IAA Films is the best film school for teens in the state of Illinois. the program has released over 70 films since 2012, with an average running time of 20 min per film.
IAA Films, is the Motion Picture department of Infinity Arts Academy, developed by our Director of Film, Kevin Lucero Less, producing 7+ films per year. The department is a full intensive hands on film school, engaging students in every aspect of film-making including:
Students learn through participating, hands on, producing a feature or short length film, and are assigned key jobs / equipment in every department creating the motion picture including: Director, Actor, Writer, Co-Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Unit Production Manager, Casting Director, Production Designer, Art Director, Scenic Artist, Set Decorator, Lead Man, Set Dresser, Prop Master, Assistant Props, Swing Gang, 1st Assistant Camera, 2nd Assistant Camera clapper loader, Camera Operator, Still Photographer EPK, 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, 2nd 2nd Assistant Director, 3rd Assistant director, Key Grip, Best Boy (Grip), Grip, Dolly Grip, Cable Puller (Grip), Video Assist Village Manager, Chief lighting technician, Best Boy (Electric), Gaffer, Key Makeup Artist, FX Makeup Designer, Hair Dresser, Assistant Hair/Makeup, Script Supervisor, Continuity Supervisor, Shot Logger, Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Cable Puller (Sound), Special Effects Technician, Weapons Wrangler, Costume Designer, 1st Costume Assistant, 2nd Costume Assistant, and more.
Students also learn an intensive foundation in film history, film theory, terminology, and professional conduct and execution of teamwork, responsibility, safety, creative thinking, confidence, humbleness and problem solving logic.
This Film program is amazing! My son Ben has done film camps in Los Angeles and with other places, but he’s learned more in one year with Mr. Lucero at IAA, than all others put together. He’s talking about different directors, film techniques, etc. the whole ride home. He loves working on the scripts too!
– Kristen Senior
As predominantly stage actors, we were excited by the opportunity to act on film. That opportunity came through student directors and writers under the tutelage of Kevin Lucero Less at IAA. The enthusiasm of the students at IAA is infectious; it made our experience there a true joy. Our experience was inspiring to say the very least and opened a whole new world to us. We look forward to collaborating with this talented group again and are eternally thankful for the chance to work with the professional filmmakers of the next generation.
– Mark & Linda Cunningham
I would like to express my appreciation to the Infinity Arts Academy Film Program for all that you do to help your students think, mature, create, and expand. My daughter has been participating in the Film Program at IAA since 2010.
During this time, the program has allowed and required her to act in, write, produce, direct, and edit multiple film productions. This has served to convert her appreciation for film into knowledge of the history of cinema and important films, technical expertise about cameras, lighting, sound, etc., the tools to begin to form her own artistic aesthetic, and a passion for the creative process.
I am impressed with how much responsibility the students have in the various phases of the creation of their films. This autonomy requires the group to coordinate, communicate, and work as a team which has helped my daughter learn organizational skills, improve her inter-personal skills, and build close friendships with her fellow film-makers.
Ultimately, when I go to the film screenings and see the fruits of their labor, I am always floored by the quality of their films. At each of their screenings, the production company stands in front of the screen and discusses with the audience the process and their inspiration. Invariably, during these discussions I see an amazing transition...I no longer see a bunch of teen and pre-teen kids. Instead, I see artists.
– Jay Mitchell
1. The Spring / Fall feature film productions meet 5-6 times per month and shoot off campus on locations in and around the city of Chicago, giving the students an opportunity to create, schedule and work outside of the conventional sound-stage setting. Films are full length (45 – 90+ mins). Students invite a discussion with a Q/A session after their red carpet film premiere for family and friends.
Students that complete the production, become Grad Students, and then are eligible to write and direct a summer camp film.
2. Summer Camp short film productions are a fast paced five days per week collaboration with a production cast / crew position for every camper, culminating in an end of session film premiere for family and friends. Runs in tandem with the Musical Theatre camp production. Films are shorts (12 – 30+ mins). All Summer Camp films are directed by Grad Students of IAA Films.
3. Teen Summer Film Intensive [ 2 films ] works with teens who are not interested in the Musical Theatre portion of summer camp; catered toward a more intensive motion picture experience, including working on a film Performed, written, edited, co-produced and directed by the Teens + Directing an Additional Summer Camp Session 4 film.
4. Feature Film Editing guides Grad Students through editing, where they will learn the fine points of cutting a feature length film including, Graphic Design, Color Correction, Sound Design, music Score composition, ADR, and Foley. Students also learn an intensive foundation in the history of motion picture editing, juxtaposition theory, concepts and terminology.
IAA Films has produced 69 films since May of 2012
THE BOA, 15min, 2013 DRAMA
FAIRY TALES, 13min, 2013 HORROR / COMEDY
THE WOLFMAN, 19min, 2014, HORROR
CHECKMATE, 14min, 2014 DRAMA
( Winner Chicago Young Authors Award 2014 )
THE FOREST, 25min, 2014 HORROR
( Winner Lucy Award 2016 Outstanding achievement in film Catie Mitchell,
Best Editing Kayli Ross, Best Story Connor Geary, Best Producing Jay Mitchell )
THE GOLDEN PLATES, 17min, 2015 ACTION / KUNG FU / COMEDY
CONTEMPLATION, 7min, 2015 DRAMA
MEALTIME, 11min, 2015 DRAMA / AVANT-GARD
THE ANIMUS, 54min, 2016 HORROR
ART CENTER HIGHLAND PARK GALA VIDEO, 4min, 2016 CHARITY
PUPPY DOG, 10min, 2016 COMEDY / ABSURDIST
( Winner Lucy Award 2018 Outstanding Achievement in film Ben Senior,
best editing Thomas Furman, best summer camp director Chloe Mann )
( Official Selection 2019 Chicago Horror Film Festival )
INTO THE FIRE, 45min, 2019 POST-APOCALYPTIC
CURSED HAND 3 THE NAIL-BITING CONCLUSION, 18min, 2019 COMEDY / CREATURE FEATURE
COSMOS HUNTERS 5: FREEDOM HACKERS, 15min, 2019 SCIENCE FICTION / SPACE OPERA
COSMOS HUNTERS 6: RETRIBUTION, 13min, 2019 SCIENCE FICTION / SPACE OPERA
COSMOS HUNTERS 7: ANNIHILATION, 11min 2019 SCIENCE FICTION / SPACE OPERA
EAT HIM BY HIS OWN LIGHT, 15min 2019 GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM
FALL 2019 FEATURE FILM TBA
CASABLANCA, 10min, 2012 DRAMA
THE GODFATHER, 13min, 2012 DRAMA
THE GODFATHER PART II, 12min, 2012 DRAMA
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, 10min, 2012 COMEDY
NOSFERATU, 15min, 2012 HORROR
007 GOLDFINGER, 12min, 2012 ACTION
DOUBLE INDEMNITY, 12min, 2012 DRAMA
FRANKENSTEIN, 15min, 2013 HORROR
THE GOONIES, 10min, 2013 ADVENTURE
THE BREAKFAST CLUB, 12min, 2013 COMEDY
FIVE ELEMENT NINJA, 14min, 2014 KUNG FU
ROPE, 13min, 2014 DRAMA