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My Comic Book Superhero!

Program Number: 20759RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/14/2013 - 7/19/2013; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Los Angeles, California
Price starting at: $1,249.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Arts, Misc.
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 13 - 16 years of age.

Leave your mild-mannered alter ego behind and become a superhero! Make your way to Hollywood and immerse yourself in an absolutely packed Intergenerational comic book camp. Create a 25-panel comic book to be published and presented at the end of camp, then take your creativity one step further and produce a basic movie of your comic featuring your voice, Hollywood sound effects and a special soundtrack.




Highlights

• Learn how to use comic book software to turn all your family photo journals into storyboard adventures.
• Get an insider’s glimpse at what it takes to produce and market content in the publishing, film, game, web, television and commercial mediums.
• Meet working professionals in the comic book industry for tips on how to get a leg-up in the comic book entertainment business.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Los Angeles

The cosmopolitan heart of Southern California, L.A. shimmers with diverse cultures and unparalleled glamour, but the “City of Angels” indulges more than fantasy. Its cultural institutions are world-class, from the Getty Museum to the Philharmonic, and top-ranking schools like UCLA and USC contribute to its renown as a first-rate center of learning.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel in downtown L.A.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jason Medbury

Jason Medbury has worked in nearly every entertainment medium over the last 10 years. As a producer, he created segments for SPEEDtv, History Channel and E! Entertainment Television, and as a director, has led more than 20 plays, commercials and web-based campaigns. Jason has also worked as a stuntman and voice-over provider for multiple projects. He is currently a partner in a creative services company in Hollywood, and serves as technical director for Freshi Media.
 
Kevin Paige

Kevin Paige joined the Freshi Films team as a teacher and music producer in 2006, and enjoys teaching filmmaking to students ages 6-18. He has extensive experience in studio sound engineering and recording techniques, as well as music and film audio post-production. Kevin wrote and produced the 2007 International Family Film Festival (IFFF), and has been instrumental in producing award-winning films by kids at numerous schools in the L.A. Unified School District.
 
Jamie Parker

Jamie Parker is a writer and actor who loves passing on his love of film to the next generation of young film makers. Jamie has worked with Freshi for four years and has loved every minute of it. He has constantly been impressed with the level of creativity that his students bring to their projects. Jamie is an alumni of Improv Olympic West where he performed with the teams “Dayshift,” “The Blue Velvet Lounge,” and “Franklin.” He is currently writing two different pilots and writing and acting with the sketch troupe, “The Suckahs.” You also may have seen him on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The L.A. Downtown Hotel
  Los Angeles 5 nights
 The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The L.A. Downtown Hotel (soon to become a Hyatt Regency Hotel) is near LA Live, home of the Staples Center and NOKIA Theater LA Live. This spacious, downtown area hotel is within walking distance of landmark restaurants and lounges, LA's Music Center, shopping, sports and transportation options. This finely appointed, full-service hotel provides guests with luxurious accommodations; a first-class fitness center and beautiful, heated outdoor pool; world-class dining in one of the hotel's three restaurants, poolside or in their room; and close proximity to world-famous LA destinations and cultural landmarks including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Griffith Observatory, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Little Tokyo, So. Pasadena and many theatrical venues.
  Contact info: 333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 USA
phone: 213-617-1133
web: www.thelahotel.com/
  Room amenities: Guest rooms are furnished with an alarm clock, coffee maker/tea service, Internet browser/Web TV, iron/ironing board, luxurious bedding with Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses with foam or down pillows, hair dryer, separate tub and shower, premium cable TV, movies/videos, and pay-per-view. A rollaway bed is available in some rooms. There is no access charge when using the room phone for toll-free and credit-card calls. Daily newspaper delivery to the room may be requested. A room refrigerator is available, but not guaranteed, upon request.
  Facility amenities: This 13-story, 400-room, smoke-free hotel offers many amenities to its guests including a Concierge desk; cash machine/ATM; gift shop; foreign exchange; 24-hour Fitness Center; daily housekeeping service; complimentary newspaper delivered to the room, on request; room service from 6:00AM to 11:00PM; safe deposit boxes at the front desk; full-service business center; and a same-day laundry and valet dry-cleaning service. INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless Internet service is available at the rate of $9.95/day per device (includes iPads, laptops and any device used to connect to the Internet). The service covers all guest rooms and public spaces in the hotel. Guests may sign up for Wi-Fi access at the front desk. A password is required. (This rate also includes unlimited local phone calls and unlimited long distance service within the country.)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based upon availability The L.A. Downtown Hotel offers Road Scholar guests a special rate based upon availability if you wish to stay before or after the program week. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (213) 617-6019 between 8:00AM–5:00PM, or faxing (213) 621-1510. If you call and reach a voice mail, please leave a message and someone from reservations will return your call.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based upon availability The L.A. Downtown Hotel offers Road Scholar guests a special rate based upon availability if you wish to stay before or after the program week. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (213) 617-6019 between 8:00AM–5:00PM, or faxing (213) 621-1510. If you call and reach a voice mail, please leave a message and someone from reservations will return your call.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is after 3:00PM. Program registration is from 3:30-5:00PM in the hotel lobby, followed by orientation at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:00PM and self introductions at 7:00PM You will be staying at The L.A. Downtown Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Please arrange your transportation to allow you to stay for the final class which will end at approximately 10:30AM on the final day. Hotel check-out time is 12:00PM. You will be staying at The L.A. Downtown Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Each grandparent and grandchild must complete a separate Participant Information Form (PIF). On the enclosed PIF, please indicate to us the name(s) of your grandchild(ren) and traveling companion, if any. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Parental Consent Form for grandchildren Intergenerational Rules and Regulations Image Release And Grant Of License Form from International Family Film Festival (IFFF) which gives IFFF permission to upload participants' films to its website and allows IFFF and its partner Freshi Films to use any stills or videos to document the program for their marketing. Note: Each adult and child must complete a release form.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking at the hotel costs $35/day. Less expensive parking is available in one section of the World Trade Center parking garage. See detailed parking info in the 'Driving Directions' section.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Los Angeles
  Nearest city or town:  Los Angeles
  Nearest highway: Freeways 101, 10 and 110 run through LA
  Nearest airport:  Los Angeles International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Los Angeles
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Burbank (BUR) to The L.A. Downtown Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Prime Time Shuttle
phone: 800-733-8267
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$23 p/p one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40-60 minutes, depending on traffic and time of day 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles from Burbank to the hotel

