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Sunday, July 7 - Friday, July 19, 2024 | Residential & Commuter Options

This course is an introduction to the basic principles and practices of cinema production.  Students will learn the fundamentals of single-camera production including the basic aesthetic and technical aspects of producing, directing, editing and cinematography.  Lectures, screenings and in-class exercises will focus on giving students the skills they need to write, produce and edit their own short films.  In addition, each student will function in key crew positions on several of their classmates’ projects.

Daily classes, workshops and labs give students the basics skills in writing, directing, cinematography, and editing that they need to make their own movie using HD digital video cameras and Adobe Premiere CC editing software. The class culminates in a premiere screening to which students can invite friends and family.


This exciting program is open to middle and high school students aged 12-18, as well as 2024 high school graduates.  No prior experience is necessary in order to participate. Students must be available over the weekend (Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14). 

This program is open to the first 16 students who complete the registration and pay their deposit. 

Please note: Class content may contain clips from R-Rated films.

Important Dates:

Residential and Commuter Check-In: Sunday, July 7 from 1 pm - 4 pm

4 pm: Student Orientation
6 pm: Dinner
7 pm: Meet & Greet

Program Start Date: Monday, July  8
Program End Date: Friday, July  19

Short Film Showcase: Friday, July 19 @ 6 pm in the GRW Theatre located in the University Center

Residential Move-Out: Friday, July 19 (evening) or Saturday, July 20 (morning)


Class Outlook:

Please note, this schedule is based off of the 2022 Film Intensive (then, Camp Hollywood) schedule, and will be restructured for the 2024 Intensive. Please review to understand what type of sessions will be offered throughout the duration of the intensive

Most classes will be held from 10 am - 4:30 pm, with a 1-hour lunch break. Each day will consist of lectures and hands-on assignments. *Please note the days with a different timeline.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the instructor. 

Monday, July 8 Activity
9:30 - 10 am Arrival Window
10 - 11:00 am Introductory Session
11 am - 12:30 pm

Introduction to Storytelling

12:30 - 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Basic Camera

4:30 - 5:00 pm

 Departure Window


Write Treatment


Tuesday, July 9 Activity
9:30 - 10 am Arrival Window
10 am - 12:30 pm Lecture:
12:30 - 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 - 4:30 pm Workshop: 
Advanced Camera
4:30 - 5 pm Departure Window
Homework Write Script


Wednesday, July 10 Activity
9:30 - 10 am Arrival Window
10 am - 12:30 pm Lecture:
12:30 - 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Workshop: 
Basic Sequence
4:30 pm - 5 pm Departure Window
Homework Revise Script / Begin Shotlist


Thursday, July 11 Activity
9:30 - 10 am Arrival Window
10 am - 12:30 pm


12:30 - 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 - 4:30 pm Workshop:
Location Scout / Production Meetings
4:30 pm - 5 pm Departure Window
Homework Shotlist and Storyboards


*Friday, July 12 Activity
9 am - 12:45pm Shoot:
Group A Films
12:45 - 1:15 pm LUNCH
1:15 - 5 pm Shoot:
Group B Films


*Saturday, July 13 Activity
9 am - 12:45 pm Shoot:
Group C Films
12:45 - 1:15pm LUNCH
1:15 - 5pm Shoot:
Group D Films


*Sunday, July 14 Activity
9 am - 12:45 pm Shoot:
Group E Films
12:45 - 1:15 pm LUNCH
1:15 - 5pm Shoot:
Group F Films


Monday, July 15 Activity
9:30  - 10 am Arrival Window
10 am - 12:30 pm

Adobe Premiere CC Crash Course

12:30  - 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30 - 4:30pm Workshop:
Log and Transfer / Begin Editing
4:30 - 5 pm Departure Window


Tuesday, July 16 Activity
9:30 - 10 am Arrival Window
10 am - 12:30 pm

Editing Theory and Technique

12:30 - 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 - 4:30 pm Workshop:
Editing First Cut
4:30  - 5pm Departure Window


