Film Camp for Teens – Learn How to Make Movies!
At the Southeast Homeschool Expo!
Our generation is crying out for something or someone authentic. Unfortunately that desperate cry is being drowned out by the entertainment industry. For too long Hollywood has been the preeminent definer of morality in our culture. Now is the time for change as the industry enters a technological renaissance. Now is the time for Christians to powerfully use this medium to communicate the message of hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Film Camp will feature a number of challenging lectures and include hands-on experience in the art of filmmaking. In a whirlwind two days, we will cover the theological foundation for Christian art, the rapidly changing marketplace, and technical aspects of filmmaking.
In summary, Film Camp is an action packed, two day adventure where teens will learn practical and technical aspects of filmmaking… all while their parents attend the Homeschool Expo! What could be better?
Dates, Times, and Costs for Film Camp
$49 per Teen for both days!
Film camp is specifically designed to introduce teenagers to the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully enter the film industry. Already, Film Camp has received glowing endorsements from home-school leaders such as Dr. Jeff Myers and Dr. Jay Wile. President of Summit Ministries, a ministry dedicated to raising up young leaders with a solidly Christian worldview, Dr. Jeff Myers wrote:
“I’ve read over the materials about this new film camp and thought, ‘What a fantastic idea!’ My wife Danielle and I have known the Knudsens for more than 15 years and have been so pleased to see them exercising their passion for the things of Christ by engaging the culture of film-making. I fully expect that this film camp will provide a high energy, creative way for home-school students to learn discernment, creativity, and hard work while focusing on how to share their own stories as part of God’s Great Story.”
Along with author and speaker Dr. Myers, Film Camp is also endorsed by Dr. Jay Wile, another name widely recognized as a leader in the Christian home-school community. Perhaps best known as author and instructor for Apologia’s science curriculum, Dr. Jay Wile is also a published playwright and a veteran of the stage. During the summer of 2010, Dr. Jay played a leading role in CREED OF GOLD. Another strong endorser of Film Camp, Dr. Jay Wile expressed his approval of Crystal Creek Media:
“I had the privilege of working with Daniel Knudsen and Crystal Creek Media as an actor in the film Creed of Gold. The production was organized, well run, and quite a lot of fun. If you want to learn about film making, I would encourage you to learn from this group!”
Learn How to Make Movies from the Creators of Creed of Gold & Christmas Grace
Christmas Grace Movie Trailer:
Creed of Gold Movie Trailer:
Film Camp Speakers
Daniel Knudsen is an American born director, actor, film producer, and artist. With stage acting beginning in elementary school, from a very younage Daniel knew he wanted to direct movies. No stranger to film production, Daniel has actively worked on sets around the country since 2005. His film directing debut came with the family comedy Late For Church, winner of a Jury Award in San Francisco, CA at the 7th Annual WYSIWYG Film Festival, Fall 2006. In the spring of 2007 he directed a promotional video for the Titan Sentry 5000, a disaster relief unit that was marketed to the Department of Homeland Security.
In 2009, Daniel wrapped up production on his second film, Ultimatum: Destiny is Eternal, a dramatic multimedia presentation of the epic story of the Bible. Daniel observed, “The Bible is literature’s greatest masterpiece. Not only has it shaped society but it has defined storytelling for us.” Recently requested to be subtitled in Polish, Ultimatum has been received well, particularly overseas.
Filmed summer 2010 and currently in post-production, Creed of Gold was Daniel’s first feature film as director. He particularly enjoyed working with homeschool author and speaker Dr. Jay Wile as a supporting actor. Creed of Gold already has distributor interest from as far away as Australia.
A homeschool graduate himself, Daniel is excited to work with the homeschool community. In Daniel’s own words, “I have enjoyed teaching the art of filmmaking this past year to homeschool students. Film Camp will be an amazing opportunity to do what I love: teach students to have a passion for Jesus and apply that to multimedia. ”
As a homeschool graduate herself, Kathleen has a heart for homeschool families. Throughout high school, she actively coordinated and coached a homeschool speech & debate club. At age 18, she pursued a short stint in politics where she ran for local office. Despite losing by 5 votes, the experience was one to be fondly remembered.
In 2006, a short two years later, Kathleen completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College through accelerated learning. After college, she worked with several businesses and organizations, gaining valuable experience as well as providing creative ideas particularly in development. The last four years she was employed by Verity Institute, an innovative college program that assists young people in gaining an accredited college degree from a Biblical perspective in under two years through non-traditional approaches (such as CLEP). One of her favorite projects was writing a college prep curriculum for homeschool students.
In December 2009 Kathleen began working with Crystal Creek Media as Producer/Director of Operations for the forthcoming movie Creed of Gold. From recruiting cast and crew to coaching the press team, Kathleen helped to provide the tactical support necessary to ensure the successful completion of the film. Creed of Gold is currently finishing up post-production.
Throughout the last four years she has traveled across the U.S. to numerous homeschool conferences and spoken on a variety of subjects related to high school, college, and media.
Film Camp Schedule
- 9:30 a.m – Registration (Expo Front Registration Desk)
- 10:00 - Coliseum to Cinema: Christianity & Entertainment From the coliseum of ancient Rome to the theater on Main Street, discover the relationship and role of Christianity in entertainment throughout the last hundred generations.
- 11:00 – Break
- 11:30 – Storyboard to the Future: Redefining Modern Media With the continuing media revolution spawned by new technologies and a changing distribution network, today’s media industry is in a state of rapid upheaval. As always, times of change and challenge provide doors of opportunity for those who can see past the fog and chart a new course. Join us for a whirlwind session as we explore the brave new world of media production and distribution.
- 12:30 p.m – Lunch Break
- 1:15 – Film Preview
- 2:00 – YouTube to Oscars: Strategically Planning your Project What is your goal for your film? YouTube hit? International theatrical distribution? Design your film for success before you begin. Learn how to plan an efficient and cost-effective production. Find your crew, draw storyboards, and assemble a realistic schedule that will guide you through the inevitable moments of chaos.
- 3:00 – Break
- 3:30 Taking Center Stage: Acting for Film Unlike stage productions where everything is overdramatized, acting on film is subtle where characters must come across as genuine and real.
- 4:30 Dismissal
- 10:00 a.m – The Celebrity’s Guide to the Galaxy How can you be a star in a universe of asteroids? Join us for an exciting session on practical, spiritual, and professional insights for a career in multimedia today. How can you live the victorious Christian life while making a difference in a sin-saturated industry?
- 11:00 – Break
- 11:30 – Creating a Compelling Story: Christian Script Writing What does every hero want? What makes a villain bad? Learn to tell a masterful story through an understanding of the most basic human needs. Then assemble your story idea and characters into a structured script ready for film.
- 12:30 p.m – Lunch Break
- 1:15 – Film Preview
- 2:00 – Design for Art and Screen: Cinematography & Editing How do you shoot a scene that looks like a big budget theatrical release? Discover how you can use lighting and camera work to tell your story through mood and emotion. After principle photography is complete, a movie can still change dramatically. Learn how to assemble a compelling story out of millions of frames, thousands of takes, and hundreds of shots.
- 3:00 – Break
- 3:30 – Winning with the Audience Did you know that Pixar has won 26 Academy Awards and produced films with a $602 million average gross? Besides the numbers, what differentiates Pixar from other studios? Unsurprisingly, their phenomenally successful releases are the result of diligent, hard work. Learn how to conduct test screenings, refine your edit, and create a film that your audience will love.
- 4:30 – Dismissal