DETROIT, Mich., June 3, 2009 – S3 Entertainment Group (S3EG), a Ferndale, Michigan-based Feature Film Production Company and local producer of the feature film, “Gran Torino,” is holding the first ever Hollywood Film Camp, a premier summer training program open to high school students and recent graduates looking to jumpstart a career in Michigan’s growing film industry. Larry August, chief operating officer of S3EG, made the announcement.
The intensive program, which will be offered twice this summer, the first session beginning June 22nd and the second on July 27th, will provide students with significant exposure to Michigan’s growing film industry and the unique opportunity to learn from leading industry professionals. The program will be held at S3EG’s studio facility, located at 1100 Woodward Heights in Ferndale, and will run Monday through Friday for two weeks.
The camp will be led by industry veteran Producer/Director Larry August, and will help to develop the skills of young actors and filmmakers seeking to try their hand in film, a burgeoning area in the Michigan economy thanks to Michigan’s industry leading tax incentives. Providing a dynamic introduction to film production, the camp will combine the efforts of student actors and filmmakers as they creatively collaborate to produce a finished movie over the two-week period.
Specifically, filmmaker candidates will have the opportunity to work under the direction of decorated writers, directors and cinematographers as they work to develop and pitch their own scripts, before going on to produce their very own Hollywood-style short film. Working hands-on with S3EG’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, 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, providing them with 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.
“We are thrilled to introduce the Hollywood Film Camp to Michigan students,” said August. “As the film industry in Michigan continues to grow, S3 Entertainment Group is dedicated to supplying productions with a qualified and talented local workforce. This camp is an excellent opportunity for students to have access to leading film professionals as they train and become well acquainted with the film industry.”
S3 Entertainment Group (S3EG) is the leading provider of services to the film industry in Michigan. With offices in Detroit and Los Angeles, S3EG has focused on building infrastructure in Michigan that can help productions maximize the benefits of the Michigan Film Incentive. S3EG’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.