Spend your summer camp doing something that’s loads of fun, while gaining some useful skills! Our summer camps are for all kids between the ages of six and sixteen and allow for some really great times through learning the art of film making.
If you enjoy movies, have a strong imagination, like dressing up, coming up with stories or are generally creative, then our summer activities for kids will be ideal for you. Similarly, if you are practical and technologically adept, we will be able to get you started with hands on experience in filming, editing or even constructing believable and convincing sets. Our “hands on” approach is the best way to get familiar with the entire process of making films, so you can actually experience every
aspect of it.
You will get to come up with your own films and create them. From writing the script and coming up with characters and costumes, to set building, filming and editing, you will be able to make your own film experience. If you have a passion for art, film, media or technology, the Young Film Academy’s
summer camps and activities will give you the lessons and platform you need to explore these passions.
So if you’re looking for something that’s fun to do this summer and you have a creative flare or a passion for films, then you should consider one of our film making summer camps. They’re full of fun and excitement, and you’ll also learn a whole lot of useful skills. Our camps put you in the driver’s seat so that you can create your own film, and have creative control every step of the way while learning an entire range of new skills.
Write your own script, design the costumes for your characters, build your own set, film it and edit it yourself. You’ll be creating something that’s your own and learning something new. It’s a fun and rewarding way to spend your summer.
Here at the Young Film Academy, we do many things. We offer courses on the various facets of film making, we teaching film making in schools, and we offer a range of outreach programmes. We also offer summer camps for kids between the ages of six and sixteen. On these camps you will learn about the entire film making process, from writing a script, to editing it into a final copy. The great part is that you will learn all this by actually doing it yourself. You will get to create your own film, and walk away with the finished product. From this you will learn everything you need to know about film making, and you’ll have yourself a whole lot of fun.
Writing a Script
So you love movies and you’re a creative person. You’ve got a head full of great ideas and your imagination is constantly running wild with them. You often think of funny or entertaining situations, characters or stories. You need to channel all these ideas into a script.
On the other hand, you may be more quiet and reserved. You’re an observational type who gives everything a lot of thought and notices things that often people overlook. These thoughts and
observations are often the very foundation of a great film. Writing these ideas into the more structured flow of a script will help you articulate what’s going on inside your head, and maybe even get some people thinking.
No matter where you’re coming from, most of us have a story to tell, and writing a script is a great way to tell that story that’s inside you. This may sound like an overwhelming task, and you may never have written a complete story in your life, but you mustn’t be afraid! On our summer camps we will help you to come up with ideas so you can articulate what you want to say in an organized manner.
We’ll teach you the different ways you can structure a plot, or map out a short film. We’ll provide you with the blueprint you need so your vision can become the best film that it can possibly be. You’ll learn how to develop characters, set-up situations in your story, draw concluding sequences and bring your film to the close that you’re looking for. With our help, you’ll know exactly how to channel your ideas into logical and powerful scripts.
Creating Your Characters
One of the most fundamental parts of any story, whether it’s in a book, a film or even a song, is the development of your characters. When you come up with characters for your script, and ultimately, your film, you need to know exactly who these people are in every way. It can be difficult to come up with the right characters for your script, because often the nature of your character will actually determine the trajectory of your script!
We will help you with developing your characters so that they are ideal for your story. Your script may have a character that is angry all the time. Now you need to answer a few questions to justify this character. Why is he angry all the time? What is he angry about? Why can’t he just move on from this? What does his being angry all the time add to your story? Is he even a necessary character? These sorts of questions will help you define your characters and identify whether or not they are an important part of your story.
Once you have established your characters, you now need to actually create them for your film! Here you will get to work on costume design and makeup for your characters. Again here it is important that you know exactly who your characters are. You need to be able to identify with them so that you know what their fashion sense would be, what kind of hairstyles they’d have, what facial features they’d have, etc.
While these aspects of your characters may seem mundane and unimportant to you, you must remember that how your characters look in a film, is largely what defines them as who they are. You need to be one hundred percent certain that they way your characters look represents who you wanted them to be in your script. This is how people will first meet your characters, and how they will remember them!
