2021 Summer Classes

Session A : July 5 to July 16, 2021
Session B: July 19 to July 30, 2021

For the first time ever, EEI Creative Arts is offering High School Summer Film Courses

Learn the art of storytelling and filmmaking with industry professionals,
virtually from the comfort of your own home!

EEI Creative Arts, School of Film & Entertainment is offering High School Summer Intensive Courses as a way for students to learn the art of storytelling and get exposed to cutting-edge filmmaking techniques.

Over Achiever Offer: Students who apply for and are accepted to more than one course will receive a $50 discount for each enrolled course.

Click on the courses to learn more!

Visual Storytelling Beyond Film (COURSE FULL)

Course Instructor: Michael Tabb
Dates: July 5 - 16 (2 Weeks)
Course Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday @ 9AM-11AM PST; Friday @ 10AM-12PM PST

COURSE FULL: APPLICATIONS FOR THIS COURSE HAVE BEEN CLOSED. Additional applicants will not be accepted.

In the era of Youtube, TikTok, Instagram, and even advertising, most people don't realize just how important screenwriters are to creative media. “Visual Storytelling Beyond Film'' will provide first-time writing students with a creative, non-traditional introduction to the screenwriting process. Students will begin the course by learning the fundamentals of the screenwriting process and finish with a complete short script. The beginning of the course will focus on character creation, 3-act story arc design, genre analysis, and properly formatting a screenplay. Students will then choose an existing music video that speaks to them creatively, and adapt it into a short, original narrative screenplay, drawing on emotional and narrative tones from the original video to write a new narrative structure with original characters and dialogue. This course will teach students to develop their original ideas in a unique framework to promote outside-the-box creative thinking. Students will learn both how to adapt existing intellectual property and how to write original stories and dialogue within the guidelines of a specific genre, providing them with a compact, well-rounded writing background. At the end of the course, students will have written an original short-form screenplay. This course will be heavily workshop-based, focusing on direct feedback between instructor and students, as well as consistent peer review to help build critiquing and team-writing skills.


Course Takeaway:

Students will develop a full knowledge of the fundamentals of Screenwriting, as well as how to create an original fictional narrative. They will apply these skills to create a short original screenplay based on an existing music video.

About the Instructor:

Michael Tabb is an award-winning screenwriter, screenwriting educator and decade-long member of the Writers Guild of America. He has authored a film-festival-winning Best Screenplay as well as two screenplays produced for Universal Studios. He has developed feature film projects for and with Disney Feature Animation, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, comic book icon Stan Lee, Dustin Hoffman and many more.

Tuition: $650 ($100 deposit due within 2 weeks of acceptance to secure course seat)


Disruptive Virtual Tech in Film Production

Course Instructor: John Inman
Date: July 19 - 30 (2 Weeks)
Course Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 12PM-2PM PST


The world is on the verge of a major paradigm shift in the creation of film and television content. With rapid advancements in camera technology as well as 3D animation and modeling software, we are rapidly approaching the moment where Virtual Production will all but replace traditional practical production. With more and more major Hollywood productions utilizing Virtual Production techniques, it is extremely important that the next generation is taught the tools of tomorrow. “Disruptive Virtual Tech in Film Production” will give first-time Production students a solid foundational understanding of the tools and techniques being used by cutting-edge filmmakers, including pre-visualization, motion capture, photogrammetry, and LED Walls. Students will spend a large portion of the course working hands-on with Unreal Engine 4, a state-of-the-art game-creation engine that is currently being used by many of Hollywood’s top filmmakers to make feature films and television. Students will learn to build worlds from scratch, populate them with scenery, buildings, and characters, and create specific narratives within them. For their final project, students will collaborate with their peers in the Directing Course to create a hybrid live-action and UE4-based scene. This course will rely heavily on small-group workshops to allow for maximum one-on-one interaction between the instructor and students.


Course Takeaway:

Students will finish this course with a working understanding of Unreal Engine and some accompanying 3D animation technologies. Students will understand the process of turning a script into a physical motion picture using Unreal Engine 4 and will create an original short animation with dynamic characters, setting, and motion techniques.

About the Instructor:

John Inman is a 3d Artist, Generalist, and Art Director with 20 plus years of experience specializing in VFX, commercials, games, real-time training simulations, theme park rides, augmented reality, and graphic design. Projects include the game “Arms of Redemption” by Elder God Games and an augmented reality project for the Chain Smokers.


