19800
California
The Magic of Hollywood: Film School With Your Grandchild
Enjoy the magic of Hollywood with your grandchild as you get hands-on filmmaking experience, meet professional stunt artists, learn secrets of production and create your own short film!
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Program No. 19800RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival, Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Introductions
Glendale, California
D
Hilton Glendale Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. All of our presentations and activities are led by professionals from Freshi Media and the International Family Film Institute and will take place in our classroom at the hotel. Both of these organizations are dedicated to promoting education and literacy in digital media.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a plated meal plus water, specialty teas, coffee, and lemonade; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Staff from the International Family Film Festival, also known as the IFFF, will introduce themselves and the program to the rest of the group. With a better set of 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.

DAY
2
Introduction to Filmmaking, Scavenger Hunt, Stunt Class
Glendale, California
B,L,D
Hilton Glendale Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet featuring an assortment of hot and cold breakfast items plus coffee, tea, assorted juices, and water.

Morning: In our classroom at the hotel, we will meet with our teachers from Freshi and the International Family Film Institute who will introduce this unique program. Committed to teaching digital media to “Kids of all Ages” from around the world, Freshi Films Programs are carefully designed to help promote planning skills, teamwork, and patience. Our Freshi teacher will then introduce the basics of camera recording. They will hand out a term sheet explaining all the camera angles we’ll be using and other film terms, and then demonstrate each of the terms and the camera angles. Especially for kids: Diving into film crews based on the age of the grandchildren, you will receive a camera and a camera shot list for a scavenger hunt. Heading outside to try and capture each shot, everyone gets a chance to practice shooting with the camera and learn the different camera angles you see on the big screen. Once you’ve finished capturing the shots, return to the classroom to download the footage with the help of the Freshi teacher, who will review the footage with you and make sure you got all the right shots.

Lunch: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet plus water, coffee, specialty teas, and fruit punch; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Diving right in, our teachers will introduce us to our first project: The Instant Movie. The teacher will divide the group into smaller film crews and pass out unique Short Screenplays to shoot. These screenplays are written with minimal dialogue so no one has to worry about memorizing lines. Simple and exciting, the Instant Movie is a great way to get to know each other and get an immediate hands-on experience. Working together, the crew is responsible for casting, shooting, and organizing the movie without worrying about the details. Work together, have fun, and be creative!

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Especially for kids: We’ll be joined by a professional stunt person who will teach everyone basic stunt moves. We’ll learn punching, slapping, and reactions while focusing on and learning the importance of safety. By the end of the seminar, everyone will be able to safely perform a short sequence of moves.

DAY
3
Movie Project, Sony Pictures Studios, Makeup Class
Glendale, California
B,L,D
Hilton Glendale Hotel

Activity note: Be prepared to get on/off motorcoach and to stand/walk during the 2 hour docent-led walk at Sony Studios.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Breaking up into our crews, we’ll work on the last steps of our short film. If there is time, the crews may be able to download and watch the footage – called watching the dailies – and pick the shots they want to be used in the final edit.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll hop on a private motorcoach for a field trip to Sony Pictures Studio. Our docent-led walk at Sony Pictures Studios will offer a rare glimpse into Hollywood’s early days and the state-of-the-art facilities. The home of the historic MGM Studios, it is one of the most famous studio lots in the world. With sixteen separate sound stages, hits including “The King of Queens,” “Las Vegas,” and “Breaking Bad” have all been filmed there.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Especially for kids: We’ll be joined by a professional makeup artist who will discuss and demonstrate makeup and special effects techniques and their role in Hollywood productions.

DAY
4
Storyboarding, Principal Photography
Glendale, California
B,L
Hilton Glendale Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Especially for kids: We’ll be introduced to the visual process of creating a story developed by Walt Disney – Storyboarding. Our teachers will build off the simple ‘beginning, middle, and end’ structure that we will use to create our next project. Breaking back into our film crews, we will work together to create a plot and Storyboard our stories. Once this is finished, we will Pitch our story to a Freshi teacher, who will determine if the story can be produced fully in the time available. If the story is too ambitious, the teacher will work with the film crew to reshape it to make sure it can be finished during the program. Once the story is set, it will be Greenlit, or given the go ahead, for production. This is the time to work on extra details, including costumes and props. We will have time to create costumes from our own clothes.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Breaking back up into our crews, we’ll review the storyboards and check to make sure that we have all the necessary costumes and props. Take some time to decide what locations you would like to shoot. Now that all the preliminary details have been hammered out, its time to begin shooting, or principal photography. All shooting will be done under the watchful eye of our Freshi teachers, who will monitor different crews and assist with any technical issues that may arise. Film crews will download and view their dailies at the end of each session

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Finish Principal Photography, Film Editing, Film Screening
Glendale, California
B,L,D
Hilton Glendale Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Principal photography will continue as crews work on their short film with the goal of finishing shooting today. The Freshi teachers will monitor crews to ensure they are staying on track, following their storyboards, and shooting efficiently. Once filming is completed and all the footage has been downloaded, crews will work together to edit the video. Some crew members will create music using a DM2 Music Mixer, GarageBand, or other license-free music for the soundtrack. Other members will work on titles, credits, and other portions of the video to create the final product. Bonus features such as interviews with crew members, blooper reels, or behind the scenes may also be created for the film.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Work with your crew to finalize the film with music, credits, and any additional or bonus features.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy the Road Scholar Film Festival as we screen all the films that were created during the week. After each film is screened, the films crew will be given the opportunity to answer questions or talk about their film with the group. Especially for kids: We will wrap up our program with a panel discussion on how to prepare for a career in filmmaking.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Glendale, California
B

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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