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Summer Camps 2020

 TWO LOCATIONS

LOWER MANHATTAN  |  WILLIAMSBURG

Filmmaking and Animation Summer Camps in NYC

March Special:

Register for any 3 or more weeks and receive 10% off.

 

Code: March-Package

CinemaKidz offers the best summer day camp in New York City for children ages 5-15.  Children have the opportunity  to become Filmmakers, Animators, Movie-stars, and Adventurers when they join us for NYC Summer Camp.  Our trained teaching artists guide campers through the fundamentals of filmmaking and creative expression.  Whether your child has a passion for acting, costume design, using technology, or creating art with their hands, our camps are designed for everyone and every interest. Campers are encouraged to trust their imaginations and refine their unique vision at each stage of the creative process.  Summer Day Camps NYC themes are age-appropriate and hands on, children take the creative reigns and learning-by-doing, in a team-oriented and encouraging environment!

EXPERIENCED EDUCATORS

The CK Summer Team is made up of true artists, filmmakers, and experienced educators. Teachers can teach the basics, as well as advanced techniques. We staff at a 1:5 ratio to ensure campers get the attention they need. Counselors are all 18+, background checked, and thoroughly trained to ensure your child has the best summer yet!

14 OFFERINGS TO CHOOSE FROM

Offering several week-long themes, and some 2-week camps including: YouTube Production, Filmmaking, Computer Animation, Stop-motion Animation, Puppetry, Skateboard Filmmaking, Music Production, Acting for Film, and more! Cherry pick the weeks that work for you, or sign up for the whole summer!

KID MADE FROM START TO FINISH

We teach campers the tools to express themselves creatively, guiding children through the entire process of filmmaking or animation. Kids to take the reigns and are involved in every stop of production. Unlike many filmmaking camps where adults direct, edit, and take over the set, we make sure kids create their own work, and are proud of what they do!

AGE-APPROPRIATE CAMPS FOR AGES 5 TO 15.

Children are broken up by age and ability at camp. Teachers are experienced and able to teach to all levels, from the novice filmmaker to the experienced expert. Children use accessible equipment and software that teaches the fundamentals of filmmaking and animation, with programs ranging from iMovie to Adobe Suite!

Summer Camp 2020 Locations

Williamsburg, BK - WNS School

299 N 7th Street, Brooklyn 11222 - June 29 - July 31st- 2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, A TrainsL, G, NYC Ferry

FiDi, NYC - Pine Street School

25 Pine Street School, NYC 10005 - June 22 - August 28th, 2020 - 2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, A Trains

Summer Camp 2020 Offerings

Pick the themes that interest you, or join us for the entire summer for an in-depth experience.  Need help planning your experience?  Give us a call and we can suggest a Summer Track.

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CREATIVE FILMMAKING

Camp Description

Ages: 5 – 13

 

Fee: $575

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

 

Children become directors, actors, cinematographers, and editors, as they learn how to make movies from start to finish.  Campers are encouraged to stretch their imagination and experiment with the basic techniques of filmmaking in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.  Children are broken into groups by age, interest, and ability. Whether this is your first time making a film, or you are a seasoned and experienced moviemaker, our professional staff teach at all levels and customize the curriculum based on interests.  Children will learn how to tell stories using video, work on set, act, direct, and edit several videos. We encourage children to think out of the box, experiment, and play with the creative medium. This is the camp where children find their passions and fall in love with film.

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

June 22 – 26, June 29-July 3

July 6 – 10, July 13 – 17, July 20-24, July 27-31

August 3 – 7, August 10 – 14,  August 17 – 21, August 24-28

Williamsburg: 

June 29-July 3

July 6 – 10, July 20-24, July 27-31

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MASTER FILMMAKING

Camp Description

Ages: 8 – 15

 

Fee: $1125(2 weeks)

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

This in-depth, hands-on, two-week class is for the passionate movie maker, focusing on advanced pre-production, production, and post-production techniques used by industry professionals.  This masterclass takes a deeper look at creative expression through film. Using professional equipment, students learn the fundamentals of storytelling, cinematography, and editing as they direct and star in their very own short films.  We help campers take their ideas from storyboard… to script… to the big screen. Campers learn and experiment with various cinematography techniques and get hands-on experience using industry tools including Adobe Premiere and After Effects.  Campers will create 2 short films and one longer feature project over the course of the two weeks. These projects are child driven from start to finish, kids get to explore the medium and utilize the tools to tell their story. No experience in film necessary.

