By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For most students, summer is a time to enjoy and be with friends away from school. But for 15 young men and women at the Baltimore School for the Arts, it’s more time in the classroom to pursue their passion.

Students like Jamar Taylor and Grace Furst couldn’t wait for this intense six-week workshop to learn about movie-making.

“This is about learning everything about film, its not just the acting–it’s not just being the sound person. or the cameraman, you do everything,” said Furst. “You write the scripts, you perform—it’s the whole package.”

“So many of these students already know the technology, but they have to have a sense of how a story gets organized–a beginning, a middle and an end–and how to take ideas and develop them into something an audience wants to see,” said BSA teacher Tom Ventimiglia.

The state-of-the-art equipment is just the beginning for these future filmmakers, who are in class five days a week.

“They come around and stay with us from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.,” said Beatriz Bufrahi, who also teaches at the school. “They’re enthusiastic and they want to be here, it’s so wonderful.”

A commitment to film as an art-form, where the future is now.

“I just jumped at the opportunity,” said Jamar Taylor. “This is something that will get me ahead in the future in case I do want to get into directing,  I’m ahead of the game.”

“It used to be just making the meat of the video, the content, but now I’m starting to get into the artistic side of filmmaking –what the shots say, what the colors mean and the different angles,” said Shannon Hutchinso, BSA student and filmmaker.

This is the first year for the summer film workshop at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

It was made possible by a grant of $44,000 from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation.


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