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Video production camps focus on debunking myths about masculinity

The Community Media Center is offering animation and video production camps for students in August centered on the theme of masculine role models.

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Scholarship application papers should be sent or emailed, along with the student's contact information, to:

Gretchen Vinnedge 

CMC Education Director

711 Bridge NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

[email protected]

616.459.4788 ext 126

The Community Media Center will be holding two camps for middle and high school students this summer. The first camp, entitled “My Hero,” will focus on video production and run August 4-8. The second camp, “Man Power,” will be an animation camp running August 11-15.

Class size is limited to 10 students each, and the cost is $150 per student. Mosaic Film Experience is also providing five scholarships for each camp. Students can apply for these scholarships by writing a short paper (one page maximum) about why they want to learn about filmmaking or animation.

In the “My Hero” video production camp, students will each create a short documentary about a male figure in their life whom they consider to be a good role model. In the “Man Power” animation camp, students will design a superhero whose powers are based on the masculine traits associated with being a positive masculine role model. They will also work with world-renowned animator and Grand Valley State University professor Deanna Morse.

“They're going to create male characters with superpowers, but these super traits are what makes a man a good man,” says Community Media Center Education Director Gretchen Vinnedge. “Not a strong man—a good man. They could use honesty, providing for his family...whatever they think is a positive male characteristic.”

In both camps, students will receive training from media literacy expert Maggie Annerino, who also teaches at Grand Valley State University. Annerino will use the documentary “Tough Guise II” to train the students in media literacy. “Tough Guise II” is about challenging the standards of masculinity disseminated by our media, society and culture. 

“Annerino will discuss how media literacy works with video,” says Vinnedge. “They'll learn how to get their message across with the way something looks, or with the soundtrack they choose—how to create the message they want to create and have the audience read it the correct way.”

The videos and animations produced at both camps will be screened during the Mosaic Film Experience on Nov. 7-8. The Mosaic Film Experience is a film festival for high school and college students to screen their projects and use film as a forum for discussions about diversity and differing viewpoints. Highschool campers will be able to compete for cash prizes at the festival, while middle school campers will have the chance to win a camera.  

Both camps will be held at the Community Media Center Education Annex, 1110 Wealthy Street SE, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lead instructors are Vinnedge and Community Media Center Education Project Manager Lynn McKeown.

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