Film Camp 2021



Or wondered what getting a chance to see what life would be like as a broadcast journalist? Aspen Filmmaking Camp allows teens to join fellow aspiring documentarians for an immersive dive into the world of documentary filmmaking. 


Professional instructors guide campers through a week-long, hands-on exploration of story, character and emotion, the building blocks of filmmaking. Film projects are completely teen-made from start to finish; from subject selection through post-production, the campers control the narrative.


Aspen Film partners with the Colorado Film School to provide experienced educators to teach our camps. Our staff to camper ratio is under 1:5 to ensure each young person gets team, as well as individual attention. Our educators are all thoroughly vetted, award-winning, and come highly recommended in their field. Our goal is to ensure your teen is safe, learns new skills and above all, has fun!


Film Camp is an opportunity for teens to learn to express themselves, as well as to experience what it’s like to be part of a creative team. Each camper is involved in every step of the process, from operating the camera, to manning the mic boom to editing the final cuts. While some camps are driven by adults doing most of the technical work, we believe young people are highly capable of understanding complex concepts and executing incredibly creative work!


Aspen is a small town with vibrant culture and a fascinating history. As part of Film Camp, we aim to inspire young people and give them an opportunity to get to know the town from a new perspective. In 2021, campers chose to explore local topics ranging from the history of mining and skiing, to the animal kingdom.

The Day to Day

Teens start the week getting to know each other and working in groups to get their creative juices flowing. Storyboarding begins on Day 1. On Day 2, as part of our partnership with the Aspen Historical Society, the campers have the chance to dive into Aspen’s history with a trip through the Archives. Once the campers select their topics, they return to our base at the Red Brick Center for the Arts to dig into script writing. They progress to learning the basics of filmmaking, getting their first chance to put hands on the technology and equipment.  Shooting comes on Day 3, when the students get to record interviews and the footage they will use in their final films. Day 4 is all about editing and pulling together the footage into a rough cut. Each camper gets to use computers and gain skills using the latest software. Camp concludes on Day 5 with final post-production touches applied, followed by the big finale – a screening at the Isis Theatre! Friends and family are invited to view the fruits of the teens’ labor on the big screen, followed by a Q&A with the newly minted filmmakers. Go Film Camp!