Triple Threat Independent Film Project – Summer 2023 - Teen Program
TEEN PROGRAM – AGES 13 TO 19
Triple Threat Academy’s Independent Film Project (3T IFP) brings Hollywood to Westport, giving a small group of participants the opportunity to experience making an independent short film. During this two-week program, students learn all aspects of filmmaking, both acting in front of the camera and apprenticing in various roles behind the camera with a professional crew. Each cast member will receive professional footage for their acting reel. Triple Threat's 2022 short film, "Lux Freer," is currently winning awards on the film fest circuit (including Best USA Film in NY's Cinematography Awards) and made its world premiere at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, where many Academy-Award-winning films have been discovered.
Triple Threat cast members with director Cynthia Gibb
at the world premiere of "Lux Freer" in L.A.
During the first week, students will do extensive character development and rehearsals with director Cynthia Gibb; participate in table reads; learn about screenwriting and creating shot lists; learn how to read a call sheet; help conceive looks and gather costumes, props, hair and makeup items; and benefit from an illustrious line-up of guest speakers running workshops each day. Last year's guests included L.A. screenwriter Michael Jamin (King of the Hill, Just Shoot Me, Beavis & Butthead), producer Andrew Wilk (multi Emmy-winning executive producer—PBS's Live From Lincoln Center and Stars on Stage series, Nat Geo—and former COO of Sony Music), professional makeup artist Kathleen Fillion, and our very own Golden-Globe nominated actress Cynthia Gibb (Fame, Gypsy, Youngblood) + input from short film cast members Jamie Mann (Netflix's Country Comfort), Cameron Mann (Mare of Easttown, For Life, New Amsterdam, Daredevil), and Natalia Mann (A California Christmas, City Lights, The Passage) on what it's like to be a professional child/teen actor.
Poster for our 2022 award-winning film, "Lux Freer."
During the second week, we will shoot the short film along with our professional crew and celebrate an intense and exciting week with a cast party Friday night. The final film will be screened at a local theater and on the film fest circuit!
Triple Threat Co-Directors Cynthia Gibb and Jill Mann at the Cast & Crew Screening of "Lux Freer" at Sacred Heart Community Theatre in Fairfield.
More interested in directing, shooting, or producing than acting? Participants who prefer to stay behind the camera are eligible for a discounted fee of $600* for the two-week program and may join pre-production meetings in July, furthering the experience and knowledge they will gain in their apprenticeship roles.
*Enter discount code CREW to enroll at this link.
On set shooting "Lux Freer" with renowned actress Jean Louisa Kelly.
Week 1, July 31 to August 4, 10 am to 4 pm
(Details of the schedule may shift depending on pre-production needs and guest speaker availability)
Acting Technique (Cynthia Gibb)
Script tweaking, Shot Lists
Hair & Makeup Seminar with Kathleen Fillion
Review wardrobe, props, schedule
Learn how to read a Call Sheet
MON to FRI, 9* to 6*, Shoot
(Most locations will be in Westport) *Some actors may be called to Hair & Makeup earlier than 9 am. Some actors may shoot beyond 6 pm. Please keep your schedule as flexible as possible. There may be days when if not shooting and not needed on crew, you can sleep in or go home for a siesta :) Crew will generally be called at 8 am.
FRI Evening: Cast Party!