Join Us!  Camp COFAC offers an art of film camp at UW-Stevens Point, offered by the College of Fine Arts & Communication (COFAC) and directed by Cary Elza of the UW-Stevens Point Division of Communication. Camp is held June 24-30, 2018. The Art of Film session is held at the university's Communication Arts Center and culminates in a presentation of the students' thoughtful critical analysis of a selected movie discussing the interaction of the particular elements that contributed to the movie's power and effectiveness on Saturday, June 30. The camp is open to students entering grades 9-12 as well as graduating seniors.

Space is limited to 30 students, register early!
 

An Intensive Week of Film History, Analysis and Criticism

Have you ever wondered how movies and television series make you think and feel--to root for the good guy and hate the bad guy--or hoped to make meaningful and impactful visual media yourself? Then this week-long introduction to media studies is for you! This experience introduces students to the specialized language of visual analysis which is fundamental to the development of credit media literacy. We'll watch clips, short films and features, talk about what we see and hear, and what we think it might mean. Along the way, we'll also try our hand at short filmmaking and screenwriting exercises to better understand how movies affect us in both intellectual and emotional ways.

 

Narrative
Through analysis of films and short screenwriting exercises, students learn about the construction of plot and the structure of cinematic storytelling.
 
Mise-en-scene
From lighting and set, to costumes, acting and makeup, we explore the ways in which the imaginary world onscreen is made to seem "real" to viewers.
 
Cinematography
Short hands-on exercises are paired with close reading of films in order to discover how filmmakers use the camera to make us experience space and time in distinct ways.
 
Editing
We delve into film history in this unit in order to understand how filmmakers developed systems for constructing artificial worlds onscreen.
 
Sound
Sound is elusive, and we often overlook its importance but here we focus on the sound techniques filmmakers use to manipulate the audience's expectations and encourage emotional responses in viewers.
 

Program details may change based on enrollment.