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Filmmaking Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Filmmaking Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Produce and Direct Your Own Video Productions and Films

Take a deep dive into the filmmaking process from pre to post production over two weeks of learning using premium Canon cameras and Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Each week concludes with a screening event where your film is showcased to the class, staff and parents.

Week 1, Intro to Filmmaking & Video Production with Premiere: The course begins with basic principles of short narrative filmmaking: screenplay structure, camera functionality and operation, and role descriptions. Students learn how to work as a crew, how to storyboard, how to direct, and how to edit. Finally, students upload each of their projects to their own YouTube Channel. Students will use the same software as the professionals: Adobe Premiere Pro.

Week 2, Filmmaking & Visual Effects with After Effects: During the second week, students learn about title design and basic VFX with Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, before launching into their short film project. Film projects can be in a range of genres including narrative, music video, documentary etc. Students will use the same software used by the professionals: Adobe After Effects.

Receive up to 12 months of Adobe Creative Cloud by registering today ($600 Value). Students in this course will also receive a Take-Home Slik U8000 Tripod.

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Hardware + Software: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Canon DSLR Cameras, Rode Mics, Audio Kits – Shotgun Mics/Boom Poles, Slik U8000 Tripod (Take-Home Item)

Ages: Students 12-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Hardware + Software: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Canon DSLR Cameras, Rode Mics, Audio Kits – Shotgun Mics/Boom Poles, Slik U8000 Tripod (Take-Home Item)

Ages: Students 12-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Students are required to bring headphones.

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and impactful educational experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • Basic filmmaking language and story structure
  • Cinematography with DSLR cameras
  • How to effectively use sound and music in a film
  • Advanced post production editing techniques with Adobe Premiere
  • Advanced cinematography and the importance of mise-en-scene
  • Storyboarding and scene blocking
  • Basic Adobe Photoshop and After Effects workflow for VFX
  • Green screen editing techniques with After Effects
  • The philosophy and technology behind sound design

What Students Create

  • Two to three short film projects
  • An original script
  • Short dialogue scene
  • Short protagonist versus antagonist scene
  • Their own Youtube channel
  • A final project of a narrative film

About Filmmaking Courses

Our filmmaking courses allow teens to team up with like-minded peers to express their own voice and creativity through film. Go beyond basic filmmaking techniques to discover how to add cinematic nuance and excitement to films through visual and audio effects, as well as dramatic camera angles. Our Filmmaking Academy is excellent for students interested in pursuing a career in filmmaking or looking to gain expert tips and mentorship. Students can even include their original short films in internship and college applications! Explore more filmmaking and photography courses.

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.

Learn More About This Course

Learn more about our Filmmaking Academy 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. Do you have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact our friendly Academic Advisors.

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If camp is canceled due to COVID-19 you’ll receive full credit for Summer 2021. Terms.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is any kind of artistic knowledge or experience required for this course?

No. No prior artistic knowledge or animation experience is required. This is an introductory course.

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 $95/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing starts at $695/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 $380/weekend at select locations.

“Digital Media Academy helped teach me the basics of film and helped me decide that I 100% do want to work in films in the future as a career!”

Benjamin S.

Filmmaking Academy

Why Digital Media Academy?

You can count on us to deliver on all the things that truly matter. We pinky swear.

Passionate Staff

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

A 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, while fostering teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

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