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Attendees will register once and then choose one or more occurrences to attend. The participants first / last name, email address, age range and general location will be required during the registration. Please note that the majority of programming is designed for both students and adults who want to continue learning. 
 
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Cinema Arts

 

Creating an Animation Short

Led by Associate Professor of Animation and Visual Effects, Jonathan Trueblood
     For students and adult beginners.
     Please note: film clips may contain R rated content

Tuesdays from 10:00am - 11:00am EST. Starts the week of June 23.
REGISTER
  • Week 1) Tuesday, June 23: Introduction
  • Week 2) Tuesday, June 30: Characters
  • Week 3) Tuesday, July 7: Storyboards
  • Week 4) Tuesday, July 14: Backgrounds
  • Week 5) Tuesday, July 21: Animation
  • Week 6) Tuesday, July 28: Final Product


Smartphone Filmmaking

While our phones are a means to record videos, their potential for storytelling can go much under-utilized. In Smartphone Filmmaking, we will demonstrate how powerful and cinematic clips can be created with our very own devices. Optimizing standard functions by combining them with accessible techniques widely used by professionals, these sessions aim to make the user a more successful storyteller.

Led by Assistant Professor of Cinema Arts, John Reilly
     For students and adult beginners.
     Please note: film clips may contain R rated content

Thurdays from 11:00am - 12:00pm EST. Starts the week of June 25. 
REGISTER
  • Week 1) Thursday, June 25: Introduction
  • Week 2) Thursday, July 2: The Frame
  • Week 3) Thursday, July 9: Cinematic Language
  • Week 4) Thursday, July 16: The Camera / Character Relationship
  • Week 5) Thursday, July 23: Directing - Scenes and Coverage
  • Week 6) Thursday, July 30: The Moving Frame

Screenwriting Fundamentals
A one-week screenwriting intensive where students will learn the fundamentals of storytelling, see how these concepts are used in both feature and short films, and learn to write short screenplays on their own and in groups.  

Students will need to create a free account with an online screenplay formatting application

Led by Professor of Cinema Arts, Fred Johnson
     For students and adult beginners. Limited to 12 students. NOW FULL!
     Please note: film clips may contain R rated content

Runs Monday, July 6 - Friday July 10
Daily 1.5 hour sessions from 11:30am - 1:00pm EST.  


Post-Production

The World of Post-Production: An Introduction to Film Editing and Sound
Filmmaking doesn’t end after the cameras stop rolling. The magic and illusion of a film becomes realized by all involved in Picture and Sound Editing. Whether you’re a beginning/amateur filmmaker or film enthusiast, this lecture series aims to educate participants on broad concepts. We will dive into the technical and aesthetic approaches, learn how editing plays a major role in telling and shaping the story, as well as key positions that make the Post-Production workflow possible.

Led by Visiting Teaching Artist of Cinema Arts, Noel Schermaier
     For students and adult beginners.
     Please note: film clips may contain R rated content

Runs Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24
Daily 1-hour sessions from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
REGISTER
  • Day 1) Monday, July 20: What is Editing?
  • Day 2) Tuesday, July 21: Tools and Techniques of the Editor
  • Day 3) Wednesday, July 22: The Editor as Storyteller
  • Day 4) Thursday, July 23: Sound: The Other Half of the Picture
  • Day 5) Friday, July 24: Workflow and Careers in Post-Production


Communications

 

Adviser / Teacher Workshops

Led by Industry Professionals
For new or veteran Communication Advisers / Teachers

Tuesdays from 9:00am - 10:00am EST. Starts the week of June 23. 
REGISTER

  • Week 1, Tues., June 23: New Voices & Student/Adviser Protections led by Aaron Fitzpatrick
  • Week 2, Tues., June 30: From Good to Great: Yearbook Bootcamp led by Beth Ann Brown
  • Week 3, Tues., July 7: Adviser Survival Tales led by Scott Tuffiash
  • Week 4, Tues., July 14: Govt. Meetings at High Schools led by Stacey Hetrick/Aaron Fitzpatrick
  • Week 5, Tues., July 21: Strategies for Social Media led by Kate Plows
  • Week 6, Tues., July 28: Yearbook Theme Development led by Paul Fantaski

 

PR / Advertising Series

Led by Point Park Faculty Camille Downing and Jenna Lo Castro
For high school students and above.

