The University of New Mexico's Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Program offers summer camps that allow local students to experience Hollywood firsthand. UNM faculty and industry professionals will teach students ages 14-18 highly sought technical skills used in the latest film and digital media productions. Four camps are offered the weeks of June 13 and July 25 (3-D animation), June 27 (film) and July 11 (3-D modeling) at UNM's state-of-the-art Mesa del Sol facility, on University Boulevard south of the Albuquerque International Sunport.

"The UNM IFDM Program is thrilled to bring innovative programs to New Mexico high school students for the first time. We hope to continue to expand our curriculum and devote our resources to summer camps, with the long-term objective of providing a qualified and specialized labor force to sustain New Mexico's growing film industry," IFDM Program Director Nick Flor said.

As part of the week-long day camps, students will learn 3-D modeling, 3-D animation and film from faculty and professionals that have worked on blockbuster movies such as "G-Force," "Alice in Wonderland," "Young Guns II" and "Green Lantern." Faculty will teach students about their trade through experiential learning, giving them hands on experience in using the latest technologies.

IFDM summer camps are dedicated to introducing students to the possibility of obtaining a degree in film and digital media at UNM, as well as teaching them the skills necessary to succeed in the New Mexico film industry after college graduation.

In the 3-D modeling course students will learn to digitally recreate everyday objects, people and places using the same computer software used in the making of "Spiderman," "Star Wars II," "Lord of the Rings" and "Avatar." The 3-D animation course will focus on bringing already existing objects to life with poses and movement. The film course will teach students the basics of video production, including camera operations, script analysis, directing, producing and editing. Students will produce short TV commercials, from prep to final cut that will be aired locally.

Interested parents can find more information and register at Parents can also register students by printing out the registration form and sending the form and payment to ATTN: IFDM Summer Camp, MSC04 2570, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. The registration for each camp is 7 p.m. the day before the camp starts.

Visit IFDM, e-mail or call (505) 277-2286.