We’ve thrown a lot at them in a short time. Camp coordinator Isaac Stambaugh summed it up best when he said, “It’s like getting one year’s work of film school in five days.” We billed this as a beginner’s camp, but in reality it resembles a combination of a beginners, intermediate, and advanced camp all rolled into one. We told our students we want you to be proud of what you complete this week. As a result, we are giving them all of the resources and information necessary to produce an outstanding film. Of course, they have to put in the effort and be willing to do the work.
The morning started off with a workshop on script-to-screen. Now that the teams had their scripts in hand, how do they make them a reality that can play on the screen. It’s all about having a plan and being organized when you go out and shoot the movie.
By this time, everybody wanted to get their hands on the equipment. For most of the class, it was their first opportunity working with professional grade gear. Russ took them through the entire process of how to use and operate the DVX-100 camera. They also learned how to properly set up the tripod and use boom mics to capture live audio. Russ also took them through all the essentials needed for proper framing and shot composition.
The final class of the day came from Isaac Stambaugh as he talked about the principle of low-budget filmmaking. Isaac used his latest film, It Smells Like Community Spirit, as an example of what can be accomplished with little money but a whole lot of hard work and determination.
Each team spent the last hour making final preparations making calls to secure actors and locations, finding props and other logistical concerns. Within just two short days, they were on the road to becoming legitimate filmmakers.
Hannah, Elise and Caleb making a list and checking it twice
Madeline and Jesse going over the game plan
Jarrett putting on his producer's hat
Russ doing his thing
Elise working out the final details
Edie and Chelsea checking out the camera