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KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp – Save the Date – Summer 2011

JanetDavidson.JPGKids love movies. It’s part of their socializing experience. They also love being on-camera and are comfortable there. At the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp — a one-week summer day camp in its second year — we put what they love to good use.

We live in a visual world. Film, whether it’s on the big screen, your TV, the Internet, or even your smart phone, has an influencing factor on kids. At Boot Camp, kids ages 8 to 13 will learn how to look critically at different elements in a film, from directing and acting to cinematography, writing and art direction, and explore how they respond to these different elements while discovering what they mean to the success of the film.

The fun part is when kids learn to perform on camera! They will develop confidence and self esteem — skills that will carry them into the future, even if their goal is nowhere close to being a film critic. We are looking to discover the next Lisa Guerrero or Ryan Seacrest but it may be that we find the next Zac Efron or Dakota Fanning.

Boot Camp Director Janet Davidson brings her 30+ years experience as a director to teach Boot Campers performance skills. “The value of learning to perform in front of a camera is incomparable,” Ms. Davidson comments. “It will carry you in every walk of life.”

Your child may never want to perform in a film or critique a film, but film will be in his or her life. Learning to understanding the dynamics of how a film is appreciated helps develop strong critical thinking, writing and discussion skills. And, what a fun way to spend one week this summer!

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp will be held during this summer in Los Angeles, New York City, Santa Fe (N.M.), Denver and Fort Worth (Texas). Register to receive KIDS FIRST! News and/or check the KIDS FIRST! website for more details.

(Photo: Director Janet Davidson)

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