Camps 2020
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2020 Radio-Television-Film Media Camps - Online
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This summer, keep your kids engaged and learning with our virtual creative camps! Are your kids curious about the process of filmmaking? Do they love to play video games and might like to design their own? Do they live for animation or love to laugh at funny movies?

Our faculty of advanced graduate students, professors, and media professionals can help develop those interests and teach your kids the skills 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.

Adults can learn and create media, too!
Parents: learn more about our 2020 virtual media workshops for adults.

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How to Write a Screenplay (Middle School)

Do you have the next great Netflix idea? A premise for a new Pixar movie? Are you a born storyteller? How to Write a Screenplay is a 2-week writing camp for ages 11-13 that helps you hone your storytelling skills. Students learn the foundations of great storytelling and develop their own original idea into a short movie script. From screenwriting camp to the Academy Awards!

Ages 11-13           1 Week, M-F, CT times: 10:00 am–12:00 pm; Independent Work Time: 12:00 pm–2:00 pm; 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

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Making Films Together While Apart (Middle School)

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 two-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 a collective short film where everyone contributes a piece to the puzzle… Let’s make films together (while apart). And let’s have fun while we do it!

Ages 11–13           Two 2-Week Sessions available, M–F: 10 am–4 pm CT (with breaks)

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Documentary Filmmaking –Telling a Personal Story

Learn to become a production team of one — as the director, cinematographer, and editor of your very own documentary film. This intensive workshop will focus on digital visual storytelling with topics spanning from research and story structure to editing techniques and sound design. Using existing material from public archives and home videos together with original footage shot from the safety of home, students will apply what they learn to create a 3-5 minute documentary film. Each week, students will screen their work with their classmates and engage in guided critiques and discussion.

Ages 14-18           4 Weeks, M/W: 10:00 am–12:00 pm CT; office hours by appt: F: 10am-3pm

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Comedy Camp for the Teen Writer

Are you a future Late Night TV host? A TikTok star in the making? A future cast member of Saturday Night Live? This virtual summer camp will help you hone your skills to be a comedy writer. Students will explore writing jokes, developing their own funny characters, and writing sketch comedy. Students will participate in short improvisational games as a way to brainstorm funny material, and will learn how to write and revise their comedy jokes and scenes. The camp will end in a short virtual showcase on Friday.

Ages 14-18           1 Week, M-F: 11 am–4:30 pm as follows: 11 am–1pm; 1pm–3pm Independent Work Time: 3pm-4:30 pm CT

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DIY Narrative Filmmaking

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.

Ages 14-18         Two 3-Week sessions; M/W/F: 11 am–12 pm CT plus M/F: 3 pm–4pm CT; and (office hours by appt): T/Th: 10 am–12 pm CT

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Virtual Filmmaking with Unreal Engine —for High School

Teen filmmakers and photographers, join us this summer in a virtual creative playground and unlock the game-changing, creative potential of virtual production! Geared towards those with a minimum of intermediate-level experience in filmmaking or photography, this camp will allow you to plan, do layout, light, animate, and render cinematic ideas, concepts, and art in real-time using Unreal Engine. Physically accurate cameras will simulate their real-world counterparts and give you the ability to hone your real-world skills in a virtual environment.

Ages 14-18           2 Weeks, M-F: 10 am-12 pm; 1:30-3:30 pm CT

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Intro to Screenwriting

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. 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.

Ages 14-18           Two 2-Week Sessions available; M–F: 10:00 am–11am lecture/discussion; 1-3pm workshop CT

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Cinematography for the Guerilla Filmmaker

In this virtual camp, 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.

Ages 14-18           Two 2-Week sessions; M-F: 10:00 am–11:30 am CT+ final screening

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Sound Design with Garageband for High School

The universe of audio is an invisible world often overlooked as a unique space for expression and creativity. The worlds of music and podcasting thrive in this underused space in ways that don’t rely on the visual, and the world of cinema relies on sound to do a lot of its secret heavy lifting. We will be using the platform of GarageBand to explore these uses of sound. Campers will work on audio-only and audio/visual projects to learn the tools for manipulating sound and expressing themselves through it. It is both a technical journey as well as a playful and creative one. Campers will finish with a portfolio of music and videos showing off their use of sound. Any previous knowledge and appreciation of sound is appreciated but not necessary, including any musical skills.

Ages 14-18           1 Week, M–F: 9:30 am–11:30 am; 1:00–2:00 pm CT

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Video Game Production

Do you like to play video games? Have you ever wanted to make your own video game? Join us as we create a game from the ground up! We will build fully 3D environments that are beautiful and fun to play! Each student will be the "lead" on their own level, using Unreal Engine. No prior knowledge necessary...this is a great way to learn how the basics of 3D game design. Participants will emerge with a fully playable demo level of their own design.

Ages 14-18           2 Weeks, M-F: 10 am-12 pm; 1:30-3:30 pm CT

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Comedy Camp for Young Writers (Middle School)

Are you a future Late Night TV host? A TikTok star in the making? A future cast member of Saturday Night Live? This virtual summer camp will help you hone your skills to be a comedy writer. Students will explore writing jokes, developing their own funny characters, and writing sketch comedy. Students will participate in short, improvisational games as a way to brainstorm funny material, and will learn how to write and revise their comedy jokes and scenes. The camp will end in a virtual showcase on Friday.

Ages 11-13           1 Week, 7/6/20–7/10/20; M-F: 10 am–3:30 pm as follows: 10:00 am–12:00 pm; Independent Work Time: 12 pm–2 pm; 2pm–3:30pm CT

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2D Animation for Middle School - SOLD OUT

Make your imagination come to life this summer! Campers will use animation software to create short films. No previous animation experience required; however, return campers are welcome.

Ages 11-13           1 Week, M-F 1:00 pm–4:00 pm CT

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Sound Design with Garageband for Middle School

The universe of audio is an invisible world often overlooked as a unique space for expression and creativity. The worlds of music and podcasting thrive in this underused space in ways that don’t rely on the visual, and the world of cinema relies on sound to do a lot of its secret heavy lifting. We will be using the platform of GarageBand to explore these uses of sound. Campers will work on audio-only and audio/visual projects to learn the tools for manipulating sound and expressing themselves through it. It is both a technical journey as well as a playful and creative one. Campers will finish with a portfolio of music and videos showing off their use of sound.

Any previous knowledge and appreciation of sound is appreciated but not necessary, including any musical skills.

Ages 11-13           1 Week, 6/29/20-7/3/20; M-F: 9:30 am–11:30 am; 1:00–2:00 pm CT

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Stop Motion Animation: Claymation - SOLD OUT

Your kids will learn the magic of stop-motion animation as they bring their imagination to life. Campers will start out by sampling a variety of stop-motion animation techniques and then will use their new skills to make their own short films. By the end of the week, campers will learn to make animations on their own and will leave with the technical skills and animation-making setups they need in order to continue making films for the rest of the summer and beyond.

Ages 8-10           1 Week, M–F: 10 am –2 pm CT (with breaks)

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Stop Motion: Paper Animation - SOLD OUT

Your kids will learn the magic of stop-motion animation as they bring their imagination to life. Campers will start out by sampling a variety of stop-motion animation techniques and then will use their new skills to make their own short films. By the end of the week, campers will learn to make animations on their own and will leave with the technical skills and animation-making setups they need in order to continue making films for the rest of the summer and beyond.

Ages 8-10           1 Week, M–F: 10 am –2 pm CT (with breaks)