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Ped Mall -The Screening Room
Monday, Jul 15, 2019 8:30 AM
In our weeklong summer camp for kids, FilmScene campers will work in teams to produce, direct, and edit their own short films —totally from scratch!
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Tuition Summer Camp Deposit - $150.00
Tuition Summer Camp Full Amount - $375.00
Tuition Balance Summer Camp Balance - $225.00

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FilmScene Summer Camp
Youth education generously supported by Hills Bank and Trust Company

For our fourth year of summer camps, FilmScene is again offering an advance camp for returning campers, and is proudly expanding our camp to include a week of narrative filmmaking!


June 3-7 • 7-9 grade (ages 12-15) -1 spot left

June 10-14 • 5-6 grade (ages 11-13)- full
June 17-21 • 5-6 grade (ages 11-13) - full
June 24-28 • 7-8 grade (ages 12-14) - full
July 8-12 • 5-6 grade (ages 11-13) - full
July 15-19 • 7-8 grade (ages 11-13) - Advanced Animation for returning students - full
July 22-26 • 3-4 grade (ages 9-11) - full
July 29-Aug 2 • 3-4 grade (ages 9-11) - full

Camp held 8:30am - 3:30pm daily.

Students are encouraged to register for the grade they will be *entering*. Parents are encouraged to adhere to age guidelines when possible, exceptions can be made within reason and after approval by lead teacher and FilmScene. Please email rebecca@icfilmscene.org with your request.

$375. Daily lunch and two snacks included. Tuition may be paid in full at time of registration, or in two installments. Outstanding balances must be paid on or before the first day of camp for campers to participate.

With the generous support of Hills Bank and Trust Company, a limited number of full and partial scholarships will be available to area students with demonstrated need. Please contact rebecca@icfilmscene.org to suggest a child for scholarship consideration.

Camp Description

Animation Camp FilmScene campers will work in teams to produce, direct, and edit their own animations—totally from scratch. Each day campers will learn about different animation styles (GIFs, claymation, light & shadow puppets, hand-drawn cartooning, video games and more) and make mini-movies that will provide understanding of what is possible in animation. For the closing ceremonies, campers premiere their finish project for family and friends on the big screen! This week-long camp includes hands-on learning with iPads, multi-directional lighting and a wide range of materials from paper to clay. Campers watch the work of other animators to study styles and methods. Each day includes include stretching breaks, snacks and provided lunch. Camp held 8:30AM - 3:30PM daily.

Narrative Film Camp FilmScene campers will experience hands-on learning with cameras and a wide range of materials (provided). Campers will watch the work of trailblazing short format filmmakers and explore various genres and styles, as well as an array of filmmaking techniques. Campers will work in teams to produce, direct, and edit their own films - totally from scratch.

Teacher Bios

Mark Jones (Animation Camp, grades 5th through 8th) taught art in the Iowa City schools for seven years. In that time he directed many student-made animations. “The Robot and the Butterfly” won several awards, including Best Animation and Audience Choice at the Iowa Indie Film Festival. He is now a full-time freelance artist, making animation and props for video games and films. He most recently worked as lead artist on the short film “Rain” in collaboration with the Jim Henson's Creature Shop artists. To see some of his work, check out mrjonesart.com

Kaitlyn Busbee (Narrative Camp) is an independent filmmaker and works as a video manager/producer in marketing for the University of Iowa. She was selected as one of 50 students worldwide for the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium, where she studied with Alexander Payne, Werner Herzog, Ken Burns, Lynne Ramsay, and Tilda Swinton. Tribeca's Film’s partner festival, 30 Under 30, selected her as one of the next wave of gifted young filmmakers for her feature-length directing debut, “These Hopeless Savages.” “Savages” has screened in over 30 festivals around the world, received numerous nominations/awards, and recently acquired North American and European distribution. Additionally, Kaitlyn has directed, shot, and edited a wide range of award-winning films including dance films, music videos (Caroline Smith, Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright), and narrative short films (“Sad Dad” and “Laundromat”). In 2014, she shot her first feature documentary, “The Legend in My Heart,” in Guangzhou, China in partnership with the University of Iowa International Writing Program. This film won Best Documentary at the “Universe Multicultural Film Festival” in Los Angeles. Her most recent short film, “Sexpert Franzen” has played at several film festivals, including the Twin Cities Film Fest, garnering several nominations and awards. Her work has been featured in USA Today, the Huffington Post, and on ESPN, ABC, CNN, and MTV. vimeo.com/ktbusbee

Jarrod Derooi (Animation Camp, grades 3rd through 4th) has co-taught FilmScene's Animation Camp for three years. in 2018, he retired from his position with the Iowa City School District to pursue art and writing full-time. He has a small organic farm where he spends his free time gardening, and raising a variety of animals. Jarrod's passions for art and working with young people make his time at FilmScene the highlight of his summer!

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Cancellation Policy
A deposit is required to secure participant's registration. This deposit is refundable until May 1. After May 1, deposits are only issued in the case of illness or emergency.

For cancellations made at least four weeks before your camper's class begins, refunds will be issued at the discretion of FilmScene staff, less a $50 cancellation fee per camper.

For cancellations made less than four weeks before your camper's class begins, no refunds will be issued (unless in the case of illness and emergency). Any tuition paid for the class, minus the $50 cancellation fee will become a FilmScene credit usable only toward a future FilmScene Animation Camp. Any difference in cost from the new class will not be refunded.

No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations occuring within two business days of the start date of the class; similarly, no credits or refunds will be given once camp sessions begin.

If for whatever reason FilmScene must cancel a camp session at any point, full refunds will be given to all registrants.