Digital 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 as they prepare their final project. 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.

Ages: 11-15

Course Date Info:

Online camp will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day


Camp - $410

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.


Samantha Hudson is a current M.F.A. student in Dramatic Media at the University of Georgia. 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. Her work as an M.F.A. student is focused on visual storytelling using 2D and 3D computer animation, and research interests include scientific animation and virtual reality for use in science education and medical training. Samantha’s MFA thesis research on molecular animation won the Most Innovative Research Award in the 2018 Spotlight on Scholarship in the Arts Poster Exhibition Competition. Additional interests include film production, cinematography, sound design, and creating animated projections and interactive scenery for live stage productions. During Summer 2016 she volunteered as a production assistant on Dominar Film’s music video set for “Everybody,” by English rock band Don Broco. In 2019 she worked with a team to create a 3D animated monster projection for the UGA Theatre Production She Kills Monsters. She currently works as a 3D modeler for the University of Georgia’s Games and Virtual Environments Lab. This is Samantha’s fifth year as Summer Academy instructor.

Jason Woodworth-Hou is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia where he completed his MFA in Dramatic Media. He will continue his graduate studies next year with UGA, pursuing a Ph.D. in performance studies. His areas of interest are interactive media performance and performances of power within mediatized, staged, and real classrooms. Jason received his MA in Directing from Chicago’s Roosevelt University and served as a secondary theatre educator in Michigan for two decades. His most recent productions include media designer for By Our Hands, a devised piece with UGA, Spelman, and Morehouse College about the history of the Georgia carceral system as well as various local student films and animations. This is Jason’s second year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Michaela Wilkins is a third year English and Theatre student. She is especially interested in creative writing in the English department and Playwriting in the Theatre department, and Children's Literature and Theatre. This is Michaela's first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Students will need access to a cell phone that can shoot video and a computer capable of running capable of running Adobe Premiere Pro.

Our staff takes great care to provide everything your child needs for their camp’s specific needs. Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent four weeks before your camp.