Acting for the Camera
The focus of this course is to prepare participants to act on a film set with a crew and director. Students will explore the unique skills used in acting for film through technique building exercises, games in which they can explore and hone their craft, and collaborative scene work. By the end of our program, students will have created a film which will be shown at our culminating event.
Over the course of this class, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of cinematography for film production. Students can expect to learn about framing and composition techniques, various camera movements, lighting, floor plans, shot sheets, and many more aspects that go into shooting a film on HD video. Participants will then have the opportunity to use their new knowledge by collaborating with students from the other Dorsey Film Academy courses to create an original film that will be screened at our culminating event.
In this course, students will be introduced to basic concepts of film directing. Our instructors will focus on teaching students how to think visually, create their desired tone through directorial choices, and work with actors to achieve a successful performance. Participants will then have the opportunity to use their new knowledge by collaborating with students from other Dorsey Film Academy courses to create an original film that will be screened at our culminating event.
Students in this course will learn how to “cut,” or assemble pieces of video footage together with the goal of creating a film with significant emotional impact on their audience. Participants will learn editing techniques meant to elevate the storytelling, innovative ways to explore visual imagery, and how “cuts” work to create a final product that will be shown at our culmination event.
In the music composition for film class, students will receive an introduction to film scoring techniques and various music and recording technologies. The course will also include an opportunity for students to receive college and career preparedness mentoring. By the end of this course, students will have written a complete film score for a three to seven minute minute short film while working in collaboration with students from other Dorsey Film Academy courses to create an original film that will be screened at our culminating event.
Students in the Screenwriting course will hone and use their creative writing skills to create an eight to ten page script and collaborate in a workshop type environment with their filmmaking peers. During this course, students will learn about formatting and rules of screenwriting, begin an outline of their feature scripts, examine Hollywood trends, learn how to pitch their ideas, and will ultimately see their words brought to life on screen during our culminating event.
Students in the Sound Design course will learn how to record sound for film production. Over the course of this class, students will learn how to set up microphones, sound recorders, and other various other sound equipment. Students will also learn about elements of post-production such as sound effects, ADR, foley, and sound mixing.
Visual and Performing Arts Academy
Acting for the Stage
Students enrolled in the Acting for the Stage course will explore the task of finding their authentic voices, both as artists and as people. Through movement, clown work, improv, mask, and voice work students will have the opportunity, both solo and in ensembles, to hone their skills and strengthen their artistic identities. Students will also explore a wide range of texts, including but not limited to plays, plays, selected monologues, and self-generated works.
Students in our Advanced Music course will engage in a further exploration of music through a variety of techniques including song form analysis, improvisation, and advanced reading skills. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore the business side of music by creating websites and receiving career preparedness instruction. This course will culminate by giving students the opportunity to showcase their musical growth through performing compositions during our summer academy culminating event.
Advanced Visual Art
This course is designed for student participants who have prior experience with art-making and are seeking to expand upon their skills and practice. Participants will be developing critical and creative strategies through multimedia experimentation, including 2-D and 3-D practice.
During this blended learning course, students will learn to make socially responsive animated gifs and short films using Adobe Creative Cloud and mixed-media. Through class feedback, discussions, sharing media, and in-person mentorship with instructors, students will receive a foundation in the skills needed to create unique and engaging animations. No drawing skills required!
Students in our Beginning Music course will explore a variety of meaningful musical genres through songwriting, music theory, and performance. Participants will dig in to the visual elements of music by exploring rhythm and melody using sheet music, discuss and analyze songwriting and lyrics, and ultimately showcase their musical growth through performing compositions during our summer academy culminating event.
Beginning Visual Art
Our Beginning Visual Arts course is designed for students who have no prior experience with art-making. Students who are looking to build their skill-set and expand their art practice are ideal for this course. Participants will be developing critical and creative strategies through multimedia experimentation, including 2-D and 3-D practice culminating in a display of participant artwork in our culminating event.
Students in our Creative Writing course will dive into a wide variety of literary forms including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and translation. After participants cover the fundamentals of all these forms they will then have the opportunity to mix them, remix them, write in-between them, and break them! Fan fiction, tiny fiction, giant fiction, lyric essay, comics, plays, lists, non-creative un-fiction, and hybrid writing are just some of the forms students will get to explore while finding their creative voice, leading up to our culminating project of the student’s own design. Class time will include close reading, workshops, individual mentorship, and collective experiments.
The Dance program will provide participants with the opportunity to experience new movement and dance practices through Hip-Hop and popular dance. Students will learn new techniques, experiment with choreography, and play with freestyle and improvisation. This course ultimately seeks to be an opportunity and platform for participants to push themselves artistically, hone their skills, and ultimately express themselves through an exploration of dance.
Students in our Photography course will learn the basics of photographic-image making while engaging with contemporary artists, concepts, and practices. Each student will work toward producing their own body of work. While exploring various production methods such as experimental and traditional printing techniques, video, digital and social media, students will be seeking to engage both with their community and the world around them.