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Intergenerational Hollywood Film School

Program Number: 19800RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 8/1/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Los Angeles, California
Price starting at: $1,449.00 - 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.

Lights, camera, action! Make your and your grandchild's Hollywood dreams come true with a unique and powerful foray into the exciting world of filmmaking! In association with the International Family Film Institute, take part in hands-on workshops led by working screenwriters, directors, producers and other professionals. Learn trade secrets and witness professionals at work at a real movie studio. Before a live audience, experience the thrill of a Hollywood Premiere with the film you helped produce including an interactive Q&A session after the screening.




Highlights

• Get hands-on filmmaking experience in scripting, directing, shooting, storyboarding, lighting and editing and help produce a digital short film.
• Gain an insider's view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio.
• Learn the secrets of Hollywood magic from a professional make-up artist and an industry stunt choreographer.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to one mile; some stairs; boarding and disembarking coaches.



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
Full-service hotel near Los Angeles destinations and transportation options.

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
   Hilton Glendale Hotel
  Glendale, California 5 nights
 Hilton Glendale Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This 19-story stylish hotel with 351 guest rooms is conveniently located in an area central to many of Los Angeles’ most popular attractions. The hotel is moments from many educational and entertaining venues such as the L.A. Zoo, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Universal Studios, and Warner Brothers Studios to name a few. The Hilton Glendale Hotel is a full service hotel offering an abundance of amenities to make every guest feel right at home. It also provides a free shuttle service to and from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, allowing your travels to be relaxing and worry free. Offering sweeping views of the Verdugo Mountain Range as well as dazzling city views of Glendale, guests will soak in the contrasting beauty of mountainous nature and the sleekness of a modern city; an excellent combination to inspire creativity!
  Contact info: 100 West Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, CA 91202 USA
phone: 818-956-5466
web: www.hiltonlosangelesglendale.com
  Room amenities: The stylish, comfortable all non-smoking guest rooms feature signature bedding from The Hilton Serenity Collection and premiere amenities including super-topper mattress pads, 250-count European-style linens, and down duvets and pillows. Each room is equipped with bath amenities, coffee makers high-speed Internet access, 32-inch flat panel television, clock radio/MP3 connection, and a work desk and ergonomic desk chair.
  Facility amenities: Extraordinary service and superior in-room amenities create a world-class hotel experience at the Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale hotel. The hotel provides its guests with an outdoor heated pool with Jacuzzi, well-equipped fitness center, two full-service restaurants, ATM, concierge service, Business Center (complimentary printing/fax $3), car rental desk, coin-operated guest laundry ($1), gift shop, and baggage storage. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel including guest rooms. The hotel applies a charge of $9.95/day for an Ethernet connection. PARKING: Road Scholar participants receive a discounted parking rate of $10/day for self-parking and $19/day for valet parking. COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE TO BOB HOPE BURBANK AIRPORT: Free hotel shuttle van service is based upon availability. An advance reservation is required.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $159.00 Participants can reserve a room up to three nights before or three nights after at a discounted Road Scholar price. To make reservations please call the hotel directly at 818-551-4086 and ask for the Reservations Manager, Glenda Santos. You may also email the Sales Manager at: Shannon.zambrano2@hilton.com.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $159.00 Participants can reserve a room up to three nights before or three nights after at a discounted Road Scholar price. To make reservations please call the hotel directly at 818-551-4086 and ask for the Reservations Manager, Glenda Santos. You may also email the Sales Manager at: Shannon.zambrano2@hilton.com.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration in the hotel lobby from 3:30-5:00PM followed by orientation at 5:30PM and dinner at 6:00PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Hilton Glendale Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
When making your travel arrangements, please consider staying for our final class which ends about 10:30AM. You will be staying at Hilton Glendale 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. Photo ID
  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:  Glendale, California
  Nearest city or town:  Los Angeles
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5
  Nearest airport:  Burbank Bob Hope
  From End of Program
  Location: Glendale, California
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

From Burbank Airport to Hilton Glendale Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton Hotel Shuttle
phone: 818-956-5466
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

8.5 miles

   

Complimentary hotel shuttle must be reserved in advance and is subject to limited availability.

 

From LAX to Hilton Glendale

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$24.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Advanced reservations are required. Call for current rates. Price is esitmated and subject to change. Website: www.primetimeshuttle.com

 

From Burbank Airport to Hilton Glendale by Train

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Metrolink
phone: 800-371-5465

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$6.00 one way; prices are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Allow up to 30 minutes. 

 

Distance:

 

8.5 miles

   

Bob Hope Airport Train Station is within walking distance of main terminal or free shuttle available. Train station is located between W. Empire Ave and Vanowen St. Take Metrolink Ventura County Line or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner to Glendale Station at 400 W. Cerritos Ave. Travel time is approx. 11-12 minutes from Airport Train Station to Glendale Station. Hotel is about 3 miles from Glendale Station. From there take a taxi to the hotel. Taxi fare is $7.00-$9.00. Taxi Phone: 800-750-4400.

