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The next Kubrick might be in Douglas County

HIGHLANDS RANCH-- It’s almost time again for future directors, cinematographers, and budding storytellers to head to Rock Canyon High School for the annual Film Camp.

Over the course of four days, campers will learn how to write, shoot and edit their own short films. The camp offers something for young Spielbergs of all experience levels-- from newbies to YouTube regulars-- and pairs attendees with high school seniors that serve as camp counselors.

Cresthill Middle School multimedia teacher Scott Melanson, who has helped Rock Canyon’s digital media teacher, Jim McClurg, run the camp over the last couple of years, says that the camp puts the students in charge of their own productions, and that leads to campers finding something that especially appeals to them.

“One year we had this 7th grade girl who just really wanted to do lightsabers in After Effects,” says Melanson. “So we shot the scenes on the green screen and learned how to do the effects. So that’s what she got out of the camp.”

At the end of the camp, all of the short films are shown on the big screen in the Rock Canyon Auditorium and the kids receive awards for their work during the course of the camp.

“That’s when you see that they’ve accomplished something, and learned something,” says Melanson. “They get to walk away with something that they created, and that’s great.”

The camp accepts approximately 30 campers from students entering sixth through ninth grades each year. There are still spots available for this summer’s camp, which runs from June 6-9.

To register, check out the Rock Canyon Film Camp page.

If you have questions, you can email Film Camp coordinator Jim McClurg at jcmcclurg[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.

April 21, 2016 | By NDJones | Category:

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