Summer Film Camp

Due to the uncertainty of how and when in-person programs and events can be held, we will not be offering the Summer Film Camp in 2021. The camp is slated to run again in Summer 2022.

Dates: June 22–26, 2020 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
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!

Registration and Housing

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

Split payments available: For Summer Film Camp & Housing — two payments of $500 are due and for Summer Film Camp Only — two payments of $325 are due. The first half is charged at the time of registration and the second half is due before June 1. A separate link will be emailed to you in order to make the second payment.

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


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.

Renato Umali is your point person during the week of the camp. He 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 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.