Semester-In-The-Air Invites Students of All Ages to Travel Around the World Making Their Own Movies, the Trip of a Lifetime – Global Sound

Global Sound – Williamstown, MA (PRWEB) August 25, 2004

The Pritchard School of Digital Arts ( ) announced today that it is accepting applications for new students for its 2005 Semester-In-The-Air Digital Filmmaking Program. The 12 week program is offered in the spring, summer and fall of 2005. The program is designed for film students and aspiring filmmakers of all ages to produce their own movie. These movies will be filmed during a 6 week filmmaking trip, an adventure around the world. Only 25 students are accepted each semester on a first come, first serve basis. Students must be at least 18 years old and willing to travel. These candidates are selected on their vision and enthusiasm for becoming a filmmaker. Students can apply online and learn more about the program by going to .

“The independent film scene for digital filmmakers is thriving in all parts of the world and is definitely the future of traditional film and television,” said John Pritchard, president of Pritchard School of Digital Arts. “We believe we offer an exceptional 21st century learning experience for students eager to produce their first professional-quality movie in a 3 month timeframe.”

AN AMAZING FILMMAKING ADVENTURE (7 countries in 44 days)

The Semester-in-the-Air program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain a solid foundation in filmmaking by learning how to plan, shoot, and edit “on location”. With their own digital video camera, students film master drummers in Ghana, go on a safari in South Africa, discover the amazing culture of Thailand, experience the magical arts and music of Bali, interview Maori tattoo artists in New Zealand, develop film editing skills in Tahiti, and in Costa Rica, film dolphins, the Arenal volcano, and wildlife in the majestic Monteverde cloud forest. Special events, important locations, and interview sessions with creative artists and other local people are all pre-scheduled. Everything is taken care of so the students can completely focus on making their movie. They get an amazing hands-on experience and learn the essential components of producing a professional documentary film. The primary aim of Semester-in-the-Air [ is to help students develop confidence as a filmmaker and make a great movie to advance their career. While students learn technical skills in filmmaking, the emphasis is on learning how to tell a visually engaging story with sound, music and the moving image.


Semester-in-the-Air requires a 12 week commitment to learn digital filmmaking skills while making movies that increase awareness about global culture, wildlife, nature, and the creative arts. After 3 weeks of online pre-production from their home, students depart together from New York City on a 6 week filmmaking adventure. Working together in small production units, students help produce one another’s film. Upon returning home, students continue the film editing process and are guided in the 3 week post-production process to complete their film. In addition, students create a promotional web site and a DVD master of their movie that is ready for commercial duplication. After successfully completing the program, students receive a Certificate in Digital Filmmaking and a letter of recommendation for employment opportunities. Each student film is showcased on the school website and also entered in the Resfest Digital Film Festival.


The Semester-in-the-Air [ http://www.semesterintheair program is led by two award-winning professionals: school founder, John Pritchard, and world-class filmmaker, Riley Morton. John has been a pioneer in digital filmmaking since its conception in 1991 and has worked with ad agencies and Fortune 500 clients such as Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO, Apple Computer, Microsoft, Time-Warner, Sony, and CBS. He has also produced documentaries, music videos, live concert web casts, DVDs, and award-winning digital film-based websites for celebrities such as John Lennon and others in the entertainment industry. He has led educational trips to destinations all over the world and received his first filmmaking grant to travel to mainland China in 1983. His latest film “NOVUS,” about the great scientist Nikola Tesla, can be previewed at Semester-in-the-Air Instructor, Riley Morton, is a professional filmmaker and expert in on-location filmmaking. He has produced films for the Discovery Channel, ABC Nightly News, NBC Today, and CNN. He produced and directed the award-winning movie, “Found on Everest – Detectives on the Top of The World”. The film features the amazing Mt. Everest rescue of four abandoned climbers at 28,500 feet: the second highest rescue in history. It has been seen in film festivals around the world, from Telluride to Moscow. Riley’s films can be previewed at


All the expenses for movie production and international travel have been combined with the costs of an exceptional filmmaking education. Total fees for tuition and travel are $ 17,000. Tuition for 12 weeks of instruction is $ 5,500 which includes one-on-one and group instruction, “hands-on” workshops, online training, and award-winning curriculum materials and textbooks. The 6 week, all-inclusive travel package costs $ 11,500 which includes round-trip airfare from NYC to Ghana, South Africa, Thailand, Bali, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Costa Rica; all ground transportation with baggage handling and transfers; all hotel and sleeping accommodations; all meals and gratuities; comprehensive travel insurance; and digital video production costs that include “on-location” filming expenses for video interviews, 2-way radios, special events, plane and helicopter rentals for aerial photography, and additional filmmaking equipment. Not included in the travel package: transportation between students’ home and NYC; food and beverages outside of group meals; deviations from the scheduled trip; laundry or room service; telephone charges or other items of a personal nature. Three $ 1000 scholarships are awarded to the most deserving students each semester. The school [ ]also invites corporations and private donors to “sponsor a filmmaker” and make this once in a lifetime filmmaking opportunity a dream come true for talented students who otherwise could not participate.


Semester-in-the-Air is truly a one-of-a-kind filmmaking adventure that allows students to work closely with professional filmmakers as they produce their own movie during a 12 week semester. The comprehensive nature of the 6 week filmmaking trip provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to not only make a great film, but to also meet amazing people from all over the world. Further information about the program, travel itinerary, frequently asked questions, and the application process is available online at .


Founded by award-winning digital artist, filmmaker, and educator John Pritchard in 2001, The Pritchard School of Digital Arts exists to inspire digital creativity. The school provides career training programs in digital filmmaking, digital imaging and interactive design for the web and DVDs. The school philosophy is centered on developing artistic talent and state-of-the-art technological skills via projects that prepare students for success in the workplace. The school also produces independent non-fiction films, web-based career portfolios, and delivers digital consulting expertise to corporations, small business and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit .


John Pritchard

Pritchard School of Digital Arts



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