Sunscreen Film School Summer Camp

A Hands-On Immersion in Movie Making for Young People

Date(s) & Times

July 14-25, 2014

9 AM - 5 PM

Monday - Friday


$500 per student


Sunscreen Film Festival

Dar Webb and Clint Page

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This summer, the Sunscreen Film Festival Film School will present a two-week summer camp from July 14 to 25. 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 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 viewers' minds. Everyone will write a short script employing what they've learned.
Concurrently, campers will get a good overview of cinematography, using the same equipment as industry experts. 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. The faculty 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 where the movies will be edited, music will be added, credits will be appended and the campers can add final creative touches.

Finally, the completed films will be shown at a Sunscreen Film Camp Festival on the last day of camp, July 25.

The camp will be held at Studio@620, 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The camp lasts from 9am to 5pm.

Who is eligible to participate?
Kids ages 12 to 18 are welcome. Some exceptions to these age requirements will be made based on prior experience and interest level after an evaluation by the Sunscreen Film Festival staff. Please note: Moviemaking 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 art of making movies.

How much?
Cost is $500 per child.

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

Who is the faculty?
Tony Armer, Sunscreen's executive director and a film professor, heads the program. Two college-aged proctors who are experienced moviemakers will assist him. In addition, we'll have guest speakers, such as professional cinematographers.

How do I sign up?
Click here to order your tickets:

In filling out the application, please bear in mind that we are above all else seeking commitment from our campers. Moviemaking 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.

Additional questions?
E-mail Harry Chittenden at or call 727-420-0566.