Digital Film Advanced intensive

In this intense two-week "boot camp," you'll become part of a film crew that gets to 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 prepare 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!

Ages: 14-17

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Course Date:
Monday, July 9, 2018 to Friday, July 20, 2018
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
8:30am-3:30pm (Monday-Friday, two weeks)
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
This is a two-week camp – please read the section below regarding the weekend in between.

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 - $720 (2 weeks)

  • Extended Day until 5:30pm - $70 (2 wks)

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

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.


Anna Corbould hails from England and has been studying Music and Theatre her whole life. She gained her BA from the University of Roehampton and an MA from the University of Manchester. She then spent 10 years working for Apple, where her specialty was teaching Music and Filmmaking software to customers and new hires, as well as occasional work with the Manchester Music Service as an individual instrument and group tutor. She plays the flute, saxophone and piano, and sings, training most recently with the prestigious Manchester Hallé Choir Academy. She is just finishing up her first year on the MFA Dramatic Media Production program at UGA, during which she has developed media for A Tale of Black Histories and Machinal. Having performed on stage in both London and Manchester, she occasionally lends her talents to the Town and Gown Theatre right here in Athens. This is Anna’s second year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Samantha Hudson is a current M.F.A. student in Dramatic Media at the University of Georgia (UGA) and her undergraduate studies include a B.S. in Biology with coursework in Scientific Illustration. Some of her artwork in Scientific Illustration was included in the exhibit, “John Abbot: Early Naturalist Artist,” on display April 14th – August 31st 2016 at the UGA Special Collections Library. In 2015 she created animated interactive scenery for the UGA Children’s Theatre Troupe’s Experience UGA performance. Her work as an M.F.A. student is focused on visual storytelling using 2D and 3D computer animation. Additional interests include music video production and sound design. During summer 2016 she volunteered as a production assistant on Dominar Film’s music video set for “Everybody,” by the English rock band Don Broco. This is Samantha’s third year as a Summer Academy.

Jake Hunsbusher has always had a desire to understand all the varied aspects of production from the planning process to the polishing of the final product. He graduated from Georgia Southern University's Multimedia Film production program in 2016 and immediately enrolled in The University of M.F.A. Georgia's Dramatic Media program. In addition to his work in video/audio production Jake has a great interest in script-writing. He has written several short plays one of which was selected as a finalist for the KACTF 10-minute play festival. This is Jake'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 two weeks before camp begins.