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Project Refresh: Accomplished!

Please excuse my late posting but you may remember a few weeks ago we asked parents to volunteer time to help fix/clean up our studio – I’m proud to announce Mission Accomplished! As you can see, everything was black and white and rather hard to look at before we stepped in, so we strapped on our sweatbands, ripped 2×4’s out of the grid, masterly labeled all our equipment, and ousted the junk! Needless to say, a huge thank you to Carrie, Bruce, Jimmy, Chip, and students Brigitte and Jimmy for taking time out of their weekend to help us out.

Because of your help, we were able to shoot a student film in the studio which will be premiering at our Not So Silent Night event on October 15th.  Be sure to add it to your calendar as it’s bound to be one of the greatest events VCA/Orchestra departments have put on to date! Silent films + Live orchestra = Sensory Delight! I’ll have a separate post with more behind the scenes coming soon.

Next mission, building a sound booth a.k.a. Project Sound Off!

Test Revision Frame for Essay Question #2

Hey DSA Cinema High School Students,

Here’s the frame (as promised) for the second essay question! Remember to use knowledge and key terminology from the DSLR Lecture (check out the study guide) as well as the Lighting Lecture (no study guide available – use your notes).

If you need a new blank copy of the test, you can find it here.

Remember all revisions are due Monday, September 22nd for full credit.


If you have any questions, comments, or feedback – feel free to shoot me an email (jodogonzales@gmail.com) or give me a call (everyone should have my number).


Thanks and good work everybody!

New-nunu-new-nu-new-nu-New Newsletter!

— http://dsapresents.org/vcadept/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/VCA-15Sep14-Newsletter.pdf

Chip’s done it again! Here’s the latest newsletter for the month of September which includes important dates and information from field trips to new equipment wish lists. Contact dsavca@gmail.com if you have any questions. Happy Reading!

Private Lessons Opportunity!

If you haven’t heard yet, I’m offering after-school Private Lessons for all VCA students! This gives students the opportunity to focus on one of many aspects of filmmaking just as you would an instrument. I’ve attached a flyer with areas of focus and other details; feel free to email or call me with any questions or for consultation.

Thanks for checking it out!


Let’s Clean House, eh?

This coming Saturday, September 13th, from 10am-2pm, we’re asking parents to volunteer time to help organize the VCA Studio!  In the coming weeks, we plan to build a sound booth for students to record voice-overs, music, and foley, but first we need to make space!

Some parents have signed up already, but we could use more hands! If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please send an email to dsavca@gmail.com with the subject Studio Volunteer.  Or feel free to show up to the cinema department on Saturday at 10am.

Granny Causes Chaos!

Last year, Mike, Charlie, and Sage put together a crazy adventure about an emotionally bottled up Granny seeking vengeance.

Watch Bad @$$ Granny now in our Videos section!

VCFO Meeting Refresher!

Chip has generously put together minutes for the Video Cinema Family Organization meeting which took place last night.  If you weren’t able to make it, here’s a brief run through:

VCFO Agenda


Faculty – Ed Glassman (Co-Director), Amy McGrath (Co-Director)

Resident Artists – JD Gonzales (DSA-VCA ’07), Nate Greene (Goodwill CTE Specialist)

VCFO Parent-Volunteers – Chip Galaty, Ivy Bishop-McClure

VCALC Members – voluntary participation this year

1st Semester Curriculum Update

High School – Silent Film Collaboration (w/ DSA-Orchestra), Character-Driven Documentaries (w/ Mitch Dickman)

Middle School – Fairytales, Folk Tales, Myths

Important Dates for 2014-15

Read more…

DSLR Study Guide!

— http://dsapresents.org/vcadept/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/DSLR-Lecture-Study-Guide.pdf

Hey VCA HS students!

The study guide for tomorrow’s test is ready for viewing! Don’t forget to compare them with your own notes, and maybe even the notes of those around you.  I’ll see you tomorrow for another day of Portrait Videos, testing, and awesomeness!

Thanks for your patience!