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

 June 29-July 10, July 13 – 24, August 3 – 14

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NYC ADVENTURERS

Camp Description

Ages: 8 – 15

 

Fee: $660

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

A favorite at Camp CinemaKidz, this theme is for the adventurous kid and creative explorer.  Moviemakers go off the beaten path to film and experience secret hidden landmarks around New York City.  The week begins with a pre-production meeting, where kids brainstorm and present their “elevator pitches” and movie ideas to the group.  Next, the mini-movie makers select locations from the CK approved list of sites. To name a few: Fort Tilden Beach, the Roosevelt Island Abandoned Castle, the Staten Island Boardwalk, Greenwood cemetery, and more.  Participants travel to set each day, filming with the professional video equipment package, unique to filming in outdoor locations. Back at camp, kids edit the footage using professional software, adding sound and special effects!  

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

June 22 – 26

July 6 – 10, July 20-24, July 27-31

August 10 – 14, August 24-28

Williamsburg:

July 6 – 10, July 13-17, July 27-31

ANIMATION CAMPS 

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ADVENTURES IN ANIMATION

Camp Description

Ages: 5-13

 

Fee: $575

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

 

This camp is for the maker, builder, and imaginative kid!  Come explore various techniques of stop-motion animation in our week long animation-workshop! Campers create abstract and narrative tales with a wide range of materials including: legos, clay, architectural modeling materials, wire, foam, and more!  Campers build mini-movie sets and learn how to light them. We encourage children to experiment with different camera angles, add special effects, sounds and music. Children also build props from wire, cloth, and paper mache shot inside a green screen set just like what the pros do!  This is a really fun class for kids with big imaginations. Anything is possible when inanimate objects come to life. 

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

June 22 – 26

July 6 – 10, July 20-24, July 27-31

August 10 – 14,  August 17 – 21, August 24-28

Williamsburg:

June 29 – July 3

July 13 – 17, July 27-31

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MASTER ANIMATION

Camp Description

Ages: 8 – 15

 

Fee: $1125 (2 weeks)

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

Our stop-motion animation Master Class is for kids that want to take their stop motion films to the next level, and learn professional techniques. In this two week camp, we work with green screens, light boxes, and wide array of props – even repurposed and discarded items take on a new life in this exciting and imaginative camp.  Campers will build virtual worlds and tell stories using a wide array of materials and create several animated shorts. Think Toy Story, or Star Wars. The first week focuses on 2D animation and using a mixture of green screens and built/drawn backgrounds. Children will learn how to animate using a multi-plane set-up and lights to create truly beautiful, cinematic scenes.  Week 2 will move on to 3D animation, creating complex props and characters from clay, armature, fabrics and more. Children will utilize both object and puppet animation techniques, and combine moving stock videos via green screen with their stop motions. Campers will also build large scale sets. Kids will utilize Dragon Frame, a professional stop-motion software, to create the projects.

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

July 6 – 17, July 20-24

July 27- Aug 7

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COMPUTER ANIMATION

Camp Description

Ages: 8 – 15

 

Fee: $660

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

Bring your ideas and imagination to life with computer animation!  This week-long camp taught by industry professionals, utilizes the latest tools of the trade. Campers learn to design original characters, and bring them to life using techniques such as live-motion capture, puppetry, and vector animation!  Campers will love watching their characters mimic their own live motions in real-time, and this opens their eyes to a whole new level of storytelling and creativity. Kids work in small groups creating several animated shorts, then professional microphones and audio equipment are used to add voice overs and sound effects.   Campers will create several animated shorts using Adobe Photoshop, Character, and Animate.  

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

July 13 – 17

August 3 – 7, August 17 – 21

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YOUTUBE PRODUCTION

Camp Description

Ages: 7-14

 

Fee: $600

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

Always wanted to be a YouTuber and have 10,000+ followers?  Want to take your videos to the next level by learning from professional filmmakers?  This class steps away from narrative filmmaking, and focuses on content and techniques that your kid is passionate about.  From how-to videos, product reviews, and cooking shows, to tv series, news broadcasts, and gamer videos, the CK team will teach your child the tools necessary to create content for their favorite social platforms.  Professional teaching artists work closely with your child, building skills to create videos that they care about. CinemaKidz will also spend a good deal of time discussing online presence, responsibility, privacy concerns, and general safety.

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

June 29-July 3

July 13 – 17

August 3 – 7, August 17 – 21, 

Williamsburg:

July 6 – 10

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SKATEBOARD FILMS

Camp Description

Ages: 7-14

 

Fee: $660(includes custom board)

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

Adventure, fun, and the outdoors awaits you at CK Skateboard Filmmaking Camp!  Campers start off the week designing their very own decks. Working with real tools, they’ll add trucks, wheels and custom griptape. They’ll learn the basics on safety and keeping their boards tuned in tip-top shape!  Next, a professional skater shows campers how to ride safely and then it’s time to ride! Using dolly’s, shoulder mounts, GoPros, 4k cameras, kids head outside to film each other shred! Campers then edit, add music and special effects to their footage creating an awesome skateboard video to share with their friends.  After production wraps, campers will take home their very own custom board.