3-part series: Tuesday July 7, 14, and 21 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
REGISTER
  • Week #1) Tuesday, July 7: When the S%#@ Hits the Fan: Communicating During a Crisis
A crisis can happen at almost any time. Just ask almost every company that has had to scramble to figure out how to deal with and communicate about COVID-19 in recent months. The key to keeping serious damage to a company's reputation at bay during a crisis is good communication. In this session, Paul Furiga, President and Chief Storyteller at WordWrite, will walk us through the basics of crisis communication and then lead a hands-on discussion of some recent crises that could have been handled more effectively through better public relations. 
  • Week #2) Tuesday, July 14: Talk with a Professional: PR and Advertising Case Study 
Benjamin Franklin said, "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." As marketing communicators, we need to know how to do both. In this PR Masterclass, Top Hat founder Ben Butler, APR talks about the development of Iron City Coffee — the latest Pittsburgh Brewing innovation as seen in the Tribune Review, WPXI, and Mayor Peduto's Twitter feed. Through this freshly brewed campaign, he will teach you how to research, ideate, and deploy disruptive ideas that will get the media and audiences writing about your company across channels.


  • Week #3) Tuesday, July 21: Stepping off the Soapbox: Persuading Effectively in a Digital Age

As technological innovation continues to see explosive growth, it is no surprise that getting others to not only hear our messages, but also listen to them has become increasingly more difficult. In this session, you'll learn why the art of persuasion is more important than ever before and why some messages can be more powerful than others. Using advertising campaigns as case studies, we'll discuss effective persuasive strategies and unpack how you can get your point across without having to stand on a soapbox. 


Digital Content Sessions

Led by various Point Park Alumni and Industry Professionals 
For students and adult beginners.

Wednesdays from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST. Starts the week of June 24.
REGISTER

  • Week 1, Wed., June 24: YouTube Crash-Course led by PPU Alumnus, Chase Barron
  • Week 2, Wed., July 1: Graphic Design led by PPU Graduate Student, Stacey Federoff
  • Week 3, Wed., July 8: What Makes a Great Podcast led by Will Zavala
  • Week 4, Wed., July 15: Podcast Q&A led by Will Zavala with Keynote Speaker, Brian Cottington
  • Week 5, Wed., July 22: How to Start a Podcast led by Will Zavala 
  • Week 6, Wed., July 29: Photographic Essay led by Kate Plows


Student Journalism Workshops

Led by various Point Park Faculty, Alumni and Industry Professionals
For high school students. 

Thursdays from 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST. Starts the week of June 25.
REGISTER

  • Week 1, June 25: Reporting and Interviewing led by CMI Director, Andrew Conte
  • Week 2, July 2: Opinion and Blog Writing led by PPU Alumnus, Matt Petras
  • Week 3, July 9: Narrative Writing led by Professor of Journalism, Helen Fallon
  • Week 4, July 16 : Law and Ethics led by Bernie Ankney
  • Week 5, July 23:  Broadcasting led by Olga George
  • Week 6, July 30: Broadcast Writing and Reporting led by Olga George

Dance

International Summer Dance

Led by various Point Park Faculty.
Designed for Intermediate and Advanced dancers of all ages.

Monday - Friday, June 22 - July 31 (6 weeks total)
Two, 1-hour classes per day available in both EST and PST
Students do not have to individually choose which classes they will attend. Join us as your schedule allows!

Ballet and Modern classes will have an accompanist.

Class Schedule (By Time Zone)


Eastern Standard Time (EST) Classes:


Class 1, 11am (ballet): REGISTER

Class 2, 12:30pm (alt. styles):
REGISTER


Mondays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
     Pilates from 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST

Tuesdays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
     Modern from 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST

Wednesdays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
     Jazz from 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST

Thursdays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
     Modern from 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST

Fridays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
     Jazz from 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST




* Please note that the above times are listed in Eastern Standard Time. If you want to join these classes from the West Coast, respective times would be 8:00am PST (for ballet) and 9:30am PST (for alt. styles). 

Pacific Standard Time (PST) Classes:

Class 1 PST, 11am (ballet): REGISTER

Class 2 PST, 12:30pm (alt. styles): REGISTER


Mondays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
     Pilates from 12:30pm - 1:30pm PST

Tuesdays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
     Modern from 12:30pm - 1:30pm PST

Wednesdays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
     Jazz from 12:30pm - 1:30pm PST

Thursdays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
     Modern from 12:30pm - 1:30pm PST

Fridays:
     Ballet from 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
     Jazz from 12:30pm - 1:30pm PST



* Please note that the above times are listed in Pacific Standard Time. If you want to join these classes from the East Coast, respective times would be 2:00pm EST (for ballet) and 3:30pm EST (for alt. styles). 


