DETROIT, August 14, 2009 – S3 Entertainment Group (S3), a Ferndale, Michigan-based feature film production company and local producer of the motion picture, “Gran Torino,” is offering a second Hollywood Film Camp, a professional training program open to high school students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in the growing Michigan film industry. Larry August, chief operating officer of S3, made the announcement.
The intensive program, back after an enthusiastic response to the July program, will be held August 31st through September 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The camp will provide students with significant exposure to Michigan’s growing film industry and the unique opportunity to learn from leading industry professionals, as well as a trip to the set of the real feature film “Little Murder.” The program will be hosted onsite at S3’s studio facility, located at 1100 Woodward Heights in Ferndale, Mich.
The camp will be led by industry veteran Producer/Director Larry August, and will help to develop the skills of young actors, directors and filmmakers seeking to try their hand in film, a burgeoning area in the Michigan economy thanks to Michigan’s industry leading tax incentives. The camp is being offered for both advanced students who have already attended a previous “Hollywood Film Camp” session, as well as new attendees. Returning students will have the opportunity to convert their original scripts into a short film.
Aspiring filmmakers will have the opportunity to work under the direction of decorated writers, directors and cinematographers as they work to develop scripts, before going on to produce their very own Hollywood-style short film. Working hands-on with S3’s professional production equipment, student filmmakers will get an up-close look at the workings of a professional film production and the variety of behind-the-scenes elements that contribute to making a feature film.
Similarly, student actors will have access to top of the line acting coaches and actors, providing them with constructive notes as they develop and polish their craft. Additionally, acting students will be introduced to the top motion picture and commercial casting directors in the state, supplying invaluable feedback and coaching in real life casting situations. As a capstone to the acting curriculum, students will have the opportunity to participate in the program’s short film, earning themselves an actual credit on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) along with a copy of their work on DVD.
“After such a great response to the first Hollywood Film Camp, we are pleased to continue educating and guiding young actors and filmmakers in Michigan,” said August.
“The camp is the perfect place to follow your dream,” said Brenna Gildenberg, a previous camp attendee. “It has professional equipment and staff that leads future actors in the right direction.”
Additional Information, registration materials and program fees can be found at www.s3eg.com or by sending an email to [email protected].
About S3 Entertainment Group
S3 Entertainment Group (S3) is the leading provider of services to the film industry in Michigan. With offices in Detroit and Los Angeles, S3 has focused on building infrastructure in Michigan that can help productions maximize the benefits of the Michigan Film Incentive. S3’s wide variety of direct services includes production services, film finance, gear rental, tax incentive consulting and monetization, travel, catering and craft services. All of these services qualify for the Michigan Film Incentive at the top rate of 42 percent.
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