Summer Youth: Smartphone Filmmaking (Ages 12-18)

  • Monday, July 10, 2023
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 10, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Small Classroom, Class Code ME071023CJ1
  • 6


  • $280 + $20 Materials Fee
  • $220 + $20 Materials Fee


The best camera to shoot video with is the one you always have on you - your phone.

About this Class

Learn how to shoot and edit with the one camera everyone has on them all the time - their smartphone. There has never been a better time to be a creator because you literally have a movie studio in your pocket.

In this camp, we’ll learn different techniques to get professional-looking video out of a mobile device. We will cover lighting, cinematic camera angles, sound, camera movements, basic editing, and more. We will put all of the skills together to replicate a scene from a movie or television show.


  • For students ages 12-18.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration closes Monday, July 3.
  • There is a $20 materials fee included in the cost of the class.
  • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • You may register your youth for an optional, supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.


Students will make a film of two or fewer minutes - on either their own theme or one chosen by the class.


        Students need to bring a smartphone (iPhone or Android)

        Class Policies


        Courtney G. Jones is a 30-year veteran of the film and television industry who has long been an advocate of the kind of accessibility mobile filmmaking offers. He serves as head of development for Steve Zahn & Rick Gomez’s company, Macaroni Art Productions. He has produced and directed feature films, commercials, documentaries, and series - some of which have been shot on mobile. He brings a wealth of technical and creative know-how to the classroom. Courtney’s main goal is to show that anyone can make something amazing with the technology that's in their pocket. When he's not writing, producing, filming, editing, or teaching, he’s typically daydreaming about flying, living on a boat, or trying new recipes.

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