On Feb. Graduates will have expertise in writing, editing, filming and producing everything from feature films to second public service announcements. Gathered in a large classroom, just steps from offices for editing, production, costume and set design and a spacious warehouse, the filmmakers-to-be brainstormed on a PSA video. Like a conductor, Travolta ushered new ideas into the room, then allowed them to float. The students picked up suggestions and ran wild — until lead instructor Hester Wagner redirected their attention. Within 20 minutes, they had logo proposals, enough understanding of copyright laws to have planned for original music, a tag line and a schedule for location scouting.
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Joey Travolta, older brother of actor John Travolta, will open a film school for the developmentally disabled in Sacramento this September. In Sacramento, Inclusion Films will offer week courses to adults with developmental disabilities that will teach entry-level film and media production skills. In the hands-on studio environment, students will work as a team with industry professionals to produce two short films, which could be entertainment, documentary, public service announcement, or a commercial. The course will also include instruction in graphic design, advertising and sales.
Just like his famous younger brother, Joey Travolta has some serious dance moves. Instead, this other Hollywood veteran recently hit the dance floor with more than 50 students at his Inclusion Films summer day camp. The day campers, aged 10 to 22, are all living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Travolta and his team of industry pros are introducing the aspiring filmmakers to the craft. The recent dance session took place at St. The former special education teacher partnered at the camp with Lafayette-based Futures Explored , which serves people with disabilities. The goal is to give the campers like aspiring year-old actress Wesley Lipping a chance to shine. They also team up to pitch their ideas, write a script, then act, shoot and edit a short film with a commercial. But the camp is not all fun and games. It is also designed to address a very serious employment issue.
Joey, who heads Inclusion Films, now works with about 50 special education and developmentally disabled high school students at Lincoln Technical Academy to create their own films. He says helping students see life through the scope of a film lens is also improving their lives as a whole. Eighteen-year-old Vince Giammona, who is autistic, says he is finding a new but exciting experience.