   

Prime Time Shuttle local phone: (310) 536-7922 Prime Time Shuttle website: www.primetimeshuttle.com They provide door-to-door shared van service from Burbank Airport to destination. CALL FOR CURRENT FARE AS PRICE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Advance reservations are required. Burbank Airport website: www.burbankairport.com (for further transportation information) ALTERNATE passenger van service: SuperShuttle at 800-258-3826 or www.supershuttle.com

 

Los Angeles/LAX to The L.A. Downtown Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx. $16 p/p one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 24 minutes, depending on traffic/time of day 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles from LAX to the hotel

   

Door-to-door shared van service from LAX to destination. Shuttle vans pick up passengers on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal under the "Shared Ride Vans". Advance reservations are required. Call for current rates as prices are subject to change without notice. Website: www.supershuttle.com // SuperShuttle local phone: (310) 782-6600 GOOD ALTERNATE: Prime Time Shuttle ~ For online reservations, call 800-733-8267, or go to www.primetimeshuttle.com

 

Los Angeles Union Station (AMTRAK) to The L.A. Downtown Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 877-733-3305

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Around $10+ per ride one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 5 to 10 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

Under 2 miles from Union Station to the hotel

   

Easiest way from Union Station to hotel is by taxi. You may also use DASH public bus. OPT.#1 (M-F 6:30-6:30; Sat-Sun 10-5): Take Red Line train from Union Station to 7th/Figueroa St. & catch DASH F bus; go to 4th/Figueroa St. (hotel on corner) DASH runs every 10-20min. OPT.#2 (M-F Only 5:50AM-6:30PM): Exit Union Station at main entrance. Turn right & cross Alameda St. Catch DASH B at Alameda/Los Angeles St. Get off at 7th/Flower St. Cross 7th St. & catch DASH A. Ride to hotel at 4th/Figueroa St.

