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Not So Silent Night

In the event you’ve been living under a rock, the Cinema department has been working diligently with the Orchestra department to create a night of amusement, drama, and terror to kick off the Halloween season! What does that mean? Well, On October 15th, you’ll have two chances to enjoy student made silent films nurtured with a deft touch of live orchestra! That’s right, live orchestra.

Come through this Wednesday at 5pm or 7pm to share the experience and support the Denver School of the Arts community. We are anticipating a large crowd and tickets will sell out. If you wish to avoid disappointment, you may buy your tickets in advance.

And for all you wonderful Cinema majors who occasionally read this blog, remember this event is required to attend. 🙂

Here are the details in clear fashion:

Not So Silent Night
Denver School of the Arts
In the Concert Hall

October 15th, 2014
5pm or 7pm (Event repeats at 7pm)

Adults: $14
Students (of any school): $10
Seniors: $10

Buy Tickets Online!

The orchestra will be conducted by the studious Dr. Enrique Lasanski and performed by DSA middle and high school orchestra students. The films were created by the 1st half of the high school Video Cinema Arts production course.

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!

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!


What?! We have a Newsletter?

— http://dsapresents.org/vcadept/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/VCA-Family-Newsletter-8.8.14.pdf

Don’t miss out on the amazingly informative newsletters that parent and workaholic Chip Galaty has been putting together! Send Chip an email at dsavca@gmail.com to be added to the email list.  Here’s a copy of his latest newsletter (pulled right from my email) if you’d like to see it now.

Welcome to the NEW Video Cinema Arts Website!

HEY HEYYY! You made it to the Video Cinema Arts department website! We are just beginning the 2014-2015 school year and we’re all crazy excited to hit the ground running. First things first, a new website!  Here we’ll be able to keep you informed on all the crazy antics our students, staff and alumni are up to.  We’ll regularly be posting videos, both new and old, you’ll be able to check out links to our current student and alumni portfolios, and we’ll keep you updated on the crazy stories that make this department a hearty bag of goodness.  You can also check out the calendar to find events, film festivals, and many other goodies for the young filmmaker and parents alike.

Subscribe to our blog in the sidebar for a regular update!

I’m JD, the editor of this site and the latest addition to the Video Cinema Staff. I look forward to collaborating with Amy and Ed while driving the students to be passionate through the wonderful art of filmmaking!

Thank you all for supporting the Video Cinema Arts department at Denver School of the Arts – it’s going to be a wonderful year!