CSU School of Film & Media Arts Odyssey Film Workshops & Camps, Age 13-18

Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts Odyssey Program offers Film Camps and Workshops for Young Filmmakers, Age 13-18


Want to be the next Wes Anderson, Ava DuVernay, or Greta Gerwig? Made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis, the Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’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.

The Odyssey Program was made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

All workshops taught by CSU Faculty. For more information, visit http://www.csufilmodyssey.com.

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ODYSSEY FILM CAMPS
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Odyssey Intensive: Acting and Directing
Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19, 2024
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Students focus on the art and craft of acting and directing through creative projects emphasizing the collaboration between actors and directors. All students learn performance techniques for actors and camera techniques for directors.

Workshops in Acting:

  • Improv Games: Through games and exercises, students develop the ability to react spontaneously, live in the moment, and bring intensity and joy in their performances.
  • Crafting Characters: Create believable characters and understand subtext, objectives, and dramatic context.
  • Scenes: Learn cold reading skills and the performance of believable dialogue through the technique of listening and action-reaction.

Workshops in Directing:

  • Script Analysis: Learn how to closely read material in order to define the objectives of the characters, understand arcs, beats, and make choices to heighten the drama or comedy of a scene.
  • Staging a Scene: Learn how to block a scene for the camera and shoot for coverage with effective staging that keeps continuity in wide, medium, and close-up shots.

Combined Workshops:

  • The Art of Rehearsals: Collaborate as actors and directors and create a film project. Rehearse blocking, camera movement, and develop the final performance. Rehearsals are the time to experiment and create the magic in the scene.
  • Shooting Day: Everyone will participate, collaborate, and shoot their scene!

Through these series of workshops, CSU Faculty instruct students in improvisation, monologues, scene work, camera technique, script analysis, and blocking. Each camper films a selected scene for the final showing demonstrating their class work and creative progress. At the conclusion of the program, students will be provided with a copy of their filmed scene studies for their portfolios.

Residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University Residential Halls and all campers are invited to experience Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled weekend trips and activities.

All meals are provided for Residential students, and breakfast and lunch are provided for Day students. Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are invited to All Camp Weekend Activities.

Residential: $1500 Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19, 2024
Day Camp: $1200 
Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19, 2024

This program was made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

Odyssey Intensive: 5-Day Film Challenge
Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2024
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ALL NEW CAMP! Crew-up with friends new and old and take the 5-Day Film Challenge!

In this all new camp, Campers will produce an original short film from concept to final credits from a series of prompts and guidelines provided by CSU Faculty.

Through interactive workshops and activities, CSU Faculty will teach students how to develop a story structure, write a short screenplay, brainstorm pre-production, shoot scenes, edit, and make a sound score. All in 5-Days! With access to CSU film school’s professional soundstages and locations, camera and production equipment, props and costumes, editing and sound labs; the 5-Day Film Challenge is Odyssey’s version of a 48 Hour Film Project — plus more! At the conclusion of the program, students will be provided with a copy of their film short for their portfolios and submission into film festivals.

Residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University Residential Halls and all campers are invited to experience Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled weekend trips and activities.

All meals are provided for Residential students, and breakfast and lunch are provided for Day students. Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are invited to All Camp Weekend Activities.

Residential: $1500 Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2024
Day Camp: $1200
Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2024

This program was made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.