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Info session tomorrow for film production academy

Lights, camera, action. The Delta school district will be introducing a film production academy in September for students in grades 9 to 12.

Lights, camera, action.

The Delta school district will be introducing a film production academy in September for students in grades 9 to 12.

It's geared towards aspiring film, television and documentary makers who are interested in learning the artistic and technical aspects of pre-production, production and post-production, the district's website explains.

"My aim is that when students leave the Delta school district having done this program, they'll be industry ready to launch a career into the film industry - that they'll have enough of a basic understanding of how it all works," said Paige Hansen, the academy's co-ordinator.

"Not only on really practical terms with having experience using equipment, editing software and cameras, but also in a bigger picture way in that they understand what the industry means to British Columbia."

Noting the district's film acting academy will be heading into its third year, Hansen said establishing a film production academy seemed like a natural fit.

"It was really a natural progression of what we were doing, to move into actually teaching kids how to write a screenplay, cast it, learn how to film it properly and learn about editing. That's one of the things the film production academy is going to do - walk them through the entire process from inception to first night."

The program will take place at The Studio at Delta Manor Education Centre near the Ladner bus loop.

Instructors include Hansen, actor, director and screenwriter Richard Cox, visual effects producer Sandra Almond, media producer Garnet Campbell, director of photography Oliver Glaser and editor Ron Yoshida.

Hansen said the academy has to partnered with Delta Cable and will have access to its staff as instructors and mentors as well as access to its equipment, studio time and air time.

There will be an information session for students and parents interested in learning more about the new film production academy tomorrow at 7 p.m. at The Studio in Delta Manor.

For more information, or to apply, visit http: //web. deltasd.bc.ca/programs/ academies.

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