Digital Film School


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 15, 2015 to Friday, June 19, 2015
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

Georgia Center for Continuing Education
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 - $760

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.

Financial Assistance:
We have currently reached our limit on financial assistance for this camp. We have begun to process these requests, and those awarded financial assistance should be notified by mid-May. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at


Caity Johnson is a graduate student in the Dramatic Media M.F.A. program at UGA. Her animation work has been seen on stage in the University of Georgia's production of Macbeth, as well as in animation competitions and other events. As a graduate student, Caity created an interactive Clue game that can be played on the UGA campus using the iOS ARIS app, and recently finished an hour-long interactive multimedia children’s show, which features a digital puppet who can interact with live performers on stage. She has also worked as a performer, a scenic artist, a theatre teacher, and a playwright. This is her third year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Tifany Lee earned her B.A. in Filmmaking from Georgia State University and her M.F.A. in Theatre and Film Studies at The University of Georgia. While in graduate school, she worked in film, animation, and live performance with a concentration in Dramatic Media. Tifany has worked in television, theatre, and independent film in the Southeast as both an actor and filmmaker. She has experience working in a variety of digital video forms including narrative, documentary, and animation. This is Tifany’s third year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Michael J. Meindl earned his M.A. in Theatre Arts from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Media at the University of Georgia (UGA). He has taught a number of theatre and film courses at UGA and OSU, and currently works as a freelance digital media artist in NYC and as a film and media instructor at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He has worked closely with the New York Public Library as a videographer filming a number of special events, including a special commission for the United States Congress. He has also launched a documentary project, which focuses on puppetry in NYC and features a number of artists who have worked with the Muppets and Sesame Street. Michael has edited and directed several short films, has worked on professional film and television sets, and has directed and appeared in numerous theatrical productions. He directed a short play he wrote called Death to Life! that featured a puppet and animated character and served as a motion-capture technician and clean-up artist for the Great American Manhunt series on the National Geographic Channel. This is Michael’s fourth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Trent Thomas is currently a student in the Department of Theatre & Film Studies at UGA. He is also a former Summer Academy Digital Film School and Advanced Intensive student, and is excited to return to camp to share his knowledge of digital media with a new generation of students. A volunteer with the program last year, this is Trent’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.