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Film-Making and Acting Course – Ages 12-17

Movies possess a kind of magic. We feel it when we watch them. But to be part of the team creating one? That’s something very special.

Over the past 13 years, these industry professionals has helped over 90,000 young actors and filmmakers aged 12-17 complete and screen their first movies.

Filmmaking is a creative team effort, students grow as people on film sets: working in teams with passion and focus, learning to collaborate, taking responsibility, gaining confidence from performance, making new friends, learning important digital skills which will serve them in whatever career they choose.

Acting on screen. Performing in film and television requires different techniques to stage acting, and gaining experience in front of camera can hugely benefit young actors and actresses looking to build their confidence, skills and portfolio.

1 week course

From Sunday 4th August – Sunday 25th August 2019

Package includes

  • Full board and residential accommodation in shared rooms
  • Filmmaking tuition from industry professionals
  • Professional filmmaking and editing equipment
  • Games, sports and cultural activities/excursions
  • Digital copies of your completed work
  • 3 tickets for the Premiere Showcase Screening for your family and friends

If you need a VISA, please contact us  before booking online

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At Young Film Academy (YFA), they believe that passion for the things you will excel at, starts early. They also believe that movies possess a kind of magic. We feel it when we watch them. But to be part of the team creating one? That’s something very special. Over the past 13 years, their amazing team of YFA film industry professionals has helped over 90,000 young actors and filmmakers aged 12-17 complete and screen their first movies. Filmmaking is a creative team sport and they’ve seen their students grow as people on their film sets: working in teams with passion and focus, learning to collaborate, taking responsibility, gaining confidence from performance, making new friends, learning important digital skills which will serve them in whatever career they choose. They've been proud to witness some amazing personal development stories. They also know that promising young actors always tell them ow hard it is for them for get practical experience. Acting on screen. Performing in film and television requires different techniques to stage acting, and gaining experience in front of camera can hugely benefit young actors and actresses looking to build their confidence, skills and portfolio. Which is why each summer, YFA transforms a beautiful boarding school one hour from London into a state-of- the-art movie studio for young actors and filmmakers aged 12-13 & 14-17. Two weeks of non-stop filmmaking fun (one week option available) where students can eat, sleep, breathe - and make - movies. For young people who love films, whether it’s creating them, acting in them, or just being part of the team, YFA Summer Camp is a dream come true. Ages:

  • 12-13
  • 14-17

VENUE: Culford School Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk,  approx 1.5 hours from central London by car, or 2 hours by train DATES: 1 week camp

  • Sunday 4th August – Sunday 11th August 2019
  • Sunday 11th August – Sunday 18th August 2019
  • Sunday 18th August – Sunday 25th August 2019

2 week camp

  • Sunday 4th August - Sunday 18th August 2019
  • Sunday 11th August – Sunday 25th August 2019

3 week camp

  • Sunday 4th August – Sunday 25th August 2019

How does it work?

Students on YFA Summer Camp divide into 2 crews: FILMMAKING CREW & ACTING CREW. Students choose which crew they wish to join for the duration of their camp. Students attending camp for 2 or 3 weeks can alternate between crews Each Crew develop specialised skills in their own disciplines through practical exercises, workshops and masterclasses with film industry professionals. And because we passionately believe that the best way to learn to is get out there and DO it, the Filmmaking and Acting Crews then combine in teams to work together in production. And when students are not on set, there’ll be loads of great fun indoor and outdoor activities on offer for them to enjoy, including: swimming, football, tennis, table tennis, basketball, dance, drama, screenings, movie quizzes, talent show, excursions, competitions, games and more. Each week of YFA Summer Camp culminates in a Premiere Screening of the students’ completed works for friends and family in the onsite cinema! There’ll be a packed house, behind-the-scenes special features telling the real story of how that movie got made, and we’re guessing some blooper-reels too... All students receive digital copies of their completed movies or portfolio pieces from the camp.   FILMMAKING CREW (ages 12-13, 14-17)  For aspiring Filmakers Students in the Filmmaking Crew will develop the hands-on creative and technical skills they need to take a movie from initial concept to premiere screening. Students will learn from professional YFA Filmmakers in all aspects of filmmaking from storytelling and screenwriting, through camera operating and sound recording, right through to all-important editing, special FX and post-production techniques. Running their own film sets, the Filmmaking Crew will work together with the Acting Crew using professional equipment. Students in the Filmmaking Crew may also take performance roles in their films as required. Students in both Crews can choose from a selection of Bonus Activities. There are 3 different levels according to age and experience:

