Summer Film Camp 2023

Arts First Create Films
2023 Summer Film Camp

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Enroll in Art First Create Films Summer Film Camp and learn the art of visual storytelling. Our comprehensive program introduces youth participants to the fundamental elements of film production, with a focus on creating high-quality films and images as a two-dimensional visual art form. In addition to learning about acting, dancing, lighting, screenplay writing, sound production, and Foley Art, campers will design and produce their own digital videos using industry-standard software such as Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 18 and Logic Pro.

Upon completing the camp, students will have gained a solid understanding of basic filmmaking terminology, how to operate a camera, and how to edit videos using DaVinci Resolve. As part of their final projects, students will form film crews and work collaboratively to create short films that showcase their newfound skills and creativity.

Cost: Free
Age: 12 – 18yrs
Max Number Students: 20

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, 1 pm-5 pm.  July 5 – August 3, 2023

Eastside Community Center – Billy Ray Shirley III Studio

1721 E 56th St
Tacoma, WA 98404



Instructors & Guest Artists

Chhay Mam
Chhay Mam
Filmmaking Instructor

Create Films

Carlos Ortiz
Carlos Ortiz
Independent filmmaker

Film History & Screenplay Instructor


Stefon Payne


Audio Technician/Composer
Audio Instructor

2023 Summer Film Camp Interns:

Valerie Siguenza
Suki (Rayv’n) Vitus

As part of our commitment to providing a well-rounded experience, Art First offers a paid High School Internship Program, which contracts 2-4 high school students to assist in the daily operation of the film camp and lead film groups in creating final short films. Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to develop leadership and interpersonal skills, while also learning from experienced professionals in the field.

2023 Arts First Summer Film Camp Students
Hostage Photo: 2023 Arts First Summer Film Camp Students


July 5th

  • Icebreaker:  2 truths and 1 lie
  • Introduction to Visual Storytelling
  • Intro To Shot List
  • Focus with movement:  Cut On Action
  • Video: Where is Matt
  • Pre-production: Where is Matt Parody
  • Production: Where is Matt Parody

July 6th

July 11th

  • Carlos Ortiz: Intro to screenplay writing pt-1
  • Screenplay: Student Action Film
  • Choreography
  • How to film a fight scene
  • Project: create 5-10 force. perspective photos

July 12th

  • Camera Angle
  • Intro to Storyboard
  • Pre-Production: Student Action Film 
  • Production: Student Film


July 13th

  • Carlos Ortiz: Film Financing
  • Intellectual Property and Royalty Free Materials
  • Post-Production: Student Action Film

July 18th

  • Lecture: Screen Play Writing  for Advert
  • Finish Post-Production Action Film
  • Intern Lecture – Valerie – fentanyl
  • TPCHD Fentanyl Presentation – Stephanie Wood
  • Intro to TPCHD Fentanyl Project:

July 19th 

  • Stefon Payne: Intro to Logic Pro
  • Lecture: Focusing the Audience with Camera Movement
  • Start screenplay: TPCHD Fentanyl Project 
  • Student Action Film

July 20

  • Carlos Ortiz: Advertisement Video
  • Lecture: Anatomy of a Camera and Camera Function
  • Finish screenplay: TPCHD Fentanyl Project. 
  • Submit screenplay to TPCHD

July 25

  • White Balance
  • 180-degree rule
  • Carlos Ortiz: Lecture Production
  • Production: TPCHD Fentanyl Project

July 26

July 27

  • Dunning Kruger
  • Lecture: Entertainment In Film
  • Action and Reaction Shot
  • Blocking
  • Dubbing Project 2023

August 1: Final Short Film

  • Screenplay
  • Pre-production

August 2: Final Short Film

  • Production

August 3: Final Short Film

  • Post-production