Visual Effects Filmmaking with Adobe After Effects

Teen One-Week Camp  Ages 12-17

Use Industry Techniques to Create Special Effects.

Learn how industry techniques like video compositing, motion tracking, 3D graphics and titles, color correction and green screens bring a movie to life using professional special-effects and editing software Adobe® After Effects® and Adobe® Premiere Pro®.

Unlike Digital Filmmaking which covers the entire filmmaking process as a whole, this course focuses on visual effects and how to bring those effects into a film. You’ll work in teams on several short projects early in the week to gain experience in both filmmaking and VFX editing, then put those skills to use on an individual, original final project.

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Hardware + Software:
Canon cameras, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop

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

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Ages: Students 12-17
Hours: Full Day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Teen Camp (One-Week)
Hardware + Software: Canon cameras, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop


Students are required to bring headphones. DMA 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

• Learn the basics of creating visual effects.
• 
Practice advanced in-camera effects.
• 
Understand layering, basic compositing, keyframing, color correction and more.
• Shoot video footage using a green screen and masking.

What Students Create

• An original short film, featuring special effects or a series of visual effect shot demonstrations.

More About This Course

DMA’s film courses allow students to express their creative voice while working through the filmmaking process to film a movie. After writing a script and shooting their movie, students are taught the wonders of visual effects which take their movies above and beyond, showing the students how even the biggest box office hits are made.

The Teen Experience: Since 2002, DMA 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.

DMA’s film courses allow students to express their creative voice while working through the filmmaking process to film a movie. After writing a script and shooting their movie, students are taught the wonders of visual effects which take their movies above and beyond, showing the students how even the biggest box office hits are made.

What Students Learn

• Learn the basics of creating visual effects
• 
Practice advanced in-camera effects
• Understand layering, basic compositing, keyframing, color correction and more
• Shoot video footage using a green screen and masking

What Students Create

• An original short film, featuring special effects or a series of visual effect shot demonstrations

The Teen Experience

Since 2002, DMA 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.

What Students Learn

• Learn the basics of creating visual effects
•Practice advanced in-camera effects
• Understand layering, basic compositing, keyframing, color correction and more
• Shoot video footage using a green screen and masking

What Students Create

• An original short film, featuring special effects or a series of visual effect shot demonstrations

The Teen Experience

Since 2002, DMA 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.

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Camp Overview + Schedule

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

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

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

Please note: There is a Safety Fee of $15 per week.

 

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

 Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + cloud storage
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + cloud storage
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Camp Upgrades

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

 

Lunch Plan

Get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $75/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing is $695/week where available.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay is $395/weekend at select locations.

DMA Online

Start learning now and get ready for camp when you register for an online course! DMA Online is $95 per course.

What Students Are Saying

“I like how students can create their own short films in a team. We were able to accomplish something that would normally take a semester in a week!”

Mark W.
Visual Effects Filmmaking

The DMA Difference

Discover what sets us apart from the competition and why we're the best.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will students who have already taken DMA's Filmmaking courses gain any new skills or experiences from this course?

Yes. While basic filmmaking concepts are taught in both courses, this course focuses more on special effects and how to bring those effects into your film with editing, as opposed to the filmmaking process as a whole, as was covered in the earlier course. DMA’s instructors, however, are always willing to customize the instruction to challenge students as needed and avoid repetition.

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