Summer Camp for Young Film Makers

5th Annual Summer Camp presented by Sunscreen Film Festival

Date(s) & Times

July 15-26, 2013

9 AM - 5 PM

Monday-Friday / 2 weeks




Norman and Mirella Smith

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This summer, the Sunscreen Film Festival Film School will once again present a two-week summer camp at The Studio@620. Participants will script, shoot and edit as many as four films, which they will present at their own festival at the end of the camp.

The Program
The camp focuses in the beginning, as all good movies must, on storytelling. Kids will learn to craft the events of stories into compelling sequences that build tension and suspense and plant vital questions in the viewers' minds. Then everyone will write a short script employing what they've learned.

Concurrently, campers will get a good overview of cinematography, with industry experts using the same equipment the campers will be using. These experts will demonstrate shots and camera angles along with sound and lighting principles essential for good filmmaking.

At the end of the first week, the faculty will choose up to four of the campers' original films for actual production. It will then divide the campers into production teams in preparation for the next three days during which they will shoot the scripts.

The last two days of camp will be devoted to post-production during which the movies will be edited, music added, credits appended and whatever other creative touches the campers devise.

Finally, the completed films will be shown at a Sunscreen Film Camp Festival on the last day of camp, July 26th.

To register click here:

Email Harry Chittenden at or call him at 727-420-0566.


The camp will be held at Studio@620 in downtown St. Petersburg, 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Who is eligible to participate?
Kids ages 14-18. Some exceptions to age requirements will be made based on prior experience and interest level after an evaluation by the Sunscreen Film Festival staff. Please note: movie making is a collaborative effort in which each member of the production team relies on everyone else. Your child's camping decision should be grounded in a genuine desire to learn the movie-making art.

How much?

The two-week, 9-5 camp is $500.00.

What equipment is required?
Four campers will be expected to volunteer laptops for editing the movies. If you have family equipment, like a camcorder, and want to learn to use it more effectively, you are encouraged to bring it. Otherwise, Sunscreen will provide the equipment.

Who is the faculty?

The program head is Film Professor Dave Deborde. .

He will be assisted by two college-age proctors who are experienced movie makers. In addition, guest speakers, like professional cinematographers will also contribute.

How do I sign up?
Click the button above. In filling out the application please bear in mind that we are above all else seeking commitment from our campers. Movie making is a very satisfying endeavor, but it requires discipline and determination.

What about lunch and snacks?
Campers are required to provide their own meals and snacks. Studio 620 is in downtown St. Petersburg and lots of restaurants are within walking distance.