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DMA Film Students at Harry Potter Premiere: Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Movie Review

In just over ten years, the Harry Potter film franchise has collected $2 billion in domestic U.S. box office, with as much as half of that coming from international revenue. The latest and last film in the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, has premiered and set records for midnight screenings. Teens in Digital Media Academy’s Filmmaking Summer Camp got to attend a free pre-screening of the film on July 14 - BEFORE the movie premiered the next day – at a 3D IMAX theater in Santa Clara, California.

Digtal Media Academy summer campers arriving on the red carpet.

A Harry Potter costume contest was also held for attendees. Here DMA Filmmakers mug(gle) for the camera. 

The Potter Premiere
Fans and DMA filmmakers alike were excited to see the thrilling final chapter in the Harry Potter saga. And the incredible IMAX 3D theater certainly didn’t disappoint, either.

The 3D that is used here and stars Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have really grown into their roles. The 3D is some of the best you’ll experience, and the acting is some of the best of all the films. There are surprise performances, too; John Hurt plays wand-maker Ollivander to perfection, and the way Alan Rickman delivers the devilish character Severus Snape is Oscar-worthy.

And what did the DMA student campers think about getting to go to the exclusive free premiere? “I was so excited when they told us we were going to the Harry Potter premiere,” said DMA filmmaker Matty G., “As a Brit I have always been a fan, and it was great fun!”

The film builds lots of excitement on the way to the much-awaited showdown between Harry and Voldemort – even though we all know the ending, going there again in the movies is just that much more fun. But in the end, the characters, the story and the era all come to a very satisfying end. Dumbledore, who speaks from beyond the grave near the film’s end, says it best, “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” Indeed. Thank you, J.K. Rowling.

DMA Instructor Travis Schlafmann with student campers on the red carpet. 

DMA Filmmakers cast a spell on the box office with the magic of Photoshop. 

Making Tomorrow’s Magic
DMA Filmmakers spend a week at DMA’s Stanford Filmmaking Summer Camp learning how to make digital movies from the pros. The program is taught by a professional filmmaker, and taking in a movie premiere like real Hollywood filmmakers can be part of the evening activities included in a week of a Digital Media Academy summer-camp filmmaking program. Sharpen your filmmaking skills and get treated to a special movie event! Have you seen the last Harry Potter film? What did you think?


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New Harry Potter Book On The Way?

The final film in the Harry Potter saga (Deathly Hallows: Part 2) is nearing its release date, and while Potter fans are excited to see the conclusion of Harry’s story on the silver screen, they’re also disappointed that no new Potter adventures lay ahead. Well, that’s not exactly true.

J.K. Rowling’s Youtube Channel features owls and a countdown clock.

On June 22, 2011 (at 8 pm EST), the legendary children’s author J.K. Rowling will make an announcement about the next chapter in Harry Potter’s saga – or at least that what’s the owl has led us to believe. What exactly the owls are gathering for hasn’t been revealed, as a new Harry Potter web site that popped up on the Internet prompted fans to take to a wild goose chase to find out more.

“This is not a new book,” a note on the web site read, “But it is something equally exciting.” What could it be??? A new Harry Potter online game? A new potion that clones Harry? No one knows except J.K. Rowling and she’s not talking… head over to and see for yourself.

Make Movie Magic
While Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 won’t hit theaters until July 15, 2011, you don’t have to wait for the magic – you could make your own movie about wizards this summer. Take a filmmaking summer camp at Stanford or another university that hosts a Digital Media Academy program. In DMA’s filmmaking summer camps and two-week filmmaking academies, student campers learn from industry experts like DMA Instructor Neal Dhand. “The film industry is dominated by people who know both ends of filmmaking,” says Neal. “Behind the camera, in front of a computer…and everywhere in between! We’ll be experiencing some of all of that, this summer.”

DMA’s digital filmmaking programs are tailor-made for young talents who have a love of movies and are eager to master actual production techniques now. No matter your level of interest and experience, there’s something for every type of aspiring filmmaker – or wizard – at Digital Media Academy.


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