Summer Camp Engages Students in Digital Cinema

Posted on: July 2, 2013

Digital Cinema Summer Camp

As part of the MSU Media Summer Camps, available to middle and high school students, the Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media (TISM) department offers a digital cinema camp.

The camp, held in the Communication Arts & Sciences building, includes five full days of hands-on instruction by MSU faculty, and for the first time, an overnight option is available.

The digital cinema curriculum was first created by one of the college’s long-standing faculty members, Lisa Whiting-Dobson in 2007. It focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of filmmaking, including equipment, lighting, sound pre-production and post-editing.

At the camp, students create a short digital movie from start to finish using professional techniques. They write, shoot and edit the film. At the end of the camp, they receive a digital copy of the final product.

Last year, the department introduced an advanced section of the digital cinema camp that aimed to develop more complex editing techniques with a focus on post-production.

In the advanced camp, campers explore advanced shooting and editing techniques, including special effects.

Amanda Krueger, TISM outreach specialist, said, "Many attendees of the summer programs go on to study media in college. The advanced sections of these programs help further prepare students for the expectations they'll encounter."

Troy Hale, the camp's lead instructor, is a TISM academic specialist, documentary filmmaker, TV journalist and a producer for the Big Ten Network. This will be his second year teaching the camp.

"I always enjoy when students realize that they can actually create films," Hale said. "Many of them have made YouTube videos, but we begin to show them how to make a professional film. Seeing their excitement is always my favorite part."

To see the film that the digital cinema campers made last year, click here.

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