Summer Creativity: Sunscreen Movie Camp


Nick at Sunscreen Film Festival

As you know, it is summer! Now I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like doing something fun for 2011. My idea of fun, as you may have read in one of my earlier posts, is making a film. And now that its summer, it’s time for the summer 2011 Camp for Young Film-Makers! Put on by the Sunscreen Film Festival and Studio@620, along with some amazing people. I took this camp 2 years ago, when I first decided I wanted to pursue film, but this camp BLEW MY MIND. I thought I knew my way around, but just in these two weeks, I learned so much and got so much experience, that I have never looked at film the same way. It’s a very hands-on course in which, the first week, teens learn about cinema and production through actually writing a script and revising it. At the end of the first week, two scripts are chosen. The next week, the teens are split into two groups, given a script, and go to work on the production of their short film! At the end of the 2 weeks, the films are showcased for all the family and friends to come see.

Putting all of the knowledge they have collected in the previous week to good use, the films are always entertaining to watch. A huge learning experience, designed just the right way so that the kids don’t lose interest, and actually remember the information. Actually making the film implants the basics firmly in the brain. I personally think this camp changed my life, and helped me decide that film is really what I want to do. So it can also help kids decide if they really want to pursue film, or if they are just looking for a fun way to spend 2 weeks of their summer. Either way it’s definitely worth the money, and I would recommend it to anyone.

The main teacher and program head is Dave DeBorde; a personal role model of mine. He’s very funny and laid back and it’s not hard for the kids to quickly warm up to the idea of being outspoken and letting their creativity shine. He sort of took me under his wing by putting me on my first actual film set after the camp was over. He was directing, and on that team I met a few other college filmmakers, and worked with them, and since then I have branched out and even won awards for some short films in film festivals. So that’s just a little idea on how big this camp could be for you! Aside from Dave, he usually brings in students of his that are experienced filmmakers, to lend a hand and some advice. So you really are in good hands with this camp. Anything you don’t know, they most likely do, so ask! All of the equipment is supplied for you so don’t have to worry about anything but the information, and your vision! The participants also take turns directing, lighting, or operating the camera, and the whole thing is a blast!

All in all, this camp is pretty much the best summer camp I’ve ever experienced. “Camp” is sort of an understatement. It’s more of a workshop, where you can have fun and learn at the same time. The cost is 500 dollars. But wait! There is a film contest for the best film submitted before the camp, which starts July 18th. The winner gets a scholarship to the camp! I think I know what I’ll be doing. ;)

Sunscreen Camp page
Sunscreen Camp Scholarship Contest

To view the film my team made at the camp in 2008, check out The Perfect Guy:

Filed under: Cool Websites, Filmmaking | Posted on June 12th, 2011 by Nick

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