DUBUQUE, Iowa — The students stand in the courtyard at the Caradco Building and scout shots. They look across the street at the Voices Gallery to come up with frames.
They've been discussing what makes a good film, now they're putting what they've learned into practice at the Film Making and Video Production Camp.
Logan Manders, a senior at Dubuque's Wahlert Catholic High School, has learned the importance of objects, images and perspectives.
"Film teaches you to look at things from a different perspective. My motivation for taking this class was to look at those parts of the world," Manders said.
Camp instructor Colin Muenster is also the head of the theater department at Wahlert. His hope is the camp will make Wahlert stand out.
The Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1jgSugW ) there are two sessions of the camp, 8-11 a.m. for high school students and noon-3 p.m. for middle school students, which meet weekly during the summer.
Some of the high school students who are participating in camp also are part of the Wahlert video production class, WCTV. They do the weekly announcements on air.
The middle school students did an Onion magazine-style, fake news program. It will appear on You Tube.
They watched clips of movies, then discussed them. They dissected what makes a good movie and made a list.
"They're learning frame composition, rule of thirds, details and how good movies have details you can uncover," he said.
They also learned how music can add a new component to a film or video and how it can impact it.
"They're learning hands-on, really detailed things, then creating a list of what makes a good movie," he said.
Muenster said the students were excited and really got into the filmmaking process.
"The coolest part is the look on their faces when they learn something new," Muenster said.
Mimi Ottavi, a junior, held her own as the only girl in the program. She is interested in photography and cinematography and wants to study it in college.
"We've learned how to use all the equipment and about different types of shots," she said.
Ottavi said the experience she has gained from the camp is something she will use moving forward and can use to improve.
Luke Kelly, a senior, was always interested in cameras and film but was never good at it.
"I'm taking the WCTV class and I thought it would be better to learn now," he said.
His favorite part of the camp was learning to use all the equipment. He said it was eye opening to learn how much he didn't know.
Manders liked the field trips the group took where they left the classroom and went to different locations to shoot scenes.
"I've learned a lot about how to set up a good frame using the objects you're trying to capture in such a way that it brings out unique aspects to the picture," he said.
Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com
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