This summer, kids make the movies they want to see!
Students use professional cameras and software to write, shoot, act and edit their own short movies.
Camps run in weekly sessions, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
To ensure the health and safety of all we are running our camps with a reduced max capacity of 12 students.
We will be setting up socially distant work stations regularly sanitizing all equipment and providing PPE materials.
Summer Film Camp
West 60th St and West End Ave
June 29th-August 21st
FILM CAMP: final edits and screening party.
FILM CAMP: ice breaker games, brainstorming movie ideas, script writing and location scouting.
FILM CAMP: table reads of scripts, camera lesson, casting, storyboarding, and pre-production.
FILM CAMP: break into small groups to film separate projects.
FILM CAMP: finish filming and Final Cut Pro editing lesson.
Every week of film camp covers the basics of how to make a movie from start to finish, no experience is necessary! Kids will learn how to write their own scripts, storyboard, operate professional camcorders and DSLRs, act in front of a camera and edit using Final Cut Pro. Every week of Film Camp features a skill or theme to focus on to keep sessions exciting and new. Camps are capped at 12 students and will result in 2 or more short films by the end of the week. Our camps are completely hands-on so whenever kids are not acting, they are working the camera, holding the boom or calling the shots.
Film Camp Themes
Week of 6/15 and 2/22 - Classic Film Camp. This weeklong workshop covers filmmaking from A-Z and is great for beginners as well as experienced students looking to sharpen their skills. Midtown only.
Week of 6/29 - Summer Blockbuster. Calling all future Spielbergs! Start the summer off with a bang as we explore epic storytelling and grand adventure.
Week of 7/6 - Advanced Camera Work. Take those camera skills to the next level with crane shots, rack focus and the trickiest of them all: the dolly zoom. Students get their hands on top notch cameras and state-of-the-art stabilizers.
Week of 7/13 - Lighting and Film Noir. Students gain experience with studio light kits. Master three-point lightning and learn how to use dramatic shadows to create a scene worthy of Hitchcock!
NEW! Weeks of 7/6 and 7/13 - Super 8 Film. Putting the film back in Film Academy! Students in this special two-week course will get their hands on real film stock and shoot a project on a Super 8 camera during the first week, then they will edit the second week after the film has been processed and digitized. Enrollment in this workshop also includes enrollment in the Advanced Camera and Lighting camps plus materials. UWS only.
NEW! Week of 7/20 - 3D Movies. Filmmaking travels into a new dimension... the third dimension! Students will use stereoscopic cameras to create a short movie inspired by creature features of the 1950's and 60's. Get those glasses ready! Includes materials cost.
Week of 7/27 - Special Effects. Transport yourself anywhere in the world with a green screen, add lasers and explosions! We'll even learn how to create our own effects using techniques from masters of their craft.
NEW! Week of 8/3 - Animation. Students will learn stop motion, rotoscoping and pixilation techniques to create animated shorts. We can even incorporate animated characters in with live action!
Week of 8/10 - Advanced Editing. The perfect week for those who want to delve deep into the art of the edit, including special effects, key framing and color correction.
Week of 8/17 - Music and Soundtracks. A good piece of music completes the film. Kids will learn to use Garageband to create scores for their own movies!
We look forward to our Film Camps all year long, it's the time when students get to be at their most creative and make some incredible films! We are running our in-person camps as scheduled while including every measure of social distancing and safety possible. We will also be offering online workshops in addition to our in-person camps since it allows kids from all over to country to take part. We've concentrated our curriculum to give kids the know-how that they need while being conscious of screen time. Daily workshops will be led in 1 to 2.5 hour blocks (with breaks!) and paring that with more 1-on-1 time. Is this more work and costly for us? Absolutely, it's also the right way to do it. Because it's summer, and frankly we don't think kids should be sitting in Zoom meetings for 4+ hours a day. We think they should be running around and shooting movies. So whether you're looking for an in-person experience or prefer an online option we have a great program for you!
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