CSU School of Film & Media Arts: Odyssey Filmmaking Summer Camps for Teens

Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts Presents the Odyssey Program, Filmmaking Summer Camps for Teens!

Learn acting, directing, cinematography, editing, producing, screenwriting, and more form the students and faculty at the School of Film & Media Arts!

  • Create your own original films using professional equipment in the CSU School of Film & Media Arts sound stages and Mac editing labs
  • Four sessions for ages 13-18
  • 1 week and 3-week camps
  • Residential and day camp options – Choose to commute or stay in CSU dorms!

Programs for Students Ages 13 – 18



Odyssey Program Experiential Three-Week Summer Camp
Residential: June 11 – June 30
Day Camp: June 12 – June 30

Live, eat, sleep, dream, and create films with the students and faculty of the School of Film & Media Arts at this immersive summer film camp for students aged 13-18. Through interactive workshops, lectures, film screenings, and focused activities, students learn storytelling, film literacy, screenwriting, acting for the camera, directing, shot composition, cinematography, lighting, editing, and much more as they create their own original films in a fun and collaborative environment. Visits from special guests provide insight into a career in the film industry, and students gain exposure to Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through trips and outings. Learn more.

Acting and Directing
Residential: July 9 – July 16
Day Camp: July 10 – July 14

During the week, acting track students focus on performance techniques for in front of the camera through a series of interactive workshops, while directing track students concentrate on programming designed to develop directing skills. After learning core concepts, students will collaborate on scene studies that will be staged for the camera and filmed using professional film production equipment. Film screenings and special guest lectures add depth to the intensive curriculum. Learn more.

Residential: July 16 – July 23
Day Camp: July 17 – July 21

Everyone has a story to tell – learn the skills to tell your story for the big screen with this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp for students aged 13-18, presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts. With full access to the film school’s Mac labs, students will learn how to use industry-standard screenwriting software as they participate in a variety of interactive workshops designed to spark creativity and develop storytelling skills. Along with illustrative film screenings and special guest lectures from seasoned professionals, students will also learn about the different forms of screenwriting. Learn more.

Residential: July 23 – July 30
Day Camp: July 24 – July 28

Learn how to mix creativity with technology and fix it in post with this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp for students aged 13-18, presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts.
With full access to the film school’s Mac editing labs and using Adobe Premiere and AVID, students learn how editing techniques deliver and enhance narrative with activity-filled workshops on a variety of topics. Learn more.

TRI-C Film Crew Intensive Training | Jan. 17 – Feb 2023

The next session of the Tri-C Film Crew Intensive Training runs Jan. 17 – Feb. 24, 2023. Previous experience not required. 

What: The Film Crew Intensive Training is a six-week course that provides condensed hands-on training by industry professionals, giving students the knowledge and exposure needed to acquire an entry-level position on film and media sets in Northeast Ohio. The last week of the workshop, students work on a professionally led film set, which can be used on a resume as their first film credit.

The course is a great way to network with industry professionals and fellow film production students, while helping to build a quality film workforce ─ a key component in maintaining a vibrant film industry throughout the region and state.

When: Jan 17 – Feb 2023

Time/Dates: Mon-Fri, 9 AM – 4 PM

Where: Tri-C Metro Campus
Contact: Olivia Villaseñor (216-987-4676)

Rick Page (Cinematographer on Brooklyn 99, Sex Lives of College Girls, and Netflix’s Blockbuster) is returning to Direct.


Get Cleveland Film Certified Online!

We are excited to offer the exclusive online training program, FilmSkills!

With FilmSkills, you will learn what it takes to work in the film industry, from being a Production Assistant to finding the department you want to work in, with courses from over 150 leading Hollywood filmmakers.

Each course includes lessons which provide relevant, employer-driven curriculum and program certifications. The courses cover the creative, business, and crew aspects of production.

Beginners courses start at just $79.00 per course.

Trainees will receive certification in the GCFC Beginner Film Readiness Program upon successful completion of the first three courses: Breaking Into the Film IndustrySafety Training Course, and Working On Location.

Advanced certifications can also be earned within specializations like cinematography, directing, screenwriting and more.

Certifications can also be listed under registered profiles in the GCFC Crew & Vendor Database.

Click HERE to start learning today!

For questions about filmskills, please contact Production Coordinator Mike Wendt at [email protected] or 216-344-7401.

