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Tampa Theatre announces summer and Saturday camp programs

With spring right around the corner, parents all over the country are already thinking about what to do with the little ones this summer! For young film buffs, no summer camp can be better than spending your daylight hours playing with film. On the western coast of Florida, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen each summer.

STOP-MOTION ANIMATION MODEL-BUILDING CAMP shares some of the secrets behind the character design and development in animated features like A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and WALLACE AND GROMIT.
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Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of digital filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, Mac computers and software. By the end of the filmmaking session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to showcase.

In the summer of 2014, both the popular live-action and stop-motion animation camps will once again be offered. The Theatre will also add three Saturday sessions and a week-long model building camp that is the perfect companion to stop-motion animation camp the following week.

· STOP-MOTION ANIMATION MODEL-BUILDING CAMP shares some of the secrets behind the character design and development in animated features like A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and WALLACE AND GROMIT. Campers will learn hands-on how to build a puppet with a posable armature that can be used in stop-motion animation filmmaking. It is a one-week program of half-day sessions, and will be offered Monday-Friday the week of June 16. The morning session from 9 a.m. to noon is for students entering grades 3-6, and the afternoon session from 1-4 p.m. is for those entering grades 7-12. Each session is $175 per camper, which includes puppet-building materials, a camp T-shirt, daily snacks and a digital copy of the finished films. Participation is capped at 20 campers per session.

· STOP-MOTION ANIMATION FILMMAKING CAMP shows campers how to create an animated film one frame at a time with clay, Legos, paper and other materials in a style of animation made popular by The California Raisins and SOUTH PARK. It is a one-week program of half-day sessions, and will be offered Monday-Friday the week of June 23. The session is $175 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks and a digital copy of the finished films, or register for Model-Building and Stop-Motion Animation Filmmaking Camps together for $300 - a savings of $50. Participation is capped at 20.

· LIVE ACTION FILMMAKING CAMP makes the campers the stars as they write, produce and act in their own short films. It is a one-week program of half-day sessions, and will be offered Monday-Friday the weeks of July 7, July 14 and July 21. The morning session from 9 a.m. to noon is for students entering grades 3-6, and the afternoon session from 1-4 p.m. is for those entering grades 7-12. Each session is $175 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks and a digital copy of the finished films. Participation is capped at 20 campers per session.

· SATURDAY SESSIONS give experienced campers and budding film buffs the opportunity to learn about specific aspects of movie making and appreciation. These three-hour sessions for grades 6-12 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon and are $50 per camper. Participation is capped at 20 per session.

o April 12 - Essentials of Movie Genres: How does a Western work? What makes a SciFi movie tick? What goes into making a great zombie flick? During this hands-on workshop, campers will watch scenes from movies in many different genres, learn the building blocks and work in groups to create their own genre movie shorts.

o July 12 - Screenwriting 101: Perfect for young filmmakers planning to participate in live-action filmmaking camp later that month, this session presents the basics of good storytelling and character and plot development.

o October 18 - Special FX Makeup: Just in time for Halloween, learn the tricks of the trade that professional makeup artists use to turn actors into monsters.

Registration for all of the summer camp programs and Saturday sessions opened on Monday, March 3 for Tampa Theatre Members and Monday, March 17 for the general public.

The program is presented in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education, with assistance from Learning Gate Community School.

The historic Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved movie palaces. The majestic building is owned by the City of Tampa and operated as a dynamic film and cultural center by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation. Programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; and the Theatre’s generous donors, corporate sponsors and members. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.

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