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Video Production

In Video Production Camp, campers produce, direct, light, shoot and edit like the experts. They complete exercises and projects which culminate in their own original short movie. Students will learn to utilize titles, graphics, music, voice-over, and live-action video while developing leadership, communication, project management, creative design, and technical skills. 

Students work in a lab equipped with computers and PC-based editing systems as they shoot and edit their own movies. A professional staff of instructors with over twenty years in film, television and video production guides students through an exciting, hands-on educational experience.

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Dynamic instructors, a full program of elective activities and the latest production technology provide a nurturing environment with a challenging edge.

From Day one, campers produce their first video and learn some of the basics of shooting quality footage. The second day presents a plunge into editing as campers produce an “Obstacle Video,” as they transform an everyday event into a premier short film. Students then begin to plan their movie project which will be shot and edited during the remainder of the week.  Throughout the week, the complexity of the projects grows along with the student’s skills and knowledge, developed through a fast-paced mix of instruction and exercises. Students provide peer feedback and compare it with popular film and television as they are inspired by their own improved skills.

The week culminates in a screening of the students’ movies for an audience of fellow-campers, family and friends. Each student will receive a digital copy of their work and a Teen Filmmaker’s Handbook which contains additional tips, tricks, and instruction to further develop their video production skills long after summer has ended.  

Camps for rising 7th - 8th graders have three price options:

  • Day Camper: Day Campers check in Sunday with dinner provided after check-in and then enjoy curriculum Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Meals are not provided with Day Camp Tuition - campers can bring a sack lunch or can purchase our optional Lunch package for $40 (includes lunch in the dining hall Monday-Friday).
  • Extended Day: Extended Day Campers check in Sunday with dinner provided after check-in and then enjoy curriculum and recreation Monday - Friday from 9am to 9pm, with lunch and dinner provided in the dining hall.
  • Overnight: Overnight campers check in before dinner on Sunday and check out at 5pm on Friday. All meals and shared dorm accommodations are provided.

Camps for rising 9th-12th graders have two options:

  • Extended Day: Extended Day Campers attend camp from 9am to 9pm seven days a week (except check-in and check-out days, which are half days), with lunch and dinner provided in the dining hall each day.
  • Overnight: Overnight campers check-in after lunch on the first day of camp and check out before lunch on the last day of camp. All meals and shared dorm accommodations are provided.
Program Grades Location Start Date End Date Price Options Register

Sample Schedule High School Video Production

8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
9:15 am Directing & filming workshop class
12:30 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for all campers)
1:45 pm Editing lab & class
5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (included for all campers)
6:30 pm Group project work & editing time
8:00 pm Evening recreation activities
9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
10:00 pm Floor check
10:30 pm Room check

Sample Schedule Middle School Video Production

7:30 am Overnight campers - wake up!
8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
9:00 am Camp meeting & warm up
9:15 am Directing & filming workshop
12:00 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for overnight & extended day campers;
day campers can purchase an optional lunch package or bring a lunch)
1:00 pm Editing basics class
2:00 pm Group project work & editing time
5:00 pm Day camper check-out
5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (overnight & extended campers)
6:30 pm Evening elective classes & group editing time
7:45 pm Evening recreation & activities
8-9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
9:30 pm Floor check (overnight campers get ready for bed)
10:00 pm Room check & lights out
RENE GUEVARA

Rene Guevara is a video production teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University. In his 14 years of teaching, he has also taught art, design, animation, and AP art history. For the last seven years, he has been teaching video production, photography, yearbook, and the REALM magazine class at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, CA. Every year he takes students to national conventions where they have won numerous national awards for video, photography, writing, and design. In 2013, he was awarded Educator of the Year for his school and nominated in 2018 for the California League of High Schools Teacher of the Year.   He has experience in directing and producing short films and is Certified Expert in Adobe Premiere. Rene has a passion for telling stories through the visual medium.