From Cleveland, For Cleveland: An Interactive, Virtual Conversation Series

New event series “From Cleveland, For Cleveland” brings big talent back to their roots

If you’re a part of the film industry, an emerging actor or director, or even a fan looking to learn more about how your favorite stars got their start, then the new event series “From Cleveland, For Cleveland” is for you. 1st Team Actors Studio is proud to present this interactive, virtual conversation series featuring Lili Reinhart, Paul Raci, Mark Waters & Dina Spybey-Waters, Alan RuckTom Hanks, and Monica Potter at the historic Capitol Theatre in Gordon Square Arts District.

Each month from July through November, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from this venerable cast of actors and directors, all of which have their own connections to Cleveland. During a moderated talk hosted live via Zoom, each will discuss his or her unique perspective on the television and film industry and give advice to aspiring actors. VIP ticket holders will be able to ask questions of the featured guest and all are invited to network with with their peers at the conclusion fo the presentation.

Moderated by Angela Boehm, Holly Fulger and Lauren Nichols


Doors open at 6:00 pm and the interactive conversation begins at 7:00 pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

Capitol Theatre
1390 W. 65th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102

For more information and to purchase VIP or general ticketing options, click below.




Lili Pauline Reinhart is an actress and producer who is proud to call Bay Village, Ohio her hometown.

She officially began her acting career when she decided to audition on a whim for an Olmsted Performing Arts musical production when she was 12. Many musicals and auditions later, Lili would meet her first manager and subsequently sign with her first agent. Lili is most well known for the role of Betty Cooper in the CW hit series “Riverdale” which has just completed its 6th season. You may also recognize her as the face of Cover Girl for the past two years as well. She has won several Teen Choice
Awards during her time on Riverdale and has amassed an Instagram following of almost 30 million people.

In the past two years, Lili has appeared in the critically acclaimed film “Hustlers” starring along with Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, and Keke Palmer. She also produced and starred in Amazon’s “Chemical Hearts” film which was the first project that introduced her to the producing side of the business. In the meantime, she has created her own production company (Small Victory Productions) and signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios for Film and TV. Small Victory will develop original and adapted content for film and television with a focus on modern young adult content that celebrates diversity and inclusivity.
Lili’s next film project to be released will be Netflix-produced “Plus/Minus” which is slated for a release this August. Reinhart can also add the title “Author” to her name as her debut collection of poetry “Swimming Lessons” became a New York Times best seller. Reinhart currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her dog Milo when she isn’t shooting Riverdale in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Paul Raci’s love and passion for music started at a very early age. The firstborn son of Deaf parents, they were concerned that with only ASL communication in the home there would not be enough auditory stimulation to model speech for him.  So they bought a radio, record player and a TV. And sometimes all three were blaring at the same time. Sinatra, Elvis, Paul Anka, Otis Redding, and James Brown were constantly playing in the house. In high school, when the Beatles arrived, Paul ‘s Deaf Mother bought him his first guitar. When he made his first recording, he remembers putting the 45 RPM record on the turn table, and his Mom putting her hands on the stereo, to feel the vibration, and then signing to Paul “Beautiful” When Paul was drafted in the Vietnam war, he joined the US NAVY and did two combat tours on the U.S.S. Coral Sea ( an aircraft carrier ) as a Hospital Corpsman.  When he returned, he started ROCKY, a band with influences of David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith.  The Band became a favorite in the Chicago music scene. Paul’s mom would often sneak into a venue where ROCKY was playing and made friends with everyone from the bouncer at the door to the bartenders.

Attending the University of Illinois on the G.I. Bill, Paul started to explore acting and the theatre.  He was involved in countless productions in Chicago as a sign language interpreter as well as starting his own company, The Immediate Theatre, as an actor, where he was nominated for a Jefferson Award for his performance in Children of a Lesser God.  He also started to explore “shadow signing” with his partner Joyce Cole at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and would often be interpreting four different plays in rep at a time.

Paul Raci is a Veteran, a CODA, (Child of Deaf Adults), a Court Certified American Sign Language Interpreter, a musician, and the lead singer/signer for the Hands of Doom ASL Rock Band, a Black Sabbath Tribute Band. In LA, as an Actor he has done over 10 productions with Deaf West Theater, including Of Mice and Men, Medea, Equus, A Christmas Carol, and most recently the acclaimed award winning production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo in ASL.  Paul has been seen in many TV shows including Baskets opposite Zach Galifnakis, Goliath opposite Billy Bob Thornton, and Parks and Recreation opposite Amy Poehler.

Most recently, Paul can be seen in Sound of Metal, with Darius Marder writing and directing, starring opposite Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke.  Paul considers himself to have a Deaf Heart.  Being a part of Sound of Metal has his Deaf Heart overflowing with Gratitude.


