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Summer Film Camp

Monday, July 15, 2013, 9:00 AM to Friday, July 26, 2013, 8:00 PM
Studio 620, 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Sunscreen Film Festival presents Summer 2013 Camp for Young Movie-Makers

July 15- July 26
Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm. The Camp Film Festival where campers show their films to parents and friends will be on Friday July 29th from 6:30 pm until 9.

The camp will be held at Studio620 in downtown St. Petersburg, 620 1st ave. south St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Who is eligible to participate?
Kids ages 14-18. Some exceptions to age requirements will be made based on prior experience and interest level after an evaluation by the Sunscreen Film Festival staff. Please note: movie making is a collaborative effort in which each member of the production team relies on everyone else. Your child's camping decision should be grounded in a genuine desire to learn the movie-making art.




How much?
The two-week, 9-5 camp is $500.00.

What equipment is required?
Four campers will be expected to volunteer laptops for editing the movies. If you have family equipment, like a camcorder, and want to learn to use it more effectively, you are encouraged to bring it. Otherwise, Sunscreen will provide the equipment.


Who is the faculty?
The program head is Film Professor Dave Deborde. .

He will be assisted by two college-age proctors who are experienced movie makers. In addition, guest speakers, like professional cinematographers will also contribute.

How do I sign up?
Click the button above. In filling out the application please bear in mind that we are above all else seeking commitment from our campers. Movie making is a very satisfying endeavor, but it requires discipline and determination.

What about lunch and snacks?
Campers are required to provide their own meals and snacks. Studio 620 is in downtown St. Petersburg and lots of restaurants are within walking distance.



This summer, the Sunscreen Film Festival Film School will present a two-week summer camp. Participants will script, shoot and edit as many as four films, which they will present at their own festival at the end of the camp.
The Program

The camp focuses in the beginning, as all good movies must, on storytelling. Kids will learn to craft the events of stories into compelling sequences that build tension and suspense and plant vital questions in the viewers' minds. Then everyone will write a short script employing what they've learned.

Concurrently, campers will get a good overview of cinematography, with industry experts using the same equipment the campers will be using. These experts will demonstrate shots and camera angles along with sound and lighting principles essential for good filmmaking.

At the end of the first week, the faculty will choose up to four of the campers' original films for actual production. It will then divide the campers into production teams in preparation for the next three days during which they will shoot the scripts.

The last two days of camp will be devoted to post-production during which the movies will be edited, music added, credits appended and whatever other creative touches the campers devise.

Finally, the completed films will be shown at a Sunscreen Film Camp Festival on the last day of camp, July 26th.

Instructor - Tony Armer

Tony Armer is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked in the TV/film industry since 1997.  His work experience includes Hollywood feature films, documentary features, independent features, television and music videos. 

He is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Sunscreen Film Festival held annually in St. Petersburg, FL.  Founded in 2005 the Sunscreen Film Festival is one of the top film fests in the country.   It was voted one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the Country” by Movie Maker Magazine in 2009, Best Film Fest in Tampa Bay by Tampa Bay Magazine for 2012 and has been honored as one of only 23 Film fests in the USA to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) for 2013.

The fest regularly attracts several hundred filmmakers and top entertainment industry talent to the Tampa Bay area.  Guests have included actors John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Patrick Wilson, Billy Dee Williams, Jeff Donovan, Michael Rooker and Bill Cobbs.  Producers Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic Four), Sean Covel & Chris “Doc” Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite), Screenwriters Steven de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hours), and Timothy J. Sexton (Oscar nominated for Children of Men), as well as numerous actors, distributors, sales agents, casting directors and producers.

Tony studied Communications at the University of Toledo, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Business Management from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and is finishing an MFA in Motion Pictures and Television from Academy of Art University, San Francisco.  He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at the Art Institute of Tampa.


Email Harry Chittenden at or call him at 727-420-0566.

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