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Film Summer Camp

June 19 June 23

June 19–23, 2023 (9 a.m.–4 p.m.)14–18Kenilworth Square East & Mitchell Hallfilm-admission@uwm.edu

Join the Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts for a week-long film production camp! This comprehensive experience includes workshops on Storytelling & Screenwriting, Cinematography & Lighting, Directing & Acting, and Post-Production & Editing throughout a series of hands-on studio and lab activities led by department instructors. Plus bonus workshops in Film Score Theory & Design or Animation Techniques.


Storytelling & Screenwriting Workshops
Learn how to navigate an idea, structure a story and format a treatment and screenplay. Develop ideas that you will shoot and edit during the week with fellow film camp students.

Cinematography & Lighting Workshops
Learn basic techniques of camera operation, exposure control and visual design. Practice professional lighting in our lighting studio and greenscreen studio as well as on-location lighting set-ups. Light and shoot your ideas from your screenplay or treatment!

Directing & Acting
Study the art of guiding actors and gain insight on performance with introductory directing and acting exercises.

Editing & Postproduction Workshops
Use your footage to learn basic editing techniques with Adobe Premiere Pro in one of our editing labs. Edit your footage into a short project or reel that you can take with you!

BONUS Workshops (Film Score Theory & Design or Animation Techniques)
These are optional workshops available during open editing lab.


Jeffery Kurz, producer, will lead a workshop focusing on idea development, story structure, and screenwriting. This workshop will provide the framework for students to develop their script or idea that they will shoot and edit throughout the week. Jeffrey Kurz is a producer, writer, and former studio executive.  During his eight-year tenure at Miramax Films, he was involved in such varied and diverse films as Neil Jordan’s Academy Award-winning The Crying Game, Alex Proyas’ s The Crow, Atom Egoyan’s Exotica, Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic, Chris Eyre’s Smoke Signals, and John Carpenter’s Halloween  series.

Recently produced films include: Popper Baxton’s Sickly Stew, a feature film by writer/director John Dylan Roberts, to be released in 2019; The Vivian Maier Mystery for the BBC; Water, Ice, Snow, featuring New York photographer and educator Sasha Sicurella; and Healing Hearts, a chronicle of a camp for children of fallen service members.  Current projects in development include An Ocean Apart with director Fred Garson for Film4 in London.

Paulina Bugembe-Kuwahara, actor and filmmaker, will lead a Directing & Acting workshop. A Milwaukee native, their acting training began at the Joanne Baron/DW Brown Studio in Santa Monica where they completed a 2-year Meisner Technique Conservatory program. They then auditioned for and were accepted into the inaugural class of the Los Angeles branch of the award-winning Identity School of Acting. Since then, they have appeared in several television shows including recurring roles on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and ABC’s General Hospital. They also studied film directing and screenwriting at the Academy for Creative Media at University of Hawaii-Manoa and received a Master of Fine arts from Chapman University in Orange County. Their films have played at several festivals and won awards including at the BronzeLens Festival in Atlanta and the Pan African Film festival in Los Angeles.

Tate Bunker, director and cinematographer, will lead a comprehensive camera operation workshop in which students will learn the basics of how to compose and execute imagery. This workshop will provide instruction and practice in shooting by focusing on artistic and technical decisions involved in the relationship between ISO, f/stop, and frame rate. Later in the week, Tate will continue instruction with another hands-on workshop focusing on painting with light in our Lighting Studio. Students will learn professional lighting equipment and techniques on how to maximize the look of their imagery with deliberate style and lighting design.

Tate Bunker is one of the Midwest’s premiere directors of photography and has written, directed, shot and edited many award-winning short and feature-length films in his 20+ years of experience. In 2013, Tate Bunker’s feature film Little Red won “Best Feature” and “Audience Choice Award” at the Berlin Independent Film Festival, “Best Feature Film” at the Canada International Film Festival. And he won “Best Wisconsin Film” at the Beloit International Film Festival. In 2019, he released his third feature, The Field, starring Veronica Cartwright (Alien, The Birds) got world wide distribution from Gravitas Ventures with US a theatrical run and 12 film festival selections including Best Feature Film at Chicago Horror Film Festival (2020). Bunker has made over 80 short films, 3 feature films, 250 commercial projects and his other accolades include one Emmy Award and three Emmy nominations, three Milwaukee Film Festival “Best Milwaukee Filmmaker” awards, and a Paris Film Festival “Best Cinematography” prize for his short, Starlite. A Colorado native, Bunker received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, where he now teaches film production.

Renato Umali will instruct on various workshops including musical score creation. Renato is a performer, filmmaker, and musician. He writes and directs the annual Umali Awards, an absurdist re-imagining of an Oscars-style awards ceremony. His recent films include Diaries From Guatemala (2015), a mash-up of two diaries, a personal one and one kept by the Guatemalan Army’s Death Squad, and Frida Was Here (2016), an investigation into a disputed trove of Kahlo artifacts and ephemera, as well as a rumination on authenticity. His ongoing interactive work, “I Learn Something New Every Single Day,” was profiled in Drawing From Life, the Art of the Visual Journal by Jennifer New (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). As a musician, he performs live piano accompaniment for silent film, and has collaborated with other filmmakers by composing soundtracks. He also teaches classical piano. At UWM, he teaches Film Score Studio, Multicultural America, Animation for the Web, and Intro to Digital Arts.

Lilly Warren is your point person throughout the camp. She will assist in instruction throughout the program as the camp’s director and lead a workshop in editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. Lilly teaches 16mm film courses in the department and also works as a department’s academic advisor and outreach coordinator. She is a musician and filmmaker working on independent short and feature-length films ranging from installation, experimental, documentary and narrative hybrid work. Her current docuseries, Uncoiled, is in preproduction and was awarded a development deal with A&E as part of the Summit Showdown at Real Screen’s 2020 pitch competition.

Alex Torinus, coordinator for the Film, Video, Animation and New Genres Living and Learning Community, and an outreach coordinator for the film department. She also works as a freelance filmmaker and videographer, producing documentary and narrative films about issues in education, aging, and art. Her concentration in video allows her the immediacy of using her own life and the lives of others to examine and instantly document the paths unfolding from small unnoticed moments of intimacy and conflict. Alex will work with students on production and editing during the camp.


$775 (includes lunches and all supplies)

2155 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202