Digial Film School Basic

In this exciting, hands-on program, you’ll become part of a film crew that gets to write, direct and produce an original movie! Each crew will work with an experienced film maker to learn the basics of screenwriting, storyboarding, camera angles, acting, and directing, as they create their own short digital movie. Students will also have the opportunity to learn the basics of video editing in iMovie, as they prepare their final project to be shown to the public at the annual Summer Academy Film Festival, which is held at the end of the summer for all students, family and friends. Students who bring a mobile storage device 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.

Ages: 11-15

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, June 5, 2017 to Friday, June 9, 2017
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

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 - $360

  • Optional Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $830

This course is designed to accommodate both absolute beginners and 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.


Dale Wheatley was raised in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1994 Dale relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for film. Numerous collaborations honed his skills and led Dale to co-write and produce the indie feature film Don’s Plum which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Kevin Connolly, and Jenny Lewis, among other notable artists. Don’s Plum premiered at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival and went on to be distributed throughout the world. Don’s Plum remains highly regarded as one of the pioneering improvisational films of the 1990’s. Dale went on to develop stories for existing franchises such as Children Of The Corn for Miramax/Dimension films and produce an Untitled Randy Quaid Pilot Presentation for CBS. In 2010, Dale reunited with RD Robb and developed a number of projects for Blumhouse Productions, Showtime, Universal Studios and more. Dale continues to develop his collaborative filmmaking style with many films in various stages of development, including a trilogy of mind-bending love stories. This is Dale’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Andie Leeds is a recent graduate from the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. She has a degree in Entertainment and Media Studies and Film Studies. Andie is working to pursue a career in film directing and editing. Right now, Andie works as an independent feature film editor and make-up artist. She is currently developing a script for future production and is working to produce other projects around Athens, GA. This is Andie’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

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.