Digial 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 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 11, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018
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

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 - $360

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $830

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.


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.

Matthew Suwalski is a University of Georgia graduate student in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies. He primarily focuses on dramatic media, scriptwriting, and film production. He received his B.A. in acting and directing for theatre from the University of West Georgia and continues his pursuit and love for performance throughout his MFA career. He has recently acted in the University of Georgia’s productions of Cabaret and Detroit. Matthew is excited to work with a new crop of talented performers!

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.