Make Summer 2018 a blockbuster!
Austin Film Festival’s Summer Film Camp returns in June for its 16th year of screenwriting, filmmaking, and claymation classes. Summer Film Camp offers a variety of fun, enriching day camps for boys and girls ages 9-18. At Summer Film Camp, young filmmakers are surrounded by like-minded collaborators and guided by professional instructors who connect them to their creative spark.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Summer Film Camp provides campers with the venue, the equipment, the instructors, and the team they need to create their very own short films. We teach campers everything they need to know to get behind the camera and turn their ideas into real movies. All finished films premiere at the Summer Film Camp showcase at Galaxy Highland Theatre on Sunday, August 5th. Students will also participate in inspirational panel discussions with visiting guest speakers like Steve Mims (writer/director/cinematographer/editor Arlo & Julie), Caroline Thompson (screenwriter, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Robert Mark Kamen (writer, The Fifth Element, The Karate Kid, and Taken), and Justin Marks (writer, The Jungle Book).
WHEN IS SUMMER FILM CAMP?
We offer morning, afternoon, and all day classes June 4th through July 27th (including the week of July 4th). Most classes are one week long, but be sure to check out the calendar on the next page for more information.
WHO TEACHES THE CLASSES?
At Summer Film Camp we want campers to make the best films they can. That’s why our professional instructors are hand-chosen to lead students through every part of the process. All of our instructors have backgrounds in both teaching and filmmaking so they can give students the guidance they need.
WHERE IS IT HELD?
This year will mark our third year at St. David’s Episcopal Church located at 301 E 8th St Austin, TX 78701. St. David’s is central, has easy pick-up & drop off, has a cafe for snacks and lunch, and offers a unique array of filming locations. Classes are held in adjacent classrooms, but St. David’s has many levels and spaces that can be outfitted to work for any story the campers cook up.
WHY SUMMER FILM CAMP?
At Summer Film Camp, we focus on two things: Storytelling and collaboration. We believe that for any budding artist, these two things are of utmost importance. Storytelling allows campers to express themselves and gives them a vehicle through which to practice their developing filmmaking skills (be it directing, camera operating, sound recording, or editing). Collaboration is a challenging but necessary aspect of filmmaking, since every production is made up of many crew members playing different, but equally important, roles.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our Young Filmmakers Program Coordinator at email@example.com or call 512-478-4795.
Registration and Classes: Ages 9-12
$195 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $180)
What is Claymation? It’s stop-motion animation. Students positioning student-made creations to tell a story frame-by-frame. It requires patience. And time. But above all else, Claymation Creations is incredible fun. It’s a get-in-there, hands-on experience that engages creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork. Campers will discover how Hollywood claymation films are made as they work individually and in teams to bring clay objects and figures to life with three-dimensional stop-motion animation.
Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
FULL DAY OF CAMP WITH FILMMAKING 101 AND CLAYMATION CREATIONS! – Sold out!
$370 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $330)
Back by popular demand, register your camper for a full day of camp at a discount! Campers will enjoy Filmmaking 101 in the morning, break for lunch, and enjoy Claymation Creations in the afternoon!
Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13 9:00 am – 5:30 pm – Sold Out!
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20 9:00 am – 5:30 pm – Sold Out!
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27 9:00 am – 5:30 pm – Sold Out!
FILMMAKING 101 – Sold out!
$195 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $180)
Making a film is not easy. But don’t worry; we’re here to help! In this intensely hands-on workshop, you’ll discover how to translate your ideas from the page to the screen by learning storytelling techniques, screenwriting, directing, camera operation, sound recording, and editing. For the overall filmmaking experience, this workshop can’t be beat!
Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Sold out!
FULL DAY FILMMAKING 101
$310 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $290)
Here for July 4th? Join us for an accelerated 4-day Filmmaking 101 class at a discounted price!
Monday, July 2, Tuesday, July 3, Thursday, July 5 – Friday, July 6 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Please note: this is a 4-day camp only.
Registration and Classes: Ages 13-18
SCRIPT TO SCREEN – SOLD OUT!
$390 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $355)
A good film comes from a good story. Story is where it all begins. In this in-depth workshop, students will learn tried-and-tested storytelling techniques used in Hollywood films since they began. We’ll take campers through the entire process, from crafting an idea, to producing, staging, and shooting a short film. In addition to discovering the power of good storytelling, you’ll screenwriting, directing, camera operation, sound recording, and editing as you produce your very own short film.
Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 15 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 29 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sold Out!
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sold Out!
Write, Shoot, Direct! (featuring ZACH Theatre) – Sold Out!
$390 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $355)
This exciting and collaborative class is intended for students that have already made multiple films or who have attended Summer Film Camp before. We tend to move quickly with this class, deciding on an idea and getting you behind the camera as quickly as possible. We’ll provide more feedback, and push students to expand their creative storytelling ideas. This year, AFF is partnering with ZACH Theatre, which means our advanced students will have the opportunity to direct ZACH summer camp actors with experience.
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Our hands-on Summer Film Camp fills up fast. And because we like to make sure every kid has a chance to attend, we hold a bunch of tuition scholarships in reserve. These scholarships are available on a financial-need basis. Film is for everybody. Camp should be too.
