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Elitch Theatre Academy is offering a free filmmaking workshop for ages 12 and up, Saturday, June 23, 2 to 4 p.m., at 4309 W. 44th Ave., Denver.

The Theatre Academy was created in the Spirit of Mary Elitch to provide fine arts education and a center for cultural events, while engaging with the community. 

Students will learn how to transform their story idea into a film fit for the big screen with filmmaker Mark Roeder, and follow the life of a film from the seed of an idea, to storyboard, to production, to visual effects. They will watch Roeder’s “Fire Ripples,” a behind-the-scenes video about the stunts and effects, and an animatic (an animated storyboard).  

Roeder received Writing/Directing and Acting Certificates from Colorado Film School. 

Other Elitch Theatre Academy offerings include:

  • First Friday Tenn Street Coffee and Books Wildlife Photography Exhibit and Photo Walk, Friday, July 6, 6 to 9 p.m., at Tenn Street Coffee and Books, 4418 Tennyson St., Denver. Check out the exhibit by Front Range Wildlife Photographers then take a stroll on Tennyson Street to see the beauty and culture the street has to offer and take photographs along the way. Best photographs will be displayed in the Gallery Exhibit for First Friday in August. Free, open to all ages.
  • Denver Open Media Tour, Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at 700 Kalamath St., Denver. Learn about the vision of the Open Media Foundation while touring the public access TV station, see the user-driven channels, the HD facilities and professional equipment they offer the community so that everyone can make a TV show and have a voice. Free, for ages 12 and up.
  • Wildlife Photography Workshop, Saturday, July 21, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn from Front Range Wildlife Photographers’ Lauren Lang what gear you need to photograph wildlife, the best places in Colorado to find animals, and what you can do with those images after you take them. Free, all ages.

For more information or to enroll, visit www.etfest.com/academy.