Try Filmmakers Camp at Anderson University to find out if filmmaking is the right career for you!
Designed for high school students and developed by communication arts faculty and professionals at Anderson University, this unique camp experience focuses on learning the beginning skills leading to a successful career in the film industry.
Classes include screenwriting, camera operation, editing, lighting, sound recording and mixing, distribution, and more. Held on the beautiful AU campus, the Filmmakers Camp is taught by instructors whose works have screened theatrically, in film festivals and on television stations and networks around the world.
Unfortunately, Filmmakers Camp has been cancelled this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a replacement, we will be doing a free virtual camp via Zoom calls and a a stay at home short film challenge. If you have a camper between the ages of 14 and 18, please send an email to email@example.com for information and updates. We are still making plans for this event, but expect that we will host a series of Zoom calls in June and a virtual film festival mid-July.
Any high school student, ages 14-18, who is interested in learning more about filmmaking should register for this camp.
June 21-27, 2020
Sunday – Saturday
This is an overnight camp.
Filmmaking 101: An overview of the filmmaking process. Examines pre-production, production and post-production phases. Surveys the wide variety of careers as well as motives for filmmaking and the highly competitive nature of the field. Students will learn what it takes to succeed from a Christ-centered perspective.
The Film: Mise-en-scène. What makes a great film? We’ll find out.
The Cinematographer/Camera Operation: Basic competencies of professional camera operation. An examination of selecting the right camera for the story. Lenses, color temperature, etc.
The Screenwriter: The elements of storytelling. Character, plot, theme. The three-act structure. Proper formatting. Shooting scripts.
The Cinematographer/Lighting Design: A survey of lighting fixtures and controllers. Lighting motivation and techniques. An introduction to grip equipment.
Sound Recording & Mixing: Learn basics of recording on the soundstage and in the field. Microphone selection, use, and mixing.
The Editor: The editor is often the unsung hero of the film. Learn how to arrange visual and aural elements to maximize the impact of the story (and make the director shine).
Marketing the film: Nearly half of all films made are never released theatrically or even on DVD or Blu-Ray! Learn how to four wall your film, advance it to film festivals and distribution.
Facilities & Equipment
The studio is approximately 60 x 36 feet with a ceiling height of 17 feet and light grid at 16 feet. It is equipped with:
- Green-screen wall & floor
- 48 channel ETC Express Lighting Control Console
- 35+ lighting fixtures including fresnels, lekos, scoop and cyc lights
- Two 50 foot long “limbo” cycoloramas
- One 30 foot “party” cyclorama
- Elemack Spyder dolly with short jib arm
- Dolly track (45 degree) in curved & straight sections
- Portable green and blue chroma-key
- 18 C-stands, assorted flags, scrims, gels, meat axes, clamps, hangars, etc.
- Soundstage Floor Plan
- Soundstage Lighting Plot
Editing/Postproduction (Final Cut Studio/Adobe CS5.5)
- Two dedicated editing bays
- Five collaboration stations
- 3 Sony HXC-100K HD Multi-format Studio Cameras
- 2 Sony Cine Alta XDCAM HD Cameras (PDW Series)
- 2 Sony EX-1R XDCAM HD Cameras
- 1 GoPro® HD Camera
- Mackie 24 Channel Audio Console
- Sound Design 422 Portable Audio Stereo Mixer
- Shure FP33 Portable Audio Stereo Mixer
- Assorted wireless, shotgun, lavalier and handheld microphones
- Vinten Pedestals & Dollies
- Vinton Vision 100 Tripod
- Vinton Vision 3 Tripods
- Assorted Heads
- Tracking Skid
Students will stay in one of the Anderson University residence halls which house two campers per room. A full-time Residence Hall Director and Resident Assistants are also on site. The Resident Assistants are Anderson University students who are currently majoring in Communication Arts or recent graduates.
Olt Student Center
Located on University Boulevard, Olt Student Center houses the Marketplace, Raven’s Haven, Mocha Joe’s (coffeehouse), the Corner Pocket (game room), private dining rooms, and the campus bookstore.
