Filmmaking Camps and Teen Workshop

Jul 28th to Aug 15th

As part of the Second Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival (SLIFF/Kids), held Aug. 1-10, 2014, Cinema St. Louis and the St. Louis Public Library are presenting Basic Filmmaking Camps on Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-8, at the Central Library’s Creative Experience space and Advanced Filmmaking Camps on Monday-Friday, Aug 11-15, at Central Library’s Creative Experience space and Lindenwood University. Additionally, before SLIFF/Kids kicks off on Aug. 1, COCA and Cinema St. Louis are co-presenting another Filmmaking Camp, focused on Digital Shorts and Series Pilots. And on Friday, Aug. 9, a Teen Workshop on the Art of Animation is presented at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

COCA Filmmaking Camp (July 28-Aug. 1)

​Digital Shorts and Series Pilots Camp

Brian Spath, Cinema St. Louis' operations supervisor, will guide campers in the creation of their own digital shorts using animation, live action, or a combination of the two. Using a simple story idea, each participant will create a 3- to 5-minute digital short that could serve as a pilot for a longer digital series. Students will learn what it takes to pitch a digital series -- from how to put together a proposal to financing options. On the final day, we will screen the shorts and pitch our ideas to family and friends. Each participant will leave with a DVD of all the created videos. The camp will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is intended for ages 14-18. Cost is $250. Visit the COCA website for full information; the code to use for registration is 2615. 

WHEN: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 28 - Aug. 1
WHERE: COCA (524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130)

Basic Camps (Aug. 4-8)

Students will be assigned to five-member teams and grouped according to age. Each team will produce its own short. Space is limited to 20 students in each camp. Basic camps are free of charge. Students must provide their own transportation and commit to attending the camp on all five days.

Shorts created in each camp will play during SLIFF/Kids on the last weekend of the festival. Students will also leave camp with a DVD of their completed work.

Live Action Camp

This camp will give students the opportunity to collaborate on either a reading Public Service Announcement (PSA), library commercial, or book trailer. This camp is intended for middle- and high-school students ages 12-18. No previous experience needed. Apply Here (PDF).

WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m, Aug. 4-8
WHERE: Central Library’s Creative Experience (1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103)

Animation Camp

During this camp students will collaborate on an animated short. This camp is aimed at high-school students ages 14-18. No previous experience needed. Apply Here (PDF).

WHEN: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Aug. 4-8
WHERE: Central Library’s Creative Experience (1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103)

Teen Workshop on the Art of Animation with Shawn Krause, Supervising Animator at Pixar Animation Studios (Aug. 9)

A workshop on the Art of Animation will be held Aug. 9 at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The class for teens will be led by Shawn Krause, Supervising Animator for Pixar Animation Studios. During this day-long workshop, Shawn will discuss his artistic inspiration and share clips of his own work. Students will then learn how to add motion to their own drawings using flip-book animation techniques. Class size is limited to 15; participants must be between 13 and 16 years old. Cost is $75 ($50 for members); all art supplies and lunch are provided. To apply, visit the Saint Louis Art Museum website and then click on the “13-16 Years Old” button.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9
WHERE: Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110)

Advanced Camps (Aug. 11-15)

Two Advanced Filmmaking Camps are offered from Monday-Friday, Aug. 11-15, for students who attended camp last year or who already possess experience in video production. Students must provide their own transportation and commit to attending on all five days. Advanced camps are free of charge. Students will leave the Advanced Filmmaking Camps with a DVD of their completed work.

Advanced Documentary Filmmaking Camp

This camp will focus on documentary filmmaking – using aspects of the library as the films’ subjects – and will be led by Brian Woodman (a producer of “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth”). Registration for the camp will be limited to 12 students ages 14-18. Apply Here (PDF).

WHEN: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Aug. 11-15
WHERE: Central Library’s Creative Experience (1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103)

Advanced Narrative Filmmaking Camp

Under the tutelage of Lindenwood professor and filmmaker Peter Carlos, students will craft a 3- to 5-minute short narrative film. Carlos will lead students through all facets of a film: pre-production (writing, planning, and organization), production (filming), and post (editing, music composition, graphic design). The completed films will screen at Lindenwood’s Young Auditorium on Friday, Aug. 15. Registration for the camp will be limited to 20 students ages 14-18. Apply Here (PDF).

WHEN: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Aug. 11-15
WHERE: Lindenwood University campus (209 S Kingshighway St., St Charles, MO 63301)

For more information, call Brian Spath at Cinema St. Louis: 314-289-4153 or email brian at cinemastlouis.org