Sunscreen Film Camp - July 2021

By Sunscreen Film Festival (other events)

Mon, Jul 12 2021 9:00 AM EST Fri, Jul 30 2021 9:00 PM EST

Films From Previous Film Camps

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July 12-30th, 2021

The camp will be held in St. Petersburg, FL 33701.  Finalizing the venue at this time.

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 art movie-making.

How much?
Three weeks: $725.00
The camp day is from 9 A.M. to 5 PM.

What equipment is required?
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.

Week One - The Art of Visual StoryTelling
Screenwriting, Acting, Directing

Acting with Eugenie Bondurant
Goal: to give actors more tools to produce realistic, yet evocative performances on film. Campers will practice focus and concentration. They will read scenes from screenwriting campers and take direction from teachers and student directors. They will practice scenes with active cameras placed in common positions and review performances.

Directing with Curtis Graham
Campers studying film direction will get detailed instruction on how directors manage a project and work with others. More specifically, they will get practice working with two of film’s most important creative personnel: actors and writers.
Curtis will also coach the young directors in the basic skills of managing the production of a movie. These include planning, scheduling, budgeting, editing and his specialty, cinematography.

Weeks Two and Three – Making Movies
Campers will work to produce the scripts developed during Week One.
For nearly four days, 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.

In addition campers will learn the basics of scheduling, locating and casting. The camp will then divide into production teams and shoot movies. They will have four days to shoot their movies and another three to edit, add music and credits.
The completed films will be shown at a Sunscreen Film Camp Festival on the last day of camp, July 30th.
In addition the movies produced at camp will be shown at the Sunscreen Film Festival in 2022.

The Program Synopsis

Week One will be taught by acting instructor Eugenie Bondurant, directing instructor, Curtis Graham and and other available faculty members.

Weeks Two and Three will be directed by Mr. Graham, assisted by two college-age proctors who are experienced movie makers. In addition, guest speakers, like professional cinematographers and editors will also contribute.
What about lunch and snacks?

Campers are required to provide their own meals and snacks. Greenlight Cinema is in downtown St. Petersburg where lots of restaurants are within walking distance.

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

Teams of participants will script, scout locations, shoot and edit as many as five films. They will present at their own festival at the end of the camp.

Eugenie Bondurant
Teaches Acting

Actor, model and acting teacher Eugenie Bondurant lives in St. Petersburg. She is married to Paul Wilborn, the executive director of the Palladium Theater.

She recently played the role of  the Occultist in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and Tigris in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 .She is on the faculty of the Patel Institute in Tampa where she teaches acting.

Bondurant got into acting when she started taking classes in Los Angeles while on a modeling job, joined SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and started getting small roles in TV shows, commercials and film.  She is a cabaret singer, appearing in the American Songbook Series with husband Paul Wilborn and Blue Roses, and a founder of The Radio Theater Project.  Eugenie is well-known as an On-Camera and Meisner acting coach.

Curtis Graham
Teaches Directing and Cinematography

Curtis Graham is an Award-Winning Feature Film Director and Cinematographer. His Film Oloibiri recently won the Nigerian Academy Award for Best Film. With 100s of commercials for advertising clients around the world, Curtis Graham has created a diverse body of work as Director/Cinematographer.

Raised in a photographic family, Curtis started taking pictures at age 15. He attended Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, which started a career in Advertising Photography. He has won many accolades for his work in advertising including: N.Y. Art Director, Norma, National Addys, and Clio Award, and his work has appeared in many national publications such as: Town & Country, Esquire, Print, and Communication Arts. His career in Advertising led to doing commercials for his Clients as a Director/Cameraman.

Curtis went on to Attend The American Film Institute. At AFI Curtis received the Mary Pickford Award Scholarship. His Master Thesis film the “The Blue Men” starring Estelle Parsons went on to receive a Student Emmy and Academy Award. It is listed as one of the most award winning shorts of 1990. Curtis also received the Focus Award for Cinematography for “The Blue Men”. This allowed Curtis to pursue narrative work as Director/Director of Photography.

Curtis is a former professor at the University of Tampa and Southeastern University.

Mailing Address

944 4th St. North, Suite 600 St. Petersburg, FL 33701