Film Camp 2022

Aspen Film and The Red Brick Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the Colorado Film School, present:

Summer Filmmaking Camp for Teens

Aug 1-5: An introduction to Documentary Filmmaking
Aug 8 – 12: Advanced techniques for Documentary Filmmaking



Or getting a chance to see what life would be like as a broadcast journalist? This is your chance to join fellow aspiring documentarians for an immersive dive into the world of documentary filmmaking. During each week-long camp, you will collaborate with other teens, switching filmmaking roles and gaining valuable hands-on experience as your team crafts a short film centered in Aspen. 

Scholarships Available. To be considered, fill-out the form on the Red Brick Arts website.

Week 1 – An introduction to Documentary Filmmaking

Your journey will begin as professional instructors from the Colorado Film School guide you through an exploration of story, character and emotion, the building blocks of filmmaking. From there, you and your team will define the narrative and the subject of the film you will be creating.

You will learn how to use high production value equipment, conduct and film interviews, then edit the footage you capture into a short film. At the end of camp, you will have the opportunity to show your completed project on the big screen and invite friends and family to the screening. 

Camp: August 1 – 5, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Age: 12  – 16  years old
Cost: $470/per week
Class size: minimum of 4 students and maximum of 12

Items to bring to camp: packed lunch, water bottle, snacks and headphones

Week 2 – Advanced techniques for Documentary Filmmaking

This week-long session is best suited to those teens who have some prior video content creation experience and are looking to enhance their skills. If you have written a script, created a storyboard, and/or used video editing software to craft a prior project, this is the camp for you! 

Guided by instructors from the Colorado Film School, you will work as a team to produce a promotional film for a local non-profit organization. This session is focused less on individual projects and more on the experience of being part of a filmmaking team, working in unison to produce a longer, more polished film than our introductory camp allows. During this session you hone your skills, learning different techniques for lighting, sound, camera operation and editing.

Camp: August 8 – 12, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Age: 14  – 17  years old

Cost: $470/per week
Class size: minimum of 4 students and maximum of 12
Items to bring to camp: packed lunch, water bottle, snacks and headphones

Don’t miss these unique opportunities to gain valuable real-world filmmaking skills in a spectacular mountain town setting!

To sign up for one of these camps or learn more, please complete the registration form.

Registration will open on March 2nd and be first come, first served.


Matt Baxter

Matt is a Denver-based filmmaker who believes in the positive impact of quality original work. Specializing in post-production, Matt’s work has aired on Rocky Mountain PBS numerous times. Focused on fulfilling his clients’ creative vision, he has collaborated with the National Governors Association, Colorado Office of Economic Development and the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Matt also serves as a post production instructor at the Colorado Film School, which has been nationally recognized as one of the top film programs in the country.


Aaron Koehler

Aaron is an accomplished cinematographer and documentarian. He has a deep passion for filmmaking and enjoys exploring humanity with his craft. Aaron has extensive technical knowledge when it comes to the camera and lighting departments, including industry-standard video packages by RED, Sony, Panasonic, and ARRI. Despite this technical foundation, Aaron’s approach has always been rooted in story and character development. Over the years, Aaron has had the opportunity to work on numerous documentary projects as well as several broadcast specials and commercial spots. Beyond his freelance work, Aaron also plays a key role at the Colorado Film School as an instructor and equipment room manager. His courses include 16mm|HD Production and LGBTQ Voices & Representation in Film.