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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 summer camp 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:
- Tech Skills
- Film History
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.
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.
Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.
A camper’s perspective: Kaden, Film & New Media
For Interlochen Arts Camp student Kaden, the Filmmaking program was a chance to learn more about the history of film and discover what it means to be a good director. Listen as he shares his favorite aspects of the program—from instructors with real-world experience to peers who share his passion for the arts.
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.