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July is Freshi Film Camp Time – A Camp for Youth Filmmakers

Now in its’ fifth year, the Freshi Film (FiF) Camp is coming again this July to the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood, California for three creativity-filled weeks-
July 6-10, July 13-17, and July 20-24, 2009
As in past years, every day is full of the thrill of filmmaking with special mentors challenging each camper daily to push their limits, and think ‘outside of the box.’ The FiF Camp is designed for creative minds ages 8-18. Every day begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. All equipment, snacks, beverages and lunches are included in the price of the FiF Camp experience. Daily, a professional from some aspect of the film industry visits the FiF Camp to conduct a hands-on workshop in such areas as camera angles, stage combat, stunts, theatrical make-up, voice-over, scriptwriting, directing, producing, acting and many other topics. For more advanced filmmakers, the best week to attend the FiF Camp is July 20-24. During this week, the equipment and editing software are more sophisticated, the scripts are more complex, and the atmosphere is much more competitive.

Unlike other filmmaking camps, the Freshi Film Camp has always been a totally immersive experience, 100% produced by the young filmmakers themselves. Although mentors are present to guide each of the participants, the campers handle all of the filmmaking experience themselves from creating a script to shooting the story, editing and, finally, scoring their films. The finished films are authentic to the creators and 100% original. This FiF Camp allows kids to find their own voice and tell their own stories- they are not the actors in someone else’s film, they are the filmmakers! The last day of the FiF Camp each producing group completes a Copyright Form to be submitted to the US Library of Congress to protect their authentic creations.

The campers are organized into small production units on the first day of camp, and each production unit works to create their script, and then storyboard the script on the first day. The second day is the location scouting day with considerations of casting, costuming, make-up, props and sets. The film is shot on the third day and the editing is done on the fourth day. The final day of camp is scoring, titling and editing out-takes in preparation of the “Family and Friends Film Showcase” held the last hour of the FiF Camp on the last day.

The completed films will be posted on the www.freshiflix.com website and shared with other young filmmakers worldwide. There are filmmakers aged 8-18 worldwide, and Freshi brings them together through the sharing of their creations and the possibility of future collaborations.

The FiF Camp is $525 for the week but Freshi, in an attempt to help with the recession, is offering a 5% discount if space is reserved by June 5, 2009.

There are even more discounts available for multiple family members attending the FiF Camp and for those young filmmakers attending all three camps. As an added bonus, all of the completed films from all three camps will be entered into the Freshi Film Festival for FREE. The FiF Camp is sponsored by the non-profit International Family Film Festival (IFFF) www.iffilmfest.org.

To enjoy footage of past FiF Camps and read more about the fun of Freshi Film Camp use this link to visit
the http://freshifilms.blogspot.com/.

To reserve space in the Freshi Film Camp visit the website at www.freshifilmcamp.org and download an application. For more information call (661) 257-3131 and speak with Patte Dee McKee, Program Director, or e-mail [email protected]ffilmfest.org.

The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) has a long association with producing the Freshi Film Camp and the Freshi Film Festival and working with young filmmakers for the last fifteen years, and making these events premiere summer destinations for creative youth.

Summer is the time to set young imaginations free and there is no better place to do that than with the Freshi Film Camp!

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