Rohde & Schwarz Teams with Hollywood HEART to Teach Filmmaking Skills to At-Risk Youth


May “Shooting Stars” workshop will provide teens an opportunity to learn from industry pros; teen-produced films to be given a red carpet screening in June.

Last Updated: April 25, 2013 11:45 pm GMT
(Burbank, California--April 25, 2013) At-risk teens from across Los Angeles will learn filmmaking skills from Hollywood professionals as part of a unique two-day workshop sponsored by Burbank-based Rohde & Schwarz DVS and the nonprofit organization Hollywood HEART. Teens will receive training from industry veterans in cinematography, screenwriting, acting, editing and sound in the “Shooting Stars” workshop scheduled for May 4th and 5th. The event will yield three to four short films that will be showcased at a red carpet theater screening on June 6th.

Rohde & Schwarz is sponsoring the event as part of its company-wide outreach initiative Strive Community. The company is a developer of hardware and software systems used worldwide in film and television production. Hollywood HEART is an 18-year-old nonprofit that provides opportunities for young adults affected by HIV/AIDS and other at-risk youth.

“As a longstanding member of the post production and broadcast industry, we are honored to partner with Hollywood HEART to give back to our local community,” said Rohde & Schwarz Inside Sales Manager Jill V. Wiles. “Working closely as a team, we have pledged to make ‘Shooting Stars’ as energizing as it is educational, opening new avenues for inspiration.”

“We are proud to partner with socially conscious minded companies like Rohde & Schwarz to steer at-risk students in the right direction,” adds Kara Mondino, Executive Director, Hollywood HEART.

The Shooting Stars workshop will be held at illuminate Studios (formerly HD Vision Studios), in Studio City. illuminateStudios is providing studio space, including a news set, a green screen and a kitchen stage, and staff who will serve as instructors. 27 Notch, a camera rental and production services company, is providing camera systems.

“We are very pleased to contribute to a wonderful educational experience benefitting young people who often lack such opportunities,” said illuminate CEO Jim Hardy. “These kids will have a chance to create a real project in a real, professional studio. We think it will provide a lasting impact.”

The screening of the Shooting Stars short films will be held June 6th. Along with the young filmmakers, their family and friends, the audience will include an invited group of industry notables. Location and time TBD, press will be notified via a separate invitation.

What: Shooting Stars Workshop, an intensive two-day intensive workshop in professional film and television production for at-risk youth.

Sponsors: Rohde & Schwarz DVS and Hollywood HEART

Workshop: May 4th and 5th 2013
illuminate Studios
10900 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Screening: June 6th

For more information, contact Jill Wiles

About Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH: For more than 25 years, Rohde & Schwarz DVS has been a leader in the professional film, post production and broadcast markets. Our specially designed hardware and software are used every day in the production of popular TV series, Hollywood blockbusters and in Digital Cinema. CLIPSTER® was the first system in the world to make real-time 4K processing possible. The Media Production Hub VENICE offers a flexible solution for modern, file-based workflows in broadcast environments. &

About Hollywood HEART: For the past 18 years, Hollywood HEART has been a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for young adults affected by HIV/AIDS and other at-risk youth to build confidence as well as interpersonal and career skills through our various arts programs and annual summer camp. Our goal is to open the door to a successful future for a growing number of these young people in the Los Angeles area and around the United States.

About illuminate: illuminate Hollywood has been a trusted partner to producers for 18 years. Clients come to us for our technical expertise, and because we are known to always go the extra mile. From Star Trek to Harry Potter 7, Jack Bauer-24 & The X-Files, our roster of projects and clients speaks for itself.


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