Visual Arts




Dates (In-Person) July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

$500 One-Week Day camp

Mon-Fri: 9:00-4:00

Filmmaking Overview


This summer workshop is an intro level course for beginners and novices and a good refresher course for students who are interested in film and TV production. Students will work with HD and 4K camcorders, pairing them with professional quality boom microphones, film slates, and other equipment. By the end of the week, students will get a taste of what it feels like to work on a film set, taking on the various roles of a film crew—director, DP (cinematographer), AD (assistant director), boom (sound) operator, script supervisor, and actor.

Behind the cameras, students will learn about scene coverage and shot sizes, types, and angles; they will learn how to read and write in screenplay format (using free, downloadable software); and they will practice the fundamentals of editing technique using professional editing software.

Program Director of Filmmaking

Meet the Director

Jason Sherry

Jason Sherry is a graduate of Ithaca College and has appeared in the Emmy-nominated Stories from the Mines and in the independent films Barrage (seen on the Independent Film Channel), The Suicide Notes (available on DVD), and Placebo.  He was a founding member of The Community Film Project and the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival.  He has directed and produced several short films; his first feature film, Cubes, has been honored at film festivals from Canada to Australia and spent time in rotation on Netflix.  He is a long-time video collaborator with Brad Meltzer, #1 NY Times Bestselling and creator/host of the History Channel’s Decoded and Lost History and the new PBS Kids series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.  Together they have produced dozens of short video and promotional pieces, including The Home of Superman, a documentary video effort to preserve the home in which Jerry Siegel created the character of Superman, (the video, which included many Sem students, ultimately helped to raise over $100,000 for the cause).