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Finding a Balanced Summer Camp: Technology and the Outdoors

What happens when a kid that loves skateboarding or surfing combines those outdoor activites with a filmmaking summer camp? Traditional summer camp + tech summer camp = FUN!

What are you looking for in a summer camp for your kids? One concern of parents sending children to computer-based summer camps is how active the experience will be. Will the whole day be spent in front of the computer? How can I balance my child’s interest in technology with my desire for them to have a physically active summer camp experience?

One option is to sign up separately for computer-based summer camps and for sports summer camps. The costs, however, can add up quickly. Digital Media Academy offers a summer camp alternative.  The solution is to consider summer camp programs that balance the two areas with very unique experiences.

Students looking to combine an interest in film making with an interest in skateboarding can participate in a weeklong summer camp with Digital Media Academy called Skateboarding and Filmmaking. Teens visit three skate parks and receive instruction from experts while also capturing the action on film. In a state of the art classroom studio, students learn to edit and integrate special effects to create a skateboarding video. This summer camp will be offered at University of California San Diego – UCSD in La Jolla from August 3-7, at Stanford University in the San Francisco Bay Area from July 20-24.  Families have the option of enrolling kids for day camp, or the residential sleepover summer camp option to stay in the dorms.  (This is a great pre-college experience for kids, especially kids travelling to the United States for an American summer camp experience!)

For the first time this summer, Digital Media Academy is also offering a Surfing and Filmmaking summer camp at UCSD for both teens and kids. Students improve surfing skills and create a video. The summer camp will be offered four times, beginning the weeks of July 13, 20, 27, and August 3, in partnership with the La Jolla Surf Camp, parent company of Surf Divas.

For enrollment now, please visit our registration page:  Digital Media Academy Summer Camp

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Teen Filmmaking Summer Camp

An interview with Lee Manansala, Digital Media Academy Teen Filmmaking Summer Camp instructor:

Lee, what have you been up to lately?
For the past year I’ve been working on my thesis film project at NYU.  I love writing and I am surrounded by wonderfully talented friends and colleagues all willing to lend support and advice, one of those reasons why I love filmmaking and wouldn’t trade this life for any other.

What is your experience at Digital Media Academy?
For the past two years, that experience has come in the form of teaching the beginner’s and advanced digital filmmaking courses for teens at Digital Media Academy.

What’s it like teaching film summer camp for teens?
Digital Media Academy’s week-long teen film summer camp courses really rejuvenate and inspire me, and it has less to do with the professional satisfaction a teacher feels after a day of work, but more to do with being around immensely creative, eager, and talented young filmmakers. Every one of my students has come to class with ideas, sometimes more ideas than they know what to do with. It’s my job to help them organize those ideas, turn them into a story.

What kinds of film projects do the teens at film summer camp work on?  What do the teens learn?
Last summer, a group of Digital Media Academy film summer camp teen students set out to make a short film in the thriller genre.
Take a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhd5YlupwwI

This film was made at Digital Media Academy teen summer film camp.  All the creative bits—the sound design, the effects, the varied shot selection—are all the products of the students’ imaginations. The courses culminate with a screening of all of the work; I was incredibly proud to watch the final film, and was gratified by the smiles on my students’ faces as they enjoyed the result of all of their hard work. The teens deserve all of the credit, but I like to think that my instruction pointed them in the right direction.

What can teens expect at Digital Media Academy film summer camp?
At Digital Media Academy I emphasize a sound, three act story structure, which to my mind is the difference between kids having fun with a camera and young filmmakers setting out to make a short film. And instead of burying and intimidating my students with technical parlance (something that happened to me when I first became serious about cameras and editing software), I give them the essentials. We use sophisticated cameras and very powerful editing and authoring software, but it’s more important to know how to utilize them for our specific needs. When the technical aspects of digital filmmaking are more approachable, a young filmmaker is more likely to return to it and cultivate his or her love for it.

Do teens need any special preparation for Ditital Media Academy’s teen summer film camp?
Ultimately, what my students bring to class is joy. It’s the joy of being around and working with other young people with a similar passion for film and creativity. It’s the joy of having an idea for a movie and seeing it through until it is, in fact, a movie. I’m only too happy to help and watch it unfold before me, because I, selfishly, get as much from the experience as my students do. The digital filmmaking courses for teens at Digital Media Academy are an incredible opportunity (one I wish I had when I was teenager) to immerse yourself in a creative medium that is challenging, rewarding, fun, and joyous.

What’s next for your filmmaking work Lee?
I am set to teach the digital filmmaking courses for teens at Digital Media Academy teen summer filmmaking camps at Harvard and Brown. 

For information about teen summer camps at Harvard University, click here:  Harvard Summer Camps

For information about Brown University Summer Camps, click here:  Brown University Summer Camps.

Can film students contact you?
I’d love to answer any film and video related questions you might have. I’m easily reachable—and friendable—at:

Click here:  Lee’s Facebook page

Or you can visit Digital Media Academy’s website at:   Teen Summer Camps 

Register for summer camp today!  Click here: Register for Digital Media Academy Summer Camps

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Make a Music Video at Film Camp this Summer!

Want to learn how to make amazing music videos?

Come to DMA Film Camp this summer! Learn how to shoot film on HD cameras, record and edit audio samples, mix the video and audio together, and produce a complete music video!

The band Coldplay continues to come out with innovative and very creative music videos. Almost everyone can remember the music video created for their song “The Scientist” in 2003. This movie was very interesting since the entire movie appeared to be shot in reverse. The music video won three MTV music awards for the video’s reverse narrative effect. 

One of Coldplay’s newest music singles is “Life in Technicolor ii”. This is such an entertaining and fun music video. This is just another example of what you can do with your film skills and some good creativity. Get inspired, and we’ll see you at DMA Film Camp this summer!

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Here is Coldplay’s award-winning music video from 2003, ”The Scientist”    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmjPrdTNxQ0

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Music Video Production Course with The John Lennon Bus

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Film Camp for Teens. Watch a Movie made this year at DMA's Summer Camp.

Teens get the full film camp experience at Digital Media Academy summer camps and week-long courses.

Watch a movie created by teens in the Filmmaking course at University of Pennsylvania DMA camp this past summer. All teen students in the class played a part in writing the movie script, storyboard the movie scenes, acting in various shots around campus, filming with high quality cameras, directing the scenes, editing music for the video, and editing the video in Final Cut Pro on their own Apple computer.

This video is just one example of the creative movies that are created by teens at Digital Media Academy’s summer film camps. Enjoy the suspense-filled movie a group of DMA film students made entitled… “Re-Encountered”

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