's “Madagascar 2.” Another instructor, Kristopher Kasper, is a Visual Effects Editor with ten years of experience working in the film industry. He has worked on over 20 films with directors including Ridley Scott, Stephen Spielberg and Tim Burton. His film credits include “Planet of the Apes,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down.”
The iD Visual Arts Academy at Stanford University opens its doors summer 2010 to students with both limited knowledge and extensive experience in filmmaking, photography and web design.

iD Tech Camps is North America’s #1 provider of summer camps and technology camps for kids and teens with programs at 60 elite universities i n the USA and Canada. Locations include Stanford, McGill and MIT. Established in 1999 in Silicon Valley, the company is family-owned and operated. iD Tech Camps offers technology courses including 3D Video Game Design, 3D Game Modding, Maya®, Video Game Programming, Programming in C++ and Java, Programming iPhone® Apps, Robotics, Web Design, Flash® Animation, Graphic Arts, Digital Photography, Video Editing and film. The summer camps consist of weeklong day camps and sleep away camps, and multi-week teen academies. Courses are appropriate for beginner to advanced learners. The company teaches the latest technologies from Apple®, Adobe®, Microsoft®, Autodesk®, Sony®, Valve® and more.

iD Tech Camps and iD Visual Arts Academy, are registered trademarks or trademarks of InternalDrive, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

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