 
Driving Directions
  From 405 Freeway North to Glendale Merge onto US-101 S toward Los Angeles (5.6 mi) Take CA-134 E toward Burbank/Glendale (6.7 mi) Take the Pacific Ave exit, EXIT 7A (0.2 mi) Turn left onto N Pacific Ave. (If you reach N Central Ave you've gone about 0.3 miles too far.) Turn right onto W Glenoaks Blvd. (A 76 gas station is on the corner. If you reach W Dryden St you've gone a little too far.) The hotel is on the right at 100 W GLENOAKS BLVD. (If you reach N Brand Blvd you've gone about 0.1 miles too far.)
  From I-5 Freeway South to Glendale Merge onto I-5 S toward Los Angeles (10.6 mi) Keep left to take I-5 S toward Los Angeles (9.5 mi) Merge onto CA-134 E via EXIT 144 toward Glendale/Pasadena (1.2 mi) Take the Pacific Ave exit, EXIT 7A (0.2 mi) Turn left onto N Pacific Ave. (If you reach N Central Ave you've gone about 0.3 miles too far.) Turn right onto W Glenoaks Blvd. (A 76 gas station is on the corner. If you reach W Dryden St you've gone a little too far.) The hotel is on the right at 100 W GLENOAKS BLVD. (If you reach N Brand Blvd you've gone about 0.1 miles too far.)
  From the 101 Eastbound to Glendale Take CA-134 E toward Burbank/Glendale (6.7 mi) Take the Pacific Ave exit, EXIT 7A (0.2 mi) Turn left onto N Pacific Ave. (If you reach N Central Ave you've gone about 0.3 miles too far.) Turn right onto W Glenoaks Blvd. (A 76 gas station is on the corner. If you reach W Dryden St you've gone a little too far.) The hotel is on the right at 100 W GLENOAKS BLVD. (If you reach N Brand Blvd you've gone about 0.1 miles too far.)
  From the 134 Westbound to Glendale Merge onto CA-134 W (6.0 mi) Take the Pacific Ave exit, EXIT 7A (0.2 mi) Keep right to take the Pacific Ave ramp (0.2 mi) Turn right onto N Pacific Ave. Marie Callender's is on the corner (If you reach CA-134 W you've gone about 0.2 miles too far.) Turn right onto W Glenoaks Blvd. (A 76 gas station is on the corner. If you reach W Dryden St you've gone a little too far.) The hotel is on the right at 100 W GLENOAKS BLVD. (If you reach N Brand Blvd you've gone about 0.1 miles too far.)
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
(Sunday, July 27)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the 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. This hotel has only two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. They are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. 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.

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

   
Accommodations: Hilton Glendale Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Filmmaking/Camera Shot Scavenger Hunt/The Instant Movie Project/Stunt Seminar
(Monday, July 28)

Note: Participate in stunt seminar with a professional stunt person who will safely teach everyone basic stunt moves (punching, slapping, choking and reactions).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Freshi/IFFI Film teachers meet with the group and introduce the film program. They introduce the Freshi Films Program and briefly discuss how Freshi is committed to teaching digital media to 'Kids of all Ages'.

CLASS & HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: The Scavenger Hunt for Camera Shots

The Freshi teacher will pass out film term sheets that have definitions of all of the Camera Angles they will be using and some other fun film terms. 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.

Once the crews have captured all the shots on the Scavenger Hunt list, they bring their cameras back to the Freshi teacher who teaches them how to download and view the footage. They go over every shot to make sure they got them all.

 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS & HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: The Freshi Teachers Introduce the First Project--The Instant Movie

For this project, teachers divide the large group into smaller film crews and pass out the Short Screenplays. These scripts are written with minimal dialogue so that no one has to worry about memorizing lines. Each group gets a different screenplay on which they work together and finish shooting by the end of the first day.

The Instant Movie is a great way to introduce a group of people to filmmaking, to give them an immediate hands on experience and to get them excited about making movies. Everyone gets to know each other and works together to quickly get the shots they need to tell the story without stopping to think too much about the mechanics of what they are doing--they just create! Today is about fun!

The teams read through the scripts, cast the parts, and figure out the best location to shoot the film.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: CLASS & HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Stunt Seminar – A professional stunt person will teach everyone basic stunt moves (punching, slapping, choking and reactions). The stunt professional has a lot of experience teaching all ages the safest way of doing all of the moves. Everyone will be able to do a short sequence of moves by the end of the seminar and understand the importance of safety in all aspects of filmmaking.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Glendale Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Movie Project Theme/Storyboarding
(Tuesday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Complete Shooting the Short Scripts

The film crews complete shooting their films. If there is time, all the footage will be downloaded so the crews can see what they shot (called watching the dailies) and pick the shots they want to use in the final edit.

The Freshi teacher might even be able to drop the footage into the timeline so the crew is able to see a rough edit of their work.

