NEW FOR 2019!
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We develop quite a bond in the GHM sessions, and countless Alumni have expressed a desire to transition into being “behind the scenes” as a Creative.
Galen began assisting the most prolific choreographers in the industry at age 14. She was working on high level projects like That 70’s Show, Donnie Darko, The Looney Tunes Movie, The Hughleys, and Cedric the Entertainer while still in high school.
She has since transitioned through every role on a Creative Team, with varied leaders to learn under, from Marguerite Derricks to Fatima Robinson to Jamie King, and wants share her knowledge of an opaque industry with aspiring Creatives.
Galen is a VMA-nominated choreographer for Camila Cabello’s “Havana” music video and has choreographed every genre of artist, from Usher to Banks, and from comedy television to the Guggenheim.
Because there is no traditional training for Creatives, even the most experienced Choreographers and Creative Directors (much more experienced than Galen) have their own unique ways of approaching the job and are still learning as they go- this session is not about espousing Galen’s way of doing things, but is about giving everyone the pertinent information that is common across all creative teams, and allowing the student to develop his or her own leadership style.
The instagram video above lists sample specifics of the types of topics that will be covered.
In this session you will get experience and exposure to the following roles on a Creative Team:
- Creative Director
- Assistant / Associate Creative Director
- Assistant / Associate Choreographer
You will work as a creative team choreographing, rehearsing, staging, cleaning, and overseeing a piece that will be filmed on the final day.
The final product is NOT the focus. In creating the final product, the process of learning how to run a room, how to communicate with dancers and production, how to problem solve, develop people skills, manage high stress and high pressure demands of higher ups, make changes QUICKLY, think ahead, pitch ideas, be creative within production limitations, and manage both those working for you and those who you work for, is the most valuable take away from this intensive.
You will be told proper rates, working conditions, agent information, technical/industry terminology, how to get work, what to expect when you book a job, the ACTUAL responsibilities for each of these roles that exist far beyond creating movement and concepts (for example, casting), and we pull back the curtain on what is truly like to live the life of these professions.
All of this will be done while you run the rehearsal and shoot as if you were hired.
Galen recreates the exact energy, flow, tension, pressure, and expectations of a real job.
If you want to be a Choreographer or Creative Director, there is nothing like this that exists, and you will learn in 4 days what it traditionally takes years of real life projects to learn.
THIS INTENSIVE IS NOW 4 DAYS TO ALLOW AMPLE TIME!
SAMPLE OF INTENSIVE LAYOUT:
Day 1: pre-production
You will be collectively creating the material (choreographers will be choreographing, assistants will be assisting, Galen will be creative directing, etc) based off a treatment given by Galen.
Day 2: music video rehearsal day
You set the piece on your dancers and the artist. This rehearsal is run by Galen as if it is a real job for a music video with a director.
Day 3: Mock “shoot day”
Each student fills the role they would on a music video shoot, which is much different than a live performance.
Day 4: awards show rehearsal day
This rehearsal includes “live show” elements- for example, the artist needs to sing live, have a microphone, set pieces must be accounted for, the students who are aspiring Creative Directors must come up with a full pitch and oversee rehearsal.
At the end of each day, Galen does an evaluation of each participant, giving 1-on-1 feedback and advice based on your performance.
Galen will guide each participant in protocol, will give notes on your work as a creative director would on a set, and will run this session as if you were hired for the job
5 hours per day
15 student limit
First come first serve basis
Note: As part of your registration process, you will be asked to provide
- a statement of what interests you in being part of a Creative Team and
- (optional) any credits/links to work you have done behind the camera if you have it. No experience is required.
TO REGISTER: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the code. This code must be entered on the registration page to access payment.
If you are NOT Alumni but Galen knows you, she will make very few exceptions on a case by case basis. Email email@example.com
If you are Alumni and you want to be a body to be workshopped on, email firstname.lastname@example.org