Expand your filmmaking skills by learning how to use the video capabilities of your DSLR camera. Learn professional techniques for composition, lens selection and shooting in low-light conditions, and tips for controlling depth of field, optimization, color correction and audio recording. Shoot a movie using your DSLR camera and edit it using Final Cut Pro®.
- Age: 14 & Up
- Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
- No filmmaking experience required
- Software: Apple® Final Cut Pro X®
- Hardware: Students must bring their own DSLR
What You’ll Learn
- Camera operation with DSLR cameras
- Advanced shooting techniques: controlling depth of field and selecting the right lenses
- Capturing quality audio with a DSLR camera
- Film editing using Final Cut Pro®
- Optimizing media for editing and color correction
- Individualized editing-instruction tricks and tips
- How to add titling, transitions, filters and special effects to shots
What You’ll Create
- An original short film using your own DSLR camera
Required for Camp
IMPORTANT: Students must bring their own DSLR camera. Since camera settings vary from camera to camera, learning on your own equipment offers a more personalized experience. We recommend Canon® cameras. Please note: We are not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen equipment.
Skills and Experience
- Video optimization for various media
- DSLR camera operation
- Project planning and development
- Critical thinking
- Using constructive feedback to improve your project
Instruction & Staff
7:1 STAFF RATIO
DMA Pro Series instructors are technology experts or industry professionals who have a passion for inspiring, teaching and mentoring. Our average student-to-staff ratio for Pro Series courses is 7:1 and in some cases, this ratio is even lower. This allows for lots of one-on-one instructional time, which directly promotes a stimulating and successful class experience for each student.
HANDS-ON, PROJECT-BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
DMA Pro Series courses provide hands-on, project-based learning designed to spark curiosity, confidence and collaboration. DMA’s immersive courses bring like-minded students together to inspire one another, and confidence soars when students gain knowledge, skills, critical-thinking abilities and hands-on experience.
Lucas A., Digital Filmmaking with DSLRs student
|8:00 am||Arrival & Check-In (8:00 am Arrival Monday Only, Remaining Week 9:00 am)|
|9:00 am||Hands-on Instruction|
|11:00 am||Hands-on Instruction|
|12:00 pm||Enjoy Lunch (Meal Provided with Lunch Plan)|
|1:00 pm||Hands-on Instruction|
|3:00 pm||Hands-on Instruction|
|5:00 pm||Day Ends|
What kind of DSLR camera should students bring?
DMA recommends Canon® cameras. Visit our retail partner Adorama for a full selection of DSLR cameras.
Can I use the experience I gain here to prepare for film school?
Absolutely. In fact, many students take a DMA filmmaking course prior to attending college, so they get hands-on experience, as well as a short film they can include with their college application. DMA also offers recommendation letters for standout students applying to college.
Why are DSLR cameras being used to make movies?
DSLR cameras are compact and produce outstanding results. So not only do filmmakers get high-quality images at an accessible price point, but they also get the versatility of a DSLR camera. For capturing location shots inside of tight spaces, DSLR cameras are becoming the standard.
Sign up for this camp
- Price: $1,495