 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: CLASS: Introduction of the Movie Project Theme and Storyboarding

The Freshi Teachers introduce the simple 'beginning, middle and end' story structure. This is the structure that the group will use to create the stories of their films. The Freshi Teachers stipulate that the films should be 3 to 7 minutes in length.

Storyboarding is a way to create a visual version of a story. Teachers demonstrate how to create a storyboard.

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Film crews break into groups to create and Storyboard their stories. Once they have finished the story they want to shoot, they will Pitch, or explain, the story to a Freshi Teacher. The teacher will determine if the story can be produced fully in the time available. If the story is too ambitious the Freshi teacher will work with the film crew to reshape it to make sure the movie can be finished. Once the story is set, it will be Greenlit, or given the go ahead, for production.

Crews will need to discuss costumes and props at this time. They will have time to create costumes from their own clothes.

 Dinner: Dinner on your own
   
Accommodations: Hilton Glendale Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Storyboard Review/Location Scout/Principal Photography/Studio Tour
(Wednesday, July 30)

Note: Be prepared to get on/off motorcoach and to stand/walk during the 2 hour guided walk at Sony Studio.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Storyboard Review, Location Scout and Principal Photography

The crews review their storyboards and check to make sure they have all of the props and costumes they need. They will decide what locations they need to shoot their films.

Principal Photography, or the actual recording of the footage, begins. Freshi teachers monitor different crews to assist with any technical issues and to make sure the crews are following their story boards and shooting efficiently. Film crews download and view their dailies.

 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Sony Studio Tour

Step back into a legendary time on a guided walk of Sony Pictures Studios. Located on one of the world's most famous studio lots, our 2-hour guided walk gives you a rare glimpse of old Hollywood's glory days and an insider's view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio.

 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: CLASS: Makeup Seminar

A film industry Makeup Professional will discuss and demonstrate makeup and special effects techniques.

   
Accommodations: Hilton Glendale Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Principle Photography Finishes/Editing/Film Festival
(Thursday, July 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Principal Photography Continues

Freshi teachers monitor different crews to assist with any technical issues and to make sure the crews are following their story boards and shooting efficiently. Film crews download their film to computers for editing.

Principal Photography Finishes. Editing continues. Some crew members create Music, using a DM2 Music Mixer or Garage Band or other license-free music for the sound track. Other crew members work on the Titles and Credits for the film. Bonus features, i.e., interviews with the crew members who talk about their experience, may be created for the films as well as a Blooper Reel.

 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Finalize Films with Music, Credits, and/or Bonus Features and Bloopers
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Film Festival and Wrap Party

All of the films created during the week are screened. After each film is screened, the film crew of that film is given the opportunity to answer questions or talk about their film.

   
Accommodations: Hilton Glendale Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Careers in Filmmaking Industry/Independent Departures
(Friday, August 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Preparing for a Career in the Filmmaking Industry

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Filmmaking 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
 
  Glendale, California Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Ave

Hollywood, CA 90038

Phone: 323-956-1777

Tour Times: Every half hour from 9:30AM-2:00PM, Mon-Sun. Weekend schedules may vary.

$48/person for the 2-hour Studio Tour. For additional information, visit http://www.paramountstudios.com/

  Warner Brothers Studios
3400 Riverside Drive

Gate 6, Burbank, CA 91522

Phone: 877-492-8687

$54/ticket

Tours Depart: Mon-Sat 8:15am-4pm and Sundays (limited availability). For additional information, visit http://vipstudiotour.warnerbros.com/

  Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

1-800-UNIVERSAL

Ticket Prices: $84.00

Open 365 days a year. M-F 10am-5pm, Sat.-Sun. 9am-6pm For additional information, visit www.universalstudioshollywood.com

  Griffith Park Observatory
2800 E Observatory Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90027

213-473-0800

Admission to Observatory is Free Sr. rate (60+) for Samuel Oschin Planetarium shows-$5.00; purchase on site

Tue-Fri Noon-10PM, Sat-Sun 10AM-10PM CLOSED MONDAYS For additional information, visit http://www.griffithobs.org/

  Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-644-4200

Ticket Prices: Srs. (62+) $15.00; Adults (13+) $18.00

Hours: Mon-Sunday 10am-5pm For additional information, visit http://www.lazoo.org/

  Americana at The Brand
889 Americana Way

Glendale, CA 91210

(818) 637-8982

Mon. - Thurs.: 10 am - 9 pm, Fri. - Sat.: 10 am - 10 pm, Sun.: 11 am - 8 pm For additional information, visit http://www.americanaatbrand.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.

Suggested Reading List


Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know


Author: Jeremy Vineyard


Description: Setting Up Your Shots is a complete visual encyclopedia of creative camera set ups and moves every filmmaker and cinema fan will want to own. Over 100 storyboards with simple descriptions have been especially designed for this book. They show filmmakers, home video buffs and cinema fans how to achieve an incredible number of effects, images and compositions.



Screenwriting for Teens: The 100 Principles of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know


Author: Christina Hamlett


Description: This books gives teens - who go to the movies more than any age group in the world - the tools to do more than just watch those movies. It gives them the tools to write their own films.





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