Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Eagles' Dorenbos to take part in Hollywood Boot camp

Twenty current and former NFL players including Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos will take part in the first-ever NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp at Universal Studios in Universal City, California.

The program, which runs from April 2-5, is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and Film Life Inc., the New York-based film production company, and will cover a wide range of topics in the movie industry.

The four-day boot camp will offer a comprehensive overview of creative disciplines in the film industry including screen writing, directing, producing and film financing. Session leaders will be selected from among top industry executives and filmmakers and include multiple Academy Award-nominated director/producer/ screenwriter JOHN SINGLETON and writer/actor/directors ROBERT TOWNSEND and KEENEN IVORY WAYANS. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot and edit a short film at Universal Studios, the largest working motion picture studio in the world which offers 30 sound stages and 30 backlot movie sets where many legendary films have been shot.

The NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp is the latest NFL Player Engagement initiative offered to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.  Last week, the NFL held its first Business of Music Boot Camp at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

Since 2005, more than 700 NFL players have participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program.  More than one-third of the 106 players who have taken part in the five NFL Broadcast Boot Camps have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program. In addition, each offseason more than 100 NFL players enroll in college courses as they work towards Master’s or Bachelor’s degrees while more than 120 pursue career internships.

Player enrollment criteria include previous participation in NFL Player Engagement programs, prior media experience, essays, and NFL playing experience.

In on the field news, the team has signed LB Monte Simmons.

An undrafted free agent signing of San Francisco in 2011, Simmons (6-3, 226) spent his entire rookie campaign on the 49ers practice squad. A four-year defensive end at Kent State, the 23-year-old finished his collegiate career with 21.5 sacks, three shy of the school record. He earned second-team All-MAC accolades following his junior season in 2009 after leading the team with 8.5 sacks and 16 tackles for a loss. The Swissville, PA, native earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior at Woodland Hills High School.

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