Putting together a year in review article for any business can seem a bit daunting, and that’s especially true when talking about all that goes on at JDS Studios…events, visual, performing and digital arts classes, a News Magazine Program, a growing Digital Media Festival and Conference, Partnerships with several cities’ and their TV stations, and including the County of Riverside and their TV outlet. 2019 also featured our biggest Haunted Studio yet – top that off with our growing video training program for adults with developmental disabilities, one would think we’d be exhausted…instead, we can hardly wait to see what 2020 will bring!
By looking back over the year, we can’t help but look forward to the next chapter for each of our programs and entities. At JDS Studios, we’ve taken a vision where creatives of all types can find a place to grow their craft. From budding actors to set designers, musical theater prodigies, to fashion designers, students of the digital arts to tomorrow’s news reporters, camera operators, producers, editors and directors are all able to find a visual, performing or digital arts program within the walls of JDS Studios.
2019 kicked off with our spring classes, our 4th episode of Spectrum of Innovation, an industry showcase, and a chamber mixer, all leading up to the April three-day festival, conference and competition celebrating the digital media world. DigiFest® Temecula 2020 season has already begun with open submissions in the following categories: Animators, Short Film & Video, Podcast and Vloggers, Photographers, Illustrators, Musicians, Gamers and Website Developers to compete for the much sought after DigiAward!
With the full support of the City of Temecula, this is a vehicle for the community and region to come together and experience digital media in many creative and artistic forms.
“JDS Creative Academy has seen tremendous growth in 2019. We are now a staff of 17 and have 22 Inland Regional Consumers enrolled in our training program.” Diane Strand, Founder JDSCA
Our Spring, Summer Camp, and Fall programs feature the youth of The Valley who participate in live theater productions to develop their creative skills from acting to backstage production with plays and musicals designed to showcase their experience. The public is always invited to these FREE performances. Please keep your eye on our social media for details and reserve your seat today for the December 21st & 22nd Winter Showcase. RSVP at JDSActorsStudio.com to see JDS Studios’ collaboration from JDS Creative Academy and JDS Actors Studio in the productions of Little Scrooge & Little Shop.
One of our most exciting programs is our Video Production hands-on training program incorporating students from Mt. San Jacinto College as apprentices and adults with developmental disabilities from Inland Regional Center. Participants in the program are fully immersed in producing, writing, editing, operating cameras, a tri-caster, and teleprompter for their LIVE weekly SOI Update show, a spin-off of our monthly magazine-style show Spectrum of Innovation News & Information for Riverside County.