“Film Academy has three basic elements: creative writing, drama and film production. The kids are here for three periods a day; the last three periods. Theoretically, we spend one period on each of the elements, with grades given for each, but those categories blend into each other. We’ll start the year with creative writing, studying a multitude of genres like short story, essay, arc of the story and then writing. We’ll move into poetry and then scriptwriting. We analyze movies, learn acting strategies, staging for plays and video shooting and editing.” Students at East Aurora High School will present their short films at the Film Fest on June 14.