CSU Odyssey Program Offerings for Young Filmmakers

Learning opportunities for young filmmakers aged 13-18

The Odyssey Program at CSU’s School of Film & Media Arts inspires a new generation of creative talent with a range of offerings for high school students interested in learning the art of filmmaking. From one-day Saturday workshops covering a variety of filmmaking topics to immersive in-person one and three week summer camps, the Odyssey Program provides experiential learning opportunities for young film fanatics of all skill levels. This program is made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.


Saturday Workshops (January – May 2022)

Taught by experienced School of Film & Media Arts faculty, each workshop focuses on a different aspect of filmmaking. Topics for the series of workshops include film language and film analysis, production and postproduction use of green screens, cinematography, screenwriting, and acting for the camera.

$150 fee per workshop. Saturdays, 1-5PM.

Click here to register.

  • May 14: On-Camera Acting – Instructor Ellen Rooney

In-Person Camps (Summer 2022)

During the in-person summer camps, students see behind the scenes and learn how the film industry actually works through special guest lectures and site visits to real-world media environments. Outside of class, residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University dorms and experiencing Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled trips and activities. All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students.

With access to the film school’s professional soundstages, Mac editing labs, and vast inventory of film production equipment, expert instructors aided by CSU film student camp counselors help students hone their skills while finding their creative community and making friends during these activity-packed experiences.

The summer includes an experiential three-week camp from June 13-July 1, followed by three one-week intensive camps that focus on acting and directing (July 11-17), documentary production (July 18-24), and screenwriting (July 25-31). Day camp and residential options are available.

Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5pm:

9-10am            Camper drop-off and breakfast

10-1pm            Morning Workshop

1-2pm              Lunch

2-5pm              Afternoon Workshop (Pickup at 5pm)

Learn more at csufilmodyssey.com

Contact: 216-687-5087 or [email protected]