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Filmmaking Summer Program for Grades 6-8

Why Take Filmmaking

At Interlochen, you'll develop the skills needed to effectively express yourself as an aspiring filmmaker. This program is designed for young artists looking to explore their creativity while collaborating with peers to bring their imaginations to life on the screen.

What You'll Learn

As an aspiring young filmmaker, you will spend your time at Interlochen immersed in the world of cinema. You'll receive daily instruction and opportunities to explore the medium—including creating a movie from start to finish—with our team of experienced filmmaking faculty.

Coursework will include:

  • Production Workshop, offering hands-on practical production techniques, including cameras, sound, securing locations, shot design, and working with actors
  • Critical Studies Hour, which includes reviewing classic films, learning to think critically about what makes a film work, and broadening students' cinematic horizons
  • Visual Writing, which teaches the art of the story and how to put your imagination on the page by writing several short scripts and moving one into production

Each session concludes with a screening of your work.

Program Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 23, 2024 to July 13, 2024
  • SESSION 2: July 14, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED

Program Highlights

Film Screening

At the end of each session, there is a screening of student work inside our DeRoy Center for Film Studies with free popcorn for everyone.

DeRoy Center for Film Studies

Film & New Media courses are held inside of the DeRoy Center for Film Studies, the 26,000 square-foot home of Interlochen's Film & New Media Division. The facility touts four editing suites, classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, a soundstage, and a 180-seat 2K HD projection space—it's the same projection you'll find at your local cinema allowing films to be seen and heard the way the director intended.

Meet the Faculty

Our summer program faculty members are seasoned industry professionals as well as innovative educators. These accomplished filmmakers, screenwriters, and animators give you personalized attention to explore and improve your craft.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Shannon McGlone

Shannon McGlone

Instructor of Filmmaking

Guest Artists

Recent guest artists to the Film & New Media Department during Interlochen Arts Camp include:

  • Robert Eggers, film director, screenwriter, and production designer known for The Witch and The Lighthouse
  • Peter Gould, television writer, director, and producer known for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul
  • Janet Leahy, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer known for Mad Men
  • Michael Moore, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker.
  • Gordon Radley, former president of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic
student filmmaking course during interlochen arts camp

I am having so much fun! This place is amazing. We have fun classes like filmmaking, acting, and singing. My favorite class is filmmaking. In the first week, we all wrote a two-page screenplay. In the second week, we shot each other's screenplays. We all had the chance to be director, assistant director, director of photography, production designer, and actors. It was so fun!

Eric, Filmmaking

Visual Storytelling

Hear from other Intermediate Filmmaking students on why filmmaking is important to them.