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Filmmaking Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take Filmmaking

Spend your days creating your own summer blockbuster in our filmmaking program. You'll experience every step in the process of cinematic storytelling, from writing screenplays to location production and editing to showcasing your final project during our screening.

What You'll Learn

You will have the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers, guest artists and other talented students to create a movie from scratch.

Your days will include classes and hands-on lab time to practice technical production and postproduction skills. You will put your classroom and lab skills into practice by heading out on location for a series of productions throughout the program.

As a filmmaking student, you will participate in the following workshops:

  • Production
  • Post-Production/Editing
  • Screenwriting
  • Tech Skills
  • Film History

Portfolio Requirements

Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • June 26, 2021 to July 17, 2021
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • 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—the 26,000 square-foot home of Interlochen's Film & New Media Division. The facility touts four editing suites, a soundstage, a 180-seat 2K HD projection space—it's the same projection you'll find at your local cinema (films are seen and heard the way the director intended)—and classrooms are equipped with cutting-edge technology.

Additional Opportunities

The Film & New Media program offers additional summer programs that might interest High School Filmmaking students, including: Screenwriting and Animation. Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a Film & New Media major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

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 improve your craft.

All Faculty

Baldvin Kari

Baldvin Kári

Instructor of Film & New Media

Jasmine Rivera

Jasmine Rivera

Instructor of Film & New Media

Sydney Simoncini

Sydney Simoncini

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.

The teachers have a ton of experience. One of my teachers is currently working in the industry, which is awesome because my classmates and I got a ton of insight from her. We also had a ton of guests who came in to talk to us, and we really got that one-on-one, asking-questions experience that you can’t get sitting at home.

Emma, Filmmaking

Nic Weinfeld

Nic Weinfeld’s commercial success

Nic Weinfeld (IAC 10, IAA 10-12) is best known for founding Five to Sixty, a video production company that makes social media commercials targeted towards millennials and Gen Z. His path to commercial success began here, where he learned some invaluable lessons. "That’s a huge takeaway that I have from Interlochen: realizing that I’m not the best at everything, and that if I can collaborate with the people who are better, it will make my film better."

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