Summer Film Camp

uwm summer film camp

June 24–28, 2019 | 9AM–4PM – SOLD OUT

Location: Kenilworth Square East Building & Mitchell Hall
Questions: Lilly Warren,

Join the Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts for a week-long Film Production day camp! This comprehensive experience will include workshops on Storytelling & Screenwriting, Cinematography & Lighting, and Post Production & Editing throughout a series of hands-on studio and lab activities led by our department instructors.

Limited enrollment available to rising 912 graders.

Film at UW-Milwaukee earned recognition as one of Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 20 Film Programs in the World” and Variety’s “Best Entertainment Education Programs” because of our deep commitment to transforming students into expressive filmmakers with a mastery of creative, conceptual, and technical skills.


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!

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!


$650 Early Bird registration rate ($700 after May 15)

Split payments available: $325 due May 15 & June 15 (First payment is charged at time of ticket purchase. Registrants must complete a second ticket purchase for the remaining balance by June 15th.)

$4.00 convenience fee for payments made online or by phone
*Lunch and all supplies provided

The 2019 Summer Film Camp registration is closed due to full enrollment. Please contact Lilly Warren, to be added to the 2019 waiting list. If we don’t see you this year, we hope to see you next summer! Registration typically opens in February.


$350 On-campus housing (optional)

Housing is available for the above fee during the camp which includes a shared double bedroom as part of a four-bedroom suite with shared bathroom and kitchen. Breakfast, dinner, snacks, Wifi, air conditioning, linens, shuttle service to program, evening activities and 24-hour secure staffing included.


Producer Jeffery Kurz 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. During his seven-year tenure as an acquisitions and production executive for both Miramax Films and Dimension Films, Jeffrey Kurz was involved in such varied and diverse films as Neil Jordan’s Academy Award-winning The Crying Game, Alex Proyas’ The Crow, Atom Egoyan’s Exotica, Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic, Chris Eyre’s Smoke Signals, Kevin Spacey’s Albino Alligator, and John Carpenter’s Halloween series. And he has worked with a wide range of talented filmmakers and writers — from Bryan Singer and the Wayans Brothers to Clive Barker and Wes Craven. A graduate of UW-Madison, he formed his own production company, Belle City Pictures, in 2000. Current projects as a producer include: An Ocean Apart with two-time Oscar nominee Lucy Walker for Film4 in London; and Blackdeer with writer John Roach and actor Adam Beach. As a writer, he is working with Vin Diesel’s One Race Films on his original script, This Might Hurt a Bit.

Director and cinematographer Tate Bunker will lead a comprehensive camera operation workshop in which students will learn the basics of how to compose and execute imagery using the Black Magic Pocket Cinema camera. 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. Tate’s approach involves merging the beauty of common moments with the mythical to create an innovative style in which neo-realism meets magical realism. Tate strives to discover a film instead of simply creating it. As such, his process at times requires working from a loose script so that he can fully explore the aesthetics of image, sound, and narrative as they materialize during filmmaking. Tate has employed this process in both short and feature-length films that mix linear stories with dreamlike moments during which reality becomes fantastic or fantasy de-familiarizes the habitual.

Alex Torinus will lead a workshop focusing on technical and conceptual basics of editing using Adobe Premiere Pro. Students will learn how to make the most of their material by crafting, condensing and imploring structural development with their footage.  Alexandra Torinus is a lecturer, coordinator for the Film, Video, Animation & 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.

Lilly Warren will assist in instruction throughout the program as the camp’s director and is your point person for any questions or concerns before and throughout the camp. 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.