Local Massachusetts Filmmakers Join Creative Partnership with National Technology Camp at Merrimack, Bentley and Harvard

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iD Tech Camps, North America's largest youth summer technology camp, gives students the opportunity to edit an award-winning, independent film.

While years ago it would never have been possible, kids and teens in today’s world now have an outlet to satisfy their creative need.

For their upcoming 12th season, iD Tech Camps, the largest youth technology summer camp in North America, has partnered with local Massachusetts filmmakers to offer an extensive course in Digital Video Editing and Special Effects.

We’ve all been guilty of playing “arm-chair film critic,” sitting at home or in the theatre wondering how we would change the movie to make it our own. A scene transition here, special effects and a new soundtrack there–even if it’s a wildly successful top quality film, the creative bug in all of us itches to make changes. While years ago it would never have been possible, kids and teens in today’s world now have an outlet to satisfy their creative need.

The course, geared towards students with an interest in filmmaking and film production, features "Freedom Park," an award-winning, independent family comedy, which ran for a combined 15 weeks in 9 different Massachusetts theatres. The film features Boston sports greats Louis Tiant, Lyndon Byers, and Jerry Remy, and follows two buddies, who after running into debt trouble with a Vegas crime boss, return to their hometown of Freedom Park, Massachusetts to start a gambling ring on Little League baseball to pay off their debt.

Within the weeklong video editing course–which is offered at various university locations including Harvard, Bentley and Merrimack in Massachusetts–students will use actual footage from "Freedom Park" to learn to mark and trim clips, add music, sound effects and other special effects with the industry’s top software and tools. Also, at the end of each camp session, finished products will be showcased on YouTube® and each student will take home a copy of "Freedom Park" on DVD to see how their edited version compares to the actual film.

The film’s Producer Andrea Ajemian and Writer/Co-Director Jon Artigo formed the company Artigo/Ajemian Films, which is based in Worcester, MA. Their teen drama "Still Green" was released nationally on DVD in the fall of 2009, after winning “Best Ensemble” at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, as well as “Best Narrative Feature” at the New England Film and Video Festival.

Their latest feature film "BoyBand: Breakin’ Through in 82’" was shot entirely in Massachusetts in 2008, and is currently playing in select theatres in Massachusetts. The film is about a high school quarterback who quits his football team to turn his heavy metal band into the first ever boyband in 1982.

In addition to starring 11 Hollywood actors including Robert Hoffman ("Step Up 2," "She’s the Man"), Ming Na ("Stargate Universe," "ER," "The Joy Luck Club"), Ryan Hansen ("Party Down," "Veronica Mars"), Michael Copon ("One Tree Hill," "Scorpion King II"), and Laura Breckenridge ("Gossip Girl"), over 30 local actors have roles in "BoyBand." "Freedom Park" Executive Producer Victor J. Melfa, Jr. recently Co-Produced the documentary "The Lost Son of Havana," which was produced by the Farrelly Brothers and is the story of Cuban born Red Sox star, Louis “El Tiante”’ Tiant.

iD Tech Camps summer programs in Massachusetts have already started, and will be running through late August. Gaining hands-on experience with actual footage from "Freedom Park," this summer season’s batch of inspired students hope to soon be the one’s in the director’s chair.

iD Tech Camps is North America's #1 provider of summer computer camps and technology camps for kids and teens with programs at 60 elite universities in the USA and Canada. Locations include Stanford and Harvard. Established in 1999 in Silicon Valley, the company is family-owned and operated. iD Tech Camps offers technology courses including 3D Game Design, Digital Photography, 3D Game Modding, Maya®, Game Development, Programming in C++ and Java, Programming iPhone® Apps, Robotics, Web Design, Flash® Animation, Graphic Arts and Video Editing. 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.


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