G-Star Studios Announces New Opportunities for Students

gstar(PALM SPRINGS, FL) FEBRUARY 4, 2016– G-Star Studios (owned and operated by the G-Star School of the Arts), South Florida’s largest motion picture studio, has opened up a new season of productions with a back lot full of feature films, episodic web & TV shows, and major commercials. G-Star students are working on all the shows as cast and/or crew.

This past week auditions for a new web-based TV show, “In Sanity, Florida,” were held in Sound Stage 1 to accommodate the short list of 250 of the 1700 actors who submitted for parts in the show. The web-based TV show’s (then to cable) first season, produced by See-Worthy Films owned by Marc Zatorsky and Shawn Morell, will be shot at various Palm Beach County locations as well as at G-Star Studios beginning in April. Sanity is a comedy about a crazy small town in Florida.

Auditions were also held for “HENRI,” a drama written and directed by Octavian O for New Beginnings Films; an action and suspense story about a martial arts fighter who returns to his hometown to defend himself and the ones he loves, will be shot on G-Star Studios back lot. Scenes from the feature film B.F.F., a film that explores the potentially disastrous relationship between two teenage boys and a girl, were also shot on the G-Star Studios back lot. The film is written and directed by David Haines for RD Productions.

Requests for scouting to shoot at the G-Star Studios film production facilities in the near future have come from a feature film for select scenes starring one of the silver screen’s biggest stars; a major commercial by a multi-billion dollar sports company (back for a third production); and a new episodic TV show already licensed for a major cable network. All productions will include G-Star students.

Additionally, the G-Star School of the Arts will be hosting an open house next month. On March 5th and 6th from 1-2:30 p.m. students and parents are invited to come in and learn more about what makes G-Star one of the top Palm Beach County charter schools.

G-Star Welcomes Visitors at Open House







The G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation, and the Performing Arts is opening its doors to visitors.

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) NOVEMBER 7, 2015— The G-Star School of the Arts is pleased to announce an upcoming open house that will give students and parents the chance to learn more about the school.

On Sunday, November 15, 2015 and 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., students will have the chance to take a tour of the school with founder and CEO Greg Hauptner. On the tour, visitors will learn more about the school and see all of the ways G-Star is different from other charter schools in Palm Beach County.

At the G-Star School, students receive the hands-on, real world instruction that will help them as they chase their dreams. In film, animation, and performing arts, students can work with highly qualified teachers as well as industry insiders who can offer their unique insights.

And while students get the specialized instruction they need to succeed, they also are performing in the classroom. Almost half of all students carry better than a 3.5 GPA, and about one in five students has a 4.0. The school is also a leading performer when it comes to metrics in math, reading, writing, and science, making it a leader among the Palm Beach County Charter Schools.

Visit the school’s website at gstarschool.org to learn more about the tour and to sign up.


G-Star School of the Arts Student Accepted in Prestigious New York University Music Workshop

Tyler Grow with Composer Michael A. Levine
Tyler Grow with Composer Michael A. Levine

(Palm Springs, FL) June 26, 2015- Tyler Grow is a very special young man. He is a freshman at G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts, one of many Palm Beach County charter schools. Tyler was adopted from an orphanage in Romania where he suffered a serious brain injury to the right side of his head due to the brutal treatment he received at the orphanage. He struggles with short term memory loss and the auditory processing of speech. He often has to read lips to understand what is said. School work is extremely difficult due to his memory issues and processing deficits. Struggling against these odds, Tyler continued to work with his other faculties most notably in the area of music. Fortunately, music is processed on the opposite side of the brain and he discovered he is gifted in that area.

Tyler, a friendly and well liked at student at G-Star Palm Beach County magnet schools, has been accepted into the New York University (NYU) – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Film Scoring workshop in New York City. This major honor is the inclusion in the professional workshop where he will be studying with the film composer Michael A. Levine whose resume includes  the recent movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the TV show Cold Case, Batman: The Dark Knight and the Star Wars trilogy.  Mr. Levine has also worked with Cher, Michael Bolton, Rick Derringer, Marianne Faithful, Hip Hop Grandmaster Flash, Academy Award and 12-time Grammy Award winner Dave Grusin, Joe Jackson, and Lenny Kravitz. The NYU-ASCAP Program Director, Dr. Ronald Sadoff, stated that in 15 years the program has only accepted four talented high school students and they are excited to accept Tyler.

Tyler’s dream is to return to Romania one day and speak to the children of the orphanage to let them know that just because they are orphans it doesn’t mean they are less than others. He wants to change the way people across the world view orphaned and abandoned children and also bring an understanding of children with disabilities. That even though he struggles to understand what people say, has hearing loss, now also right side vision impairments, and has short term memory issues due to injuries from the orphanage the other side of the brain compensates and he is brilliant musically and creatively.

Tyler with Ira Newborn the composer for all the big 1980s movies such as Blues Brothers, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, etc.
Tyler with Ira Newborn the composer for all the big 1980s movies such as Blues Brothers, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, etc.

From the NYU-ASCAP web site: “The NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop will immerse participants in both classical Hollywood film scoring and the techniques of the modern scoring world. Led by industry professionals, dedicated sessions will address the creative process, orchestrating, conducting, music editing, and MIDI mockups. Participants can opt for one of two tracks – orchestral or hybrid – and choose a clip from a selection of rough cuts, representing a variety of genres. The workshop will culminate in a full day of recording sessions at NYU state of the art facilities, featuring New York City’s top-tier studio musicians. Previous workshops included players from the NY Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

“The Faculty:
The workshop is taught by some of today’s most creative composers and orchestrators, led by Sean Callery (Homeland, Elementary) and Michael Levine (Cold Case, Close to Home). Veteran core faculty member Mark Snow (X-Files, Blue Bloods) and NYU Film Scoring faculty member Ira Newborn (Naked Gun series) will be featured. The ASCAP Foundation and the Society of Composers and Lyricists, with SCL President and veteran composer Dan Foliart (7th Heaven), will headline additional presentations on the art and business of film music.”

Contact: Greg Hauptner
Email: greghauptn@aol.com