12-Weekend Filmmaking Camps for Teens

Hours: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in NYC and 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in LA (12 Consecutive Saturdays)

The 12-Weekend Filmmaking Camps for teens (ages 14-18) is offered at our campuses in New York City and at Los Angeles, CA, for individuals eager to learn filmmaking during the school year. The workshop meets for twelve sessions on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the New York City and 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Los Angeles campuses, respectively. Additional time may be scheduled for editing and production as needed.

Make Films on the Weekend

Students in the 12-Weekend Filmmaking Camp  will write, shoot, direct, and edit their own short films of up to 3 minutes. In addition, students will work on their classmates’ films as crewmembers.

Hands-on classes in directing, writing, editing, cinematography, and production cover the creative and technical demands of telling a story with moving images.

The art and craft of film is taught through a balance of classroom instruction, hands-on workshops, and immediate directing experience.

From the first day of class, students are behind the camera, learning by doing. At the Los Angeles location, students will also have the opportunity to shoot their productions on the studio backlot, while students in New York City are allowed to explore and use Manhattan as their backdrop.

Students shoot on HD digital video cameras, and will learn how to compose, direct, and light their movies. They will edit using digital editing software.

At the end of the camp, the final films are celebrated in a screening open to cast, crew, friends and family.

Advanced Weekend Digital Filmmaking Camp: 12-Weekend Filmmaking II Camp

A special advanced camp, 12-Weekend Filmmaking II Camp,  is available to students who have completed the 12-Weekend Filmmaking Camp or a summer digital filmmaking camp. Each student will direct and edit a short film of approximately 2-4 minutes shot on industry-standard digital cameras. Prior to starting the camp, students must submit a short script of 3-6 pages that they will direct during the camp. Scripts can include dialogue, although visual storytelling will be encouraged. This is a necessary requirement as there is no time to write scripts once the program begins.

Advanced camera, sound, lighting, and grip equipment will be introduced that is not a part of NYFA’s introductory programs. These new tools will help students advance both their technical and storytelling skills. At the conclusion of the program, students will celebrate with a final screening for cast, crew, family, and invited guests.

Interested to learn more about the 12-Weekend Filmmaking Camp or 12-Weekend Filmmaking II Camp or apply today? Click here to request more info or download an application.

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



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