Summer Dance Workshop

Led by various Point Park Faculty and Point Park Alumni
Designed for beginner dancers of all ages.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from July 20 - July 31 (2 weeks total)
Two, 1-hour classes per day available in EST

Class Schedule


Class #1, 8:30am EST (ballet) REGISTER

Class #2, 10:00am EST (alt. styles) REGISTER

Week #1 Schedule

Monday, 7/20:
     Ballet from 8:30am - 9:30am EST
     Modern from 10:00am - 11:00am EST

Wednesday, 7/22:
     Ballet from 8:30am - 9:30am EST
     Jazz from 10:00am - 11:00am EST

Friday, 7/24:
     Ballet from 8:30am - 9:30am EST
     Modern from 10:00am - 11:00am EST


Week #2 Schedule

Monday, 7/27:
     Ballet from 8:30am - 9:30am EST
     Jazz from 10:00am - 11:00am EST

Wednesday, 7/29:
     Ballet from 8:30am - 9:30am EST
     Modern from 10:00am - 11:00am EST

Friday, 7/31:
     Ballet from 8:30am - 9:30am EST
     Jazz from 10:00am - 11:00am EST


* Ballet Week #1 will be led by Point Park Faculty, Amber Martin
* Ballet Week #2 will be led by Point Park Faculty, Dan Karasik
* Modern will be led by PPU Alumna, Michaela Kuehni
* Jazz will be led by PPU Alumna, Shannon Riley


Mental Health for Dancers

Led by Kirsten Kemp
Two, 1-hour sessions. 9:30am - 10:30am EST

Wednesday July 8 
     "How to Establish a Healthy Sense of Confidence"
     For the Intermediate / Advanced Dancer
     REGISTER

Wednesday, July 22 
     "How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs about Your Abilities"
     For the Beginner Dancer
     REGISTER


Music

 

Bucket Drumming

Led by Accompanist Gordon Nunn
For beginners. Limited to 20 students.

Equipment Needs:
- 5 Gallon Bucket
- Drumsticks (sized-5A or 5B wood tip from any music store)

Every Tuesday, June 23 - July 28 from 11:15am - 12:15pm EST
REGISTER


West African Djembe Drumming

Led by Conservatory Accompanist Gordon Nunn
For beginners. Limited to 20 students.

Every Wednesday, June 24 - July 29 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
REGISTER


Creative Expression

Find joy in making music while experiencing a creative and social outlet for your talents! Students will use instruments, voices, and percussion to create their own original compositions. Practical application of music theory and compositional techniques from classical masterworks, blend as students create their pieces in small ensembles. Students will also explore the scores and stories behind the great composers and their music.

Led by Conservatory Accompanists Andrew Hook and Alex Marthaler
For students who are at a late beginner proficiency on a instrument. Ability to read music is preferred but not required. Limited to 20 students.

Equipment Needs:
- An instrument at home
- Two devices to listen and record simultaneously for virtual ensemble

Class meets twice weekly, for 6 weeks.
Tuesdays, June 23 - July 28 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST AND Fridays, June 26 - July 31 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
REGISTER


Theatre

 

Audition Bootcamp

Led by various Point Park Alumni and Industry Professionals
For high school students and above. 

Mondays from 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
REGISTER

  • Week 1) Monday, June 22: Monologues led by Paul Reynolds
  • Week 2) Monday, June 29: Making & Communicating Your Cut led by Thespina Christulides
  • Week 3) Monday, July 6:  Audition Strategies led by PPU Alumna Eileen Grace
  • Week 4) Monday, July 13 : Professionalism in the Digital Age led by PPU Alumna, Missy Moreno
  • Week 5) Monday, July 20: Supplement your Artistry:  led by PPU Alumna, Missy Moreno
  • Week 6) Monday, July 27: Mock Auditions led by Paul, Thespina and Eileen
    ^ Details and instructors will be emailed prior.

Choreography Composition

Led by Director and Choreographer Gustavo Zajac
For students and adult beginners.

4-part series: Mondays from 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST (4 sessions total)
REGISTER

*Please note: class will be conversation based. Students can expect lecture, questions and videos. Neither dance or ample space is needed or invovled.  

  • Week 1) Monday, July 6: First Steps: Music and Script
  • Week 2) Monday, July 13: Dance Sequence and Styles
  • Week 3) Monday, July 20: Choreographic Tools
  • Week 4) Monday, July 27: Special Focus: Musical Theatre


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Contact Information:
Phone: 412-392-3457
Emailsummercamps@pointpark.edu
(Include “Online Webinars” in the subject line of emails)