SAN BERNARDINO – Randal Kleiser, director of “Grease,” has confirmed the attendance of several award-winning directors, producers and actors to lecture at the International Digital Cinema Workshop at California State University, San Bernardino this summer. The three-week intensive workshop, scheduled for July 8-28, will begin with an opening ceremony at Cal State San Bernardino. Carl Weathers, the star of Best Picture winner “Rocky” and movies such as “Predator,” will be the featured guest speaker for the opening ceremony. The workshop’s opening week guest speakers also include Martha Coolidge, director of “Valley Girl” and Oscar-nominated “Rambling Rose,” and Susan Zwerman, who produced visual effects for “Alien Resurrection,” “Men of Honor” and “Broken Arrow.” The week also will feature field trips to Universal Studios for a demo of its new Smart Stage, and the Light Stage at USC’s Institute for Creative Technology.
Academy Award-winner Jonathan Sanger, producer of “The Elephant Man” and “Vanilla Sky,” will speak in the second week of the workshop, along with John Badham, director of “Saturday Night Fever” and “WarGames,” as part of the directing track. Jeff Kleiser, known for his work on the “X-Men” franchise and the “Spiderman” ride in Florida, will instruct students during the digital track. Activities also include a field trip to Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino. “I’m delighted to speak at the International Digital Cinema Workshop. For professionals and students, as well as film teachers, this workshop is designed for the total filmmaker,” said actress Diane Baker, who co-starred on film with Gregory Peck, was directed by Alfred Hitchock and appeared in the film “The Silence of the Lambs.”
During the final week of the workshop, the directing track students will learn from Baker; Student Academy Award-winner Gregg Helvey, who will talk about how he made his short film; and Mark Travis, author of ”Director’s Bag of Tricks,” who will share his secrets. Students also will attend field trips to Paramount Studios and to the Los Angeles Film School. The workshop will culminate in an all-day trip to Digital Day at the Directors Guild of America. The workshop will conclude with a wrap party reception at a private location in the Hollywood Hills. The digital track addresses state-of-the-art developments in filmmaking technology, including the latest in digital production cameras and 3-D technology. The directing track is based on the teachings of the late USC School of Cinematic Arts instructor Nina Foch, who taught the “Advanced Seminar in Directing Actors for Film” at USC and was also an instructor at the American Film Institute.
“From the first day in her class I was blown away. Nina Foch’s teachings guided me to the Student Academy Award for my film “Kavi,” said Gregg Helvey.
The three-week International Digital Cinema Workshop will be held on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino, in collaboration with the university’s College of Extended Learning, Department of Theatre Arts and Department of Communication Studies. For more information, visit the International Digital Cinema Workshop website at www.DigitalCinema.CSUSB.edu, e-mail DigitalCinema@CSUSB.edu, or call (909) 537-5879.
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