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Students Attend ICL Academy Spring Film Festival

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This March, the ICL Academy for Performing Arts hosted our second annual film festival, creating an incredible opportunity for students with a deep interest in the film industry to create an original short films on our Hollywood studio lot at LA Center Studios. All of our student short films fit the theme of “A Leader Can Emerge From…” The event was hosted for students age 13- 18 and wasn’t just a great learning experience for all involved, but was a lot of fun too. Along with the new friendships made, our participants now have another great film to add to their reels. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out the fruit of their labor below!

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ICL Academy Attends ShoWorks Entertainment Workshop

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By: Jamila Koch

This weekend a group of filmmakers such as myself participated in a ShoWorks Multi-camera Workshop. We started the two-day workshop by learning about what multi-camera sets are and the terminology necessary to understand it. As a filmmaker who works primarily on single camera shoots a multi-camera set-up is certainly a new experience. Multi-camera shoots have four camera’s (A, B, C, and X) shooting the same scene. Not only does this cut-down time used to get master shots and coverage but also continuity becomes an insignificant issue as every shot is of the same take. At the end of the first day we were assigned to learn the terms used on set such as 10-1 (bathroom break), hiccup (minor camera change), and hard five (an exactly five minute break). The second day I blocked out scenes and assigned camera angles to each of the cameras. This helped me build endurance for multitasking, which is imperative for any good filmmaker. Overall, the ShoWorks Multi-camera Workshop taught me the necessary skills used on set and the teamwork needed to create an amazing show.

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The ShoWorks Entertainment Workshop was one of the best weekends of my entire life.

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By: Maria Kashapata

ShoWorks Entertainment came to our school to offer everyone a workshop on Multi-Camera acting. Going into the workshop I knew vaguely what multi-camera acting was. However after the workshop I feel so much more educated and aware of the difference between multi-camera and single-camera.

On Saturday we established the basics. We began with some imporv games to get us out of our heads and loosen up. Afterwards, we learned the different jobs of the cameras we would encounter on a multi-camera, t.v. show set. We also learned the different terms used on a set. After we had the basics we moved onto a table read, using a script from a multi-camera show, Bunk’d. The table read was a lot of fun, as an actor I was able to do what I love and take on a role of a character unlike myself. After the table read we moved to set. We took turns acting and working behind the camera. We learned how to move our bodies, where to to stand and how to direct our lines so they came across in a comedic way.

On Sunday we took it one step further. We started again with improv and it was so much fun. As an actor I came out of my shell a lot more and it was very freeing. We then watched a scene from our script and pointed out the different camera angles they used along with how the characters moved. We then jumped into a scene. We practiced blocking a scene and took turns filming them as well. We ended the weekend doing a multi-camera version of the Cha Cha Slide. It was a blast!

This weekend made me realize how much I wanted to be an actor. We all agreed how excited and pumped we were during and after the workshop. Events like these, where you get the opportunity to learn and grow in your craft, inspires us all. It puts a fire in your heart and makes you want to work 10x harder to achieve your dreams. As an actor I was lucky enough to get this opportunity.

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ICL Academy 48 Hour Spring Film Festival

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Join us for the ICL 48 Hour Spring Film Festival!

This Spring, the ICL Academy for Performing Arts would like to invite students with a deep interest in filmmaking to an incredible opportunity to create an original short film on our Hollywood studio lot. All of our student short films will fit this Spring’s exciting theme of “A Leader Can Emerge From….” Our home is LA Center Studios, an active 20-acre production lot with practical sets, sound stages, and a digital production studio. Participants will have the opportunity to work with like-minded students to take a film short from concept to creation on a real Hollywood Studio lot!Join us this February for an amazing opportunity for all students grades 8-12.

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ICL Academy Performs at Carnegie Hall

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By: Maria Kashapata

Carnegie Hall and our trip to New York City was an experience I’ll never forget. We arrived in New York City on Tuesday evening and we couldn’t contain our excitement. New York city has an energy that is contagious to anyone who visits. If I could describe it in two words I would say magical and electric.

The next day we went to The Dwight School. When we arrived we got to interact with all of the students from the other schools. We were able to talk with them and compare our schools, activities, hobbies, interests,etc… It was amazing getting to learn about different cultures and parts of the world. There were kids from Seoul, Shanghai, London, New York and students from the open world program. I made friends with kids right off the bat. We were all there to experience performing at Carnegie Hall together and we were all very excited. After mingling we got to experience a day in the life of a Dwight New York student. We were able to experience the classes, see the school and interact with the students. I was able to sit in on the Drama class, Mathematics class and Government class. I enjoyed getting to talk with the students and learn about their lives while experiencing the classes. I even got to meet one of my online teachers. Then it was time to go to rehearsals at the nearby church.