A petite, stage-trained blonde adept at portraying naive or off-center characters, Dina Spybey Waters first came to prominence in and won a Daytime Emmy Award for the leading role of an underage teenager in the fact-based HBO special, Lifestories: Families in Crisis: Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story (1992). In 2000, she married director Mark Waters and eventually changed her professional name to reflect their union. The two collaborated on several projects, including Freaky Friday (2003) and HBO First Look: Just Like Heaven (2005). In the latter film, she delivered one of her best performances as Reese Witherspoon‘s protective, married-with-kids sister, veering adroitly between her trademark high-pitched comedic energy and convincing emotional moments.

Waters earned a B.F.A. in Acting from Ohio State University and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University, before beginning her career on stage. She had appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including Alan Ball‘s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”, for which she earned a Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent, “Blue Light” and “The Shawl”, both directed by Sidney Lumet, and “The Iceman Cometh”, opposite Kevin Spacey.


Mark Waters was born on June 30, 1964 in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Mean Girls (2004) 500 Days of Summer (2009), Vampire Academy (2014) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). He has been married to Dina Spybey-Waters since November 10, 2000.


Alan Ruck is an American actor. Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Parma,
Ruck became interested in the theater during high school and studied drama at
the University of Illinois. Ruck began his career in Chicago primarily on stage
as well as doing a few small parts in movies. He moved to New York in 1984
for his Broadway debut in “Biloxi Blues”. Ruck has over 100 film and
television credits and can currently be seen in “Succession” on HBO.

Some of his most memorable credits include “Twister” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” “Speed” and “Star Trek: Generations”.

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Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor, producer, and director. One of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards, Hanks has starred in over 40 films, including FORREST GUMP, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, CAST AWAY, BIG,  PHILADELPHIA and A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. With his production company, Playtone, Hanks has produced several award-winning TV series and films including JOHN ADAMS, BAND OF BROTHERS, OLIVE KITTERIDGE, MAMMA MIA, and GREYHOUND. Hanks has received AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.




To say Monica Potter has played a variety of roles in life is an understatement. She’s an actress, producer, entrepreneur, inventor, designer, decorator, homemaker, and mom. And with every project, she brings passion, drive, creativity, and plenty of humor.

Distinctly identified by her portrayal of Kristina Braverman, Monica starred in six seasons of NBC’s acclaimed drama series “Parenthood.” Her emotional performance led to a 2014 Golden Globe nomination, a 2013 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, a TCA Award nomination for Individual Achievement in Drama, and endless parenting questions by the show’s enormous fan base.

Before she left her mark on television, Monica exploded onto the big screen opposite Nicolas Cage in Michael Bay’s “Con Air.” She followed that up by starring with Robin Williams in the acclaimed feature “Patch Adams” and then with Morgan Freeman in the thriller “Along Came a Spider.”

Other bio-worthy credits include “Boston Legal”—which garnered a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series—TNT’s “Trust Me,” the CBS Miniseries “Reversible Errors,” “The Young and the Restless,” CBS drama “Wisdom of the Crowd, the blockbuster horror classic “Saw,” and the comedies “Head Over Heels” and “I’m With Lucy.”

Monica’s most recent television project was on Amazon’s “Goliath”. She was also seen in a docu-series for HGTV that tracked the emotional and hilarious renovation of her childhood home—starring her favorite ensemble cast… her family. Notably, Monica can be heard on QCode Media’s most recent serialized fiction podcast “Classified” in the role of Doctor Bell.

Monica and her family reside in Los Angeles, California and Cleveland, Ohio.



Holly Fulger is an actress, writer and producer born in Lakewood, Ohio.  She began her acting career at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, before moving to Chicago where she worked as a member of the Remains Theater Ensemble. Ultimately moving to Los Angeles to work in television and film, she is best known for her roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie series, Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century, as Aunt Judy, and as Holly in the sitcom, Ellen.

In addition to her on camera career, an article she wrote caught the attention of a CNN producer whose interview led to Holly’s creation of the series, Speaking of Beauty, and The Hollywood Beauty Detective. In 2019, she founded the nonprofit, True Beauty Discovery, with the mission of empowering girls and women to understand that it is their individuality that makes them beautiful and powerful.


Angela Boehm, owner of Angela Boehm Casting, began her career by founding and fostering the growth of Olmsted Performing Arts, one of Northeast Ohio’s premier arts centers. Angela has worked on feature films such as Judas and the Black Messiah, Cherry, Queen and Slim, My Friend Dahmer, The Fate of the Furious, and Whiteboy Rick. Angela’s passion for strengthening the local film industry, led to the founding of 1st Team Actors Studio, Cleveland’s premier on camera training program. She most recently was nominated for a prestigious Artios Award for her casting on Todd Stephen’s Swan Song.



