Teen Filmmaker Boot Camp

This week-long crash course provides teens with training and mentorship to bring an original film idea from script to screen!

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Program Description

During week-long Teen Filmmaker Boot Camps, students get a crash-course in operating the camera, recording sound, screenwriting, creating storyboards and editing! Rooted in project-based learning, the Teen Filmmaker Boot Camps curriculum centers on pre-production, production, and post-production techniques, empowering participants to bring their filmmaking and storytelling skills to the next level. Campers work closely with local media arts professionals to bring an original film idea from script to screen, culminating in an end-of-program showcase for family and friends!

Typical Camp Schedule

MONDAY: Camera exercises and team building. Screenwriting and storyboard workshop with an exploration of storytelling through film. Break into production teams and begin story development and pre-production.
TUESDAY: Hands-on training for various aspects of filmmaking (cinematography, lighting, sound, etc.)
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Continue filming and begin post-production and editing.
FRIDAY: Complete post-production and share completed work with friends and family at a special screening at the City Heights Black Box Theater.




City Heights IDEALab; 3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

SUMMER 2024 Dates

Camp #1: June 10-14, 2024
Camp #2: June 17-21, 2024
Camp #3: June 24-28, 2024
Camp #4: July 8-12, 2024
Camp #5: July 15-19, 2024
Camp #6: July 22-26, 2024
Camp #7: July 29-August 2, 2024
Camp #8: August 5-9, 2024

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Need-based scholarships are available for students who qualify. Partial scholarships available on a case-by-case basis. Apply here.

Member Discounts

25% off for MACSD Members! Click here to learn more about our member program and sign up!

Refund & Cancellation Policy

-There are no refunds for camps. To receive credit for future camps, cancellation is required at least one week before the start date of camp. Credit will be valid for one year and will be equal to the amount paid, less 10% for processing fees. Media Arts Center San Diego may at times need to cancel classes due to low enrollment, at which point a check reimbursement will be issued, less 10% for processing fees.
-MACSD is not responsible for providing refunds or offering makeup sessions for camps missed as a result of illness, emergencies or events beyond our control.
-MACSD will confirm cancellation via email.

For More Information, Contact

Larry Da Silveira, Education Coordinator
larry@mediaartscenter.org | 619-230-1938

This program is made possible thanks to support from the California Endowment, California Arts Council, City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, Wells Fargo, SDG&E.

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