Backlot Film Camp returns for Season Three
You constantly tell your kids they can do anything they put their minds to, right? So what do you do when they want to grow up to be something that seems pretty impossible? You want them to dream, but you also want them to succeed. Sometimes it seems that what they’re going to need is love, trust and a LOT of pixie dust.
That’s how Amber Lewis felt about becoming a filmmaker when she was a 9-year-old dreamer. Sure, she had parents that did anything to make that dream come true. They bought her a camera, they got her an editing system, and they even sat through hours and hours of 9-year-old “movies.”
But something was missing: education. Because of the lack of opportunities to learn about filmmaking in Utah, by high school she was still learning movie-making basics while kids in other areas were already making impressive movies.
Luckily, her story has a happy ending, one that led to her launching a summer film camp for kids (ages 10-16) to learn the basics of film making and create some pretty awesome movies to add to their own demo reels. Backlot Film Camp will be back again this June for its third installment, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.
Lewis, a Springville native, continued her education and went to film school for two years at Brigham Young University, studying screenwriting before switching her major to multimedia education. She started Backlot Film Camp in 2012 while teaching video production at Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, trying to make a difference for the preteen dreamer she used to be.
“I never made a movie that I was really proud of until I had people helping me,” Lewis said. “I want our campers to see that there is a huge benefit to learning to work with and learn from others.” The camp will accomplish this by having students in groups of five learn and practice directing, editing, acting, lighting, camera and sound.
“Although the camp is packed with information, it’s really 90 percent fun and 10 percent fundamentals,” Lewis explains. So whether your child was born to be a movie star, loves working behind the camera or just wants to do something really awesome this summer, Backlot Film Camp is for them. The registration deadline is May 1, so visit www.backlotfilmcamp.com today for more information.
Participants of a past Backlot Film Camp attend a film premiere to share their hard work with family and friends.