Film Making Summer Camp

Student filmmakers serious about their craft, over the course of a week, hone the skills required to create a successful “business card” short film for college admission portfolios, contest entries, and personal reels.

  • Week long, immersive, hands-on mentorship through a portfolio quality short film.

  • 5 days of instructional tutorials that span every aspect of the independent film making process, from Development to Distribution.

  • Individualized instruction in the morning than time in the afternoon to apply what you learned.

  • Students collaborate on a script then individually shoot the script using professional actors.

  • The final day includes a screening festival for family and friends.

  • Each camp is limited to 16 students to maximize hands-on instruction.

  • Minimum age requirement - entering high school.

The Camp

When: 2017 (Camp 1: July 10-14 & Camp 2: August 7-11)

What: Three-hour long lecture, than three-hour long shoot in the afternoon from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: $700 per person, Maximum Enrollment: 16 people ($50 off for every sign up who says you "referred them")

Where: Luther Memorial Church 13047 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133 across the street from Broadview Thompson Elementary School.

To enroll or learn more contact Ryan Smith at


August Detering: Currently attending NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Class of 2018) studying film production. He has directed, shot and edited a variety of creative films since 2009. His films have been featured in the Beverly Hills Film Festival (2017), nominated for a PrimeTime Emmy (2012) and have been selected for the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts Showcase (2016).

Ryan Smith:
Currently attending USC (Class of 2018) studying film business. Ryan has worked in front of camera as well as in film production. He works at the production company
Anonymous Content and completed a high profile internship at the Producers Guild of America in Los Angeles, CA.

2016 Film Making Summer Camp Resounding Success

During the 2016 summercamp students worked on a single script for a short film. They each filmed a segment of the story using real actors. Then each student edited their on films to put their unique spin on the same story.  Checkout  our
Facebook page to see the individual films.

Comments from 2016 Students:
"My favorite part of the program was on the first day when we were all brainstorming ideas. It's uncommon for us to experience the communal sharing that goes on in those idea sessions."

"All of my experience as a filmmaker have been in projects where each movie has taken three to four months to create. This was an eye-opening expereince where a movie was made in only one week."

"This was amazing. I couldn't ask for a better camp. Completely honest, this weeklong camp was more fun than any project at school."