Young Filmmakers Camp


Film Camp 2020 has been cancelled.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the tough decision to cancel this summer’s film camp. We are committed to the safety of your children as well as the level of quality in our education programs. For questions, please email


The Michigan Theater’s Young Filmmakers Camp gives middle and high school students the chance to bring their imaginations out from behind the lens and onto the big screen. Campers will receive hands-on experience in making their own short films in a collaborative setting, plus an introduction to the rich and storied history of film. By the end of camp, these budding filmmakers will gain insight on how directing, acting, producing, editing, shooting, and all the other behind-the-scenes magic shapes a film from a simple idea all the way to a Hollywood blockbuster. Kids take part in educational group activities such as film history and screenings, as well as production-related activities such as story boarding and camera placement.

We offer a one-week session for kids who have never been to film camp and are beginners to filmmaking and two one-week intermediate sessions for kids with prior film camp or filmmaking experience.

2020 Camp Information

Intro to Filmmaking

WEEK 1 July 20-24 8:30AM – 3:30PM
Each week is followed by a screening on Saturday at 2:00PM for family and friends of the kids’ films.

(Recommended for kids 10 & up that have NOT attended a previous Michigan Theater film camp or has had any filmmaking experience)

For the kids who dream of making movies, this one-week camp is an opportunity to learn the basics of the filmmaking process by producing, directing, and editing short films. We will provide digital camcorders and computers with professional editing software. Participants just need to bring creativity and a willingness to collaborate!

Beginner campers will learn:

  • The basics of shooting video
  • How to write a story
  • How to turn a story into a screenplay
  • How to edit your clips into a movie
  • How to work with a team to bring your film to life

Intermediate Filmmaking

WEEK 2 July 27-31 8:30AM – 3:30PM
WEEK 3 August 3-7 8:30AM – 3:30PM
Each week is followed by a screening on Saturday at 2:00PM for family and friends of the kids’ films

(Recommended for kids 10 & up that HAVE attended a previous Michigan Theater film camp or have filmmaking experience)

This session moves beyond the basics, allowing campers to learn the three necessary components of creating a film. Campers will learn the importance of working together to produce a polished and complete film. They will go through the steps of pre-production, shooting, and finally editing the film into a completed piece.

In addition to the fundamentals, intermediate campers will also learn:

  • Cinematography: How do you use camera techniques, lighting and framing to tell your story visually?
  • Narrative theory: What makes a story interesting, and how do we create ideas from scratch? Structure, aesthetics, irony… we’ll go over all the tools you need to tell a great story.

Camp Fees

All camps are offered at the same price. Prices are per student, per week.

$500 – Michigan & State Members
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$550 – Non-members

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Membership purchases must occur in a separate transaction prior to registering for film camp – member prices are only available to those logged into their member accounts. To qualify for the member discount, you must be a Basic, Premium or Gold Card Member.

Refund Policy

We will issue a full refund with 2 weeks notice prior to camp’s start date.


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There is no doubt that kids learn the most by “doing.” Gaining so much insight into a medium that saturates our culture is important for any child; but for a fellow who is already obsessed with movies, it is potentially life changing. Now (my son) is certain he wants to be a film director. A million thanks to you for putting together this uniquely-enriching program, for your engaging counselors who’ve created a space for kids to find their own voice.

Mother of a 2015 Film Camp Participant

[The Michigan Theater Young Filmmakers Camp] gave a good basic understanding of how films are made (technically), provided a great creative and collaborative experience, some beginning experience using a film camera, and a lot of fun. Bonus was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater and getting to try the organ – both were big hits!
Film Camp 2012 Parent

The Young Filmmakers Camp is made possible, in part, by support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.