What is Filmmakers Camp? This is an extraordinary and innovative week-long introduction to the profession of filmmaking designed especially for high school students. The unique program was developed by Anderson University Communication Arts faculty. It is sponsored and held at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Where will the camp be held? Filmmakers Camp will take place on the campus of Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. (35 miles northeast of Indianapolis). Do I need to have a background in film or television? It is not necessary to have any experience in filmmaking in order to benefit from this unique program. Classes are designed to provide practical skills and experience for all high school students. Should I bring my camera or editing computer? You are welcome to do so. If you have your own computer, you may complete editing assignments on it if you are running Final Cut, Premiere Pro, Avid, or Vegas. I’ve done a short film. Should I bring it? Absolutely! We’ll review these and add appropriate ones to evening screenings. I attended last year. Will there be something new for me? Yes. We’ve added an intermediate track for returning campers which will provide even more hands-on experience and the opportunity to create a short film. Returning campers also receive a $100 discount! What is the daily schedule? Filmmaker classes are scheduled Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with film screenings scheduled every evening. The morning classes focus on the fundamentals of filmmaking. Afternoon classes are “hands-on” with the equipment being studied. There will be a Saturday morning “wrap-up” session before the camp ends at noon. Who will be teaching the filmmaking classes? Instructors are Anderson University faculty and award-winning professionals. What does the registration fee include? Price includes tuition, housing, and meals. May I bring my automobile? You are welcome to drive yourself to campus at the start of camp and drive yourself home at the end. But, because of liability issues, you are not permitted to use your vehicle for any other purpose, including transporting other campers. Will I need additional money during the camp? Students may want to bring additional money for extra snacks or bookstore items. What type of lodging is provided? Housing is on the beautiful Anderson University campus in one of our residence halls. Each dorm room accommodates two students and we will attempt to honor any roommate requests. Students will be issued a swipe card for entrance to the residence hall and an individual room key. (Note: a $50 charge will be assessed for each room key not returned at the end of camp.) What safety provisions are in place? University police and security will be present on campus at all times. Dormitory doors are locked at all times. Students are provided with a swipe card for the dormitory building entrance and a key for individual rooms. What is the camp’s policy on discipline? All camp participants will be provided with rules of conduct and are expected to adhere to these rules. Any student who violates these policies will be sent home immediately. Is there a dress code? All of our buildings are air-conditioned, so students will want to dress appropriately. Campers are expected to behave consistently with guidelines of the Anderson University Judicial Code.
Camp Film Projects
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- Filmmakers Camp
Todd Edwards is creator/co-writer/co-director of the box office hit HOODWINKED, an indie phenomenon that also showcased his skills as a songwriter and musician.
Todd wrote nine original songs for the film, including “Great Big World” performed by Anne Hathaway, and “Red is Blue” performed by platinum recording artist Ben Folds. Following the success of, Todd enjoyed multiple studio script sales, and has continued to develop both live-action and animated screenplays with his Hardy Howl partners. Todd recently completed the novelization of his epic adventure “Digging to China” with co-author Timothy Hooten. Prior to that, he wrote, directed and scored his third feature, JEFFIE WAS HERE, an award-winning indie comedy in which he also plays the title character, Jeffie.
Todd’s first feature CHILLICOTHE, which he wrote, directed and starred in, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won rave reviews and distribution. In 2010 he directed the viral sensation music video “Thinkin’ Bout Somethin” for the Grammy-nominated band Hanson. Along with Hooten, he is co-writing “The Marvel Experience,” an unprecedented multimedia touring show launching later in 2014. Todd is also currently directing an exciting new animated feature about the story behind the world’s most legendary game.
Jason Higgs joined the Department of Communication and Design Arts in 2015. He has won an Emmy® award as well as several Telly and Addy awards for his creative direction and storytelling. His teaching draws on his experience in all aspects of design, television, cinema and animation.
Contact Professor Higgs:
Assistant Professor of Visual Communication
B.F.A. in Visual Communication, Herron School of Art/Indiana University
M.F.A. in Graphic Design/Video/Animation, Ball State University
Jack Lugar worked for more than a decade in Los Angeles as a television writer and producer. Jack’s writing credits include the Warner Bros./FOX sitcom “Wanda At Large,” “From the Top” for Family Theater Productions, and several projects for comedian Louie Anderson’s company, Louzell Productions. Most recently, he has been a panelist and/or jury member for Heartland International Film Festival, Indy Shorts, and International Mobile Film Festival.
His recent work includes the creation of the children’s chapter book series, Katz Pajamas, about an extraordinary cat detective, and his current project, writing the young adult fantasy series Sessi and the Gates to Hel. In addition, Jack is the author of the humor book The Starving Artist’s Diet and co-author of Hollywood Break-In: Launch your Entertainment Career. He also holds the distinction of being selected as a writer for the Warner Bros. Comedy Workshop and has received recognition from the Disney/ABC Writer’s Program, Slamdance, Scriptapalooza and The Page Awards.
Jack has been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at Anderson University, Taylor University, Azusa Pacific University, and the Act One Writer’s Program in Los Angeles.
He joined the full-time faculty at Anderson in the fall of 2016 and teaches on the topics of screenwriting, TV writing, storytelling, cinema studies, and producing for film and television.
Contact Jack Lugar: jrlugar
B.A., Taylor University
M.A., Regent University
J.D., Indiana University