IAA films

 
 

IAA Filmsis the Motion Picture department of Infinity Arts Academy, developed by our Director of Film, Kevin Lucero Less, producing 9+ films per year. The department is a full intensive hands on film school, engaging students in every aspect of film-making including:

1. Development (Story and Screenplay, Producing, Budget)

2. Pre-Production (Cast and Crew assignment, Shooting Schedule, Locations, Costumes and Makeup, Set Construction, Contracts, Rehearsals, Shot Lists, Lighting, Camera Tests)

3. Principal Photography (Filming, Directing and Acting, Soundstage vs. Locations, Shot Logs, Continuity, Camera and Equipment Management, Daily Production Reports)

4. Post-Production (Footage Capture and Editing, Graphic Design, Color Correction, Sound Design, music Score composition, ADR, Foley)

5. Distribution (Red Carpet Premiere, DVD printing, Festival Submissions)

The completed productions are always written, directed and star the students of Infinity Arts Academy.

 

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 works with campers who are not interested in the Musical Theatre portion of summer camp; catered toward a more intensive motion picture experience, including campers working on a film Performed, written, edited, co-produced and directed by the Teen campers.

 

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 54 films since May of 2012

 

selected original IAA Film productions 2012-2017

ATTACK OF THE POD CREATURES, 10min, 2012 CREATURE FEATURE / SCIENCE FICTION / COMEDY

KILLER ATOMIC SPIDERS, 15min, 2012 CREATURE FEATURE / ADVENTURE / COMEDY

WITHIN, 45min, 2013 HORROR

SELECTED, 35min, 2013 SCIENCE FICTION / DRAMA

BRIDE OF SKELETON, 12min, 2013 ADVENTURE / COMEDY

THE BOA, 15min, 2013 DRAMA

FAIRY TALES, 13min, 2013 HORROR / COMEDY

DEAR ELLA, 63min, 2014 DRAMA

ONE, 57min, 2014 SCIENCE FICTION / HORROR

BRIDE OF SKELETON 2 THE REVENGE OF FEMUR, 15min, 2014 ADVENTURE / COMEDY

THE WOLFMAN, 19min, 2014, HORROR

CHECKMATE, 14min, 2014 DRAMA

( Winner Chicago Young Authors Award 2014 )

THE FOREST, 25min, 2014 HORROR

AFTERMATH, 65min, 2015 DRAMA

( Winner Lucy Award 2016  Outstanding achievement in film Catie Mitchell,

Best Editing Kayli Ross, Best Story Connor Geary, Best Producing Jay Mitchell )

THE TOWN THAT WORE BRAINWASHING GRANNY HATS, 46min, 2015 COMEDY / SATIRE

THE BRAIN FROM OUTER SPACE, 12min, 2015 COMEDY / SCIENCE FICTION

THE MAN WHO WAITED FOR YESTERDAY, 13min, 2015 DRAMA / FILM NOIR

BRIDE OF SKELETON 3 THE FINAL FRACTURE, 19min, 2015 ADVENTURE / COMEDY

COSMOS HUNTERS: THE CRYSTAL OF PEACE, 15min, 2015 SCIENCE FICTION / SPACE OPERA / ADVENTURE

THE GOLDEN PLATES, 17min, 2015 ACTION / KUNG FU / COMEDY

THE FIFTH BUSINESS, 7min, 2015 DRAMA / FILM NOIR

CONTEMPLATION, 7min, 2015 DRAMA

MEALTIME, 11min, 2015 DRAMA / AVANT-GARD

SALLY MAKES A FRIEND, 50min, 2016 COMEDY / MOCKUMENTARY

THE ANIMUS, 54min, 2016 HORROR

ART CENTER HIGHLAND PARK GALA VIDEO, 4min, 2016 CHARITY

BRAINS FROM OUTER SPACE: MEDULLA OBLONGATA, 11min, 2016 COMEDY / SCIENCE FICTION

THE MAN WHO REGRETTED TOMORROW, 12min, 2016 DRAMA / FILM NOIR

BRIDE OF SKELETON BEGINS: RISE OF PATELLA, 12min, 2016 COMEDY

COSMOS HUNTERS: REVENGE OF THE GLICKENS, 15min, 2016 SCIENCE FICTION / SPACE OPERA

FIRST DATE, 15min, 2016 COMEDY / SURREALISM

RING OF VENOM, 17min, 2016 ACTION / KUNG FU

PUPPY DOG, 10min, 2016 cOMEDY / ABSURDIST

IN THE SHADOWS, 26min, 2016 dRAMA / FILM NOIR

DISJOIN, 60min, 2017 HORROR

THE CURSED HAND OF ATEJON, 13min, 2017 cOMEDY / SCIENCE FICTION

THE MAN WHO RELIVED TODAY, 15min, 2017 DRAMA / FILM NOIR

SAILING LESSONS, 20min, 2017 MELODRAMA

COSMOS HUNTERS 3: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES, 13min, 2017 SCIENCE FICTION / SPACE OPERA

THE SOUND OF HUNGER: STORIES FROM THE MAJOR CRIMES UNIT, 9min, 2017 POLICE PROCEDURAL / ABSURDIST

MENS REA, 20min, 2017 THRILLER

THE FRONT, 50min, 2017 WAR / DRAMA

SPRING 2018 FEATURE FILM TBA

 

Adaptations

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