Filmmaking Camp challenges young people to tell a story with moving images. Students begin on day one working with digital cameras and learning the fundamentals of directing films. Hands-on classes in directing, writing, editing, cinematography, and production cover the creative and technical demands of telling a story with moving images.
In the Two-Week program, each student writes, directs and edits his or her own short film of up to three minutes and fulfills basic crew positions on his or her classmates’ films.
Students shoot on digital video cameras and learn how to compose, direct, and light for quality images and edit using digital editing software. At the Los Angeles location, students may shoot their productions on the studio backlot.
Students make one short film each week. Two-Week students write and direct a film of greater complexity in the second week.
At the end of the Two-Week and Weekend Filmmaking Camps, the final films are celebrated in a screening open to cast, crew, friends, and family.
ADVANCED FILMMAKING CAMP
Designed expressly for graduates of the Academy’s Kids Filmmaking Camp, this intermediate course offers students the opportunity to take the next creative and technical step in filmmaking.
Students develop, pre-produce, and create a longer and more complex project than that completed in the beginner program. Closer attention is paid to set and costume design, locations, shot choices, and coverage, as well as additional crew roles.
The finished product is a film of up to 5 minutes. Classes focus on topics including digital cinematography, screenwriting, editing practice and aesthetics, and directing for cinema.