Lauren Berry is a Cleveland born actress who upon receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre, went on to LA to study with Groundlings, Tim Phillips, and Lesly Kahn & Co. Her favorite credits include Noah Baumbach’s White Noise, White Boy Rick, NBC’s Chicago Justice, Madtown, and the upcoming pilot After the 10th. She is Co Owner of 1st Team Actors Studio and loves helping local actors take their careers to the next level as they pursue their dreams in her hometown of Cleveland!




1st Team Actors Studio is dedicated to bringing Hollywood-caliber training to Northeast Ohio. In addition to ongoing classes, the studio brings in professionals to teach masterclasses and workshops to students of all ages and skill levels. Instructors have extensive training from LA, New York, and other large markets, as well as on-set experience and credits. From directors to agents, managers and actors, our team is uniquely connected in the film industry.

To learn more, visit https://angelaboehmcasting.com/1st-team.

Veterans’ Voices: Free Creative Writing Workshops

Northeast Ohio veterans: Have a story to tell? Enjoy writing poetry? Working on a novel or memoir? Join Veterans’ Voices, Literary Cleveland’s FREE creative writing classes for Veterans to generate new writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great readings, and bond with fellow group members. This project, led by poet and Veteran Mansa L. Bey, will culminate in the publication of an anthology of writing that will be shared with the public. Have fun with writing. Discover your voice. Tell your story. All genres and experience levels are welcome.


Schedule Overview

Kickoff Event in-person at the downtown Cleveland Public Library

–       Saturday, October 1 from 10am-12pm at 525 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114


Writing Workshops Phase 1 (Oct-Nov, 2022)

–       4-week prose workshop – Mondays, Oct. 3-24 from 6:30-8:30pm online

–       4-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Oct. 5-26 from 6:30-8:30pm online

–       4-week prose workshop – Mondays, Nov. 7-28 from 6:30-8:30pm online

–       4-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Nov. 9-30 from 6:30-8:30pm online


Youngstown Writing Workshops

–       In-person writing workshop led by Lit Youngstown – details TBD

Writing Workshops Phase 2 (Jan-Mar, 2023)

–       8-week prose workshop – Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28 from 6:30-8:30pm online

–       8-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Jan. 11-Mar. 1 from 6:30-8:30pm online

Anthology Publication (June, 2023)


Register for the day and time that works best for you!‍

Literary Cleveland is proud to present these free writing workshops specifically for local veterans in partnership with the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. For more information, please contact a Whole Health Team Member at (216) 791-3800 ext. 62257 or 62394.

NOTE: These free programs are only for those who have served in the United States Armed Forces or military.


This program is possible thanks to funding from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Forces Community Engagement grant.

Drone Training with V1DroneMedia

V1DroneMedia is dedicated to training others to operate drones in a safe, reliable, and responsible manner. Our Chief Pilot, Jason Damman, is a certified flight instructor (CFI), holds FAA ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) certificate and FAA Part 107 drone license. He is a subject matter expert in national airspace and FAA regulations through his 20 years of experience in commercial airlines, and 7 years of V1DroneMedia commercial drone operations. He is also an instructor at the Tri-C Drone Academy For First Responders, provides classes and course work through Lorain County Community College (LCCC), and custom on-demand training to groups and individuals. We are also a founding member of the North Coast Drone Alliance, a non-profit drone professional association in the Northeast Ohio region, connecting and educating drone professionals in all industries and sectors.

We offer a variety of drone training classes geared toward your interest and skill level. If you would like to learn more about drone technology, its uses, and growth in applications in various industries, check out our pre-recorded Drones for Business Educational Webinar.









Here at V1DroneMedia, we know the importance of getting hands-on experience flying the drone with professional guidance during your drone pilot training.

Our company was born after a long career in manned aviation, which stresses the importance of flight hours for a pilot’s training and passing ‘check rides’ with instructors before flying as a fully accredited pilot.

This is why we are now offering Hands-On Drone Flight Training, tailored to your skill level and desired goals. During a typical session you will:

  • Meet with our expert drone flight instructor at a convenient outdoor location
  • Learn to fly on your drone or on a DJI drone provided by the instructor
  • Get acquainted with the drone flight apps
  • Conduct pre-flight and post-flight checklists
  • Practice flying to master orientation, flight maneuvers, and more advanced flight skills
  • Learn about intelligent flight modes and try them out
  • Capture photos and video
  • Learn about common flight issues and how to handle them
  • Learn basic safety principles of flying a drone
  • Ask questions about drone laws, operations, careers, and more


  • 1 Person – $265, 2-Hour Session
  • 2 People Group – $450, 2.5 Hour Session
  • 3 People Group – $565, 3-Hour Session


Location Management 101

Learn what it takes to get your start as a Location Manager!

