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Filmmaking and Screenwriting Institute

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Note: Both filmmaking intensives are commuter day camps. No on-site housing available.


High School

(rising 10th – 12th graders)


Filmmaking Intensive
July 8 – July 19 (M-F) 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM’
Camp Fee: $1400

The Summer Institute Filmmaking Intensive is a two-week boot camp and crash course into the world of filmmaking. Rising 10th thru rising 12th graders of all skill ranges and experience levels will learn camera techniques, editing, sound recording, lighting, screenwriting, and story structure. They will also get on-set experience in the context of creating their own short films. During week one, students will workshop each of these skills individually through a series of exploratory exercises designed to introduce narrative filmmaking concepts as well as the various technical roles on a film set. In week two, students will put those lessons into practice by working as part of a film crew. Each crew will write, shoot, and edit their own short film. Students will leave class with a completed short film that they can use for college admissions or for their own portfolio.


Screenwriting Intensive
July 22 – July 26 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Camp Fee: $700

The Summer Institute Screenwriting Intensive is a five-day workshop designed to introduce students (rising 10th thru rising 12th graders) to the craft of screenwriting. Students will learn about using the tools of story structure, character, characterization, conflict, desire, and plot. They will learn how these tools apply to stories and to the films we know and love. Students will learn industry standard screenplay formatting and explore various writing and story-breaking techniques like beat sheets and three-act structure. Over the course of the week, students will write their own short film scripts, which could be used for college admissions or included in their own portfolio.