Screenwriting and Filmmaking Camps Begin
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Film Camp Draws Growing Number of Students
A group of 21 high school students from around the country are exploring screenwriting and filmmaking in summer camps hosted by The Department of Film Studies at The University of Tulsa.
Screenwriting, July 7-13, and Filmmaking, July 13-20, features hands-on workshops designed to teach students about the art, craft and business of the film industry. This year, 11 students are attending both camps, a record number for two-week attendance. Special activities include a bowling night and a street party celebration for the Circle Cinema’s Grand Re-Opening.
Those attending the screenwriting camp work closely with Michael Wright, director of the TU Creative Writing Program. Each camp includes seven to eight hours of instruction per day along with film viewing at night to heighten the awareness of films’ expressive possibilities. Films include “Citizen Kane,” “Memento,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Artist” and others. Following the intensive study and recreational group activities, camp participants write their own short screenplay for a public reading.
“We are essentially presenting them with about a half-semester’s worth of university work in a week’s time,” Wright says.
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. They also learn about post-production equipment used in today’s industry.
The Department of Film Studies has offered the two camps for nearly 10 years after a film program was established in the late 1990s. This year’s camp includes students from Maine, Maryland, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Texas and Oklahoma.
“The camps are a great opportunity for students to learn about our campus while helping TU reinforce its mission of service,” Wright says.
Article by Gail Ellis, University Relations