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The Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio

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1375 Euclid Ave, 6th floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

1375 Euclid Ave, 6th floor
Cleveland, OH 44115

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Day Camp.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: The Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts, created through the generosity of Lee and Ageleke Zapis, offers a range of programs for high school students (aged 13-18) interested in filmmaking.

Video/Filmmaking/Photography, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located at the School of Film & Media Arts at Cleveland State University, which occupies the 6th floor of the Idea Center building at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

CAMP FACILITIES: Housed on the top floor of ideastream’s Idea Center at Playhouse Square, the school’s 36,000-square-foot facility has 24-foot studio ceilings, two 2,000+ square-foot sound stages, extensive natural light, and sweeping views of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie. The studio was designed by VAA Architects and Bastien and Associates – Bastien’s prominent design and building projects include Manhattan Beach Studios and the Marion Knott Studios at Chapman University – and features state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, digital editing bays, and a vast inventory of professional production equipment.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: During the in-person summer camps, students see behind the scenes and learn how the film industry actually works through special guest lectures and site visits to real-world media environments. Outside of class, residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University dorms and experiencing Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled trips and activities.

With access to the film school’s professional soundstages, Mac editing labs, and vast inventory of film production equipment, expert instructors aided by CSU film student camp counselors help students hone their skills while finding their creative community and making friends during these activity-packed experiences.

Lessons are taught by School of Film & Media Arts faculty and staff with assistance by current CSU film school students in the role of camp counselors and production assistants. There is one instructor and one film student counselor for every ten campers, plus additional production assistants.

All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students.

Residential students stay in dorm accommodations located in CSU’s historic Fenn Tower

Along with spectacular views of downtown Cleveland, Fenn Tower accommodations include:

24-hour community desk
Game Room with billiards
On-site laundry facilities
Theater room
Fitness center
Study areas
On-site dining location
Computer lab and conference rooms
On-site community assistant staff
Cable television and high speed internet
Fully furnished units: extra long twin bed, dresser, closet, desk, and chair

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: The Odyssey Program also offers online after school programs during the year.

Odyssey Online After School: Film Fundamentals
March 9-April 27, 2021
Weekly Online Sessions -- Tuesdays, 4:00-7:00pm
Fee: $600
This eight-week interactive online course teaches fundamental skills in: Film Analysis, Story Development, Screenwriting, Production, and Postproduction.

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OTHER CAMP INFO: In the summer, students can choose from a variety of in-person camp options, beginning with an experiential three-week camp from June 14-July 2, followed by three one-week intensive camps that focus on acting and directing (July 12-18), documentary production (July 19-25), and postproduction (July 26-August 1).

Through interactive workshops, film screenings, focused activities, and visits from special guest speakers, Odyssey participants learn storytelling, screenwriting, acting, directing, cinematography, editing and much more as they create their own original films in a fun and collaborative environment.

Four sessions are available during Summer 2021: one three-week session and three one-week sessions. Complete information can be found on our website: Our Camp Website Link:

Odyssey Program Experiential Three Week Summer Camp
June 14-July 2, 2021
Residential: $4500
Day Camp: $3600
Live, eat, sleep, dream, and create films with the students and faculty of the School of Film & Media Arts at this immersive three-week summer film camp that teaches storytelling, film literacy, screenwriting, acting for the camera, directing, shot composition, cinematography, lighting, editing and much more in a fun and collaborative environment.

Odyssey Intensive: Acting and Directing
Residential: July 12-July 18, 2021 -- $1500
Day Camp: July 12-July 16, 2021 -- $1200
Nail your next audition and learn to work with actors as a director at this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp focused on the crafts of acting and directing.

Odyssey Intensive: Documentary Production
Residential: July 19-July 25, 2021 -- $1500
Day Camp: July 19-July 23, 2021 -- $1200
Learn to tell stories from the world around you at this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp that teaches the art of documentary production.

Odyssey Intensive: Postproduction
Residential: July 26-August 1, 2021 -- $1500
Day Camp: July 26-July 30, 2021 -- $1200
Learn how to mix creativity with technology and fix it in post with this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp that teaches skills in postproduction.

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