DIY Filmmaking


DIY filmmaking

Online Camp

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.

Register by June 6


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This camp combines scheduled real-time virtual class meetings via Zoom, asynchronous material, and independent work.

  • Grades: 9th–12th
  • Number of weeks: 3
  • Session dates: 6/13/22–7/1/22
  • Meeting schedule: Meets 5 hrs/wk plus supervision
    • M/W/F: 11 am–12 pm CT and
    • M/W: 3 pm–4pm CT
    • Supervision by appt: T/Th: 10 am–12 pm CT
  • Tuition: $595


Scheduled Meetings:

The course takes place over the course of three weeks with hour-long meetings on M/W/F 11 am–12 pm and M/F 3 pm–4pm CT. There will also be office hours for supervised meetings with instructors on T/Th to discuss individual projects or questions.

Virtual office hours / supervision:

Supervision by appt: T/Th: 10 am–12 pm CT

Camp topics include:

  • Fundamental elements of visual storytelling
  • Writing and developing story
  • Working with actors, including first-time actors
  • Basic camera and audio techniques
  • Editing film with Adobe Premiere
  • Distribution for shorts and starting out as a young filmmaker

Session overview:

Week 1: Writing, developing, cinematography, audio

Week 2: Pre-production planning, Production, Shooting

Week 3: Editing, Workshopping, Re-shoots/ Pick-ups, Distribution

What you'll need at home

Devices – Required:

  • Smartphone with video recording capabilities OR digital video camera (camcorder, DSLR, etc.)

  • Computer: Laptop or PC with

    • 8GB RAM minimum & 16GB RAM or more recommended

    • Wi-Fi / Stable Internet

    • Webcam

    • Built-in Computer Microphone

Devices – Optional:

  • External Hard Drive (optional)

  • Tripod or Camera Stabilizer (such as iphone handlebar or shoulder rig) (optional)

  • Separate Microphone (optional)

Software / Apps

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
    (a month-long subscription= $31.49/mo; can also subscribe to an annual plan or bundle with the Creative Cloud monthly or annual plan) 

  • Zoom (free)

Contact for Questions

Email camps' director

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See adult workshops.

Session Information


6/13/22–7/1/22 - 3 weeks

Meets 5 hrs/wk + supervision

M/W/F: 11 am–12 pm CT & M/W: 3 pm–4 pm CT

Supervision by appt: T/Th: 10 am–12 pm CT

Grades: 9th–12th