DATES: WEEK 1 | WEEK 2
TIME: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. PT
RECOMMENDED GRADES: 7-12
TECHNICAL/MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS: None.
TUITION: $550/week (on campus)
INSTRUCTOR: Tyler Peck
LOCATION: Bridges Academy Campus
If you love Science Fiction and Fantasy films, than this summer session will be super fun! From “E.T.” to “Spider-Verse,” we will be exploring how different generations have looked at the Sci-Fi & Fantasy genres. This year, for the third time, we will be opening up to films that stray into the Supernatural and Horror genres, yet are still considered Sci-Fi & Fantasy as well.
The days will be structured like a compare and contrast style screening series workshop. This means that we will watch 2 movies each day, which will be based around a particular theme (ex. time travel, alien invasion, etc.), and then discuss, critique and analyze the pros and cons of each within the major categories of: Direction, Writing, Acting, Cinematography, Score, Sound Design, Editing, Production Design and VFX. How was each film distinctly similar and/or different from each other relative to the time in which it was conceived? One movie per day will thus focus on how contemporary cinema is presenting Sci-Fi and Fantasy in film, and the other will instead look at how past generations have addressed those same genres. Since Sci-Fi and Fantasy were such dominant film genres in the 1980’s, we will be primarily focusing on that era as our “past generation” (although we will open up to 70’s and 90’s films, too), where as our “contemporary cinema” will be anything after the year 2000, as it was a major turning point in both technological and cinematic advancements. Here are just a few examples of the kinds of films we may watch: “The Martian,” “The Dark Knight,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Moon,” “The Fall,” “Another Earth” and “Under the Skin.” We’ll each give it our rating out of 5, and see which film comes out on top at the end of the week! Oh, and did I forget to mention that I will be providing both popcorn and movie candy everyday for your moviegoing enjoyment (no cost)?! Let’s watch some great movies, and learn about the art of film criticism along the way!
*Movies have been screened and deemed appropriate. However, if a movie has an R-rating, the instructor will notify parents in advance explaining why the film has that rating and will ensure permission is given for their child to watch.