 

Los Angeles/LAX to Union Station LA Downtown

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
FlyAway Bus
phone: 866-435-9529

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7 p/p one-way; $14 p/p round trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25-30 minutes, depending on traffic/time of day 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles from LAX to the LA Downtown Hotel

   

LAX FlyAway nonstop bus service available between LAX and Union Station 24 hrs a day. LAX departures arrive for pick-up at Terminal 1, lower level, on the hour, and then stops are made at each terminal thereafter. From Union Station, travel by taxi or DASH bus to hotel. The one-way fare is around $10. If using the DASH (or Red Line train/DASH combo), please read instructions in the Amtrak train section for more details. DASH fare $0.35 one-way. Red Line fare $1.50/adult & $0.55/seniors.

 
Driving Directions
  DETAILED PARKING INSTRUCTIONS Valet parking is available at the hotel at the rate of $35/day. (See the concierge for further details and current rates.) ALTERNATE PARKING: Less costly overnight parking @ $18/day is available half a block away from the hotel in one particular section of the World Trade Center parking garage. To access this section, one must be careful to enter ONLY at the 3rd St. entrance to the garage. Upon entry, bear to the left and follow the signs marked MONTHLY/ VISITORS Parking. Note: The hotel is located at 333 S. Figueroa St., which is a one-way street going north. Participants may want to drop off their luggage first at the hotel front entrance before parking their cars. On exiting the hotel driveway onto S. Figueroa St., pull over to the far right lane and turn immediately onto 3rd St. going east. The garage entrance is on the right, less than halfway down the street. DO NOT ENTER the parking garage from either the Figueroa or Flower St. entrances because you may be charged up to $36/day or more for parking. PARKING RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Therefore, please read the garage parking rate sign carefully when entering to verify the maximum daily charge. There is a pedestrian walkway from the WTC parking garage to the hotel.
  From Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena to The L.A. Downtown Hotel Take the 5 Freeway South to the 110 Freeway South. Exit at Wilshire Blvd. and make a left turn on S. Figueroa St. The hotel is on your left-hand side at the corner of 3rd and Figueroa Sts.
  From LAX to The L.A. Downtown Hotel Take Sepulveda Blvd. South to the 105 Freeway East to the 110 Freeway North. Take the 9th St. exit and make a left turn onto S. Figueroa St. The hotel is on your left-hand side at the corner of 3rd and Figueroa Sts.
  From Orange County to The L.A. Downtown Hotel Take the 5 Freeway North to US-101 North toward LA/Civic Center. Take the 110 Harbor Freeway South toward San Pedro. Exit at 6th St/4th St toward Wilshire Blvd/Downtown/3rd St. Take the ramp toward 3rd St. Turn left on S. Beaudry Ave. Turn left onto W. 4th St. Turn left onto S. Figueroa St. The hotel is on your left-hand side on the corner of 3rd and Figueroa Sts.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals/Program Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the L A Downtown Hotel after 3:00PM

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, go over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and any other administrative issues as well as answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this program offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

 Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Participants, grandchildren and International Family Film Festival (IFFF) staff introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

IFFF staff introduce the overall course and sets expectations for the week.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

   
Accommodations: The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Camera Shot Scavenger Hunt / Full Orientation & Introduction to My Comic Book Superhero!
(Monday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS & HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Learn how to use the digital camera and complete a rough draft of the comic book layout.

The Scavenger Hunt for Camera Shots

The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) teacher will pass out film term sheets that have definitions of all of the Camera Angles they will be using. They will explain and demonstrate each of the terms, including all of the camera angles the film crews will have to record on the Scavenger Hunt.

Each crew will receive a camera and a Scavenger Hunt shot list. They will head outside to capture all of the shots on the list. This gives everyone a chance to get used to shooting with the camera and learning the different camera angles to use when they are shooting their film project.

Each crew works as a production unit to create a rough draft of their comic book with dialogue.

 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Each production unit works together to explore Superhero style premises, storylines and storyboards. They explore the specific characteristics of what their superhero will look like, what villians or conflict will be struggled against, and what locations will be needed to inhabit the world of the superhero.

Teams create the overall arc of their comic book panels, cast the parts from within the group, and figure out the best location on the hotel property to shoot the photos needed for their comic book.

An IFFF teacher introduces the computer software that will be used and participants do hands-on exercises to familiarize themselves with the software basics.

