- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - The sound of the slap could be heard clear across the room.

While one camp attendee was doubled over from the force of it, giggles and smiles erupted from both the assailant and victim, with more slaps repeated.

The behavior was not only acceptable but encouraged of the attendees at the Lights! Camera! Action! Film Camp at Pendleton Center for the Arts. The violence between children wasn’t real. Instead it was a part of a stunt workshop at the two-day camp, which also included activities on filming, sound, set design and many other aspects of film making for children ages 8-12.

Earlier in the class, Jessica Moran and Austin Larsen, members of the Blue Mountain Community College Community Theatre, instructed the campers on the art of fake fighting.

Through the teachings of Moran and Larsen, the children were able to faithfully recreate slaps, gut punches and hair pulls without anyone getting hurt.

Over the course of the camp, the camp attendees also got the chance to act, make stop motion movies, provide narration for a scene and make movie set dioramas.

Bonnie Day, the center’s outreach coordinator, said the idea was conceived in collaboration response to the Pendleton Real West film festival.

As a part of the camp, the students not only participated in the process of movie making but also were the subject of a movie.

The center enlisted class instructor Katie Pearce and Pendleton High School film club members Theron Hern and Will Sitz to make a short documentary about the camp.

The trio filmed hours of footage with the intention of trimming it down to two to three minutes while also adding an original score.

Pearce, who has done previous video work with the center’s Rock & Roll Camp, said the film participants are eager subjects compared to their teen counterparts. She hoped that once the campers were exposed to the filmmaking process, they may start using free software like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker to make their own films.

Deep into the second day, many of the campers said they enjoyed the breadth of subjects they were opened to.

Kimberly Peck, 11, said the camp opened her eyes on all the factors that go into making a movie.

“There’s just so many ways to do it,” she said.


Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.info

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