Luv City Summer Institute


During our 5-week Summer Institute, youth are immersed in workshops in: filmmaking, editing, and sound design; multimedia production and techniques; acting and storytelling; and music production.  Our summer institute kicks off with an orientation and culminates with a showcase celebration of the work produced by the youth.  Youth are paid for their work and are introduced to various internship opportunities, field trips, and guest speakers and leaders in the media production and performing arts fields.


This course introduces the basic “building blocks” (narrative, mise-en-scene, genre, cinematography, lighting, sound, and editing) that make up a film production. Key learning segments include fundamental principles of storytelling, analysis, genre, style, scene selection and performance. Class includes weekly readings, screenings and short writing assignments, all culminating in the production of a film short.

This course examines the fast-evolving and ever-changing influences and possibilities of the digital age on filmmaking, multimedia production, entertainment and performing arts. From cinema to cell phones, new media technologies and tools are revolutionizing the ways in which stories can be produced, told and experienced. Learning segments include a general introduction to film, television and new media through readings, screenings, and discussions. One will develop a sophisticated understanding of multimedia in terms of technical properties, industry practices, creative applications, cultural theories, social responses and more.

Critical work for anyone wanting to learn the art of acting is identifying and making active choices within a simple scene to provide a point of view that wasn’t there before – a key skill when presented with more complex text like play and film scripts. This course will focus on developing this instinct, first through simple, poetry-based scene performances. The techniques of Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed – using theater as a means of promoting social and political change – will be explored to help the actor find their voice. As well, movement will be explored, exposing the power not only in one’s words but also the body. The course will culminate in Theater of the Oppressed performed scenes, verbal and non-verbal, through acting, creative writing, and devised theater.

This course will provide the knowledge and tools needed to record and produce professional sounding music in multiple learning stages: 1) development of one’s identity, vision, and intention as an artist and producer; 2) comprehension of the technical aspects of music production, including how sound is translated into audio signals, recording techniques, and effects such as reverb, delay, and compression; 3) introduction to the industry-standard Digital Audio Workstation/Pro Tools to create professional recordings; and 4) application of all knowledge and tools gained in a culminating music production – pre-production through recording, mixing, and mastering stages. 

During Summer Institute 2022, participants wrote, produced, and starred in this short film.  All music is original, created by Luv City youth.

Youth are invited to continue on with programming during our fall, winter, and spring semesters, specializing in filmmaking, editing, and sound design; multimedia production and techniques; acting and storytelling; or music production.

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