This process is also a lot of fun, and you’ll get to play with dome crazy costumes and makeup! You’ll see how we can transform people with the right techniques, and how through costume and makeup design anything is possible with your characters, no matter how wild they may be. The creative skills you’ll learn while doing this are invaluable to being a good filmmaker.
Building a Set
Just like with your characters, you’re going to have to create your set. This will also involve youasking a whole lot of questions about your script. Where does it take place? Why does it take place here? Is this important to the story? Would the story be better if it took place somewhere else? How does this place look? Why does it look like that? What aesthetic will be best for my film?
Once you have established where your film should take place, you can focus on creating the best possible set for your film. You may want to shoot your film on location, so you’ll go to actual sites to film it. On the other hand, it may take place in a variety of different places, or somewhere far away
that would be expensive to film at. In this case, you will actually have to build the set yourself. This way you can also be sure that your set meets all the requirements of your film.
For this, we’ll help you with developing your set to make sure that it is the ideal context for your film. We’ll help you so that you can develop the skills you need to make sure that your sets are perfect for your movie. Once you have these skills for conceptualising your sets, then you can start to actually build them.
Building the set physically is an amazing learning process. You will learn about the different materials you can use to get the aesthetic you’re looking for, and how to construct convincing and realistic set props. By doing this yourself in a hands on and practically oriented setting, the skills you learn are the kind that you will always be able to apply practically. The more you do of this, the more skills you’ll develop and the better at it you will become. Set designers are constantly developing and refining their craft because of the explorative nature of it. There really are no boundaries with set design.
It’s Time to Film It!
Once you have a script, an array of characters and all the sets you may require, you can begin filming. This process is where things remain creative, but become much more technical. At our
summer camps we will teach you all you need to know to become competent at filming.
With filming there is a vast array of equipment that is required, and there are many different ways of using this equipment to create very different kinds of films. We will introduce you to this array of filming equipment, and teach you the formative steps required to make use of the equipment effectively. Once you know what the equipment is for and how to use it, you can become a little more experimental with it to find the results you’re looking for.
We’ll teach you about lighting, a vital aspect of creating films. Lighting is important because it is one of the most powerful tools we have to define the mood and atmosphere of your film. Similarly, lighting can also define your set and your characters. Certain characters look better when lit from
certain angles, as is the case with sets.
We will give you the basic tools to manage your own lighting and determine what looks best yourself. We will also make sure that you are familiar with standard industry practices regarding lighting, so that you can know what is usually required. However, with our more practical approach you can fiddle with the equipment so that you can establish your own style.
Sound is also vital to your filming process, and some basic training for sound will be provided. Actually recording sound while filming, as well as editing in sounds post filming is essential to the creation of a convincing film. Our activities during the summer camp will give you ample opportunity to work on these skills.
The actual filming process is one which you will be guided through. There are so many different techniques you can use that you will learn about. Your time at camp will be about learning these different techniques and using them for the benefit of you film.
With filming you need to create the appropriate atmosphere through camera angles and the kinds of shots you use to establish mood and setting. You can use different camera techniques to create dynamism and movement in your production. These skills are overwhelming in scope at first, but we will walk you through them. Once you have a foundational understanding in filming you can really start to experiment with these different techniques so that you can create something that works for you.
Editing It Down
This process is the final phase of making your movie. Here you take everything you have done, slice away the excess and unnecessary bits, and put your movie together. This entails a range of different activities. There is the editing of the film, and then applying different filters to it so that you are
essentially editing your film’s lighting. You must also edit the sound and make sure the sound and image are synchronised.
With editing your film you can make sure that your movie is going to be looking good! This is important, as people only like viewing things which are aesthetically pleasing or interesting to them. At our summer camps you can play with the different filters and colour contrasts until you find what you like. Additionally, the sound is important while editing. You need to make sure the sound is clear and there are no unnecessary background noises. Again, you will have the opportunity to experiment with this on camp.
Overall, our summer activities for kids on our summer camps are hugely entertaining and enjoyable, as well as informative and beneficial. Your kids can learn to do something new and have fun while doing it. It is an opportunity of a lifetime not to be missed!