Young Filmmakers Camp
ABOUT THE YOUNG FILMMAKERS CAMP
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
(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.
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.
We will issue a full refund with 2 weeks notice prior to camp’s start date.
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Register Your Child Today!
Each year, the Michigan Theater offers three full-tuition scholarships to the Young Filmmakers Camp. Three campers, one for each week of film camp, will be selected to receive these scholarships. We believe no student or family should be discouraged from applying to the Young Filmmakers Camp because of lack of funds. We welcome a broad cross section of families who believe in their children and in their ability to succeed.
- Complete this application online, this includes a typed essay (300-500 words) from your child about why they are interested in filmmaking, what they are hoping to learn from this camp and what their favorite movie is and why.
- New! If your child is not selected to receive a scholarship and you still want to attend, you will need to register for the appropriate week.
Scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2020 at 11:59PM; scholarship recipients will be notified by April 6, 2020.