FILM-MAKING Crew Ages 12-13 Ages 14-17
 
Level 1 1 or 2 week programme*
Level 2  1 week programme
Level 3  2 week programme
Level 2 & 3   3 week programme**

* To create a 2-week programme, students aged 12-13 combine Filmmaking (Level 1) & Acting (Level 1)

  **To create a 3-week programme, students aged 14-17 combine Filmmaking or Acting (Level 2) with Filmmaking or Acting (Level 3)

ACTING CREW (ages 12-13, 14-17)

For aspiring actors  Students in the Acting Crew will develop and practise the performance skills needed to act with impact on screen. Students will learn from professional YFA acting coaches in all aspects of performance for films and TV. students in the Acting Crew will then take roles in the short films and portfolio pieces produced by t.he Filmmaking Crew. Acting Crew students will learn important skills for screen actors, including film set etiquette, accessing emotions, finding truth in performance, expressive body and voice and thinking in the role. Acting Crew students will receive copies of all the movies or portfolio pieces they have roles in, to build/develop their screen-acting showreels. As well as film and TV acting tecniques, Acting Crew students will produce a live ‘YFA’s Got Talent’ show at the end of each week, in the main theatre. There are  3 different levels according to age and experience:

ACTING Crew Ages 12-13 Ages 14-17
 
Level 1 1 or 2 week programme*
Level 2 1 week programme
Level 3 2 week programme
Level 2 & 3 3 week programme

*To create a 2-week programme, students aged 12-13 combine Filmmaking (Level 1) & Acting (Level 1) **To create a 3-week programme, students aged 14-17 combine Filmmaking or Acting (Level 2) with Filmmaking or Acting (Level 3) FILM MAKING CREW Skills covered:

  • scriptwriting
  • story boarding
  • production  management
  • directing
  • working with actors
  • set etiquette
  • cinematography
  • lighting
  • sound recording
  • editing
  • visual FX
  • sound mixing
  • picture grading
  • titling
  • marketing
  • careers advice

Also included: Students will have access to professional grip equipment including jib arm, sliders and a fully lit green screen studio, as well as databases of Hollywood post-production sound and visual FX ACTING CREW Skills covered:

  • understand differences between stage and screen acting methods
  • gain confidence in front of camera
  • prepare for a film shoot
  • hair  & make-up
  • using costume & props to develop character
  • physicalisation of your character
  • fight choreography
  • stunt choreography
  • work with directors
  • blocking & sight-lines
  • improvisation
  • set etiquette
  • voice-over
  • audition and screen-test  preparation
  • event management
  • careers advice
  • audition and screen test

Also included: A set of professional digital headshots are included for each student. FILM-MAKING PROGRAMME Filmmaking 1 week

Create a portfolio piece

  • Story structure
  • Camera work & lighting
  • Editing & post-production

Filmmaking 2 weeks

Create a short film 

  • Write a short film screenplay
  • Camera work & lighting
  • Editing, post-production, & picture grading
  • 1 excursions
Filmmaking 3 weeks
Create two short films
Week 1: Filmmaking Level 2
Weeks 2-3: Filmmaking Level 3
• Write two short films screenplays
• Camera work & lighting
• Editing, post-production, & picture grading
• 2 excursions

ACTING PROGRAMME

Acting 1 week

  • Act in a portfolio piece
  • Work with directors
  • Improvisation
  • Produce and perform in 1 talent show

Acting 2 weeks Act in a short film

  • Work with directors
  • Improvisation & self-taping
  • Produce and perform in 2 talent shows
  • 1 excursions

Acting 3 weeks Act in two short films Week 1: Acting Level 2 Weeks 2-3: Acting Level 3

