Office of External Communications

Houston, TX 77204-5017 Fax: 713.743.8199

June 12, 2007

Contact: Contact: Mike Emery
713.743.8186 (office)
713.415.6551 (pager)


The next George Lucas is not en route to Earth from a galaxy far, far away, nor will the second coming of Steven Spielberg be hatched in a dinosaur-filled theme park. The great filmmakers of tomorrow, however, might be right here in Houston.

The University of Houston’s School of Communication and WonderWorks, a non-profit organization offering pre-college learning experiences in the fine arts, are teaming up to present “Moving Pictures,” a summer workshop teaching both film production and appreciation. This workshop is open to students in grades 10 -12 and will be conducted June 18 – July 20.

“Students will learn how films are developed and created, and each student will have an opportunity to express their own vision through individual filmmaking projects,” said Keith Houk, UH clinical professor of communication and Moving Pictures instructor. “They’ll also learn how to make a film with a limited budget. By not relying on expensive cameras or special effects, students can utilize their imaginations.”

The School of Communication will provide the equipment and UH’s student newspaper, The Daily Cougar, is providing space for editing as the school is undergoing summer renovations.

During the film appreciation component of “Moving Pictures,” students will view contemporary and classic movies in the UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture’s theater. Films to be screened include “Citizen Kane,” “The Godfather,” “City of God,” “Breathless” and “Casablanca.” Guest speakers include Charles Dove of Rice Cinema among others.

For information on workshop fees, enrollment and possible scholarship opportunities, contact WonderWorks at 713-301-4882 or via For information on other workshops, visit

WHAT: Moving Pictures Workshop
WHEN: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., June 18 – July 20
WHERE: University of Houston
Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204
WHO: UH School of Communication, WonderWorks

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