Location Management 101 is the first course developed collaboratively by the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI). It provides an introduction to the art of Location Management for feature films, television, commercials and other creative projects. This course will give the participant an overview of the work typically performed by professional location scouts, location managers and members of their team.

After taking this course, you will be able to discuss and identify:

  • The definition and characteristics of a “location”
  • Common traits and skills required to be a location manager
  • The duties and responsibilities of a location manager
  • Ways a location manager interacts with various departments within a production
  • Ways a location manager interacts with film commissions and members of the general public

This course has two chapters. There are eight lessons in Chapter One, and ten lessons in Chapter Two. Randomly placed within each chapter are a series of quizzes with multiple choice questions designed to test your knowledge of the material presented in the various lessons. This course registers your progress. After you read a lesson, click the “Mark Complete” button, then click on the “Next Lesson” button to ensure your progress is recorded. When you reach a quiz, click on the text bar to open the quiz. You’ll have the opportunity to retake each quiz as many times as necessary to achieve a passing grade. Once all lessons are completed and all quizzes have been passed, you’ll receive a joint AFCI/LMGI authorized certificate of completion.

A glossary of common production terms has been created to assist you with this course.  Please click here to access and download this document.  You may want to keep it handy as you proceed through this course to help you fully understand the content.


  • There are references throughout this course to standards and practices that are commonly used in North America, but may not exist or be necessary in other regions of the world.
  • At the time this course was written, standard health and safety protocols for filming during the COVID-19 pandemic were still being developed, implemented and evaluated. Information on COVID-19 procedures will be revised as the science evolves.


LMGI: Mike Fantasia, Hans Dayal, Becky Brake, Timothy Hillman, Leah Sokolowsky

AFCI: Jess Conoplia, Marjorie Galas

Filmmaker U Online Education Series

Filmmaker U is a collaboration of educators and innovators Josh Apter & Jason Banke of Manhattan Edit Workshop and Gordon Burkell at Aotg.com. This online seminar series was created to give aspiring and existing filmmakers unprecedented access to the lost art of apprenticeship in the film industry. Filmmaker U instructors are acclaimed and award-winning artists who are the best filmmakers in the business.   For more information please visit www.filmmakeru.com.


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Imposters Theater – Comedy Writing, Improv, & Acting Classes/Workshops in Tremont

Imposters Theater is located in Tremont and offers a variety of improv, comedy writing, & acting workshops and classes which provide executable, practical guidance from experienced instructors with years of professional experience in the entertainment industry.

Imposters Theater’s goal is to foster a creative and inclusive space to support, showcase, educate, and grow Cleveland’s vibrant independent comedy & film community through a variety of workshops and classes which provide executable, practical guidance from experienced instructors with years of professional experience in the entertainment industry.

Our instructors include creative director Michael Busch (UCB, Conan, Comedy Central Digital) and guest instructors such as Cleveland natives Dana Quercioli (Second City Chicago) and author/comedian Dave Hill.

For more information on classes/workshops and more please visit: https://www.imposterstheater.com/classes

Tri-C Film Academy

Gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to enter the film industry as a set or office production assistant (PA). Class begins August 19th.

Overview of the Academy
Tri-C’s Film Academy is an intensive program that offers a streamlined series of courses designed to maximize professional instruction in a fraction of the time. The goal is to train a workforce for hire in entry-level positions on broadcast, film, commercial, video game or industrial productions in Northeast Ohio and the surrounding region. Courses serve as the beginning of a student’s industry networking experience and the first step toward getting a foot in the door of the local motion picture production industry.
  • Understand pre-production and production processes of filmmaking.
  • Taught by industry professionals who can hire or recommend participants for hire.
  • Network with film industry professionals and other trainees.
  • Access to educational opportunities in the moving image industries.
  • Scholarships available. Workforce Training Scholarship Information

Meet Your Instructors


Tri-C’s Film Academy courses were developed with help from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, industry professionals and members of IATSE Local 209 with the goal of properly training and growing the media industry workforce in Northeast Ohio. The training is designed to give maximum professional instruction in a fraction of the time while providing networking opportunities with industry professionals and fellow trainees.

Studios shooting movies in Cleveland look to hire as many local crewmembers as possible. Those jobs go to people who can walk onto a set and know what to do, and producers know they can find skilled entry-level workers at the Tri-C Film Academy.

Have a question about the Film Academy and its courses? Fill out this form and someone will contact you!
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