UT Austin Film and Media Camps 2021

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Radio-Television-Film Media Camps

Learn & create with us!

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Are your kids curious about the process of filmmaking? Do they live for animation or love to laugh at funny movies?

Kids and parents have raved about our camps. Our faculty of advanced graduate students, professors, and media professionals can teach your kids the skills they need to make the content they love. Each class presents an opportunity for your kids to stay engaged creatively this summer while making friends and having fun with other imaginative kids.

Summer 2022
We are so excited to be back in person with your kids! In addition to hosting in-person camps on the UT campus, we will also offer a select program of virtual camps.

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Adults can learn and create media, too!
Parents: learn more about our media workshops for adults.

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In-Person Camps     Virtual Camps

This week's Featured Camp:

Screenwriting for High School

In-Person Camps

Our Day Camps will take place on the UT campus. We will also a offer a limited number of Virtual Camps for high school students.

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Stop-Motion Animation: Fantastic Adventures in Claymation (Half-Day, ages 6-9 & 10-12)

Your kids will learn the magic of stop-motion animation as they let their imaginations come alive with a special focus on the art of claymation. Campers will start out by sampling a variety of stop-motion animation techniques, then work in pairs to make fun short films using clay animation. No prior animation experience is necessary. Return campers are also welcome.

Ages 6-9           M–F: 9 am –12 pm
Ages 10-12       M–F: 2 pm –5 pm
One 1-week, Half-Day session:
6/13/22–6/17/22

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Stop Motion: Paper Animation (Half-Day, ages 6-9 & 10-12)

Your kids will learn the magic of stop-motion animation as they let their imaginations come alive with a special focus on the art of paper animation. Campers will start out by sampling a variety of stop-motion animation techniques, then work in pairs to make fun short films using paper / cut animation. No prior animation experience is necessary. Return campers are also welcome.

Ages 6-9            M–F: 9 am –12 pm
Ages 10-12       M–F: 2 pm –5 pm
One 1-week, Half-Day session:
6/20/22–6/24/22

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Making Films Together (Middle School, 1-week)

Films are typically made alone by one person with no outside help. Right?... WRONG. Filmmaking isn’t a solitary process. It’s a team effort. It’s working together. It’s collaboration. In this intensive one-week camp, we’ll focus on two main objectives. First, we’ll introduce and build core filmmaking skills through daily exercises, exploring such topics as storytelling, screenwriting, cinematography, sound, and editing. Then second, we’ll utilize those new skills and create collective short films where everyone contributes a piece to the puzzle. Campers will work in groups of up to five students to create original video projects from scratch and will receive a copy of each group's finished product. Let’s make films together—and let’s have fun while we do it!

Ages 11–14    M–F: 9 am–5 pm (with breaks)      
Five 1-Week Sessions available:

Session 1: 6/6/22–6/10/22
Session 2: 6/27/22–7/1/22
Session 3: 7/11/22–7/15/22
Session 4: 7/25/22–7/29/22
Session 5: 8/8/22–8/12/22

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Sound Design with Garageband (Ages 9-13, 1 week)

Bring out your inner songwriter and music producer and make music with GarageBand! Campers will use Apple’s composition tool GarageBand to write, record, and mix songs. We will also cover how to make ringtones and basic scoring/sound design for film. No songwriting experience is necessary, although some basic music knowledge and a good creative imagination are recommended. Computers will be provided. 

Ages 9-13    M–F: 9 am–2:00 pm
1-Week Session:
6/20/22–6/24/22

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Co-Write a Web Series (Middle School, 1-week)

Does your camper enjoy watching web series? In this one-week screenwriting camp, middle-schoolers will collaborate with other creative kids to craft their own short series. They will learn about character, setting, dialogue, and structure while engaging in fun writing and improvisational exercises. Computers will be provided.

Ages 11-14    M-F: 9 am–2 pm
Two 1-Week Sessions available:

Session 1: 6/27/22–7/1/22
Session 2: 7/25/22–7/29/22

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Animation Camp (Middle School, 1-week)

Make your imagination come to life this summer! Campers will learn both traditional stop-motion animation and  2D computer-based animation to create short projects. No previous animation experience required.  

Ages 11-14          1 Week; M-F: 9 am–5 pm
Three 1-week sessions available:

Session 1: 6/6/22–6/10/22
Session 2: 7/25/22–7/29/22
Session 3: 8/1/22–8/5/22

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Animated Shorts (High School, 2-week)

Delve into the wonders of animation! In this full-day, 2-week intensive, campers will learn both traditional stop-motion animation and 2D computer-based animation to create short films and satisfy their voracious imaginations. No previous animation experience required.

Grades 9th–12th          M-F 9:00 am–5:00 pm
One 2-Week Session:
7/11/22–7/22/22

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Cinematography (High School, 2-weeks)

Delve into all things lighting and camera in this advanced filmmaking course. Students will explore the history and traditions of the art of cinematography from early film to today’s vast media landscape and create multiple short projects pushing their skills in composition, lighting, movement, and visual storytelling. Designed for content-creators, storytellers, and camera aficionados alike, this course will help you take your filmmaking to the next level.

