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This 3-unit course is a four-week intensive writing/travel/production experience. We will study Greek mythology and transform traditional myths into four short film scripts to be produced on location in Greece.

The group will be led by Dodge Professor James Gardner, Director of Television Studies and Dr. Eileen Jankowski, Department of English, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

May 29-June 25, 2018
Part 1: May 29-June 9, 2018 at Dodge College
Part 2: June 10-June 25, 2018 in Greece

Admitted Students Travel information Meeting & Travel Course Orientation – @ Dodge early April, Tuesday evening Spring semester, TBA

Part 1:
The first two weeks of the class will be taught at Dodge College. Under the instruction of Dr. Eileen Jankowski, professor in Wilkinson College, the students will delve into Greek history, culture, and myth. After reading about and discussing key gods and goddesses in the Greek pantheon, viewing the History Channel’s “Gods and Goddesses” and clips from the films “Troy” and “The Odyssey”, and visiting the Getty Villa, the students will develop four scripts.

We will break into two production groups composed of five students each (director, cinematographer, assistant camera, sound, and editor). We also will have one producer and four actors for a total company of fifteen students. Each group will prepare two original scripts modeled on the 3-2-1 concept (three pages, two characters, one location) and complete pre-production and rehearsals. Since we will be in Greece, we will adjust the one location model to include three locations for each film, one location per day.

Part 2:
The second two weeks of the course will be taught in a 14 night, 15 day stay in Greece. We begin our Greek adventure exploring Athens to get a hands-on cultural background for the myths we learned about as well as modern Greek culture. We will have three days in Athens for cultural and historical exploration, visiting the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Acropolis Museum, Plaka, and more.

Next, we will ferry to the Island of Kea for five days of production, shooting in the port city of Ioulis and the mountain town Korissia. There we will experience island life including the relaxing beaches, narrow village roads, and historic landmarks such as the port and the famous Lion statue, carved prior to 600 BCE.

Lastly, we will return to the mainland for six days to conclude our shoots in the historic port town of Lavrio, where we will visit the ancient theatre of Thorikos (oldest existing amphitheater in the world), the mineralogical museum, the archeological museum, the Laiki open-air market, the port, the remains of the silver mining industry preserved in the technological park, the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion and more.

The course fee will be between $2,243-$2,467 (final amount subject to booking of travel arrangements and exchange rates, by April 2018).

Tuition: (Please note that students are responsible for their tuition costs if there are any)

Undergrad: There is a one-time tuition waiver for a travel course taken through Chapman University for undergraduate students. See http://www.chapman.edu/travelCourses/tuitionWaiver.asp for further details and to access the Tuition waiver form. You will complete the waiver with the other pre-departure forms online on Global Gateway via email once you have deposited and the class enrollment is complete.

Graduate: Once a graduate student completes 15 credits at Chapman, he/she becomes eligible for a 3-credit tuition waiver for a Travel Course irrespective of the number of credits required in the degree.  See http://www.chapman.edu/international-studies/center-for-global-education/travel-courses/tuition-waiver.aspx.

Course fee includes:

  • All accommodations in Greece: 15 days/14 nights hotel lodging in Athens, Kea, and Lavrio
  • Breakfast each morning and lunch on production days
  • 3 group welcome dinners (one in each city)
  • Gelato in Lavrio as Prof. Gardner sees fit
  • Guided tour of and admission to the famous Acropolis and Ancient Agora in Athens
  • Acropolis Museum admission
  • Tours of the Ancient Plaka and Monastiraki, ancient theatre of Thorikos (oldest existing amphitheater), Lavrion Mineralogical Museum, Archeological Museum, Laiki open-air market, Temple of Poseidon in Sounion and more.


Course fee does not include:

  • PASSPORT — make sure you get in a timely manner AND make sure it has more than 6 months left
  • Lodging in Orange
  • Tuition if any
  • Roundtrip airfare to Athens — Please note that if admitted, course instructor must approve arrival itinerary prior to student purchasing. Instructor will provide his flight itinerary from LAX to Athens for students to purchase and travel together if they choose.
  • Lunch and Dinner meals (beyond the pre-paid meals and breakfast)
  • Additional adventures in Greece and/or travel after the class.
  • Gifts, tips.
  • Taxi fare to/from airport (approx. 10 Euro to take the metro, 35 Euro to take Taxi)


If accepted into the course, you must make a $500 deposit with a credit card online before March 25th 2018. This is a non-refundable deposit that will reserve your spot in the course. If admitted students do not put down their deposit by the deadline, they will lose their spot and I will then admit students from the waitlist. With only 15 spots available, I expect this to be a competitive course and to secure your spot you must deposit ASAP.

In addition to the deposit, students must complete a variety of required forms for the university online through Global Gateway, which you will receive via email after the course is fully enrolled.