Tech Requirements:

  • Desktop PC or Mac.
  • Windows 7 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.9. 2 or later.
  • Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher.
  • 8 GB RAM.
  • OR EQUIVALENT HARDWARE

Tuition: $650 ($100 deposit due within 2 weeks of acceptance to secure course seat)


Directing the Digital Worlds of Tomorrow

Course Instructor: Peter Hyoguchi
Date: July 19 - 30 (2 Weeks)
Course Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 10AM-12PM PST


Becoming a film director in the future will look radically different in the next 10 years than it did in the past 130 years because of what can be done with technology. “Directing the Digital Worlds of Tomorrow” will provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of Directing feature films and television projects, as well as introduce key emerging technologies in the field of Virtual Production. Students will begin by learning the basics of how to break down a script, plan shots, and operate camera equipment. They will then learn to work hands-on with actors and crew, managing a set on micro and macro levels. Students will also learn to work with new Virtual Production technology such as the world-building platform Unreal Engine 4, texturing program Houdini, and a suite of state-of-the-art editing software. For their final project, Directing students will collaborate with their peers in the Virtual Production Course to create a hybrid live-action and UE4-based scene. Directing Students will direct a live-action establishing shot with performers that they will then edit into a full scene using a CGI vignette created by their partner in the Virtual Production course. This course will be workshop-focused, giving students the maximum amount of one-on-one and small group guidance with their instructor.


Course Takeaway:

Students will develop a practical understanding of visual storytelling, directing crew and actors, planning shots, and maintaining theme. Additionally, they will gain valuable experience working with emergent Virtual Production techniques and learn to blend live-action and digital shots together effectively, culminating in an original self-produced scene for their portfolios.

About the Instructor:

Peter Hyoguchi is a director in production on Gods of Mars, a feature film employing the Unreal Engine and wall-sized LED screens similar to the technique employed by Disney's The Mandalorian. Peter started his career in entertainment at fifteen years-old when he won a George Lucas Youth Film Festival for his sci-fi short, The Future's Future. Peter also wrote and directed First, Last and Deposit which won Best Feature at the New York and San Francisco Independent Film Festivals. The picture was distributed on many platforms including Netflix and IFC.


Tech Requirements:

  • Desktop PC or Mac.
  • Windows 7 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.9. 2 or later.
  • Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher.
  • 8 GB RAM.
  • OR EQUIVALENT HARDWARE

Tuition: $650 ($100 deposit due within 2 weeks of acceptance to secure course seat)


Visual Storytelling Beyond Film

Course Instructor: Michael Tabb
Dates: July 5 - 16 (2 Weeks)
Course Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday @ 9AM-11AM PST; Friday @ 10AM-12PM PST

In the era of Youtube, TikTok, Instagram, and even advertising, most people don't realize just how important screenwriters are to creative media. “Visual Storytelling Beyond Film'' will provide first-time writing students with a creative, non-traditional introduction to the screenwriting process. Students will begin the course by learning the fundamentals of the screenwriting process and finish with a complete short script. The beginning of the course will focus on character creation, 3-act story arc design, genre analysis, and properly formatting a screenplay. Students will then choose an existing music video that speaks to them creatively, and adapt it into a short, original narrative screenplay, drawing on emotional and narrative tones from the original video to write a new narrative structure with original characters and dialogue. This course will teach students to develop their original ideas in a unique framework to promote outside-the-box creative thinking. Students will learn both how to adapt existing intellectual property and how to write original stories and dialogue within the guidelines of a specific genre, providing them with a compact, well-rounded writing background. At the end of the course, students will have written an original short-form screenplay. This course will be heavily workshop-based, focusing on direct feedback between instructor and students, as well as consistent peer review to help build critiquing and team-writing skills.


Course Takeaway:

Students will develop a full knowledge of the fundamentals of Screenwriting, as well as how to create an original fictional narrative. They will apply these skills to create a short original screenplay based on an existing music video.

About the Instructor:

Michael Tabb is an award-winning screenwriter, screenwriting educator and decade-long member of the Writers Guild of America. He has authored a film-festival-winning Best Screenplay as well as two screenplays produced for Universal Studios. He has developed feature film projects for and with Disney Feature Animation, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, comic book icon Stan Lee, Dustin Hoffman and many more.

