A program partner since 2013, Spark is a national nonprofit providing life-changing apprenticeships to middle school youth from underserved communities. Spark @ the Academy engages, educates, and inspires underserved students through a unique mentoring program comprising all aspects of filmmaking.
Students attend screenings and Q&As with filmmakers, receive behind-the-scenes tours of the Academy, and visit the Academy Archive to learn about film preservation. They also attend workshops on topics including storyboarding, movie-making with iPads, and green screen demonstrations.
Spark @ The Academy students have worked with producers, screenwriters, directors, casting directors, actors, costume designers, and marketing professionals to write screenplays and short stories, design costumes, produce documentaries, animated shorts, live action shorts, marketing campaigns and other projects.