Teens get taste of movie magic at Young Filmmakers Camp

Teens get taste of movie magic at Young Filmmakers Camp

Students in the Young Filmakers Camp shoot a scene for their short film.

The sound of the clapboard, the cameras rolling, and the bulky boom mic lifted into the air makes it pretty apparent what’s going on the common area of Green Country Technology Center.

It’s Tuesday at the Young Filmmakers Camp and principal photography on their short film, “Take the Cake” is underway.

The camp, for teens ages 12 to 15, started Monday, June 18, and will conclude Friday, June 22, with a screening of their short film for friends and family.

OSU Institute of Technology, Okmulgee Education Foundation, Okmulgee Public Schools, and Green Country Technology Center partnered together to offer the filmmaking camp this summer.

Tyler Roberds, who is a digital media instructor at Green Country, also led the camp of about 15 students.

Because of time constraints, he also came up with the story for the short film about a mean boss who throws herself a surprise birthday party and then has to figure out which of her employees stole her cake.

The first day of filmmaking camp was spent casting the film, assigning crew roles and doing a table read of script.

“There’s some who definitely don’t want to be on screen, they want to be behind the camera,” Roberds said. “And there’s others who would play two characters if they could.”

In addition to shooting the film, the students also learn about camera movement, light and sounds equipment, practical effects and post production.

“They get hold a boom pole, get to run the camera,” he said.

Cassie Hamilton, a sophomore from Morris, said her mother is the one who convinced to go to the Young Filmmakers Camp.

“I wanted to be an actor when I was younger, but I kind of strayed because I didn’t think I had enough confidence,” Hamilton said, but now she’s been cast as the lead in the short film. “It’s given me a lot of confidence. I kind of can’t wait for the screening.”

Roberds said he had his doubts they would be able to finish the short film, but he’s been impressed with the students’ work.

“They are taking it pretty seriously. I’m surprised. They’re moving stuff and getting it done. They’re enjoying it.”