2012 Residential Screenwriting and Filmmaking Camps Begin

Friday, July 13, 2012

TU Film Department Hosts Annual Camps for Screen and Film


A group of 14 high school students from around the country are exploring the world of screenwriting and filmmaking at summer camps offered by The University of Tulsa.

Hosted by the TU Department of Film Studies and the Creative Writing program, the camps are divided into two weeks of hands-on workshops designed to teach interested students more about the art and craft of the film industry. Special events also include an appearance by S.E. Hinton, author of the 1967 novel The Outsiders.

Those attending the screenwriting camp work closely with TU Creative Writing Program Director Michael Wright. After a week of intensive study and recreational group activities, camp participants write their own short screenplay for a public reading.

“Each camp is approximately 7 to 8 hours of instruction per day plus film viewing at night,” Wright said. “We are essentially presenting them with about a semester’s worth of work at a university level in a week’s time.”

Students in the filmmaking camp create their own films and view a final screening of the productions under guidance from filmmaker and multimedia director Erin McHenry. Camp attendees also learn more about the post-production equipment used in today’s industry and receive additional mentoring from a TU film major assistant.

The Film Studies Department has offered the camps for nearly 10 years after TU developed a film program in the late 1990s. Wright said he and his peers enjoy working with the high school students and introducing them to the university.

“The camps are a great opportunity for students to learn about our campus while helping TU reinforce its mission of service,” he said. “The students bond quickly and interact at a very high level where they can experience the joys and trials of creative work.”

This year’s class includes students from Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Texas and Oklahoma. The screenwriting session ended July 14, while the filmmaking camp runs until July 21.

About the instructors
Michael Wright is a recipient of the Milan Stitt Award for Outstanding Contribution to American Theatre from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and is the founder of Fictional Characters, a writers’ collective supported by grants from the Tulsa Arts & Humanities Council. He is director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Creative Writing at TU and teaches playwriting, screenwriting along with courses in writing for performance media such as animation, gaming, podcasting and radio.

Erin McHenry is a graduate of the film program at the University of Oklahoma and holds certification as a secondary education instructor for journalism. She currently works as director of multimedia for a manufacturing company.


Ashley Etter