The 6-Week Filmmaking Camp for teens provides students with an intensive summer introduction to the craft of filmmaking, and gives them an opportunity to direct a longer final film than is possible in our shorter camps. In the 6-Week Filmmaking Camp, each student writes, directs, shoots, and edits four short projects of his or her own using HDSLR cameras, professional lighting packages, and digital editing systems. Hands-on classes in directing, writing, editing, cinematography, and production cover all the creative and technical demands of telling a story with moving images. Each week all of the students’ films are screened and critiqued in class with the instructor.
First four weeks
The first four weeks are structured around the production of three short films of increasing complexity (see curriculum section for detailed description). Students attend class either in the morning or afternoon Monday through Friday, and shoot their films with supervision during the other half of each day. Weekends are reserved for writing, relaxation, and organized trips and activities.
Last two weeks
Each student devotes the fifth and sixth weeks of the program to directing and editing a longer film of up to 6 minutes in length. The project does not employ sync sound, focusing on the art of visual storytelling. However, students will create soundtracks that may include ambience, voice over, music, and sound effects.
There is additional time for preparation and one-on-one consultation during pre-production of their films. Students take advantage of this time to polish their scripts, to scout locations, and to cast.
Students work in three or four-person crews to complete each film. Every student directs four films. When colleagues direct, students rotate among the key crew positions (director of photography, assistant camera, and editor). Students shoot films almost every weekday throughout the workshop. This results in an enormous amount of hands-on experience.
Students receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.
The 6-Week Filmmaking Camp for teens attracts a dynamic, international group of students from all backgrounds every summer. The combination of non-stop collaborative work, the mix of diverse cultures and experiences, and a shared passion for film make the camp an intensely enriching experience.
Classes in the 6-Week Filmmaking Camp are limited in size. Prospective applicants should carefully consider the location descriptions to take full advantage of the diversity of locales.
Please see the locations section for a detailed description and dates of each program.
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