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Sunscreen Film School Summer Camp

Sunscreen Film Festival presents Summer 2009 Camp for Young Movie-Makers

Sunscreen Film School Summer Camp

Campers will learn to craft stories, write screenplays and render them into a completed movies. The climax of the camp will be a mini-film festival where the campers will see their films screened for a live audience. Subjects include writing, directing, cinematography, acting, lighting, sound and much more. Cost: $500.00 for two-week session; July 6-17, 9-5; at Studio620, 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg.

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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 6 - July 17 Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm. The Camp Film Festival where campers show their films to parents and friends will be on Friday July 17 from 6:30 pm until 9.


The camp will be held at Studio620 in downtown St. Petersburg.

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 Dave DeBorde and he is also the main teacher. His bio is listed below. He will be assisted by two college-age proctors who are experienced movie makers. In addition, guest speakers, like professional cinematographers will also contribute.

Summer Camp Schedule
The Camp Schedule is 9AM-5PM July 6-17, 2009
Film Showcase is 7PM Friday July 17th

July 6th, Monday:
Intro to screenwriting
Learning 3 Act structure
Campers come up with 3 story ideas from different genres
Pitch your ideas to the group

July 7th, Tuesday:
Continuing pitching ideas
Learn creating effective characters. Receive character analysis sheets, complete on all characters in their story. Share with partner and review.
Review screenplay
Refine their story

July 8th, Wednesday:
Screenplay formatting
Begin writing screenplays
Learn writing effective dialogue
Learn writing for the visual approach of film
Write 1st Drafts

July 9th, Thursday:
Read and critique each others scripts in groups
Work on 2nd Draft

July 10th, Friday:
Table Read of scripts.
Finish Screenplays
Table read finished scripts

Week 2
July 13, Monday:
Film Producing
Form teams
Choose a script
Budgeting and Scheduling
Production Audio
Start Casting

July 14, Tuesday:
Camera Basics
Framing the Shot
Shooting Actors

July 15, Wednesday:
Film Directing
Working with actors
Shoot the Films!

July 16, Thursday:
Continue Shooting Films

July 17, Friday:
Continuing editing
Special effects
Music in films
Color Correction
Finishing Films
Film Showcase for friends and family!

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