Odyssey Program 2020 • CSU School of Film & Media Arts

Online Summer Film Program
Monday, July 13 – Friday, August 7, 2020



In-Person moved to online!

Due to the protocols put in place by governmental and university authorities to assure the safety and health of all Cleveland State University students, staff, faculty, and visitors, we regret to announce that the previously announced residential Summer 2020 Odyssey Program has been cancelled. This was a very difficult decision, but we are confident that it is the appropriate one in the Covid19 environment. Summer 2021 dates for the on-campus Odyssey Program will be announced during the fall semester.

Are you a high school student interested in film? 

Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this new four-week interactive online course for students aged 13-18 will teach skills in:

  • Film Analysis
  • Story Development
  • Screenwriting
  • Production
  • Postproduction

Each week, an expert instructor from the School of Film & Media Arts will deliver video lectures on a variety of film topics and an array of industry luminaries will also provide pointers and advice to the students through special video messages. Given fun assignments designed to spark creativity, students will present their work to their classmates at a group Zoom session at the conclusion of each week. Students will also learn the fundamentals of film analysis by viewing a film each week and breaking down its elements during a mid-week instructor-led discussion. Online camp counselors will also be available to the guide the students through the creative process. At the completion of the course, students will have created an original short film that will be screened at an online film festival, to be held on Friday, August 7.

  • This is a structured month-long course with daily interactions and weekly deliverables.
  • Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.
  • Students are required to supply their own technology – camera, sound, and editing – for this class.
  • Students can shoot with their own prosumer camera, DSLR or cell phone that can shoot high quality footage.
  • Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability.
  • This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.

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

This online course will occur Monday, July 13-Friday, August 7.



  • Instruction, workshops, and discussions conducted via Zoom sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2-4pm.
  • Special guests planned for each Monday session.
  • Daily check-ins from instructors and counselors.
  • Interactive extracurricular activities hosted by online camp counselors.


Online summer program – $600

5-days per week
Monday, July 13 – online program starts
Friday, August 7 – online film premiere screening