"Thank you for having this program. There are so few available. The staff was amazing and very caring. They went above expectations when it came to individual needs... " br>- George Washington University - Musical Theater parent
"Without USPA and all of their help, I really don't believe that I would have been accepted into The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU (my first choice college)." br>- Alex Roesler
"It was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about the college theatre audition process. And it made me less nervous for them. I applied for 9 colleges and had to audition for all of them, but the workshop prepared me mentally and physically." br> - Anna (College Audition Boot Camp Student)
Christopher Salazar has been working in film and video production for
over 23 years. He started his own photographic consulting firm in
1993, and gained such high profile clients as Sony high definition
facilities, IMAX North America and visual effects powerhouse
DreamQuest Images. As a consultant, Mr. Salazar worked on projects
ranging from major motion pictures, including "Falling Down,"
"Toys," and "Crimson Tide," to special venue projects such as the
70mm IMAX ride film "Batman Returns: The Adventure." In 1998
Mr. Salazar signed a three picture deal with Miramax to provide
photographic and script consultations and by 2003 Mr. Salazar began
his relationship with US Performing Arts Camps. As a passionate and
energetic motivator, Mr. Salazar has a remarkable ability to work with
youth from all over the world and guide them into becoming a
successful filmmaking crew. As a filmmaker, he works primarily in the
areas of education, documentary, and narrative projects.
Oscar Beckmann is a Director of Photography and Film Director based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His resume includes work ranging from big scale productions to independent films. Having worked on productions like The Lone Ranger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Jurassic World, Oscar has established himself as a strong, sought after, and successful presence in the film community. As a cinematographer Oscar has shot all over world. His last project took him through the jungles of Vietnam and remote places of Australia. He is currently in the editing process of two "blockbuster" feature films that his production company is producing and directing.
Challenge your imagination and explore your desire to become a
Filmmaker by becoming part of US Performing Arts' Digital Film Camp at
Pepperdine University. Students are immersed in the world of filmmaking
from day one and are taught the "Hollywood Way" to make movies! Here's
what our students can expect to learn:
WRITING: Students will be given the tools needed to identify which of their
ideas are script ready and worthy of development into a feature-length
screenplay. Students also learn that having a Great Script is the foundation
for having a Great Film, as well as the importance of Story Structure with
the emphasis on Compelling Characters, Exciting Conflicts and Thrilling
DIRECTING: Students learn the artistic and dramatic aspects of visualizing
a script while learning the art of Casting and Directing Actors as well as
Storyboards, Coverage and Visual Storytelling with the emphasis on the
learning the language of filmmaking.
PRODUCTION WORKFLOW: Students will learn about Pre-Production,
Production & Post Production and that managing the details in each of
these important areas will enable them to deliver a Professional Looking
Film no matter what camera or editing systems they may be currently
EDITING: Finally, Students will learn key Editing techniques that shape the
film and guide the emotions of the audience, and the profound effect that
having The Best Dialogue, Sound Effects and Music, will have on the final
presentation of their Finished Films.
GUEST SPEAKERS: We will also present Industry Professionals and
Visiting Filmmakers who will talk about their work on Hollywood
Productions and demonstrate some of the cutting edge equipment used by
today's Producers, Directors, Cinematographers and Editors.
Our students will be working with the latest in State-Of-The-Art Digital
Cameras, Apple Computers, and Final Cut Pro X Editing Software. They
will all be formed into Production Teams of 5 or 6 students and Develop,
Write, Direct, Storyboard, Cast, Shoot and Edit their own Films. All of the
student's productions will be presented at the "Works in Progress"
screening on the final day of the program.
Each Digital Filmmaking Camp will be intensive, filled with new information
and technology and an ideal place for finding new friends, learning how to
network, collaborate and especially having a lot of fun in the Southern
California surf and sun.
Many of the students have continued their studies at some of the best film
schools in America: USC, New York University, Chapman University,
Loyola-Marymount, UCLA and Cal Arts to name a few.
Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder
Sennheiser ME66 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Condenser Microphone Kit
Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head Tripod System
This program, while located at Pepperdine University, is not affiliated, sponsored, or endorsed by Pepperdine University.
*Tuition includes room, & meals.
*Registration Fees, Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation fees are not included in Tuition and are additional.
*Commuter (where offered) includes lunch. Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation are not included and are additional.
**Tuition for Boot Camps, such as College Audition Boot Camp, does not include room and meals or airport transportation.
***Locations, Prices, Dates, Directors, and Faculty subject to change without notice.
The faculty is comprised of professional industry artists and college professors representing their schools. Images are of USPA programs, but may not represent actual program or location. If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553 or 415 924-6442
**USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.
If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553
** USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.