skip to Main Content

Filmmaking Intensive:
Short Films from Script to Screen

The Film Intensive Summer program is designed for high school artists passionate about filmmaking. This four-week program provides artists the opportunity to use industry-standard equipment and software, including digital cinema cameras, professional lighting equipment, and advanced editing software. A team of industry-experienced faculty introduces students to the art of visual storytelling and guides them through the collaborative process of filmmaking.

Students learn the importance of collaboration while developing screenplays, learning lighting and camera techniques, staging and blocking scenes, working with actors, and completing their visual story in editing. The first two weeks focus on writing and planning for principal photography. Filming begins in week three with students from the Acting for the Camera program. Students wrap up an intensive filmmaking schedule in week four with editing and scoring films in post-production. Films are screened on the last day of the program with family and friends.

Film workshops are open admission. Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been acting or creating films for years.

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Comfortable work clothes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Notepad and pens/pencils and/or a laptop
  • Rain jacket/poncho
  • Good set of enclosed-ear headphones (optional)
  • PC or Mac laptop with screenwriting software (optional)
  • External hard drive (optional)
  • Digital camera and/or a phone with a camera (optional)

In addition please bring:

  • An open mind
  • A healthy dose of courage
  • A can-do attitude.

The Filmmaking Intensive program is four weeks of writing, producing, directing, and editing films. Students begin to work collaboratively with their peers on the very first day of camp! Week one, students learn story structure, camera operations, and lighting basics. Chosen scripts move forward into the pre-production phase in week two while students begin their introduction to AVID Media Composer editing software. Halfway through camp, students choose production roles and move forward on planning and executing their films. Also, during weeks two and three, students learn to direct actors in their movies. As the last week rolls around, they acquire their footage from the previous week and edit it together.  The students show off their efforts in a Film Culmination at the end of this week.

The filmmaking environment is a collaborative work environment with rigorous work on set, including carrying camera gear, lighting equipment, and sound gear.

Shelly Short, Film Chair: has a BFA in Photography and an MFA in Film and Television from The Savannah College of Art and Design.  She is an award-winning photographer, whose work has been shown in The Museum of Modern Art Georgia and galleries around the United States.  Her short films and live experimental film performances have been screened in several film festivals and performance venues. She is currently teaching cinematography at Idyllwild Arts and has been with the school for several years. Shelly loves to help students develop their skills and explore their passions in filmmaking.

James Kent Arnold is an accomplished artist in several disciplines. His training encompasses classical and modern fine art painting and sculpture, as well as live-action film, sound design and experimental video. Over the breadth of his career he has worked as a professor and professional filmmaker on projects ranging from the US Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, to an international video producer for Aveda Corporation and The Body Shop Corporation in London, UK. His artistic style is often influenced by the discipline and inventiveness of American and European pioneers in film, painting, sculpture and photography. His mentors were pioneers of the American Avant Garde scene, including video artist Edward Emschwiller, performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, and musician John Cage.

Age: 14-18

July 3 to July 30, 2022

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

Enrollment limited to 16 students.

Skill Level: All levels

Shelly Short, James Arnold

Back To Top