If you are a high school student and are interested in Dance, Acting, Animation, Film, Art, and Photography - there is an amazing month long program called CSSSA (California State Summer School of the Arts) which is at the CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) Campus, and if you are accepted (based on your portfolio and application), you will get to live in their dorms and feel like a CalArts student for a month!!
Alumni includes James Franco, Zac Efron, Katharine McPhee, Craig McCracken (creator of the Powerpuff Girls) and many other great filmmakers, animators, etc. INCLUDING MYSELF!! :D
(You do have to pay for the program but there are grants that are given to students based on your portfolios and financial situation!!) :D
I went there in 2009 for Film/Video - and it was such an amazing experience that it became my top choice for College when I was a Senior. I am now at CalArts as BFA1 Film/Video and am very happy to be here, to have gone to CSSSA and still be connected to my entire film group!!
Everyone that's interested should apply!
Unfortunately, the deadline is TODAY - but as long as it's postmarked, you should be fine - if not, there's next year!! I'm sorry to be posting this now, but I just found out that the deadline was today via email!!
This program is extremely amazing so if you have time to make something, DO IT!!
And if you are applying, please like and comment, telling me how excited and nervous you are!!
Here's the link to the program for more info: http://www.csssa.ca.gov/