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

July 6 – 10, July 27-31

August 17 – 21 

Williamsburg:

July 13 – 17

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GAME SHOW

Camp Description

Ages: 7 – 13

 

Fee: $575

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

Come-on dowwwwn to the CinemaKidz Game Show – an exciting, interactive week, where kids learn to produce and star in their very own game show.  This class is inspired by some of TV’s most classic shows, from trivia to physical challenges and obstacle courses. Participants will plan their show, build various obstacles and puzzles, make team shirts, and compete in different challenges each day.  We will head outside for a full day of field games utilizing zip lines, tight ropes blow up suits, and more! Campers will learn first hand all about producing a live, action-packed show, then work using iMovie and Adobe Premiere to edit and complete several episodes!

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

June 29-July 3

July 20-24

August 10 – 14,  August 17 – 21

Williamsburg:

July 27 – 31

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PUPPETRY AND FILM

Camp Description

Ages: 7 – 15

 

Fee: $660(includes custom puppet)

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

This week is all about creative building, storytelling, and working together.  Campers explore different puppetry styles, create an exciting puppet of their own, and learn to bring their character to life with basic puppet manipulation and voice acting!  Kids will learn how important working together is when they help one another create a scene and bring their puppets to life. Using professional materials including foam, fabrics, wood, and wire, campers will design and build their very own full-fledged custom puppet.  Think Fozzie The Bear, the Gelflings from The Dark Crystal, or Fraggle Rock.  Once the puppet is made, campers will get down to planning a short story for their puppets and building a scene for their characters.  Next its production time as kids work solo or in pairs to manipulate the movements of their puppet, while others film and act out the scene using their voice.  Every camper will get a chance to have their puppet star in the big film, practice creating a character with their voice, film the big production, and finally edit the project using professional software.  After production wraps, campers will take home their very own puppet.

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

June 29-July 3

July 13 – 17, July 27-31

August 24-28

Williamsburg:

July 6 – 10, July 20 – 24

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CINEMAKITCHEN

Camp Description

Ages: 6 – 14

 

Fee: $660

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

Come play with your food at Camp CinemaKidz!  In this hands-on week, campers put on their custom-made apron, and head to the kitchen to experiment, learn, and act in their very own Cooking Show episode.  Kids will plan the look and feel of the show, and work in the test kitchen, experimenting with various recipes to feature in each episode, show ideas may range from how-to videos to a kids version of Iron Chef or Chopped.  From yummy favorites like vegetarian sushi to experimenting with molecular gastronomy or dehydrating fruits for fruit roll-ups, recipes will be fun and kid-friendly. Participants will cook, act, direct, film, and edit several episodes in this hands on engaging class.  Campers will learn about food preparation AND making movies from start to finish! (Recipes will accommodate for allergies of the group. If you have several allergies to food we recommend giving CinemaKidz a call before you book.)

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

July 13 – 17

August 3 – 7, August 24-28

Williamsburg:

June 29 – July 3

July 20 – 24

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SPECIAL EFFECTS

Camp Description

Ages: 8 – 15

 

Fee: $575

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

Zombies, Unicorns, teleportation…oh my!  Learn how to create amazing visual effects to use in film.  Campers get creative this week as they try their hand at various special effects techniques: building prosthetics and masks, combining claymation and live action video, experimenting with the potential of green screens, practicing various camera tricks, utilizing stock videos, and much more!  Campers will learn how to make movies from start to finish as they plan, write, film, and edit one awesome film, utilizing professional software including Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Movie themes may include: sci-fi fantasy stories, action adventure tales, Star Wars inspired flicks, and more.

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

July 6 – 10, July 20-24

August 17 – 21

Williamsburg:

July 20 – 24

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ACTING ON FILM

Camp Description

Ages: 7-13

 

Fee: $575

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

A star is made, not born!  In this special week, your Hollywood bound kid will learn the rules and techniques of acting for the camera in a fun and supportive environment.  The week will start off with several improv games and exercises that stimulate the imagination and build confidence! As the week progresses, kids will practice acting techniques unique to filmmaking including: character motivation, nonconsecutive filming, hitting your mark, blocking action and calibrating movement for the camera and shot size, stage presence, and more.  Unique to this immersive acting class is the camper’s ability to learn both acting skills as well as real movie set production lingo. Children will practice both improvisation, monologues, and reading from the page to the stage. Campers will also learn about voice acting, as they experiment with creating a character through voice overs, used in the final film. Screen testers will culminate in the filming of a longer scripted project.

