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.back­lot­film­ to­day for more in­for­ma­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants of a past Backlot Film Camp at­tend a film pre­miere to share their hard work with fam­ily and friends.

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