TWO celebrity guests visit during the Reel Acting Camp. Every camper will have improv classes, sharing the stage with the successful actors they dream of working with one day. Who will be our celebrity guests this year? CAMPERS VOTE WHEN THEY REGISTER FOR CAMP!
We utilize the BEST companies in Hollywood to teach our campers about how the television and movie world works. Movie sets, production studios and red carpet premieres..... HOLLYWOOD REALLY IS OUR CAMP GROUND!
These CORE Classes are Offered to All Campers.
On-Camera Acting Techniques
A great opportunity for new through advanced students to explore the fundamentals of script analysis and camera technique. You'll learn to make stronger, more imaginative, more colorful choices as an actor. Shooting the same scene from several different angles, delivering the best performance on someone else's close up, even which hand to drink your soda out of in relation to the position of the camera-these are all specifics TV and movie actors should know. We'll deal with nerves and let go of inhibitions while we experience the thrill of acting for the camera.
Acting For Film Advanced Study Program
Every month from January through May a small select group of 2011 campers will read a film acting book from our reading list, complete a study guide and then discuss the concepts among fellow campmates through video conferencing. Arriving ready to apply concepts learned in the months prior to camp will allow the young actor to get the most out of their short visit with us. Again, this study program will require monthly reading assignments and completing study guides. On January 2nd, all registered campers will receive instructions on how to apply.
Together we will clearly define who you are as a commercial product. Experience a "real commercial audition" environment, learn Product Handling, and make strong connections with the camera. You'll tackle intense commercial script work on your own and with a scene partners. We cover everything there is to know about working in the world of commercial acting.
The Sitcom Workshop / Improv
Gain an understanding of the "type casting" situation in the world of sitcoms. What comic type are you? We will cover topics such as slating, preparation, character work, improvisation, and ad-libbing. In this on-camera course you work with the actual scripts used for sitcom auditions. You learn how to analyze these scripts in ways that lead to strong, memorable acting choices. A part of the improv class is taken with the guest celebrity.
Audition Technique for Film and TV
Auditioning is an art in itself. Just a short performance determines whether you get the job or not. We'll practice uncovering, examining, and personalizing audition material. Past campers now working in the film industry will provide valuable discussions on real life audition experiences.
The Film & Television Industry: Who's Who in the Business
Casting director, manager, agent, director, producer...This class will help you understand the roles of these important players and how they relate to you. This is also apart of our career assessment series where we discover other possible career paths and what it takes to attain their job.
The Business Side of a Film Actor
Learn about the successful tools of the trade...headshots, resumes, cover letters, how to put together a demo reel and more. We'll cover how to be proactive in your own community, in your current film market or when Hollywood filmmakers make a movie in your town. You'll learn how to be your own agent until you get one. We will complete a headshot session and a resume that will be ready for industry submission.
The following are samples of electives and workshops that are offered over the course of the week. Workshops are open to every camper while two electives are chosen by the campers prior to camp. We will announce the list of electives in January.
Make the fight scene look REAL with this hands-on stunt class.
Modeling and Pageantry
Lots of actors start out modeling. After you learn the models walk and turn, we will cover several types of venues to display your newly learned modeling talent.
Nickelodeon and Disney now hire more kids with correspondent experience than ever before. Feel the excitement of being a live, on-air reporter. Every actor should have this skill on their resume.
Your favorite cartoon characters are actors that have mastered colorful voices. It is a forum of acting that is fun and those that master the skills have a competitive edge to win great animated roles.
Are you funny? You will learn how to compile funny stories into a stand-up comedy act. It's not as easy as it sounds. We'll practice timing, audience rapport, stage fright and routine building.
Movement and Voice
An important class to strengthen and expand the actor physically and vocally. It challenges the actor to be conscious, and open to their surroundings at all times and to be ready to respond to those surroundings.
Actors Working with Green Screen
With green screen, it's simple to superimpose anything or anyone into any shot. Actors can be transported to the moon. During this workshop we understand the challenges an actor faces when dealing with this fun movie effect.
Actors Acting with Animals
Our actors are thrilled every year when new animals are introduced in this workshop. Not only does the actor have to remember their lines but they also must learn the commands that help the animal actor remain within the scene.
College and Actors Conservatory Tours
Our young actors will have an invaluable opportunity to make a short visit to some prestigious training centers here in Southern California. A few past visits have included; UCLA, USC, Claremont Colleges, American Academy of Dramatic Art, and Irvine State University.
We filmed short films during our week at camp and all campers had time on camera. Now it's time for the premiere on a big screen at a venue on campus. Friends and family are invited at no additional cost. Campers will walk the red carpet, sign autographs and experience exactly what a real star goes through when their film is ready for the screen.
Because we are a residential camp, most parents do not attend. Don't worry, the DVD is available within 30 days after camp is over.
This event is on the last day of this acting camp.
Everything is included in the price! No money is needed while the campers are in our care.
Campers stay in beautiful dormitories on the University of La Verne campus, just 45 minutes outside of Los Angeles. The living situation is among the safest and secure properties, using state of the art entry and monitoring systems. Typically, there are two campers per room. Roommates are chosen based on age, gender and our questionnaire form. You may request a roommate if you have a friend coming to camp. Each wing or floor is gender assigned with staff placed through-out the floor. There are ALWAYS several supervisors including the Camp Director residing in the dorms.
All Campers will enjoy self-serve buffet style meals on campus or healthy packed lunches, provided by the school, when we are on field trips.
This investment is not just camp for my child, but a stepping stone. We want him/her evaluated.
What if this is a more serious venture for our child/ our family? Just note your request for evaluation by our staff on your application. The evaluation begins with each child AND parent... Is this JUST for fun? Should YAC be providing referrals for agents and further acting classes? Should we be noting benefits and disadvantages of a particular venue for your child's talents?
We never lose sight that this is summer camp so fun is the number one priority but this week will allow the child and parent to understand how the 'fit' of child and acting in this industry coincide.
Evaluating the parent? Attending Parent Support Camp is not required but is greatly suggested if you are considering signing your child with an agent or wanting to make the transition to Los Angeles.
Go ahead... Compare Young Actors Camp to any other acting for film or television camp. We have more to offer, hands down.
Are celebrity guests guaranteed?
Young Actors Camp always has well known actors stop by for question-and-answer sessions.
Do all campers meet and/or work with current casting directors?
It is important to be informed on current casting trends and work with those that can offer insight into the world of the working actor.
Is the Head Director on site at all times (evenings too)?
Every program should have a director on site at all times. Young Actors Camp has a lead director with the campers at all times.
Are there field trips throughout Hollywood for education and pleasure?
We learn hands-on. We visit executive offices, filming sessions and various places of interest to understand how this industry comes together.
For serious families, does the camp offer continued support?
Though this is summer camp and FUN is our number one priority, we understand that this is a career goal for some. Therefore, we offer parent education programs, a Temporary Move program, and we keep a list of interested young actors who are called for auditions all year round.
Is room and board included in tuition?
Room, board and all camp activities are included in the price. (Due to field trips between programs, there are four meals per week not included.)
Is all counseling and lead staff trained by The American Camp Association?
Conferences, year round training, support offices and text books are part of our staff training. We are confident our staff can deal with any situation.