SUMMER 2024: From “Blade Runner” to “Spider-Verse,” we will be exploring what it means to make a great Sci-Fi or Fantasy movie.

DATES: WEEK O1 (6/3-6/7)
​TIME: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. PT
RECOMMENDED GRADES: 9-12 (Grades 7-8 with parent/teacher approval)
​​TUITION: $475

If you love Science Fiction and Fantasy films, then this summer session will be super fun! From “Blade Runner” to “Spider-Verse,” we will be exploring what it means to make a great Sci-Fi or Fantasy movie by watching and learning how to analyze some of the epic modern classics. Since we will be doing this popular summer session remotely instead of in person, we will be focusing on 1 film per day instead of 2 per day, as in years past.

Each film will be selected to focus on each of 5 main categories of filmmaking: writing, acting, visuals, sound and directing. We will dive deep into learning how to think, analyze and talk about why these films were so successful, and how other films just don’t measure up. Though each film will be selected to concentrate on a particular category, we will be discussing all aspects of each movie as well to understand the interrelationships between these foundational categories, and how one is often inseparable from the other.

How does this all work, you ask? Good question. Here’s how: first things first—you’ll need to have a working computer and subscription to Netflix in order to take this summer session. Good news: they offer 1 month free trials, if you don’t already have a subscription! Then, each of the 5 days we will focus on 1 category for watching and discussing, as mentioned above. Please follow this link to find the steps you’ll need to take and the Teleplay app you’ll need to install on your computer:
It allows us to watch simultaneously and comment as we watch in real time.

After the movie’s over, we’ll open up our shared Google Doc that we’ll use to record our observations and analyses, which will be broken down into our 5 primary categories, and get on a Zoom video meeting to talk it all out. Since we’ve got 3 hours to watch and talk, and all the films differ in length, the shorter the movie, the more time we get to talk about them. Here are just a few examples of the kinds of films we may watch: “Ex Machina,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” “Ghostbusters,” “Donnie Darko,” “The Martian,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Groundhog Day,” “Inception” and “Dune.” We’ll each give it our rating out of 5 Stars, and see which film comes out on top at the end of the week to win the coveted, “Best of Summer” film!

Bring some popcorn, candy, and plop down on the couch because this is gonna be a Sci-Fi and Fantasy film lover’s dream come true!