Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Making movie magic

Due to popular demand, the Patel Conservatory in Tampa has added another session of our popular camp, Making a Short Film.
“Working with a whole team of people was pretty interesting,” said Jacob Ulintz, who took the Short Film camp in June.  
Fourteen-year old Jacob is a longtime Patel Conservatory theater student who has taken on-camera acting and musical theater classes since he was in the fifth grade.
“No matter what he’s taken [at the Conservatory], it has been quality,” said Angela Ulintz, Jacob’s mom. “I’m very impressed with the level of commitment, and expertise and knowledge of the instructors.”

“It’s more professional than any other theater group that I’ve been in,” said Jacob, who recently played Prince Dauntless in PCYT’s Once Upon a Mattress.

Jacob Ulintz, third from left, in Patel Conservatory's recent
production of Once Upon a Mattress
Recently, Ulintz took an interest in being behind the camera. He started making his own movies with his father’s video camera a couple of years ago, at first creating stop-action films using legos, and then editing them on his home computer.

“I started getting into watching films and wanting to know how they’re made. Steven Spielberg has been my inspiration,” said Jacob. He and a couple of friends made their own film, and Jacob taught himself to use editing and special effects computer programs (Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects).

He enjoys watching how-to filmmaking videos on You Tube, and said he learned more techniques about creating emotion through camera angles in the Making a Short Film camp. 

During the Short Film camp, students formed production teams. Then they collaborated to create a film from start to finish. They learned about the entire filmmaking process, from concept through story boarding, screenwriting, pre-production design, shooting and editing.

Ulintz was a co-writer, director and editor for his group. He said he enjoyed the collaborative process of having a film crew, from the writers to the set designers and make-artists.
His team’s finished film, Love After Life, will be shown along with others from all of the film camps in the Short Film Festival on August 10 in the TECO Theater.
Jacob will also perform along with 60 other kids in PCYT’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
“You learn something every day from that class,” said Jacob of the three-week camp. “I just love it all in general, [the Conservatory] is like my home away from home.”
The next Making a Short Film Camp, for grades 5 through 12, will be from July 30 through August 10, 2012. No previous film experience is necessary.
The classic Beauty and the Beast, Jr., with its lively costumes and musical numbers, is a great show to bring the kids. The show will be Thurs., July 19 and Fri., July 20, 2012 in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center.

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