The best camera to shoot video with is the one you always have on you - your phone.
Learn how to shoot and edit with the one camera everyone has on them all the time - their smartphone. There has never been a better time to be a creator because you literally have a movie studio in your pocket.
In this camp, we’ll learn different techniques to get professional-looking video out of a mobile device. We will cover lighting, cinematic camera angles, sound, camera movements, basic editing, and more. We will put all of the skills together to replicate a scene from a movie or television show.
You may register your youth for an optional, supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.
Students will make a film of two or fewer minutes - on either their own theme or one chosen by the class.
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For those who might need physical assistance, learn more about our Companion Program.
Courtney G. Jones is a 30-year veteran of the film and television industry who has long been an advocate of the kind of accessibility mobile filmmaking offers. He serves as head of development for Steve Zahn & Rick Gomez’s company, Macaroni Art Productions. He has produced and directed feature films, commercials, documentaries, and series - some of which have been shot on mobile. He brings a wealth of technical and creative know-how to the classroom. Courtney’s main goal is to show that anyone can make something amazing with the technology that's in their pocket. When he's not writing, producing, filming, editing, or teaching, he’s typically daydreaming about flying, living on a boat, or trying new recipes.
Learn how to make a movie trailer.
If you love movies, you probably love the thing that gets you excited to go to the theater ... movie trailers.
We will examine what makes a great movie trailer for all sorts of genres (comedy, drama, action, horror, etc.), and then we'll will make a trailer! All you need is a love of movies (and trailers), a good idea, and a smartphone to shoot with. We’ll put it all together to make the best 2.5-minute trailer we can.
Students will make a trailer of two or fewer minutes on a theme of their own or chosen by the class.
Nurture your creativity by learning to see the world through a unique lens.
This class encourages students to explore their surroundings, discover, and see the world around them in an imaginative way. Through the use of photography, students will document subjects in a manner that's original, opening a wider artistic view of the world.
Students will learn how to look at light, color, patterns, and composition and how to create compelling photographs that are unique to their vision.
No need for prior photography knowledge or a professional camera. Even a cell phone camera will do! This class is about creativity, discovery, and - most of all - having fun!
Alisa Steck is a fine art photographer whose focus is on the waterfalls and waterways of Washington state; as well as vineyards and small farms of Kitsap County. Alisa also enjoys life as a guest teacher for the Bainbridge Island School District, with experience working with kids K-12. Alisa worked with Arts & Humanities Bainbridge to help lead the efforts of creating a Certified Creative District for Bainbridge Island, enabling Winslow to become a creative destination. Her BFA was earned from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, including a year-long stint studying the masters in Rome. alisafoto.com
Improv is a great exercise for thinking on your feet! Learn the fundamentals in a safe and creative environment.
Regardless of background or experience, kids thrive in this imaginative environment where feeling accomplished is as simple as participating and supporting others. While many kids take improv to have fun with their friends, other benefits include boosting self-confidence and strengthening focus - skills that are useful in both improv and in life.
Each session starts with a few simple warm-ups followed by as many fun games as possible, then a cool down before class ends. Students will have the opportunity to participate in many different types of games such as guessing, advising, scene development, and more.
Put yourself anywhere in the galaxy with the magic of green screen.
There’s an extremely good chance a movie you love includes visual effects. One of those visual effects is the use of a green screen to put a character in places that would be almost impossible to without that green screen.
This will be a fun way to use our imaginations and bring ordinary footage to life. We may even step off this planet and onto another!
In this camp, you will learn how to light, shoot, edit, and composite (convincingly placing a character in an environment) green screen footage.
Each student will have a chance to act, light, shoot, edit/composite, and present. Students will work as a crew for each other to accomplish their creations.
Students will make a film of two or fewer minutes, on a theme of their own or one chosen by the class.
Music is exciting, but making a music video can elevate the song to the next level.
Music videos are some of the most moving and creative content that can be made. In this camp, we will create a music video thats sure to make any song a hit! All you need is a bit of imagination and a few fun shooting techniques that we’ll learn in this camp.
In this camp, we will break down what makes a good or bad music video, plan, shoot, and edit using smartphones/tablets.
Once we finish, we will show the videos to the class and positively critique them. There may even be a music video award at the end.
Students will make a video of two or fewer minutes of their own theme or one chosen by the class.
Bring a water and a little snack.
Michelle Allen has more than 14 years of experience as an actor, director, producer, and improv performer as well as an acting and improv teacher. She has been a member of the improv troupe “Imagined Reality” since 2016, performing at multiple venues in several counties. From 2016–2020, she taught improv and acting during summer camp as well as year-round at an independent school for grades K-12. She has been teaching improv to adults on Bainbridge Island since 2019. She taught students from all over the country online through 2020-2021. She has a degree in environmental chemistry, with a minor in conservation resource studies, from the University of California Berkeley.
Make an animated short using traditional and updated techniques.
Animation is one of the oldest forms of visual entertainment. While the tried-and-true methods are amazing, a lot can be done with your smartphone, iPad, or other tablets. In this camp, we will use some of the old techniques on new devices. Don't worry if all you can draw is a stick figure - that can be some of the most inventive animations out there.
Learn the basics of traditional 2D animation, like squash and stretch, pose to pose, keyframing, secondary actions, and more.
We will start with breaking down what makes a great animation, then move on to conceptualizing, storyboarding, drawing, editing, sound design, and exporting.
Students will make a film of two or fewer minutes on a theme of their own or one chosen by the class.
Let’s make an episode of a TV show together.
We all love TV, right?! If you've ever wondered how it's done, there's no better way than to actually make a TV episode yourself.
We will pick the genre (sitcom, drama, sci-fi, sketch comedy, etc.), then we will learn how to write a quick script, shoot, direct, act, edit, and view our creation. Everyone will get a chance to touch every aspect of the show.
Students will make a project of two or fewer minutes, along their own theme or one chosen by the class.
Stop motion animation is fun and easy. All you need is your imagination and a camera.
Stop motion dates back more than 125 years. A lot has changed in that time, but what hasn’t is that animators move a character or object one frame at a time to make a scene. That’s exactly what we will be doing in this camp. We will take handmade characters and other everyday objects to make an entertaining scene and put it all together with the help of modern technology that happens to be in everyone’s pockets - their phones.
We will do the following:
Students will make a video of two or fewer minutes using a theme of their own, or one chosen by the class.
Let’s make a mock commercial for your favorite brand of ... anything!
What’s your favorite brand of potato chips? Cereal? How about your favorite pair of shoes? Chances are, you’ve seen a commercial or advertisement that lead you to want them. Well, now’s your chance to make a commercial for the brand or service you love the most. We’re going to make a 30-second commercial after learning the tricks and techniques the pros use to make you excited for them.
We will dissect commercials to figure out what makes a good one. Then, we will:
Students will make a short project of either their own theme, or one chosen by the class.
If you don’t have a podcast, let’s change that!
Podcasts are one of the fastest growing forms of media on the planet. The barrier to entry is low, so there should be no excuses as to why you don't have one! In this camp, we will challenge ourselves to make a fun and engaging podcast that you could hear on any platform.
Students will make a short project of either their own theme or one chosen by the class.
Create a two-minute, live-action short film in any genre with your phone or tablet.
Challenge yourself to an action, drama, comedy, horror, or sci-fi (or any combination of these genres) short film with a beginning, middle, and end. Learn how to shoot and edit on your phone or tablet. No experience necessary, just bring your device and your imagination.
In this class you will: