june 11, 2003

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Oklahoma Film Insititute
Fritz Kiersch, professor of film and video production, instructs a film class on lighting techniques. Kiersch is heading the Oklahoma Film Institute July 14 through August 1.

Oklahoma Film Institute offers summer program

Up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the United States will have an opportunity to learn first-hand the intricacies of making movies from some of Hollywood's production veterans during the annual Oklahoma Film Institute at Oklahoma City Community College July 14 through Aug. 1.

Fritz Kiersch, executive director of the Oklahoma Film Institute and director of the department of film and video at Oklahoma City Community College, said the three-week seminar will offer students hands-on filmmaking education that rivals programs on either coast.

"By using state-of-the-art filmmaking and editing equipment, and employing some of the top professionals in the Hollywood community as instructors, our students will receive unprecedented film production training," Kiersch said. "We are inviting a number of Hollywood 'heavyweights' to lead our various workshops - marquee names that will truly give the students a real look at today's filmmaking and film industry."

The editor of the "Back to the Future" films will lead the editing courses, the camera workshops will be taught by the cinematographer of films such as "I Am Sam" and "Legally Blonde 2." The assistant director of the "Terminator" films and "The Fast and the Furious" will be one of the instructors for the production component of the institute. Kiersch said that other film professionals will be named to the institute's faculty as the start date nears.

"This is going to be our biggest and best program to date," said Kiersch.

Like the film institutes of the past, the institute will spend one week each on pre-production, production and editing. Students may take one, two or all three weeks of the course.

"This is the opportunity of a lifetime for future filmmakers across the U.S.," Kiersch said. Space is limited so that all enrolled may enjoy the hands-on experience offered.

For more information about the Oklahoma Film Institute, call 405-682-7847 or visit www.okccc.edu/ofi.