The OFF Academy is a two-day educational outreach intended for middle and high school students to learn the process of filmmaking from industry professionals.

Pre-registered students will receive an OFF Academy badge which will grant them access to all of the OFF Academy panels as well as all Omaha Film Festival screenings.

The three main pillars that the Academy is built on are ENTERTAINMENT | EDUCATION | INSPIRATION.

With industry professionals from across the country the two-day sessions will give students an inside look at screenwriting, acting, auditioning, cinematography, film lighting, editing, producing, and directing and will include hands-on interactive workshops targeting students in the disciplines they’re most interested in.

Day One

8:00am – 8:30am
participant check-in / light breakfast

8:30am -9:00am
Welcome from OFF Staff

9:00am – 9:45am
Foley, Can You Guess That Sound?
Kevin Keplar

10:00am – 10:45am
Acting/Casting/Auditioning
Jason Levering/David Weiss

10:00am – 10:45am
Film Tech
Ben Drickey/Aaron Smith

11:00am – Noon
Directing/Producing

Noon – 1:00pm
Craft Services
Beverages and lunch will be provided

1:00pm – 2:00pm
How to Break Into the Business
Bryan McClure

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Wrap Session

Day Two

8:00am – 8:30am
participant check-in / light breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am
Welcome from OFF Staff

9:00am – 9:45am
Make a Narrative Short Film
Visiting Filmmakers

10:00am – 10:45am
Documentary Filmmaking
Julie Sokolow & Alec Mouhibian

11:00am – Noon
Filmmaker/Student Roundtable
Visiting Filmmakers

Noon – 1:00pm
Lunch and Learn w/Filmmakers
Beverages and lunch will be provided

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Narrative Feature Filmmaking
Visiting Filmmakers

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Wrap Session and Goodbye

Made possible in part by grants and support provided by:
Weitz Family Foundation
Mann Kind Foundation
Walmart Community Grants
Kevin Keplar
Torchwerks
Omaha Funny Bone

See BLOG for past OFF Academy Schedules information.

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