Summer Academy Camps

Digital Film School

Write, direct and produce your very own movie! In this one-week introductory course, you'll learn the basics of screenwriting, camera work, and video editing as you work with your crew to create an original production. Students will receive a DVD of the final projects, and all students, family and friends are invited to the Summer Academy Film Festival that will be held at the end of the summer. Open to students ages 11-15.

Course Information

Course Number:


Course Date Info:

Dates TBA
Day and Overnight Camp Options Available
Extended care 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 their assigned residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in at the Georgia Center on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Students will travel by foot or bus to get to their on-campus classroom and other activities, and by university vehicle for any off-campus field trips. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins. 


Day Camp - $360

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

Overnight Camp - $760

Partial financial assistance may be available for students who need it. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at questions [at] georgiacenter [dot] uga [dot] edu.


Rick Waters is a freelance instructional designer for the healthcare industry, and has produced numerous educational videos for healthcare organizations and consulting firms. He received his M.D. in Dentistry from Georgia Health Sciences University. He produced a nine-part computer-generated video series for the world's largest dental consulting firm in 1998 and has won four awards for video production from The Videographer Awards, the latest in 2010. Rick currently lives with his wife Marie in Athens. This is Rick's ninth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Tifany Lee earned her BA in Filmmaking from Georgia State University and her MFA 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 second 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 is currently a digital media artist and a film and media instructor at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Over the past year 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 third year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Katie Gregg is a filmmaker and animator from St. Simons Island, Georgia. She graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a BA in Film Production and Animation. While living in Seattle, Katie co-founded a film production company that was included in festivals throughout the country. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Dramatic Media through the Theatre and Film Studies Department at UGA. Her current work seeks to marry concepts in new media with classical performance techniques. This is Katie'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 their parents' 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 two weeks before camp begins.