 Afternoon: CLASS AND HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Hand Out Materials and Organize Groups

IFFF teachers introduce the concept of "What is a Superhero?" and explore the powers and characteristics that make up a superhero, how the group will embody this originally created character, and how they will make a comic book and animatic of this superhero.

For this project, the group will be divided into smaller PRODUCTION UNITS. The groups meet and each group decides on a different superhero style premise for their comic book and begins early design ideas and story ideas.

Possible Superhero Style Premises (and descriptions):

1. Zero to Hero (A "nobody" down on his/her luck, with no-to-low social status, finds a way to acquire some super powers to become a superhero.)

2. Mutation (Through some extraordinary chemical or physical process, a person is able to mutate at will (or not - think "The Hulk") from an ordinary person into a superhero.)

3. Mind Powers (Through some quirk of fate or exposure to other forces, a person has a unique ability to bend nature with the mind and its powers.)

4. Powers passed down from family members (It's all about "the genes." Like a family trait or characteristic, superhero power is passed on from one to another by DNA.)

5. Secret Identity (This superhero lives a "double life" by living a routine workaday life by day, and a dynamic, danger-filled superhero life by night, or vice versa.)

6. Super Hero Teams/Squads (Superheros team up to accomplish certain goals, often complementing and sometimes contradicting one another's powers.)

7. The Price of Power (Eventually, every power exacts a price. What does a Superhero sacrifice for his/her power, and more importantly, what will he or she DO with that power? Fight good or fight Evil?)

8. Crime Fighter Born Out of Personal Tragedy (Batman, The Punisher)

9. Stranger (often alien) with the ability to help.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
   
Accommodations: The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Learning the "Action Tableau"/Movement Specialist/Costumes & Masks/Record Voice-Overs
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Introduction to composing an interesting and provocative "action tableau", i.e., the shots that will ultimately compose their finished Comic Book.

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: A stunt/movement specialist will conduct a workshop with participants to demonstrate safe and proper choreography and positioning. This allows participants to "think beyond their normal corporal/ physical norms" and assist in staging their superhero for an exciting and dynamic effect before final photos are taken for the Comic Book. Special attention will be paid to how body language translates into an action, that then elicits a particular feeling, thought and/or emotion.

 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Teams will discuss costumes and props at this time. They will have time to create costumes from their own clothes.

Work on voice-over in rehearsal and, with the assistance of the teachers, record the voice-over tape for the animatic.

 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: CLASS: A costumer/mask maker will lead the evening session and orient the teams on how to make basic masks, how they communicate certain archetypes, and discuss color schemes that convey stock emotions, moods and character status.
   
Accommodations: The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Production/Studio Tour
(Wednesday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Comic Book Storyboard Review, Location Scout and Principal Photography

The teams review their storyboards and check to make sure they have all of the props, masks and costumes they need. They will decide what locations they need to shoot their panels and scout the hotel/adjoining public properties and other easily accessible shooting locations. Principal photography for panels begins. IFFF teachers monitor each team to assist with any technical issues and to make sure the teams are following/ modifying their storyboards efficiently and shooting effectively. Teams download and edit their photographs. Some photo treatments may need to be edited into the photo collection, such as a black & white or sepia treatment.

 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Marvel Comics Studio Tour at Raleigh Studios property - Manhattan Beach

Enter onto one of the world's hottest and most active studio lots and be introduced to some of the artists that make the superhero action happen, from the comics to the big screen!

 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: CLASS: Comic Book Master

Up close and personal look at how a Comic Book is conceived and rendered from a professional Comic Artist - the perfect follow-up to a day at the studio. Delve deeper into what it takes, and the needed breaks, to make it in the commercial world of Comic Book creators.

   
Accommodations: The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Continue with Production Work/Editing/Film Festival
(Thursday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Continue finishing the Comic Book Panels and finalize templates, fonts, styles, titles and dialogue balloons for each panel.

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Finalize Films with Music, VO and Credits.

IFFF teachers continue to monitor teams and assist with any technical issues.

Principal Photography finishes. Editing continues and Comic Books are finalized and sent off for publishing and binding.

Teams move on to create Animatics. They use video cameras to film panels and match the voice-over track, add Music, and assist with editing to add special effects, sound effects and transitions between panels to fully produce a video of their Comic Book Superhero story.

