ASFI SUMMER CAMP
This is the place to be for all future filmmakers, musicians and storytellers.
June 8 - June 19 | June 22 - July 10
The ASFI Summer Camp is the best place to be for young and upcoming creative minds this summer. Kids will learn and nurture their minds with the help of industry experts and get the experience of working on professional gear used in Hollywood and real-world music concerts. It is a great place to make friends, and enjoy the practice of artistic crafts they’ve developed so much love for while challenging themselves to create new and exciting opportunities in their artistic practice.
FilmStudents will study with working industry professionals how to write and pitch screenplays, how to organize productions, industry standards and practices, as well as the ins and outs of cinematography, production design, and film directing. Students will be given the opportunity to create their own short films using state of the art cameras, lights, lenses, and computer programs and softwares, running the gamut of the full production process from screenwriting through to film editing, with the help of their mentor-instructors there to guide them every step of the way.
Acting for FilmThe ASFI Summer Acting Intensive is a challenging, nuts and bolts acting workshop exploring a myriad of traditional and post-modern acting techniques including film versus theater acting techniques, Stanislavski method acting, invocation through sense memory, comedic and dramatic improvisational techniques, and so on. This program, led by working industry professionals functioning as mentor-instructors, aims to introduce students to the various tools and concepts engaged in the complex craft of modern film and theater acting. Focusing on concentrated, one-on-one attention and active scene study, students will be working with each other as well as their mentor-instructors to explore concepts, develop tools, and practice techniques involved in the deep development of complex characters, comprehensive scene study, and rigorous script analysis.
Rock BandThe ASFI Summer Rock Band Intensive is a multi-week program bringing students together to understand the musical theory and practice from which popular rock music derives. If you’ve got a great ear for rock, and always dreamed of starting a band led by an experienced, professional musician-manager, this program is for you!
Led by working South Florida-based musicians, this program allows students to thoroughly explore the on-stage exhilaration of being a rockstar for a wild audience, with the backstage disciplines of songwriting, music theory, and lyrical poetry.
Music TechThe ASFI Summer Music Producing & Sound Engineering Intensive is a multi-week program not for the casual student-musician. This program focuses on the complex technologies, softwares, techniques, and concepts involved in the studio production of modern popular music.
Whether focusing on Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, or Jazz, this course prepares young producers to step up their game in this complicated space we call “the lab”. Bringing their experience and creativity into the studio, students learn and practice on cutting edge machines and softwares the techniques involved in producing artists such as Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, and even BTS.
ASFI Alumni have also gone on to participate in national video and film competitions, world-class US and international film festivals, and have even constructed their own media businesses directly out of high school, servicing clients around the State of Florida with their new-found skills and invigorated talent.
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Together with industry mentors, students explore underlying concepts essential to the art of filmmaking. Previous workshops studies have included concepts in dialogue study, directing actors, production leadership, abstractions in image composition, texture and color theory, and dialogue mixing. We help to build a complete foundation for our students to grow in this industry.
ASFI partners with renown industry professionals to bring cutting-edge technical and artistic expertise to participating students. Previous and current program mentors include award-winning filmmakers behind such titles as Iron Man 3, the Transformers Saga, The Walking Dead, Moonrise Kingdom, the multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winning series Modern Family, as well as the Academy Award winning film Moonlight.
In addition to cutting-edge training in advanced technologies, students are challenged to confront an array of obstacles in leadership, group dynamics, accountability, team-building, logistics planning, and project management. As a result, the program aims to instill confidence, leadership, and team-building skills in each participating student. Life skills that will serve them for years to come.
Our SuccessesASFI is the premier after school youth film program in South Florida. With the support of internationally recognized production equipment manufacturers and notable, award-winning industry professionals, ASFI's student-helmed projects have screened and won awards at both national and international film festivals, as well as been broadcast nationally on PBS Television and PBS Online. ASFI alumni have gone on to study cinema and film production in prestigious universities all over the country, as well as had their work screened and awarded at student filmmaker competitions all over the world. ASFI is supported with a generous grant from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as support from industry leaders such as Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, the New York Film Academy, K-Tech, and many others.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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What can I expect from the program? At ASFI, our goal is one part fun, one part prep. This means we aim to make sure students are encouraged to be themselves, make friends, and enjoy the practice of artistic crafts they’ve developed so much love for, while challenging themselves to create new and exciting opportunities in their artistic practice. Whether that means making a Hip Hop beat on a previously unexplored software, or writing the pilot episode for your first web series, the program is crafted to introduce students to new skills while spending time with professionals and classmates who are equally excited to grow as artists and individuals. A certificate of completion will be awarded to all students who finish the camp. Where and when is the camp held? The camp will be held on the campus of the University School adjacent to the main campus of Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Is lunch included, where do kids eat? Lunch and other small meals/snacks are included with tuition costs and will be made available by the program throughout the day on campus. Who teaches these classes? All of our classes are led by college-educated, working industry professionals whose resumes reflect substantial background in the study and production of cinema, music, and theater. What is special about this summer program? Designed with cohesive synergy in mind, our program is one of very few in the state which allows for a conglomeration of relative artistic disciplines and practices. Take the example of a single project. It begins with one of our film students writing and producing a film where they cast one of our acting students, who learns film acting alongside their respective student colleague to produce a movie which is consequently scored by our rock band students, and recorded by our music producing students. Each program is created to work in tandem, so each student is offered an opportunity to shine in the creation of a project they can truly brand as their own, in their own ways, with their own talents. What do students learn and create? Students will learn a variety of craft skills according to their discipline, such as film directing, scene study, musical theory, and sound recording, to name some. Moreover, all students will pick up a variety of life-skills, such as group dynamics, leadership skills, working with others, and time management. Ultimately, each student will have a variety of work they will have produced by the end of their time in the program which can be used for portfolio building opportunities useful in the pursuit of internship and college applications. What kind of equipment will the students be working with? Students will be working with professional state of the art and “pro-sumer” equipment commonly used in professional and independent art spaces. These include hardware decks, cameras, lenses, sound mixers, mixing consoles, complex editing and VFX programs, music recording and production softwares, so on and so forth. Is any kind of artistic knowledge or experience required for this course? No. Only a desire to learn and the drive to create are necessary to participate meaningfully in our programs! What steps do you take to make sure my child is safe in your program? Each class will be monitored by their mentor-instructors throughout the entirety of the day. In addition to our staff, the University School as well as the main campus of Nova University has come on board with us to ensure the safety and security of all of our students, staff, and visitors. The impressive security apparatus at U School, the Nova University Police, and the myriad of campus infrastructure security measures (automated locking doors, security checkpoints throughout the campus, etc), are all there to ensure each and every one of our students is cared for and can work and have fun in a safe environment round the clock. First-Aid? CPR? Background Checks for Personnel? The University School and the Nova University Police have several individuals on staff with First Aid and CPR certification immediately available in case of emergencies. ALL ASFI staff, mentor-instructors, and administrators submit to thorough background checks as a condition of employment with the non-profit, as do all staff and administrators at the University School.