Summer Camps

young filmmakers summer camp

SWAMP presents the 2021 Young Filmmakers Summer Camp, a three-week intensive workshop designed for creatives age 12 and up. Through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, guest speakers, discussions, and workshops, campers will form a basic understanding of the production process, from conceptualization to post-production, and transform their ideas into proper screenplays and short films of their own.

This year we are limiting camps to a maximum of 20 per session and implementing CDC guidelines.


Open to students age 12-18. No prior filmmaking experience is required.


$300 a week, $255 for SWAMP or WIFT Members $825 for all weeks, $750 for SWAMP or WIFT Members Scholarships are available on a financial-need basis. Please email for an application. Full refunds are available up to 7 days before camp begins. After that only 50 percent refunds are available.


WEEK 1: Intro to Filmmaking, Writing and Devlopment July 12 – 16 9am-4pm WEEK 2: Film Production July 19 – 23 9am-4pm WEEK 3: Post-Production July 26 – 30 9am-4pm


The Summer Camp will be hosted at Creed Global Media, Suite 350, 6363 Richmond Ave, 77057, Houston, TX. During Production Week, location shooting may be arranged within walking distance of the classroom. Details of all supervised shooting locations will be mailed to parents prior to production.


Over the course of the camp students will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, and editing.
  • Learn about different jobs in the film industry what each crew member does, and the production process.
  • Gain an understanding of storytelling, screenplay structure, examples of various narrative and genre styles.
  • Write their own screenplays in a workshop setting.
  • Learn about the business of film, releases, contracts, and all the legal documents needed to successfully make and present a film.
  • Students will learn camera techniques, functionality, and operation, as well as the basics of lighting and sound.
  • Gain experience using equipment through the Houston Media Source, which they will have access to after the camp.
  • Learn how to work as a crew, how to storyboard, how to direct, and how to edit.
  • Screen their films at the end of the workshop, and will post them online for friends and family to view.


Julye Newlin – You may have seen Julye on the sidelines shooting the Rockets games or working on an independent feature or shooting a commercial. With more than 20 years’ experience behind the camera on an array of projects from documentary to industrial Julye has turned a childhood passion for photography into a career that ranges from the decks of The Nautilus to the sets of feature films. She is a passionate cinematographer and craftswoman but also a passionate educator who has been working to teach the next generation of storytellers for over 10 years. Currently on the faculty of HCC, Julye brings our campers both theory and practical application.
Randee Ramsey – Randee is a filmmaker and screenwriter. She has written features, shorts and plays as well as worked as a production manager and AD. She has a wide knowledge of the industry and has been a film instructor for more than 5 years. Currently, Randee serves as the Executive Director of SWAMP, on the Board of Women in Film and Television, Houston and as a script consultant and an adjunct at HCC. She began her career working with high school students at Blair High School in Pasadena as part of the California Institute of the Arts Partnership program. Rachael Acosta – Rachael is a filmmaker, wardrobe stylist, and festival screener committed to reshaping social norms through film and amplifying the voices and stories of the underrepresented. Their work has premiered in festivals such as SXSW, UIL Young Filmmakers competition, The New York City Independent Film Festival, and has been featured on Huffington Post, Funny Or Die and TruTV. They are better known for their sketch comedy videos on YouTube where they have over 45,000 subscribers and 6 million views. They have experience working on narrative features, documentaries, short films, music videos, network television shows, commercials, and virtual reality, with budgets ranging from zero to millions. They have interned at SXSW and the ATX Television Festival and are a recipient of the Houston Association Of Hispanic Media Professional’s Sylvan Rodriguez Scholarship as well as the Austin Film Society and Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund Grant.


Download and fill out application. Email to Purchase your 3-week camp passes here. or purchase for individual weeks: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3

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