Magic, music and motion pictures live onstage and online!

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Magic, music and motion pictures live onstage and online!

by: James Kemper | .
Far East Student Press Corps | .
published: March 28, 2013

SEOUL – Nearly 90 DoDEA Pacific high school students currently attending the 2013 Far East Film and Entertainment Arts festival will participate in a live talent showcase at 7:30 p.m. (Korea/Japan Standard Time) Thursday. The event will be performed in front of a large audience and webcast live with featured performances by students transformed during the festival into musicians, magicians, stand-up comedians, filmmakers and other creative professionals.

The festival began Sunday and covered a wide range of creative disciplines as students worked alongside mentoring teachers and industry professionals throughout the week. Students and teachers had to apply to attend the festival and were selected for each discipline based on their experience and expressed interests.

One aspect of the festival is a film academy for aspiring writers, producers, directors, lighting and sound technicians, directors of photography, etc. Students from each school were mixed and grouped into teams charged with developing concepts, scripts and storyboards for their movies, recruiting actors, filming, and editing their productions to perfection. Part of the excitement and challenge of the film academy is learning to work with new students from other schools very quickly in a real-world, high-pressure situation as the films must go from idea to screen in just over three days.

Students involved in acting auditioned for the fictional production companies created by the film academy student teams. The student stars will be featured in the final film productions scheduled to screen during the live event.

The musical aspect of the festival includes garage band and song writing. Students will be performing a song of their own or a reinterpretation of an existing song they would like to sing.

A particularly crowd-pleasing dimension of the festival is illusion arts. Selected students have learned and applied techniques taught by a professional stage magician all week and will perform their amazing feats during the showcase event.

And finally, students chosen for stand-up comedy came prepared with their own routines for the festival and spent the week exploring and improving their craft. Students performing stand-up routines will also serve as the masters of ceremony during the live event.

The Far East Film and Entertainment Arts festival has been a popular event for students and teachers alike since its inception in 2010. The four-day event provides an important alternative for students looking to go beyond traditional athletic and scholastic activities. This is the only Far East event of its kind where students can truly explore career interests in film, performing arts and the entertainment industry using a process model thoughtfully designed by master educators. This year’s showcase is looking to be the most amazing one yet. This will be the first time the culminating performance will be offered as a live webcast for anyone to see:


Although the show does not officially begin until 7:30 p.m. (Korea/Japan Standard Time), pre-show interviews will begin airing around 7. Viewers will only need a modern browser and broadband connection to view the show online. An on-demand version will be available afterwards at the same web URL. 

About DoDEA Pacific Far East Activities and Athletics:
In addition to Film and Entertainment Arts, DoDEA Pacific sponsors 23 other unique Far East athletic and scholastic opportunities throughout the school year. Scholastic events include Far East Journalism, Yale Model United Nations, STEM and Research Academy, MathematicaFest, LinguaFest, and many more while athletic competition includes tennis, cheerleading, cross country, track and field, football, baseball, wrestling, among others. Far East events also include several art and music offerings such as Creative Expressions, Culinary Arts, Honor Music, Jazz Festival, etc.

Far East events reinforce DoDEA core curriculum by providing students area-wide festivals, symposia and competitions to showcase their creative, academic and athletic talents. The events are coordinated and managed by the DoDEA Pacific area office located in Okinawa, Japan.

About DoDEA Pacific:
The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 49 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,300 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

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