Digital Film Advanced intensive

In this intense extended one week "boot camp," you'll become part of a film crew that gets to direct, produce and edit your own movies. During the first part of the 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 prepare for your group's final film. The second part of the 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. Students who bring a mobile storage device to camp can leave with their work. After the camp, 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!

Ages: 14-17

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Course Date:
Monday, July 15, 2019 to Friday, July 19, 2019
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
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. Early drop off is available between 7:30-8:00am. 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 - $420

Overnight Camp - $900

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. For students with less experience, check out Digital Film Basic: Session A and Session B.


Jason Woodworth-Hou is currently studying dramatic media, particularly where technology can merge our everyday experiences with live performance for better understanding and empowerment surrounding social, economic and education issues. Jason has experience working in professional, semiprofessional, and academic theatre and media outlets in Michigan, Chicago, Georgia, and the UK. He has been a secondary theatre, media, speech and English instructor for the past two decades. Jason holds a BS in Education from Central Michigan University with an emphasis on Theatre and Media as well as an MA in Directing from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. This is Jason’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Paul Cunningham is a poet, filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, prose writer, editor, translator, and currently teaches Intro to Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. His short film It is Announced (an adaptation of a Valerie Mejer Caso poem) premiered in India's 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. His writing has appeared in The Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, Fireflies: A Film Zine, Quarterly West, OmniVerse, DIAGRAM, Bat City Review, Tarpaulin Sky, Witness, and others. His recent translations of Helena Österlund have appeared in Exchanges, Asymptote, and EuropeNow. He founded Radioactive Moat Press in 2009 and the online journal Deluge in 2012. He has served as a judge for The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. He is a Princeton INCH scholar and he holds a M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame. This is Paul’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Atalanta Siegel is a first-year MFA Acting Candidate at the University of Georgia and independent filmmaker originally from Washington DC. She has over fifteen years of professional experience in acting, education, and media production for theater and film. She currently serves as the Managing Producer for Whet Ink Productions, a company that develops new work from marginalized voices in theater and film. She is passionate about teaching the next generation of creators and youth empowerment. This is Atalanta’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.