A new film school is coming to Sacramento, run by Joey Travolta, the older brother of actor John Travolta and also a popular filmmaking teacher of students with developmental disabilities. Currently Joey Travolta will be opening a new film studio in Sacramento next month, explains the August 26, 2013 Sacramento Bee article by Janelle Bitker, "Joey Travolta teaches students with disabilities the art of filmmaking."
Joey Travolta's Sacramento projects combine filmmaking skills with teaching. His latest Sacramento-based film study programs, Inclusion Films, opens in September, 2013. Check out the site, "Inclusion Films | A practical film workshop for adults with developmental disabilities."
Inclusion Films Practical Film Workshop is a vocational program designed to provide adults with developmental disabilities an entry-level working knowledge of film production. Its curriculum moves beyond classroom instruction and offers the client a real-world experience.
During each semester, clients will work as a team with professionals in the film industry, to create and produce two short films; and will work as the production crew for a longer thesis film. The Inclusion Films workshop seeks to display, encourage, and promote the creative skills and strong work ethic of talented filmmakers who have a developmental disability, ultimately allowing them to become employed as well as more independent, self confident, and well-rounded individuals.
The film school is partnered with Futures Explored. Inc., a nonprofit that trains people with developmental disabilities for jobs
The Sacramento location will be the now-shuttered Orange Grove Adult School, near American River College. This past summer there also was a film camp in another area. Check out, "Film camp provides a summer blockbuster of personal growth for its autistic children from military families." The film school operates for 20 weeks where students with developmental disabilities learn every aspect of filmmaking, says the Sacramento Bee article. And there are Joey Travolta's film schools for students with developmental disabilities in several cities. The newest one opens in Sacramento.
In addition to scouting, casting, lighting, music rights, set design, cameras, and scriptwriting techniques, students learn about advertising and promotion. Students can take the 20-week session again and often elect to do so. The goal is to give filmmaking skills to students with developmental disabilities so they can emphasize what they want to specialize in or choose an area of filmmaking they want to do most. The students finish the 20-week workshop session with a portfolio. Travolta explained in the Sacramento Bee article that filmmaking is one of the greatest teaching tools.