Dadgum Film School

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Youth Film Summer Camp in Longmont, Colorado

Our friends at LMNOPuppets not only share a studio with us (324 Main St. in Longmont), we also share a passion to train the next generation of visual storytellers and collaborate on the wonderful Dadgum Film School.

With the revolutions of phones, DSLR cameras, microphones, LED lighting, and video editing software being available at a fraction of the cost of even 5 years ago, it’s increasingly possible for anyone to make videos. We at Dadgum Films believe that in a world where creating videos will be as expected as writing essays - colleges and employers are already increasingly asking for video components on applications - the ability to effectively utilize video making equipment and tell a visually compelling story will be a key to your child’s future success. Our talented team of educators are all dedicated to teaching your child how to best tell their stories through video and equip them with an important skill that will help them the rest of their lives.

We have general film classes, teaching middle and high school students all aspects of filmmaking, specialized classes, allowing middle and high school students to dive deep into one specific aspect of filmmaking, and a specialized class on making animatronics for film and tv.

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Single Camera Filmmaking

Single camera filming has been the standard for Hollywood films since the beginning of their creation, but it is increasingly becoming the standard for creating television programming as well. Over an intensive week, students learn the entire filmmaking processes as they collaborate to write a screenplay, learn how to operate common film equipment (cameras, lights, microphones, etc.), and act out their creation as well.

Middle School Week (students entering 6th - 8th grade) Monday June 3rd - Friday June 7th, 2019, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Cost - $350. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

High School Week (students entering 9th - 12th grade) Monday June 10th - Friday June 14th, 2019, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Cost - $350. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

To ensure all participants have a chance for their input to be realizes and to try out all positions, space is limited so reserve your space today by clicking above. Questions? Email info@lmnopuppets.com or call 720-689-1208.

Specialized Single Camera Filmmaking

If your student is particularly interested in one facet of filmmaking, this is the camp for them! Students spend the entire week in one of three tracks as they work together with a team of teachers and fellow students to create an original comedy web series shot on a single camera.

Writers - Students in our writing track will learn the method of writing for a single camera comedy show. They will act as staff writers and, under the direction of their teacher and head writer, will create the concept for, and several episodes of, a brand new web series. Students will learn how a real television writer’s room works, learn correct formatting for screenwriting, have the opportunity to be the lead writer on at least one script, as well as provide editing and “punch ups” for their fellow writer’s scripts.

Production - Students in the production track will learn how to operate video making equipment, such as cameras, microphones and studio lighting. Utilizing the scripts written by our writing students, they will each have a chance to direct, be an assistant director, be a camera operator and be an audio technician on an episode of a comedic web series.

Actors - Acting for the camera is quite different than theatrical acting. Whereas the stage requires broader gestures playing to a large audience, students in our acting track will learn how to own the camera by using their voice and body subtly. Utilizing the scripts written by our writing students, our acting students will be assigned a role in a new web series and learn how to hit their marks, give the same performances time after time to make our editor’s job easier, use the camera’s close proximity to convey their character, and work quickly to memorize lines and make adjustments on the fly.

Middle School Week (students entering 6th - 8th grade) Monday July 8th - Friday July 12th, 2019, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Cost - $350. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

High School Week (students entering 9th - 12th grade) Monday July 15th - Friday July 19th 14th, 2019, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Cost - $350. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

To ensure all participants have a chance for their input to be realizes and to try out all positions, space is limited so reserve your space today by clicking above. Questions? Email info@lmnopuppets.com or call 720-689-1208.

Does your student love creatures, monsters, or puppets? Do they light up when a crazy alien appears on screen in Star Wars? Do they say things like, “Jurassic Park is better than current CGI heavy movies because the dinosaurs were “real?” If so, this is the camp for them! Working under the guidance of Dadgum Films and LMNOPuppets’ expert fabricators, students will learn the art, science, and engineering behind making animatronic creatures and bringing them to life. Each student will leave the class with their own creation.

Middle School Week (students entering 6th - 8th grade) Monday July 22nd - Friday July 26th, 2019, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Cost - $400 including materials. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

High School Week (students entering 9th - 12th grade) Monday July 29th - Friday August 2nd, 2019, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Cost - $400 including materials. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

To ensure all participants have a chance for their input to be realizes and to try out all positions, space is limited so reserve your space today by clicking above. Questions? Email info@lmnopuppets.com or call 720-689-1208.