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My Comic Book Superhero!

Program Number: 20759RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2014 - 7/18/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Los Angeles, California
Price starting at: $1,479.00 - 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.
• Visit the bustling Marvel Studios lot to get an insider’s glimpse at why comic book stories make today’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters.
• 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.



Bring a USB thumb drive with which to store and take home your final project.



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.
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:
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 Hilton Glendale 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 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.
  Parking availability:
Road Scholar Participants receive discounted parking rate of $10/day for self parking (regular price $19) and $19/day for valet parking (regular price $24).
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 Bob Hope Airport to Glendale Hilton Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/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 estimated 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
Advanced Reservations Required

 

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/Program Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the Hilton North Los Angeles/Glendale 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.

IFFF staff introduce the overall course and set 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: Hilton Glendale Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Camera Shot Scavenger Hunt / Full Orientation & Introduction to My Comic Book Superhero!
(Monday, July 14)
   
 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: 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.

 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.

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

Day 3: Learning the "Action Tableau"/Movement Specialist/Costumes & Masks/Record Voice-Overs
(Tuesday, July 15)
   
 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: Hilton Glendale Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Production/Field Trip
(Wednesday, July 16)
   
 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: Depending on Studio or Art Institute touring schedule availability, visit a premiere Los Angeles studio or leading edge Art Institute and gain an insider's glimpse at what it takes to make the grade in the comic book/illustrative arts industry. This tour is aimed at identifying the needed skills to successfully produce and market content in the publishing, film, game, web, television and other commercial mediums.
 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: Hilton Glendale Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Continue with Production Work/Editing/Film Festival
(Thursday, July 17)
   
 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: Hilton Glendale Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Careers in Comic Book Illustration, Publishing and Filmmaking/Independent Departures
(Friday, July 18)
   
 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
 
  Glendale, California Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Ave

Hollywood, CA 90038

323-956-1777

$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 http://www.paramountstudios.com/

  Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-644-4200

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

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

  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/

  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

  Warner Brothers Studios
3400 Riverside Drive, Gate 6

Burbank, CA 91522

877-492-8687

$54/ticket.

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

  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.

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


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