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 Summer Camp Offers Students Real-World Production Skills

Students interested in a career in the entertainment industry can participate in an authentic industry experience as part of a two-day iTV Learning Lab Summer Camp.

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is offering the opportunity free to students in grades 10 to 12 who are 18 or younger and have digital media experience.

Every student will receive hands-on training for camera operation, lighting, audio, and production. Students will have the opportunity to explore techniques individually and to create projects working in teams.

"From what's practical to what's possible, the summer camp will spark students' creativity while helping them discover the tools and techniques used in cinematic storytelling," said Doug Gilmore, iTV Cable 16 executive producer.

The summer camp will be July 31 and Aug. 1 in the iTV Cable 16 studio on the SDCOE main campus in San Diego.

The class is limited to 24 students on a first come, first served basis.

Registration closes June 14.

Lunch on both days and all equipment will be provided by SDCOE.

This is the first summer camp for the iTV Learning Lab program, which was developed last year by SDCOE's iTV Cable 16 and Career Technical Education teams.

So far, more than 200 students have participated in the program, where they learn about the equipment, techniques, and storytelling skills they would need to work in the entertainment industry.

"This was one of my best and favorite experiences of the four years I've been in high school," said Alena Martinez, a senior at San Marcos High who participated in the fall. "I thought it was going to be more of a watch-and-learn thing, but it was a lot of hands-on learning, which I thought was really fun and cool to experience."