In this intense two-week "boot camp," you'll become part of a film crew that gets to write, direct, produce and edit your own movies. During the first week, you will be introduced to both beginning and advanced techniques of film production (camera framing and movement, lighting, and sound) through demonstrations and hands-on exercises. We will also spend some time discussing acting and direction, before moving on to write a script for your group's final film. The second week will be devoted to shooting and editing your final project. You will walk away with a strong understanding of the production process and the ability to make both practical and artistic decisions to create the cinematic look you are after. All student films will be screened at the annual Summer Academy Film Festival at the end of July, which is open to students, family and friends. Students who bring a mobile storage device to camp can leave with their work. After the Film Festival, all students will be provided with access to a downloadable version of the films, so they can share their work with family and friends. See the prerequisite section below to find out if this camp is appropriate for you!
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Day and Overnight Options Available
UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.
Day Camp - $720 (2 weeks)
Overnight Camp - $1660 (2 weeks)
This course is designed to accommodate students with some prior experience with digital video. Students are grouped into film crews at the beginning of the week, based on their interests, skill level, and the role(s) they want to explore (acting, directing, camera operation, crew, etc.). Many students attend this camp for multiple years, since the camp’s structure continuously provides new experiences and opportunities for growth.
Weekend Stayover Options
This camp runs for two consecutive weeks. After the first week of the program, most students prefer to be picked up on Friday night or Saturday morning and returned on Sunday afternoon for the next week’s check-in. However, if you are traveling a long distance or cannot pick your child up for the weekend between the camp weeks, we can arrange weekend stayover plans for your child for an additional fee of $100. Advance notice is required for this option, so please make sure you select this option when you register, or contact us no less than two weeks before camp begins.
Ezequiel Korin is a third year PhD student at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia. He holds a BA in Mass Communication (UCAB - Caracas, Venezuela) and an MBA (IESA - Caracas, Venezuela). Over the past 20 years, he has produced several audiovisual products in his native Venezuela, ranging from corporate communications to full feature films. He has an extensive background in photography, having worked for several magazines and websites both in Venezuela and in Spain. Combining his experience in marketing research and corporate communications, Ezequiel has also designed and produced several commercial pieces for multinational clients in Venezuela. This is Ezequiel’s second year as a Summer Academy instructor.
You will have access to shared camcorders, microphones, tripods and dollies in this camp. With parental permission, students may bring their own video camera to camp, but Summer Academy at UGA is not responsible for keeping track of students' personal belongings, and is not liable for anything that gets lost or broken. A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.