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Summer Film Camp Teachers
When Sharon Arteaga turned fifteen, she convinced her parents that a video camera was a better investment than a Quinceañera. She received a bachelor’s in film from The University of Texas at Austin and has self-produced her award-winning short films and music videos. Her short film “When I Grow Up” won the Texas Archive of the Moving Image Award and was chosen out of 900+ films to tour the US and Canada with LUNAFEST. She received an Austin Film Society Grant for her latest short film “Plane Pretend” which will premiere in the fall of 2018. Arteaga has been a production coordinator for commercials, documentaries, for Rooster Teeth, and most recently, for Emily Hagin’s web series Hold to Your Best Self. Arteaga loves teaching and inspiring other filmmakers. She is currently developing her first feature film about her grandmother’s last adventure in Austin, Texas.
Jordan Garcia is an educator and media-maker from South Texas. He studied film production at UT- Austin and worked on independent films and commercial projects for several years. In 2014, he returned to the Rio Grande Valley to teach teens the art of video production and has been doing it ever since. He looks forward to helping AFF camp-goers see their ideas spring onto the screen this summer.
Alexandra Lopez graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film. She makes surreal, atmospheric, sometimes playful art about the complexities of life, monsters, or fantastical worlds. Having spent time with students at the Austin School of film, St. Edward’s University, and UT Austin, she enjoys passing on the love for artistic expression. She begins her MFA program in Experimental Animation at CalArts this fall.
Born in Boston, Andreas graduated with honors from Wesleyan University. His undergraduate thesis film, Empty Road, screened during SXSW as part of the 2016 Austin Film Society ShortCase. He’s previously interned at Detour Film production, and worked for a year at an east side Boys and Girls Club, leading programs in subjects such as art, media literacy, and personal development.
Summer Film Camp’s Guest Speaker Series features Hollywood veterans and rising stars. Guest speakers for 2018 to be determined. Here’s a sampling of past guests:
Dave Reynolds is an award-winning screenwriter best known for Finding Nemo, The Emperor’s New Groove, and A Bug’s Life. You don’t want to miss out on this talented screenwriter!
Austin-based screenwriter and novelist Ernie Cline has been writing for the last twenty years, including the films Fanboys and Thundercade. His two novels, Ready Player One and Armada, are being adapted into films as well—with Steven Spielberg set to direct!
Cindy McCreery has sold feature projects to New Line Cinema, Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, National Geographic Films, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate and MGM! She most recently co-wrote two episodes of the SyFy Channel Show, Haven, that aired in the fall of 2014.
Robert Mark Kamen
Kamen is a well-renowned writer and producer who has been creating major motion pictures for over twenty-five years! He is best known for his film franchises The Karate Kid, Taken, and Transporter.
Schulman re-wrote Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and turned it from a drama to a comedy in just seven days. He is best known for his Academy Award winning screenplay Dead Poets Society.
Where is summer camp held this year?
Summer camp will be held at St. David’s on 301 E. 8th St.
Can I drop off my child early?
Yes, you can drop off your child up to 30 minutes early.
How do I drop-off/pick up my child?
Turn into the Saint David’s parking lot off San Jacinto. You will need to check-in with AFF staff/volunteers. Look for them at the front enterance. A valid driver’s license or state issued ID card is required for all pick-ups from either the parent or authorized person.
How late can I pick up my child?
Parents (or authorized person) arriving later than 30 minutes after the completion of a class section will incur a late fee of $10 (30-45 minutes after); and $1 per minute after.
What if my child has a license?
Students who are 16-18 years old, with a valid driver’s license and vehicle, are not required to wait for parents to sign them out but must sign themselves out before leaving school grounds.
What should my child bring to camp?
- Snacks are provided during camp by Whole Foods Market, but if your child requires specific food/beverage, you must provide your own snacks/beverage.
- Lunch if your child is attending a full day camp.
- Water bottle (we will provide small water bottles for each child. There are plenty of water fountains located around the school).
- Sweatshirt or long sleeve shirt (classrooms can get cold).
- Pencil and paper (for brainstorming and taking notes).
What should my child expect at camp?
- High quality instruction from accomplished local professionals
- A DVD of completed projects
- An AFF Summer Film Camp T-Shirt
- A free screening of all completed camp projects on Sunday, August 9 (times will vary based on class) at the Galaxy Highland
- Your child feeling excited about learning and bursting with creativity
Will my child have a chance to show their movie?
A free screening of all completed camp projects on Sunday, August 5 (times will vary based on class) at the Galaxy Highland 10 (6700 Middle Fiskville Road. Austin, Texas 78752 .
***Parents will receive an email closer to this event with showcase times, RSVP information and more.***
What do I need to complete for my child to attend camp/How do I get the Packet?
Our Summer Camp Coordinator will email a digital Summer Camp Packet to all registrants. The packet forms need to be completed before the beginning of camp or else your child will not be able to attend.
Summer Film Camp Refund Policy
If you purchased a Summer Film Camp, a refund of 80% of class tuition is offered only with written notice, which may be received by regular U.S. mail or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org from the parent or legal guardian of an enrolled student received no later than May 14, 2018. After this date, all camp purchases are non-refundable for any reason, including but not limited to illness, acts of God, or travel-related problems.
Special events may require purchase of separate ticket for entry. If you have any questions about the Festival, your membership or badge purchase, please contact email@example.com or call 1-800-FEST (3378).
Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department
and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Special thanks to our host venue, St. David’s Episcopal Church: