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.

Online Summer Camps: Filmmaking for Teens

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Application and payment deadline is at 4:00 p.m. ET the Thursday before the start of the program. Individuals who apply and/or pay past the deadline may be admitted on a case by case basis but may also experience a delay in receiving the necessary information to join the first class.

Camp Durations

  • 1-Week
  • 3-Week
  • 4-Week

Camp Schedules

 

Camps Scheduled for Eastern & Pacific Time 

  • Classes are scheduled daily, Monday-Friday.
  • Students meet 4-hours per day at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ET and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

*All production exercises are self guided and to be completed during a weekday evening.

Requirements

  •  3 & 4 weeks filmmaking camps only:
    • Filmic Pro App (additional student cost is approximately $14.99)
    • Month-long subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro (additional student cost is approximately $31.49)


1-Week Teen Filmmaking Camp – Online

  • Tuition: $650 (USD)
  • Camp Hours: 10 sessions, total 20 hours
  • Campers will leave the program with:
    • 5 to 7 shot video (2-3 min in length): This video will break down an action or series of actions into different shots while maintaining the illusion of spatial, temporal and emotional continuity 

Students enrolled in our 1-Week Online Filmmaking Camp for teens will receive an exciting introduction to the craft of storytelling through film. The pace of this camp is feverish as each student will complete a short project to be screened at the conclusion of the camp.

Staying true to our hands-on approach, as in all of the New York Film Academy filmmaking camps students will have the opportunity to write, direct, shoot and edit their own short project. Production exercises and projects are to be completed during a weekday evening, this includes both the execution of the shooting plan and post production​.

Class Descriptions

Director’s Craft – Students are taught the language of cinema and how a director effectively communicates a story to their audience. Focused on aspects of visual storytelling and continuity-style scene coverage this class also teaches the proper way a director prepares in advance of physical production. Including in the Director’s Craft class is the Pre-production meeting, a time for the students to pitch their story and go over their production plan.

Screenwriting – This class teaches basic screenwriting structure, and works to build a fundamental understanding of story. Students work to formulate their film ideas in this class.

Cinematography – These classes introduce the students to the fundamentals of cinematography and camera operation as applied to shooting with a mobile device. This class will also explain the manual camera settings available via the Adobe Rush mobile application.

Editing – Students learn how to import their digital footage into the Adobe Rush editing platform. Creating a timeline, inserting and splicing footage, special digital effects like transitions and project exporting are the main skills taught. 

Screen & Critique – This class is designed to help the students dissect their and their classmates film exercises while identifying what directorial choices were effective and why.

 

3-Week Teen Filmmaking Camp – Online

  • Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
  • Camp Hours: 30 sessions, total 60 hours
  • Campers will leave the program with:
    • 5 to 7 shot video (2-3 mins in length): This video will break down an action or series of actions into different shots while maintaining the illusion of spatial, temporal and emotional continuity 
    • POV Video (2-5 mins in length): Through a series of shots the filmmaker will communicate the point of view of one “character” in a scene. POV techniques will be taught in the Director’s Craft class. 

The 3-Week Filmmaking Camp for teens is structured around the production of two short film exercises of increasing complexity.

Students’ days are spent in the virtual classroom and on their own home set learning how to apply what they have learned from their expert instructors. Each student writes, directs, shoots and edits his or her own exercises using mobile devices and digital editing software. Through a series of online intensive classes on production, editing, writing, cinematography, and directing, we provide students with a thorough introduction to the various creative and technical demands of filmmaking. During the camp, students have each one of their films screened and critiqued online with their lead faculty member.

Class Descriptions

Director’s Craft – Students are taught the language of cinema and how a director effectively communicates a story to their audience. Focused on aspects of visual storytelling, continuity-style scene coverage and creating point of view in a scene this class also teaches the proper way a director prepares in advance of physical production. Including in the Director’s Craft class are the Pre-production meetings, a time for the students to pitch their story and go over their production plan and the art of directing actors. 

Screenwriting – These classes teach basic screenwriting structure, and work to build a fundamental understanding of story including creating fully realized and relatable characters. Students work to formulate their film ideas in these sessions.

Cinematography – These classes introduce the students to the fundamentals of cinematography and camera operation as applied to shooting with a mobile device. This class will also explain the manual camera settings available via the FiLMiC Pro mobile application. Included in the Cinematography classes is a demonstration based session on the fundamentals of film lighting.

Editing – Students learn how to import their digital footage into the Adobe Premiere editing platform. Creating a timeline, inserting and splicing footage, creating special digital effects like transitions, basic sound design and project exporting are the main skills taught.

Screen & Critique – This class is designed to help the students dissect their and their classmates exercises while identifying what directorial choices were effective and why.

 

4-Week Teen Filmmaking Camp – Online

  • Tuition: $2,400 (USD)
  • Camp Hours: 40 sessions, total 80 hours
  • Campers will leave the program with:
    • 5 to 7 shot video (2-3 mins in length): This video will break down an action or series of actions into different shots while maintaining the illusion of spatial, temporal and emotional continuity 
    • POV Video (2-5 mins in length): Through a series of shots the filmmaker will communicate the point of view of one “character” in a scene. POV techniques will be taught in the Director’s Craft class. 
    • Mise-en-scene Film (1-2 minutes in length): One shot exercise using all the elements in the frame to communicate a tone, emotion or short story. Utilizing framing, gestalt theory, production design and blocking techniques. 

The 4-Week Online Filmmaking Camp for teens is structured around the production of three short film exercises of increasing complexity. Students spend their days either in online class learning the essentials of filmmaking from leading industry professionals or applying those lessons to their own original film projects. Each student writes, directs, shoots, and edits three short films of his or her own, using mobile devices and industry-standard editing software. 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 student films are screened and critiqued in class with their lead instructor.

Class Descriptions

Director’s Craft – Students are taught the language of cinema and how a director effectively communicates a story to their audience. Focused on aspects of visual storytelling, continuity-style scene coverage and creating point of view in a scene this class also teaches the proper way a director prepares in advance of physical production. Including in the Director’s Craft class are the Pre-production meetings, a time for the students to pitch their story and go over their production plan and the art of directing actors.Additionally, conducted in the Director’s Craft class, are the Pre-production meetings, a time for the students to pitch their story and go over their production plan.

Screenwriting – These classes teach basic screenwriting structure, and work to build a fundamental understanding of story including creating fully realized and relatable characters. Students work to formulate their film ideas in this class.

Cinematography – These classes introduce the students to the fundamentals of cinematography and camera operation as applied to shooting with a mobile device. This class will also explain the manual camera settings available via the FiLMiC Pro mobile application. The Cinematography class will also include a demonstration based session on the fundamentals of film lighting and a special class on how to construct working units from common household objects.

Editing – Students learn how to import their digital footage into the Adobe Premiere editing platform. Creating a timeline, inserting and splicing footage, special digital effects like transitions, basic sound design, simple color correction and project exporting are the main lessons taught.

Screen & Critique – This class is designed to help the students dissect their and their classmates exercises while identifying what directorial choices were effective and why.

Special Topics – These sessions are designed to introduce the student to other disciplines a director should know, including but not limited to Production Design and an introduction to Producing.

CAMP INFORMATION

4-Week Teen Online Filmmaking Dates:

Jun 28, 2021 – Jul 23, 2021

3-Week Teen Online FilmmakingDates:

Jul 26, 2021 – Aug 13, 2021

1-Week Teen Online FilmmakingDates:

Jul 12, 2021 – Jul 16, 2021
Jul 19, 2021 – Jul 23, 2021
Aug 2, 2021 – Aug 6, 2021

Teen Camp Locations