Hofstra and Gold Coast Int’l Film Festival Present Youth Film Day March 16

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Youth Film Day is a free day of workshops for students interested in careers in film and television.

“There has never been a more exciting and innovative time in the film and television arts,” according to Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra. “Young people are creating media at ever-younger ages, and exposing them to professional-level skills and techniques is a great experience for students and faculty alike.”

Hofstra University and the Gold Coast International Film Festival are hosting the second annual Youth Film Day, a free day of hands-on filmmaking workshops for teens in grades 7-12 who are interested in exploring careers in film and television. Youth Film Day takes place on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra in Hempstead, NY. Hofstra, one of the top schools in the country for training media and entertainment professionals, is the official university partner of the Gold Coast International Film Festival.

This free event is designed for students who have an interest in directing, producing, editing, writing, or acting, and wish to explore careers in film and television. Attendees will participate in hands-on filmmaking workshops on visual effects (CGI), cinematography; using drones; editing; sound design; stunts and fight choreography; and more, led by industry professionals including Hofstra faculty and Gold Coast International Film Festival staff and board members.

New this year are workshops titled ‘Special FX Makeup,’ where students will learn how to create realistic special effects using stage makeup, and ‘Employment Opportunities in The Film and Television Industries’ which will cover the various types of jobs available in these hot industries, what training you need to work in film and TV, pay scales and more.

Other activities include screenings, panels, and tours of the Herbert School’s fully HD-equipped learning environment, which includes production studios with 4K/Ultra HD cameras; an audio production, sound mixing, and color correction suite for TV and film; editing and screening suites; a converged digital newsroom; and a new multimedia studio and control room for music, audio, and radio production.

“Our goals are to give students a clearer picture of the industry and, for those who decide to pursue careers in film or television, some practical skills and experience,” said Caroline Sorokoff, festival director, Gold Coast International Film Festival. Youth Film Day is an extension of the highly successful Young Filmmakers Program, which takes place every year during the annual film festival, and is part of Hofstra’s Regional Scholars program, which offers talented middle school and high school students the opportunity to explore new academic interests with scholars and college students as mentors, to spend a day or two on a college campus, and to gain an understanding of what collegiate-level work entails.

Photo caption: Participants in last year’s Youth Film Day working on creating special effects, just part of the various workshops in film and television at the free event at Hofstra University on March 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of Hofstra University.

Although the event is free, participants must register in advance at goldcoastfilmfestival.org/youthfilmday, or by calling 516-829-2570. Lunch is provided at no cost, along with some fun giveaways. The program is open to students from throughout the tristate area and beyond. More information is available on the web page.

Hofstra is an internationally ranked and recognized university with more than 11,000 students and 136,000 alumni from around the world who are dedicated to academic excellence, civic engagement and community service.

Since 2011, the Gold Coast International Film Festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and indie favorites to standing-room-only audiences throughout the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island. 

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For more information, visit www.goldcoastarts.org.

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