R-MA announces filmmaking course

Randolph-Macon Academy has announced a new elective summer filmmaking class that will offer extensive details for cinematography and teach students how to make a mini “epic” film. Applications are now being accepted for summer programs, which run June 29 to July 25.

The filmmaking course will be taught by Dan Marcus, who has taught R-MA’s geometry class in previous summers. Now in his 37th year of teaching, Marcus has established and maintained a student-led broadcast and film production program within the Lewis Palmer School District 38. The program received national acclaim, and a video one of his students made is archived in the American Folklore Center at the Library of Congress. Marcus also taught numerous summer film camps in Colorado.

He currently teaches at Aspen Academy, a K-8 private school in Greenwood Village, Colo. There, two of his film students won first place in the 2013 “My Hero International Film Festival” that was recently featured on the NBC Today Show.

Other summer courses at R-MA include public speaking, personal finance, creative writing, SAT Prep, computer literacy and study skills. Each course is a half-day for four weeks and earns students one half of a high school credit, although students are encouraged to confirm with their schools that the credits will be accepted. Core classes for new and repeat classes are also available.

For more information, visit www.rma.edu/summer or call 540-636-5200.