Animation Vacation—a day camp for children ages 10-15—kicks off a five-day program in Marstons Mills, MA today. But put away your hiking boots and bug repellent, kids; this isn’t your typical day camp. Rather than dodge ball games and arts-and-crafts sessions, campers are immersed in a curriculum of screenwriting, editing, claymation and special effects projects. Welcome to summer vacation in high definition.
This camp is just one of several programs organized by Kid Filmmakers—a year-round, traveling film academy based in Rhode Island for children in grades 1-12. The organization’s freelance staff of film industry professionals aims to introduce the arts of acting, film criticism, film scoring, videography, lighting, and costuming to “kid filmmakers.” Boasting experience at entertainment authorities like MGM Pictures, Dreamworks, and the Discovery Channel, staffers ensure an authentic film education.
While medicine and law have traditionally proven to be secure career fields, daily progress in burgeoning Hollywood East confirms that there’s a new industry in town. All “kidding” aside, Kid Filmmakers seems like a shotgun start to a strong appreciation for—if not a “reel-world” career in—film and filmmaking.
Van McLeod, New Hampshire Commissioner of Cultural Resources, echoed these sentiments in the July 26 edition of Foster’s Daily Democrat: “Maybe one of these kids will develop the newest thing in communications technology and make millions, be the next Alfred Hitchcock or even make movies, but either way, this camp should help them find their passion.”
For more information regarding program start dates and booking, visit www.kidfilmmakers.com.