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Adventures in Filmmaking at WIU July 14-19

April 10, 2013

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MACOMB, IL - - Explore, learn and practice movie-making at Western this summer. WIU's Office of Non-Credit Programs and University Television will host Adventures in Filmmaking, an academic summer camp, Sunday-Friday, July 14-19 on the WIU Macomb campus.

Under the guidance of WIU Associate Director of University Television Mark Dial, students will have the chance to participate in all aspects of producing a film—from script to screen, including story development, script breakdown, casting, lighting, shooting and editing.

Dial, a writer, director and producer of short subject films, has produced and directed "The Stinky Onion Gang," a television pilot, which is featured on Comedy Central's "Upright Citizen Brigade." He was also the first assistant director for "The Corn Dog Man," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Dial's other credits include "Model Citizen and Crisp," featuring Greg Tavares and Tim Finch of The Have Nots improvisation company and "Cypress Gardens—A Vision Realized," which he wrote and directed. He has produced numerous episodes for television, including "Cooking Kids" and "Apples Magazine," a monthly show addressing issues in early childhood development.

The summer camp is open to high school students in 9th, 10th or 11th grade. Registration is limited and is $525, which includes tuition, supplies, all scheduled extracurricular activities, lodging and meals.

To register, or for more information, contact the WIU Non-Credit Programs office at (309) 298-1911 or visit

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