Screenwriting and Filmmaking Camps


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High school students will be able to immerse themselves in the art and craft of screenwriting and filmmaking for one exciting week each.  The camps may be taken separately or together.

July 5th-11th, 2015

From July 5-11, the Screenwriting Camp with Michael Wright, Director of The University of Tulsa's Creative Writing Program, will provide an intensive exploration of the craft of screenwriting along with stimulating group activities and film screenings.  Students will create their own short screenplays which will be read for family and friends in a script festival on the last day.

July 11th-18th, 2015

From July 11-18, the Filmmaking Camp with videographer Erin McHenry will provide students with the opportunity to fully plunge into every aspect of creating short films, along with evening screenings and exciting group activities.  The camp will culminate in a film festival of the students' work, screen for family and friends.  Graduating Senior Film Major Cameron Buckley will serve as an additional instructor.

About the Faculty

: Michael Wright is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Creative Writing at The University of Tulsa where he teaches playwriting, screenwriting and courses in writing for animation, radio, podcasting, and gaming, among others. Recipient of the Milan Stitt Award for Outstanding Contribution to American Theatre from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., he is the founder of the Fictional Characters, a writers' collective supported by grants from the Tulsa Arts & Humanities Council. He has conducted courses and workshops around the world, including Australia, Singapore, Hungary, Poland, and Sweden. Wright's books include Playwriting at Work and Play, Playwriting in Process, and Playwriting Master Class, and are considered standard texts in undergraduate and graduate programs nationally and internationally.

Filmmaking: Erin McHenry graduated with honors from the Film program at the University of Oklahoma. While in school she won a scholarship and filmmaking award from producer/director Ned Hockman for a short documentary covering the Tulsa Race Riots. She then continued her education and obtained certification as a secondary education instructor for Journalism. Erin has worked in a wide range of fields within the film medium, from being a videographer for a television pilot starring X-Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana, to doing audio for live news casts for KJRH, to editing films and projects with professional software such as Final Cut Pro. Her most recent endeavors include pioneering a production company by the name of SevenTummy making branded content and web shows, along with freelance videography and editing. She currently works as the Director of Multimedia for a manufacturing company. A student assistant from The University of Tulsa will work with the filmmaking class as well, to provide additional mentoring.
Residential Camps

Days are spent in a workshop setting, with planned evening activities arranged for both recreation and further exploration of film. Participants must stay on campus in a supervised residence hall during the camp; rooms are shared (males and females are housed on separate floors).

Each camp has a full-time, qualified student assistant staying with the students in the residence.

Costs and Registration

  • The fees cover housing, food, equipment, materials for the classroom and the instructional/staff salaries. For those taking both camps the fee for each is reduced to a lesser amount. We encourage early application; the fee schedule follows below:

        Fee Schedule

  • Early Bird rate for each camp is $750 and $825, or $1475 for both, as indicated; due dates: up to and including May 15th.
  • Regular Rate for each is $800 and $875, respectively, and $1575 for both camps; dates: May 16-June 15th.
  • Late Rate is $850 and $925, and $1675 respectively; dates: June 16th-first day of camp for either camp.
  • A $300 ($600 for students taking both classes) nonrefundable deposit will be required following acceptance into the camps.
  • An additional $100 deposit against damages/extra cleaning costs for dorm rooms will be required at time of arrival (note: if no charges are incurred, the checks will be returned). The $100 deposit must be in a separate check.

While the registration packet will provide details, if you have any questions about either camp you may contact Professor Wright at any point: , or 918-631-3174.



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