Summer camps for 2021 are currently being planned for both in-person and online options. However, due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, NYFA will be unable to offer housing for in-person teen camps. Families will need to secure their own housing for campers and provide any necessary off-campus supervision, if traveling to a NYFA teen summer camp from another city, state or country. All after-school and weekend camps will be conducted online, until further notice. To view all camps and workshops offered, please click here.

6-Week Filmmaking II Camp for Teens


2021 Locations: New York City, Los Angeles
Prerequisite: 3, 4, or 6-Week Filmmaking Camp
Please note: NYFA kids camps do not qualify as a prerequisite.

Build Upon Your Filmmaking Skills

In this intensive, 6-Week Filmmaking II Camp, teens take the next creative and technical step in their mastery of the craft of filmmaking. Each student will direct and edit a short film of six to eight minutes with more advanced equipment, including different HD cameras and a larger grip and sound package.

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This course is open only to students who have previously completed a three-week, four-week or six-week filmmaking camp at the New York Film Academy. This is an intensive course meant to nurture passionate film students.

Prior to starting the program, students must submit a short script of three to six pages that they will direct during the workshop. This is a necessary requirement, as the development of the film begins during week one, and campers must have a project ready to go!

Teen Filmmaking Workshop: Format

The professional HD cameras used in the 6-Week Filmmaking II Camp allow students to capture extraordinarily detailed images in a cost-effective manner. Hands-on classes in camera, lighting, sound, directing, and editing will give students the opportunity to explore creative possibilities on set and help them prepare for their own projects.

In Production Workshop classes, students will shoot camera and lighting tests on HD, as well as a short scene to review the conventions of film coverage.

At the end of the second week of the course, students will enter production. Working in small crews and under the guidance of an instructor, each student will be given two production days to complete a short, sync sound film.

When not directing, students rotate in the roles of director of photography, assistant camera, sound operator, and gaffer. The final two weeks of the program will be spent on digital editing and sound design. At the conclusion of the workshop, students will celebrate with a final screening for cast, crew, family, and invited guests.

Teen Filmmaking Workshop: Overview

This program demands full time commitment during class as well as possible work in the evenings and over the weekends. Given the intensity of this workshop, students may or may not be able to participate in the usual group activities planned for our other teen film camps. When not in class or shooting film, students will be casting, location scouting, creating storyboards, and rehearsing.

Tuition includes all classes and the use of the HD digital video camera, accessories, lighting package and sound equipment designed for this program. Tuition does not include any additional production expenses that may arise from a student’s script (including costumes, props, location expenses, and food). The New York Film Academy encourages students to minimize any additional expenses, with the understanding that the quality of a project is not proportional to the cost; rather to the effort and creativity involved.

Click here to learn more about the application process.

Please note that curriculum, dates, and prices are subject to change.