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Filmmaking 101

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With accessibility in mind, we want to make sure as many children have access to our camps as possible. Each child may be registered for up to two (consecutive or nonconsecutive) weeks of camp. Only the first two weeks submitted will count toward registration. Any additional weeks registered will not be honored.

Grab any camera and let’s make a movie! Led by Education Program Manager and JBFC Kids Curator Emily Ohara, Filmmaking 101 is an opportunity for students to create their very own 1–3 minute short film with the support of a group of film-loving peers and the guidance of a professional film instructor. Designed to be a crash course in writing and filmmaking in just five days, story ideas will be generated from given prompts and we’ll explore the technique of “show, don’t tell.” Meeting daily, makers will engage in mini film challenges, pitching ideas, storyboarding, camera tricks, and editing, with a screening at the end where friends and family get the chance to watch their final film, hear from the filmmakers about their process, and ask questions! 

Registration and General Information for Virtual Education Classes


  • Smartphone or iPad editing app (example: iMovie)
  • Computer with Zoom application for class meetings
  • Email address for access to Google Classroom
  • Paper and pencil
  • ProMovie App (*optional)


Soft Skills:

  • Collaboration 
  • Peer and Instructor Feedback
  • Problem Solving 
  • Critical Thinking


Technical Skills:

  • Introduction to Film and Language 
  • Effective Storytelling 
  • Analyzing Film Shots 
  • Camera and Editing Techniques



Camp time will be dedicated to learning and practicing film techniques, giving peer feedback on written stories and edits, and most importantly, building a community of young filmmakers. 

Students will be expected to write, film, and edit their films outside of class time. 

Additional one-on-one 10 minute meetings with the instructor will be available for students in the afternoons on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. These meetings are meant to review stories, problem solve production and editing challenges, and provide any other film support students may need.

Parents/Guardians and family members: To adhere to New York State’s COVID-19 safety precautions, please expect to assist in the filming process for one to two days (Wednesday/Thursday) as students will not be able to film in person with fellow campers. 



An image of With over 10 years of experience, Emily Ohara teaches young aspiring filmmakers, elementary through high school, at the Jacob Burns Film Center. In 2018, Emily earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Studies from Manhattanville College, deepening her teaching of film to young people. Emily’s classes are designed to be a safe and fun space emphasizing collaboration, student choice, and meaningful peer feedback, where kids can let their creativity fly!

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