They say , “The way to get to Carnegie Hall is Practice! Practice! Practice!” and that we did. We had rehearsals everyday leading up to Carnegie Hall. During rehearsals we were split up based on our performances. I spent most of my time rehearsing with the chorus. The chorus was made up of kids from each of the schools. Together we practiced to learn the Abba Medley. I also spent time practicing our duet, Human. We spent time putting the final touches on our performance to ensure it was our best. It was so cool getting to watch all of the other schools performances that they had been working on as well. Each performance was a representation of their school and culture. During rehearsals we had an hour lunch break. We were encouraged to go out with kids we didn’t know and interact. Throughout the time we were there they made sure we had plenty of time and opportunities to get to know each other. Rehearsals were fun and busy. We were constantly working to make sure everything ran smoothly for show day.

Outside of rehearsals we were able to do a lot of fun activities. We had a lot of free time and wanted to explore NYC. One of the first places we visited was Central Park. It had snowed and the park was breathtaking in a white winter wonderland. You would have never believed you were in the middle of a city. We visited Time Square and got a tour of The Museum of Natural History. We also attended the Blue Man Show. It was an indescribable experience. An unforgettable show with a surprise at every turn. The city is full of so many exciting activities. Then it was time for our own show.

The day of our performance at Carnegie Hall nerves were running high. However at the same time we were all very pumped and excited for what was to come. We went straight to Carnegie Hall and had our final dress rehearsal. It was all starting to kick in that this was actually happening. Everything was very hectic backstage. People were running around, warming up, getting changed, the audience was taking their seats and then the show began. The acts that went before us were great and then it was our turn. I was very nervous, but realized I wasn’t in this alone. As I was backstage with Andrea, Nia, Josh and Victoria I realized we were in this together and had each other to lean on.  The announcer presented us and it was showtime. The music started and I begun to sing. I felt like I was in a dream, was this really happening? I let the music carry me through every note and having Andrea by my side I knew we were in this together and we worked really hard to make this happen. As we finished the crowd applauded and it was the best feeling in the entire world. We took our bows and walked off the stage. Coming off stage was an amazing feeling, I was so proud of us all. Once I got off stage I wanted to go right back on and do it again.

I was also a part of the chorus, so I went back on stage once more for the finale. I got to perform alongside all of these people who had become my friends and finish on a strong note. Everyone worked so hard to put this show together. The teachers ensured everything ran smoothly. The dancers complimented each piece beautifully. The filmmakers documented an amazing experience for us to be able to look back on. The musicians provided amazing music to accompany all of the pieces. The singers sung their hearts out on every note. Together we put on an amazing show. All of our hard work had paid off.  My experience at Carnegie Hall was full of excitement, new adventures, new friends and wonderful memories.. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget.

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Trip to Red Camera Studios

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Our class of filmmakers from ICL Academy visited the RED factory conveniently located here in Irvine, California. We were exclusively invited to experience the intuitive and revolutionary next generation of RED cameras. Each filmmaker and engineer has a certain purpose at the RED factory, making sure to create the most perfect cameras. The trip was very educational, showing us students the inner workings of a professional camera factory used by the film industry.  Seeing the process of making these professional grade cameras was incredible because it makes you appreciate high quality footage. Getting a tour of the RED factory was an amazing experience that has given us a different perspective on the entire industry.

 

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ICL Academy Students at LA Fashion Week

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Ten students were recently selected from a nationwide pool of aspiring designers to cultivate, inspire, and create Adidas’ styles for the fall/winter 2015 women’s superstar lookbook. ICL Academy senior, Raven Smith was one of the select few students chosen to showcase her work for the new Adidas Superstar Collection. Her vision of “style goes unnoticed” represents the new concepts brought to the table by the new “Dress It Down” series from Adidas.

Congratulations Raven!

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ICL Student Recognized by International Film Festival

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By Ioannes Palomaria

If you are interested in free and large-scale film festivals, look no further than Enimation. Enimation, held in Maribor, Slovenia, is one of the largest international youth film festivals in the world, with over 350 submissions from all over the planet—Croatia, Ireland, Spain, Thailand, Russia, Hong Kong, Belgium, India, Slovenia, Portugal, Greece and many other countries were represented. Of all the competing films mine was the only one from the United States. As a thirteen-year-old, I was put into the 11-14 age group in which tons of films were entered. My decision was to enter five films I was very proud of, Like Father, Like Son, A Modern Lynching, The Murder of Emmett Till, Mathew Brady: The Father of Photojournalism, and Hubble: a Space Odyssey. All of them were accepted and screened during the festival. The film I am proudest of—Like Father, Like Son—was accepted into the award competition, and, although the festival is over, it is still being judged for awards.

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