Digital Filmmaking
with DSLRs spring_savings

1 week • 9am – 5pm
Pros • Ages 14+
Beg – Adv
Pro Series Experience

Learn Professional
Filmmaking Techniques
Using Your DSLR

Audio recording, proper lens selection, lighting, creative shooting techniques and more.

Use Industry-Standard
Production Software

Learn how to edit and manipulate your footage with Final Cut Pro®.

Create Your
Own Unique Film

Bring your idea, story or script. You’ll produce, shoot and edit it – and premiere it at the end of the week.

Course Overview

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®.

Course Details

  • 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


Real-World Skills

  • Video optimization for various media
  • DSLR camera operation
  • Project planning and development

Personal Development

  • Critical thinking
  • Using constructive feedback to improve your project

Instruction & Staff


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.


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

Sample Day

Time Activity
8:00 am Arrival & Check-In (8:00 am Arrival Monday Only, Remaining Week 9:00 am)
9:00 am Hands-on Instruction
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Hands-on Instruction
12:00 pm Enjoy Lunch (Meal Provided with Lunch Plan)
1:00 pm Hands-on Instruction
2:30 pm Break
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.

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