Grades 10th–12th       M-F: 9 am–5 pm
One 2-Week session: 
6/20/22–7/1/22

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Screenwriting (High School, 2-week)

This summer, your teenagers can let their creative imaginations run wild while learning the craft of screenwriting. In this two-week screenwriting course, taught by UT faculty and graduate students, campers will study scenes from screenplays; watch and discuss movie clips; learn about character, setting, dialogue, and structure; and write screenplays. During the first week, they will write original short scripts, and during the second, they will collaborate with other creative teens to write a web series. Computers will be provided.

Grades 10th–12th   M–F: 10 am–3 pm
Two 2-Week Sessions available:
Session 1: 6/6/22–6/17/22
Session 2: 7/11/22–7/22/22

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Filmmaking (High School, 1-week)

Make a movie in a week! This one-week-long, all-day intensive workshop structure gives campers the opportunity to learn the basics of filmmaking, including: writing a screenplay/script, shooting video, operating sound, directing crew/actors, acting, and editing video. Campers will work together in groups of up to five students to create original video projects from scratch and will receive a copy of each group's finished product. Be prepared to focus and have fun!

Grades 10th–12th           M-F: 9 am –5 pm
Four 1-week sessions:

Session 1: 6/13/22–6/17/22
Session 2: 6/20/22–6/24/22
Session 3: 7/18/22–7/22/22
Session 4: 8/1/22–8/5/22

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Advanced Filmmaking (High School, 2 weeks)

Take your skills to the next level in this two-week camp. In addition to collaborating with fellow teens who share your interests, you will have more time to develop scripts, plan your films, focus on sound and camera techniques, learn about how to cinematically 'cover' a scene, and think like an editor. Campers will work in groups of up to five students to create original video projects from scratch and will receive a copy of each group's finished product. Be prepared to focus and have fun! Ideal for campers entering grades 10-12 (and recent high school grads) with some previous filmmaking experience either in an RTF camp or elsewhere.

Grades 10th–12th   M-F: 9 am–5 pm
Two 2-Week Sessions available:

Session 1: 6/6/22–6/17/22
Session 2: 7/11/22–7/22/22

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Documentary Filmmaking (High School, 2-weeks)

There are millions of untold stories and events happening around us every day. This summer, learn how to creatively share your own non-fiction story through film. For campers entering grades 10-12 (and recent high school grads) with previous filmmaking experience, learn all the skills you need to craft a captivating short documentary. We will examine the many different types of documentaries and explore how to select compelling topics based on available resources, plan pre-production, lighting, sound recording, cinematography, interviewing, finding the story, and editing. Together, campers will collaborate to create their own short documentaries (max 5-8 min) by shooting studio interviews, using archival footage, conducting person-on-the-street interviews, and shooting visual footage. Bring your ideas for a short local documentary film and leave the course with the skills and experience to make many more.

Grades 10th–12th  M-F: 9 am–5 pm
One 2-week session available:
7/25/22–8/5/22

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2D Animation: Intro to Animation (High School, 1-week)

Make your imagination come to life this summer! In this introduction to animation, campers will learn 2D computer-based animation to create short projects. No previous animation experience required.

Grades 9th–12th
M-F: 9 am – 5pm
One 1-week session available:
6/27/2022–7/1/22

   

Virtual Camps

These programs will meet over Zoom and through online learning platforms.

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Virtual Camp - Intro to Screenwriting (High School)

This summer, teenagers can let their creative imaginations run wild while learning the craft of screenwriting. In this two-week screenwriting course, taught by RTF grad students at UT, campers will study scenes from screenplays; watch and discuss movie clips and short films; learn about character, setting, dialogue, and structure; and write screenplays. They will collaborate with other creative teens as well as write their own original short scripts.

Grades 9th–12th    M–F 10 am–3 pm CT w/breaks
2 weeks:
6/20/22–7/1/22

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Virtual Camp - Cinematography for the Guerilla Filmmaker (High School)

In this virtual intensive, we will explore how to make the best-looking film out of what you have available. Using smart phones, tablets, or cameras (whatever devices you have at home), students will complete multiple 1-to-2-minute shorts over the two-week course, in order to explore the many facets of cinematography. They will push their skills in composition, lighting, movement, and visual storytelling, while refining technical basics and learning to adapt those essential skills to any situation. We will also explore the history and traditions of the art of cinematography from early film to today's vast media landscape. Designed for content-creators, storytellers, and camera aficionados alike, this course will help you take your filmmaking to the next level.

Grades 9th–12th  
2 weeks (9 days)
Week 1:Tu-F: 10:00 am–11:45 am CT
Week 2: M-F: 10:00 am–11:45 am CT + Friday afternoon final screening
7/6/22–7/15/22

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Virtual Camp - DIY Narrative Filmmaking (High School)

Using the fundamental elements of visual storytelling, this online production course will help students utilize resources they have to make a short film. Each student will shoot practice exercises to hone their skills in writing, directing, shooting, and editing; students will then apply those skills to a 3-5 minute short video project of their very own.

Grades 9th–12th  
Meets 5 hrs/wk + supervision:
M/W/F: 11 am–12 pm CT &
M/W: 3 pm–4 pm CT.
3 weeks:
6/13/22–7/1/22