  • Work with directors
  • Improvisation & self-taping
  • Produce and perform in 3 talent shows
  • 2 excursions
BONUS ACTIVITES
During the camp, all students will take part in a selection of the following:
  • Compose a film soundtrack
  • Stop-motion  animation
  • Special FX Make-up
  • Poster Design
  • Green Screen: shoot & act in a chroma key studio
  • Hyperlapse Photography

ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIESCulford School is a leading UK independent boarding school set in 480 acres of magnificent grounds 95 minutes outside London and 30 minutes from Cambridge. Boarding accommodation onsite will be separated according to age and gender. Students will share dormitory accommodation with 2-5 other students. Our staff sleep in rooms adjacent to the students’ accommodation. Separate common rooms and areas for relaxing are provided. Wi-fi and internet access are available throughout the site. Great food is a priority and three daily meals will be served in the nuts-free dining hall. Food allergies or intolerances will be catered for. The school’s extensive grounds and facilities include:

  • two theatres (including onsite cinema)
  • performing arts centre
  • dance studio
  • large heated indoor swimming pool
  • fully-equipped indoor sports hall with badminton and basketball courts

WELL-BEING & SAFETY

The safety and well-being of our students are our prime concern at all times. YFA Summer Camp boasts a high staff-student ratio, and all our experienced filmmaking and social staff are Enhanced DBS-checked. Our staff are trained in current safeguarding requirements, and many are also trained first-aiders. Young Film Academy is BAC (British Accreditation Council) approved. The BAC certification provides a mark of excellence in terms of child care and quality of activities. At all times, we aim to look after your child as if they were our own. There is 24-hour supervision of students and our staff are there to monitor each student’s well-being and ensure that any concerns they may have are heard and resolved swiftly, where possible. Students are able to see a doctor at a local surgery just a few minutes away from campus, though they may make a charge for each consultation for non-UK citizens. Students who are able to show a European Health Card may be covered by the National Health system, but in any case we strongly advise taking out travel insurance to cover travel arrangements and valuables as well as health insurance, including dental care, in case of emergencies.

OVERSEAS STUDENTS

As well as welcoming British students who live abroad, we accept a number of overseas students at YFA Summer Camp. Young iIlm Academy is an accredited member of BAC (British Accreditation Council) and can therefore issue visa letters for non-EU citizens on request. If overseas students are not native English speakers, they need to be at least level B1 (intermediate), according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Private English language lessons can be arranged for overseas students who wish to improve their language skills during the camp, by arrangement and at additional cost. We can arrange for your child to be met at major UK airports by our staff and accompanied to the campus. Please ask us for details of additional charges for airport pick-ups and transfers.

EXCURSIONS

At YFA Summer camp, 2 and 3-week students also get to go on excursions! Excursions may change each year, but previous excursions include: Harry Potter Studio tour, Thorpe Park, a tour of London’s BFI & Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Star Wars identity exhibition and Legoland

THINKING ABOUT ENROLLING?

Students on YFA Summer Camp will:

  • learn screen acting and filmmaking techniques from leading experts in the UK film industry
  • use professional filmmaking equipment to create and act in their own movies or portfolio piece
  • work creatively in teams
  • gain confidence and a sense of achievement
  • make new friends
  • immerse themselves in the art, craft and magic of cinema
  • have loads of fun!

What does YFA Summer Camp include?

  • full board and lodging
  • filmmaking tuition from industry professionals
  • professional filmmaking and editing equipment
  • games, sports and cultural activities/excursions
  • digital copies of your completed work
  • 3 tickets for the Premiere Showcase Screening for your family and friends (please get in touch with us should you require more tickets)

ABOUT YOUNG FILM ACADEMY (YFA)

Young Film Academy (YFA) is Europe’s leading provider of practical filmmaking education to young people aged 5-19. YFA

  • helps over 7,500 young people each year complete their first films across the UK
  • is an official partner in the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Academy network
  • is linked directly to the UK Film industry
  • works with partners including BBC, Tate Gallery & Barbican Centre in London
  • runs acting and filmmaking programmes in over 100 leading schools across the UK
  • has a dedicated team of DBS checked staff, all currently working in the UK film industry

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