Summer @ the Lab at Jacob Burns Film Center
The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is committed to inspiring the next generation of visual storytellers and engaged citizens through exciting experiences that actively foster collaboration and creativity.
For students entering grades 5-10, we offer four weeklong Lab Camp programs that give students fresh opportunities to share stories and make media. Play, make, and explore with a range of media in our state-of-the-art production spaces. Our renowned faculty lead small groups of 10, and we maintain a ratio of one adult to every five campers, assuring individual attention. Mix and match different sessions and themes to build the ideal summer for your child, including:
ANIMATION: Bring your wildest ideas to life! Learn the fundamentals of stop-motion animation, and get hands-on with professional software Dragonframe, DSLR cameras, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC as you have fun creating a complete animated short.
GAME CHANGERS: Explore virtual worlds, design levels in unique in-game editors, create authentic pixel art, and craft songs worthy of the most epic tales. Rather than focusing on coding, campers will gain a holistic view of the artistic disciplines that come together to make a great game.
MOVIE MAGIC: Learn how objects can defy gravity, multiply, or move at the speed of light—no big budget needed! Write, direct, and edit a short film using high-impact effects that are surprisingly easy to pull off.
ON THE SET: Learn what it’s like to write, direct, and edit a film in a professional environment as you see a short (4–6 minute) project through from concept to premiere-ready form. Work collaboratively on one project, including pitching and developing ideas, scriptwriting, storyboarding, cinematography, designing lighting and sound, and editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
THE GREAT FILM CHALLENGE: Each morning, begin with an introduction to a new technique. Next, break up into small groups to brainstorm and storyboard your ideas, then grab your gear and shoot. After lunch, cut your film on Adobe Premiere Pro CC. At the end of every day we’ll debut all the films on the big screen. Are you up to the challenge?
WEB SERIES: Conceive, write, and shoot a webseries from the ground up. Develop great stories and compelling characters as you learn how to present your ideas in this popular format.
Meanwhile, students entering grades 9-12 have the option to make a collaborative movie through our popular teen program, Creators’ Co-op! Over three weeks, groups pitch, script, shoot, and edit an original narrative short. Week one is an immersive experience with instruction in writing, acting for the camera, and directing. During weeks two and three, student production crews shoot and edit independently with times available for mentorship and feedback from the instructor.