Tuition: $650 ($100 deposit due within 2 weeks of acceptance to secure course seat)


Disruptive Virtual Tech in Film Production

Course Instructor: John Inman
Date: July 19 - 30 (2 Weeks)
Course Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 12PM-2PM PST


The world is on the verge of a major paradigm shift in the creation of film and television content. With rapid advancements in camera technology as well as 3D animation and modeling software, we are rapidly approaching the moment where Virtual Production will all but replace traditional practical production. With more and more major Hollywood productions utilizing Virtual Production techniques, it is extremely important that the next generation is taught the tools of tomorrow. “Disruptive Virtual Tech in Film Production” will give first-time Production students a solid foundational understanding of the tools and techniques being used by cutting-edge filmmakers, including pre-visualization, motion capture, photogrammetry, and LED Walls. Students will spend a large portion of the course working hands-on with Unreal Engine 4, a state-of-the-art game-creation engine that is currently being used by many of Hollywood’s top filmmakers to make feature films and television. Students will learn to build worlds from scratch, populate them with scenery, buildings, and characters, and create specific narratives within them. For their final project, students will collaborate with their peers in the Directing Course to create a hybrid live-action and UE4-based scene. This course will rely heavily on small-group workshops to allow for maximum one-on-one interaction between the instructor and students.


Course Takeaway:

Students will finish this course with a working understanding of Unreal Engine and some accompanying 3D animation technologies. Students will understand the process of turning a script into a physical motion picture using Unreal Engine 4 and will create an original short animation with dynamic characters, setting, and motion techniques.

About the Instructor:

John Inman is a 3d Artist, Generalist, and Art Director with 20 plus years of experience specializing in VFX, commercials, games, real-time training simulations, theme park rides, augmented reality, and graphic design. Projects include the game “Arms of Redemption” by Elder God Games and an augmented reality project for the Chain Smokers.


Tech Requirements:

  • Desktop PC or Mac.
  • Windows 7 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.9. 2 or later.
  • Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher.
  • 8 GB RAM.
  • OR EQUIVALENT HARDWARE

Tuition: $650 ($100 deposit due within 2 weeks of acceptance to secure course seat)


Directing the Digital Worlds of Tomorrow

Course Instructor: Peter Hyoguchi
Date: July 19 - 30 (2 Weeks)
Course Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 10AM-12PM PST


Becoming a film director in the future will look radically different in the next 10 years than it did in the past 130 years because of what can be done with technology. “Directing the Digital Worlds of Tomorrow” will provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of Directing feature films and television projects, as well as introduce key emerging technologies in the field of Virtual Production. Students will begin by learning the basics of how to break down a script, plan shots, and operate camera equipment. They will then learn to work hands-on with actors and crew, managing a set on micro and macro levels. Students will also learn to work with new Virtual Production technology such as the world-building platform Unreal Engine 4, texturing program Houdini, and a suite of state-of-the-art editing software. For their final project, Directing students will collaborate with their peers in the Virtual Production Course to create a hybrid live-action and UE4-based scene. Directing Students will direct a live-action establishing shot with performers that they will then edit into a full scene using a CGI vignette created by their partner in the Virtual Production course. This course will be workshop-focused, giving students the maximum amount of one-on-one and small group guidance with their instructor.


Course Takeaway:

Students will develop a practical understanding of visual storytelling, directing crew and actors, planning shots, and maintaining theme. Additionally, they will gain valuable experience working with emergent Virtual Production techniques and learn to blend live-action and digital shots together effectively, culminating in an original self-produced scene for their portfolios.

About the Instructor:

Peter Hyoguchi is a director in production on Gods of Mars, a feature film employing the Unreal Engine and wall-sized LED screens similar to the technique employed by Disney's The Mandalorian. Peter started his career in entertainment at fifteen years-old when he won a George Lucas Youth Film Festival for his sci-fi short, The Future's Future. Peter also wrote and directed First, Last and Deposit which won Best Feature at the New York and San Francisco Independent Film Festivals. The picture was distributed on many platforms including Netflix and IFC.


Tech Requirements:

  • Desktop PC or Mac.
  • Windows 7 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.9. 2 or later.
  • Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher.
  • 8 GB RAM.
  • OR EQUIVALENT HARDWARE

Tuition: $650 ($100 deposit due within 2 weeks of acceptance to secure course seat)


Visual Storytelling Beyond Film

by Michael Tabb
July 5 - July 16, 2021

Disruptive Virtual Technology in Film Produciton

by TBD
July 19 - July 30, 2021

Directing the Digital Worlds of Tomorrow

by Peter Hyoguchi
July 19 - July 30, 2021

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