One of the great things about living in the San Francisco Bay Area is having companies like Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Industrial Light and Magic right in our backyard, as well as having the creative, talented, and skilled people who work there as members of our community. And what kid hasn't dreamed of making his or her own movies?
This summer kids ages 10 and up can take advantage of the skills of digital effects professional and Marin County resident Howard Gersh, whose series of comprehensive digital filmmaking classes run from June 18 through August 10. Howard has helped create some of the movie world's most memorable and fantastic images, and has worked on such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith, and many more.
Calling all young filmmakers ages 10 to 18: Larkspur's Lark Theater has announced a call for entries for its 7th Annual Youth Film Festival. Local youth can express their creativity and filmmaking skills and share their stories, and selected young filmmakers will have a chance to see their creations on the big screen!
Films may be in one of four different categories—narrative, documentary, music, or green theme—in either 10–13 or 14–18 age groups.
Short films (under 11 minutes long) should be submitted on DVD or in Quicktime (.mov) format by March 9, 2012. The 2012 Youth Film Festival will be held on April 29, 2012, and will showcase films selected for the festival by a jury of industry professionals. In addition to the screenings, the festival program also includes an awards ceremony and a youth filmmaker Q&A.