We hope you and your families are figuring your ways through quarantine. If there is a bright side to COVID, it may be in our collective ability to make substantial changes to our lives quickly for the benefit of all. Light House continues to follow the guidelines set by the governor’s office as well as the CDC. As always, our first priority is to take care of our students, team and families.
We know like us, you would like to plan your summer. For this reason and to provide some clarity where there is mostly grey, we have decided to move our Summer Film Academy online.
This Spring, Light House teachers taught 20 workshops and classes online. The response has been fantastic, and we are confident we can bring quality instruction to our online Summer Film Academy. While we are disappointed that we cannot see you in person this summer, we are excited about the creative ways in which we will bring filmmaking to your house.
1. Equipment _ One of the unique aspects of taking a workshop at Light House is the opportunity to use film equipment. As our staff discussed how to make this summer special, we decided to invest in substantially more equipment in order to provide filmmaking equipment to each student participating in a program! We have some very effective and fun ways to make the collaboration and instruction work.
How will the equipment be made available? For a given workshop, each student will “check out” a Filmmaking Kit, including a camera and other basic filmmaking equipment needed to create a film (cameras will vary depending on age and workshop level). Students will be able to use this equipment throughout the week under the instruction of our Teaching Artists. At the end of the week, students will return the Filmmaking Kit so that we can clean it to pass off to the next students the following week. In this way, you’ll be bringing Light House Studio to your own home!
2. Individual Instruction _ Storytelling is our passion. In order to create the best storytelling environment, there must be opportunity for each individual voice to be heard. At Light House, we create this by maintaining a small Teaching Artist-to-student ratio. We will continue to keep this ratio to 5 to 1 (or less). Additionally, we will be offering individual sessions throughout the week.
3. Expert Voices_ Unprecedented times sometimes lead to unprecedented opportunities. We have some friends in the film industry who now have more availability in their usually packed schedules. For our advanced courses, students will have access to established film professionals in addition to our Teaching Artist staff.
Our Summer Film Academy lineup and dates will remain the same; however, we will be adjusting the breakdown of each day to keep students engaged both at home and online. This will be reflected on our summer workshop pages and further explained via email before each workshop begins.
We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone. This spring, Light House Studio lost $95K in revenue due to postponements, cancellations and restructuring. The summer season is Light House Studio’s most important season as it allows us to connect with the most students and tuition contributes to 30% of our operating budget. We believe we are offering a unique opportunity for this year’s Summer Film Academy participants.
At the same time, we understand the various reasons why some may want to pull out. Should you wish to cancel, please consider the following alternatives:
Option 1: Roll your paid tuition over to Summer 2021
Option 2: Consider donating all or some of your tuition to Light House Studio, 501(c)(3)
Revised Cancellation Policy:
Historically, and as noted on our website, Summer Film Academy cancellations made more than 30 days before the first day of the registered summer workshop received a 50% refund. In response to the unforeseen circumstances of the global health crisis and because you are important to us, we are offering an 75% refund this summer should you wish to cancel. Should you not wish to participate in the online Summer Film Academy, we would appreciate your giving serious consideration to Option 1 (rolling paid tuition over to Summer 2021) and Option 2 (converting part or all of your tuition into a donation). Cancellations made within 30 days of the start of the workshop are non-refundable. However, recognizing that those students enrolled in early June workshops are reading our new summer online plan within the 30-day window - we will honor 75% refund through May 15th.
Please visit our website for additional information. Should you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to our online Summer Film Academy in the weeks to come.