Kleiser to Participate in Digital Cinema Workshop

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Mon, 04/30/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Randal Kleiser the director of Grease will join several award-winning directors producers and actors when they present the International Digital Cinema Workshop at California State University San Bernardino this summer. The three-week hands-on workshop scheduled for July 8-28 will feature instruction on the most advanced digital cinema technologies and best practice directing techniques based on the teaching of renowned USC School of Cinematic arts instructor Nina Foch.   The late veteran actress from Hollywood's film noir era of the 1940s became a widely respected acting coach and teacher of directors.
The International Digital Cinema Workshop is divided into two concurrent tracks: the digital cinema track and the directing track. The digital cinema track addresses state-of-the-art developments in filmmaking technology including the latest in digital production cameras and 3D technology. 
The directing track is based on the teachings of the late USC School of Cinematic Arts instructor Foch who taught the Advanced Seminar in Directing Actors for Film at USC and also was an instructor at the American Film Institute. 
  The workshop will be held on the Cal State San Bernardino campus and is presented in collaboration with the university’s College of Extended Learning and Theatre Arts department. 
“We are putting together a unique program to train total filmmakers; directors who know the latest digital technology and how to get great performances ” says Kleiser.
 International Digital Cinema Workshop attendees will learn from several award-winning movie directors producers and actors including Jonathan Sanger Martha Coolidge John Badham and Diane Baker. Sanger has produced films such as The Elephant Man The Producers and Vanilla Sky. Coolidge is a former president of the Directors Guild of America and has directed films including Lost in Yonkers and Valley Girl. Badham directed Saturday Night Fever Short Circuit and War Games among others. Baker has appeared in Silence of the Lambs Cable Guy and the Diary of Anne Frank. Based on their availability several other movie industry figures are slated to be a part of the workshop.
  Kleiser is most famous for his first feature film Grease which remains the most successful movie musical ever made. His other notable director-producer credits include The Boy in the Plastic Bubble The Blue Lagoon Flight of the Navigator White Fang North Shore Getting It Right Lovewrecked and the 1996 AIDS drama It’s My Party. Kleiser also directed Honey I Shrunk the Audience in 70mm -D technology for the Disney parks in Anaheim Orlando Tokyo and Paris.  
In addition to workshop materials and hands-on instruction from the lecturers the attendees will travel on exclusive field trips to various locations including Universal Studios’ smart stages and virtual sets USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies Digital Day at the Directors Guild of America and the Los Angeles Film School. 
 “I’m delighted that our campus is a partner in offering this state-of-the-art cinema program ” says Cal State San Bernardino president Albert Karnig. “The talented directors actors producers and others who are participating in providing workshops have all had many years of remarkable cinematic success and hands-on experience. We believe their instruction will help inspire future leaders in the film industry.” 
 International Digital Cinema Workshop www.DigitalCinema.CSUSB.edu