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Advanced Filmmaking & Visual Effects

Teen One-Week Camp | Ages 12-17

Advanced Filmmaking & Visual Effects

Teen One-Week Camp | Ages 12-17

Create a Film From Script to Screen

Students hit the ground running in Advanced Filmmaking, beginning with a rapid short narrative project that they complete during the first day of the course. They then learn about title design and basic VFX with Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, before launching into their second and final short film project.

Students will complete the week by uploading projects to their YouTube channels. Film projects can be in a range of genres including narrative, music video, documentary etc.

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Hardware + Software: Canon DSLR Cameras, Rode Mics, TriPods, Audio Kits – Shotgun Mics, Boom Poles Adobe Premiere CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Photoshop CC

Ages: Students 12-17
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Program: Level 3 (One-Week)

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Hardware + Software: Canon DSLR Cameras, Rode Mics, TriPods, Audio Kits – Shotgun Mics, Boom Poles Adobe Premiere CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Photoshop CC

Ages: Students 12-17
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Program: Level 3 (One-Week)

Students are required to bring headphones. Digital Media Academy is not responsible for any damaged or stolen items.

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • Advanced cinematography and the importance of mise-en-scene
  • Cinematography with DSLR Cameras
  • Basic Photoshop and After Effects workflow for VFX
  • Green Screen Editing Techniques with After Effects
  • Advanced Post Production Editing Techniques with Adobe Premiere
  • The philosophy & technology behind sound design

What Students Create

  • An original script
  • Short dialogue scene
  • Short protagonist VS Antagonist scene
  • Final Project – Short narrative film

More About This Course

Our Film + Photography courses allow students to learn the entire production process, from conception and planning in pre-production to editing and mastering in post. The Advanced Filmmaking course is catered towards students who are already familiar with the basics of filmmaking and want to shoot more complex short films, including advanced camera controls, audio editing and recording, as well as motion graphics and visual effects. Students will use professional Canon cameras while learning the skills they need to create a polished final video.

The Teen Experience: Since 2002, Digital Media Academy has been encouraging and inspiring teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers, and engineers. In addition to developing teens’ interests and passions for the latest in new tech, our camps foster personal growth, confidence, and independence; preparing students for life beyond high school and college.

Download the Course Syllabus

Get to know Advanced Filmmaking & Visual Effects even better by taking an in-depth look at the syllabus for this course.

Our project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world problems. Have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact us

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of filmmaking experience is needed for this course?

If you’ve had any experience with storyboarding, scripting or the overall filmmaking process, you may find it more beneficial to take the advanced course. However, if you want to learn the basics or reinforce core concepts and have never experienced formal film-production training, the beginning course is probably a better fit for you.

Are students required to bring any equipment?

No. We provide students with all the production equipment they need to make a movie. Digital Media Academy is partnered with Canon to provide professional high-definition video cameras for all filmmaking camps and courses.

What video footage do students use during the course?

Students shoot their own footage, as well as get material from other resources.

Camp Overview + Schedule

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition and explore add-ons.

08:30am
Check-in and drop off
09:00am
Hands-on STEM Instruction
10:30am
Morning Break
11:00am
Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00am
Lunch Break
1:00pm
Back to the Classroom
2:30pm
Afternoon Break
3:00pm
Continued Classroom Time
4:30pm
Pick-up Begins

Tuition Includes

  Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt

  Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report

  Certificate of Completion

  Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage

  Low staff to student ratios

  Alumni Club Membership

Friday Showcase

At the end of each week, attendees can invite their family and friends to join us for a showcase celebration to share their final projects. Learn more about the fun and exciting activities your child experienced during the week and have an opportunity to meet your child’s instructor. Presentations vary by course topic and instructors will highlight some of the important concepts covered during the week and possible next steps to continue your child’s learning. Arrive early as showcase begins at 3:00 and is typically finished by 4:00.

Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with Digital Media Academy when you add any or all of the following:

Lunch Plan

Make things easy and get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $68/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing starts at $675/week where available.

Extended Day

Our flexible Extended Day option allows families to pick-up students as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Thursday at all locations.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay starts at $405/weekend at select locations.

“I had SO much fun working with the AWESOME instructors and people in my class!”

Kathryn Z.

Advanced Filmmaking

Why Digital Media Academy?

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Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.

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