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July 13-17, 2020 | Grand Rapids, MI

2020 ONLINE Film Camp

This year we are so excited offer our summer film camp program online. Our unique approach to storytelling will help each of our camp attendees to understand how to craft a compelling story and capture it for today’s mediums – YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. Our week-long camp provides virtual film lessons with industry professionals, and offers high schoolers a chance to express their creative perspective through a quarantine-themed short film challenge.

Learn Filmmaking This Summer
Why online Camp?

As we design our new virtual camp experience, we wanted to be clear on exactly what our campers were going to accomplish. Here are three things you will walk away from this camp with.

Required Materials
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • An Apple or Microsoft computer
  • Zoom application downloaded onto your computer
  • Screenwriting Software (options included but not limited to: Celtx, Trelby, Final Draft, Microsoft Word or Google Drive is also acceptable)
  • An operating video camera (phone, DSLR, camcorder, etc.)
  • Editing Software (options included but not limited to: iMovie, Blender, Lightworks, VSDC, Final Cut, Premiere Pro, Adobe Rush) 

The total cost of the camp is $159. A $35 deposit is required in order for the camp application to be accepted.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 616.988.1000 or contact Amanda at amanda.m@compass.edu.

Steps to Register


  • Complete the application to the right and submit your $35 deposit to reserve your space.
  • Registration/Final payments are due by June 30, 2020
Submit your $35 Camp Deposit Here

Meet Your 2O2O Camp Team
Jacquie Jones

Jacquie Jones

Film Camp Director

Jacquie Jones is dedicated to helping others find self-expression through the arts. In 2018 she graduated from Compass College and has been teaching the Summer Camp since. As a credited Writer, Producer, Director, and Actor, she is so excited to make movies with you!
Amanda Mauer

Amanda Mauer

Film Camp Administrator

Amanda works tirelessly every year to bring the best possible experience to our student campers. She is the woman behind the scenes making sure everything goes smoothly. The rest of the year Amanda serves Compass College as our Community Relations Specialist.
Robbie Ellis

Robbie Ellis

Film Camp Emcee

A seasoned performer, Robbie has appeared on both stage and screen. Graduating Compass In 2018, he interned in the casting department of CBS. Then found his way into Sundance’s Collab, where he currently works on his original script. In his spare time he works on overcoming his irrational fear of crustaceans.