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January 31, 2013

High School Students Prepare for a Future in Filmmaking and More at TFA

Digital media classes for high school students
Aspiring digital artists from all over the country are getting a taste of their future careers in Tribeca Flashpoint Academy’s High School Summer Program.  
Teens who are passionate or curious about digital media can enroll in any of TFA’s High School Workshops, offering week-long sessions in HD Film Production, Studio Recording, VFX + Animation, Game Design, and Graphic Design. These workshops are scheduled to take place in June, July, and August of 2013.
TFA’s summer workshops allow high schoolers to experience the workflow of a professional studio and see how cross-functional teams collaborate to create a finished product. And, in true TFA fashion, they will learn through hands-on involvement and the pursuit of their own creative vision. 
In the HD Film Production Workshop, students learn the different roles that make up a professional film crew and then work together to take a film from conception through development. Using techniques and equipment employed by real industry professionals, students spend five days transforming an idea into an original, high-definition short film.
“The benefit of our school is that you get to see how real world collaboration happens,” said Peter Hawley, Chair of the Film + Broadcast department. “Films are not made in a vacuum. That’s not how it’s done in the real-world and we don’t teach that model. We teach the real-world model where people from different departments and different disciplines come together to work and create a project.”
Aspiring filmmakers aren’t the only ones earning credits on professional-quality productions at TFA. Through TFA’s summer workshops, high school students are also getting hands-on experience in audio production, graphic design, game design, and animation.
In TFA’s Studio Recording Workshop, students learn how to record and mix live music in a professional music control room. Students in the Animation and Game Design Workshops learn the industry-standard software that brings real-world characters game ideas to life. Students in the Graphic Design Workshop create magazines, movies, posters, and album covers using the same tools and techniques the pros do.
“I love the idea of passing on my experience to the next generation,” said Jeff Kliment, Chair of the Recording Arts department. “Our faculty brings years and years of real-world, industry experience to the classroom. And they’re passionate about what they do and that passion translates to the classroom.”
TFA’s summer workshops give students a fun way to get their hands on state-of-the-art technology and to witness some of the most innovative work happening in the industry today. More importantly, the camp teaches young adults that the field of digital media involves a tremendous amount of discipline, technique, and problem solving – and inspires them to begin learning early. 
About Tribeca Flashpoint Academy’s High School Summer Program
A venture with Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy is one of the nation’s most well-respected digital and media arts colleges—offering a progressive training model that erases the boundaries between education and the professional world by exposing students to real-world, industry experiences and state-of-the-art software and equipment beginning their first semester on campus.
Workshop dates include:
                        Session one: June 24-28, 2013
                        Session two: July 15-19, 2013
                        Session three: July 29-Aug 2, 2013
Workshops meet from 9am to 3:30pm. For more information, call 312.332.0707, email, or click here.
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