 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Continuation of morning activities
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Publisher's Party and an "Amazing Animatic Film Festival"

Kicking off the final full day of the program, all Participants will receive a full color, high-quality bound copy of the Comic Book Superhero book they have created throughout the week. An "Amazing Animatic Film Festival" will follow in which Participants will each have an opportunity to share their work, in a Q&A format, with the entire group. Digital downloads of the finished book onto thumbdrives provided by IFFF (one per family unit) will also be available following the Animatic presentation.

   
Accommodations: The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Careers in Comic Book Illustration, Publishing and Filmmaking/Independent Departures
(Friday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Preparing for a Career in the Comic Book, Animation or Cartoon Industry

An Industry Panel of leading Comic Book Professionals or a single Giant in the industry will present how they individually contribute to the industry, what it takes to make the grade, and how new up-and-comers might approach getting a responsible and realistic start in the industry.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Comic Book Superhero Intergenerational program and will join us for other rewarding programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Los Angeles LA Tourist Guide
LATourist.com is packed with easy to access information about Los Angeles attractions, guided tours, hotels and travel and transportation information. It offers links to a wide variety of regional Visitors Bureaus where travelers may obtain free copies of visitor guides and other publications via US Mail or by downloading. For additional information, visit www.latourist.com
  Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
Because Los Angeles offers the visitor a wide range of activites, we suggest you contact the the LACVB and request tourism information Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau 685 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 689-8822 For additional information, visit www.lacvb.com
  Paramount Studio Tour
5555 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, CA 90038 Phone: 1-323-956-1777 Experience 100 years of Hollywood history with an intimate tour of the Paramount Pictures studio lot. During your visit, a knowledgeable guide will lead a small group on a behind-the-scenes look at the longest operating and only major remaining studio in Hollywood. Advance ticket purchases are recommended, but not required, at a cost of $48/person for the 2-hour Studio Tour. Tour Times: Every half hour from 9:30AM-2:00PM, Mon-Sun. Weekend schedules may vary. For additional information, visit www.paramountstudios.com/
  Universal Studios
100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608 Phone: 1-800-UNIVERSAL Major attractions include the legendary Studio Tour that explores Hollywood’s most famous backlot in the world’s largest working movie studio; Transformers: The Ride-3D; Revenge of the Mummy–The Ride; Jurassic Park—The Ride; and the Special Effects Stage where you’ll learn the secrets behind the making of your favorite blockbuster movies; and many more. Public transportation: Take the Red Line train from the 7th St. Metro Center Station to the Universal Station (9 stops). After exiting the rail, head up by stairs to the parking lot area off Lankershim Blvd. Catch one of the shuttle cars that run uphill to Universal Studios/CityWalk, every 10-15 minutes. For additional information, visit www.universalstudioshollywood.com
  Warner Brothers Studios
VIP Studio Tour 3400 Riverside Drive, Gate 6 Burbank, CA 91522 Phone: 1-877-492-8687 This 2 hr-15 min tour is an actual tour of working studios. No two tours are alike because you are seeing actual work in progress. Tour the Costume dept., Scenic dept., and the Mill which creates sets for films and TV, then tour some exterior sets that you will recognize from films and TV. Last up is Warner's on-lot Studio Museum, a collection of over 70 years worth of film-making. This tour is limited to up to 12 people at a time including your guide, so it is worth booking in advance. 2013 price: $52/ticket. Departs: Mon-Sat 8:15am-4pm and Sundays (limited availability). Public transportation: Take the Red Line train from the 7th St. Metro Center Station to the Hollywood/Vine stop then take the Metro 222 bus to the Hollywood Way/Riverside Dr. stop in Burbank and walk 2 blocks to the VIP Studio Tours entrance near the corner of Riverside Dr. & S. Avon St. vipstudiotour.warnerbros.com/ For additional information, visit vipstudiotour.warnerbros.com/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art


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Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist


Author: Will Eisner


Description: Based on Will Eisner's legendary course at New York's School of Visual Arts, these guides have inspired generations of artists, students, teachers, and fans. In Comics and Sequential Art, Eisner reveals the basic building blocks and principles of comics, including imagery, the frame, and the application of time, space, and visual forms. With examples from Eisner's own catalog and such masters as H. Foster, R. Crumb, Al Capp, and George Herriman, these books distill the art of graphic storytelling into principles that every comic artist, writer, and filmmaker should know.





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