Wednesday, July 27 Activity
9:30 - 10 am Arrival Window
10 am - 12:30 pm

Sound Theory and Technique

12:30 - 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 - 4:30 pm Workshop:
Sound Editing / Titles and Graphics
4:30 - 5 pm Departure Window

Thursday, July 18 Activity
9:30 - 10 am Arrival Window
10 am - 12:30 pm

Finishing Touches

12:30 - 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 - 4:30 pm Workshop:
Finishing to DVD
4:30 - 6 pm DINNER (Pizza Party!!)
6 - 8 pm

GRW Auditorium - University Center
Open to Friends/Family


The program will conclude with a showcase of student projects on the evening of Friday, July 16.


The program will conclude with a showcase of student projects on the evening of Friday, July 16. 


Kelly Donnellan, MFA
Associate Professor of Cinema Production

Kelly Donnellan is an award-winning editor and director. She has edited two feature documentaries and more than 50 short films, including the Student Academy Award-winning documentary Dying Green in 2012, which received a silver medal.

Donnellan’s editorial work can be seen on several short documentaries for the Favorite Poem Project Chicago, sponsored by the National Poetry Foundation. She edited the award-winning short documentary I Throw Rocks! and her directorial effort, I is Another, earned her recognition as the "Best Female Director-Woman to Watch” from the Underexposed Film Festival in 2013.

She collaborated with information artist Laura Foxman on THE LISTENING ARCHIVE, which was installed from February-April 2018 at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) in the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead.

Payment Information:

All payments are due by the end of June before the program begins.

Registration and payments will be handled through our easy, user-friendly online registration platform, CampDoc
Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Electronic Checks are accepted. Payment plans are available. Students receive a t-shirt, swag bag, and ID holder with their registration. 

Non-Refundable Deposit: 
A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to reserve your space in the program. Please review our FAQs for the most up-to-date information on cancellations and refunds.

Dorm and Meal Plan Information:
When applicable, residential students receive 3 meals on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends. Commuters receive a daily lunch buffet. All meals take place in our Lawrence Hall Dining Room.


lncurred Costs
Deposit $200
Tuition $1,150
Total Commuter $1,350.00
Add-On: Dorm & Meals $1,250
Total Resident $2,600.00

Available Discounts:
1. A 30% tuition discount is currently offered to Point Park University employees, alumni, and their immediate family members. Family is defined as yourself, your spouse, and/or your children. Room and board costs are not available for this discount.

Welcome to our campus!

All classes will be held on campus at Point Park University. Cinema classes take place in the University Center. 

Point Park University
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Production Equipment:

Students use state-of-the-art equipment to produce their films. This includes:
• Panasonic DVX200 4k camera package
• Various professional audio recording and rigging equipment including boom poles, mike clamps, wind filters, and more.
• All students will receive a portable hard drive. 


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iMac Editing Suites:

Students will have unlimited access to computers equipped with the Adobe Creative Suites (including Premiere, After Effects, Lightroom, etc.)


GRW Screening Theater

Main Screening Theater

GRW Theater (located in Point Park’s University Center, view campus map
Seats 215 people
High-definition projection
• Dolby 5.1 surround sound

The option to live on campus during this program is available to students at least 14 years old.

We will do our best to fulfill roommate requests, but requests are NOT guaranteed. Students will have the opportunity to enter requests during the registration process. 

Each residence hall has multiple points of secure access to student living areas, such as keycards, access codes, and lock and key. 

Adult resident assistants (RAs) live on campus to supervise students who are minors. Each RA is responsible for eight to ten minors. 


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Camp Hollywood Red Carpet Moment
Pictured above are students who participated in our 2019 Camp Hollywood Program. These students presented their 3-minute short films to an audience full of family and friends. 

As an undergraduate, graduate or international student at Point Park, you'll have access to opportunities only a world-class city can offer — and few universities can match — for a real-world, career-oriented education. Consider a B.F.A. in Cinema Production.

Community and Summer Education Contact Information
Email SummerCamps@PointPark.Edu
Call 412-392-3456
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