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

July 20-24

August 3 – 7

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SOUND IN FILM

Camp Description

Ages: 8-15

 

Fee: $600

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

Movies are made up of two important components the visual aaand the audio.  During this special week, campers will explore the world of sound production for film.  After making a short dynamic film together, kids will dive into music production and foley work to create an audio track for the project.  Kids will learn all about how music and sound can create a specific mood and impact a scene in film. Campers will use professional digital programs to produce original songs and music, as well as keyboards, sound mixers, MIDI controllers, drum pads, and more.  Kids will even have the opportunity to write and record original song lyrics. Next, campers will head to the recording studio to explore the world of sound effects and foley art. After testing and trying out creating sound from random objects and their own body, kids will record sounds to mimic naturally occurring noises and add these to their flick.

Dates & Registration

Pine Street:

June 29-July 3

July 13 – 17, 

August 10 – 14, August 24-28

Williamsburg: 

July 13 – 17

Registration Specials

 

Register your child for 3 or more weeks of camp and get 10% off!

 

Code: March-Package

Sibling Discount – $25 off each theme

CinemaKidz offers financial assistance on a case-by-case basis.  Please reach out to learn more.

Planning to attend multiple weeks?  Check out the full camp calendar to help plan your experience

WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE AT CINEMAKIDZ?

Glad you asked!

See what happens at Camp CinemaKidz

A day at Camp Cinemakidz is jam-packed with activities and fun!  Kids start the week off working in small groups, and collaborating with one another to make projects and get familiar with the technology and equipment.  As the week progresses so do the complexity of projects, kids build valuable skills and learn by doing.  Each week concludes with a film festival for friends and family to showcase all the amazing kid-made work.

THE DAILY BREAKDOWN 

Everyday is full of activity at CinemaKidz

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Early bird + Transportation Options

8am - 9am

The normal camp day runs from 9am - 4pm, however Early Bird is available beginning at 8am. Take advantage of transportation options to and from our Pine Street Location from Brooklyn Heights and the Upper West Side. Get in touch with any questions!

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Creative Work and Collaboration

9am - 12pm

For camps that stay on site, kids participate in engaging and hands-on projects every day from building sets and costumes to directing scenes and editing. Projects are focused on collaboration and the sharing of ideas. Kids are broken up by age and ability in each theme, and we staff at 1:5 so everyone gets the attention they need.

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Lunch and Snacks

12 - 12:30pm

At CinemaKidz, campers are active all day long. We ask that families pack their children with 2 snacks and a hearty lunch to keep the energy up all day long! We take a lunch at noon, and have games and activities on site for some fun downtime.

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Outdoor Time + Play

12:30 - 1:30pm

Everyday the camp heads outside to get some fresh air at a nearby park or field. We play structured games like soccer or freeze tag. Kids can also just run around and play together. Sometimes campers may spend the time capturing footage for their projects.

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Gaining Skills With Technology

1:30 - 4pm

Camp CinemaKidz offers a flexible program that helps kids find their creative passion and lets it thrive. Kids are involved in every step of filmmaking and animation, and have the opportunity to take their interests far. Interested in editing? We can tailor the week to focus more on that for your child, showing them how to use professional software include Adobe Premiere. With computers, cameras, and a variety of equipment available, we bring your child's ideas to life!

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A Creative Community + Extended Day

4pm-5:30pm

At the end of every day, all the camps come together to share what they worked on and learned that day. Each week ends in a Friday Film Festival where parents and friends can come see all the hard work and amazing projects from the week. We offer Late Bird beginning at 4:15 - 5:30pm.

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QUESTIONS REGARDING CAMP?

Frequently Asked Questions

My child has a special request, or topic they want to learn about.

Great!  We love to learn about what kids are passionate about.  Because the CK staff are so experienced, and have a  diverse set of skills and background, we can work closely with your child and help them learn more about what they’re passionate about!  Want to learn all about editing, or focus on cinematography for the week?  Sounds great, we will teach you all about it!

If I sign my child up for two weeks of Creative Filmmaking, will it be the same camp again?

Nope!  Every week is completely different, because the story ideas and needed film techniques vary with the creative minds of the group.  You can sign up for Cinnessentials for all 7 weeks and never do the same thing!

I have a 13 year old, will there be other kids their age?

Yes!  We have campers of all ages, ranging from 5 to 15 years old.  Children are grouped with children of the same age and ability.

How do the kids travel around for the outdoor camps?

Camps is just two blocks from the Wall Street Ferry Terminal, during the summer we travel by water as much as we can.  Its fun for the kids, and also extremely safe.

 

Other times we may take the train, but we choose easy to get to locations on 1 train line, and staff at a 1:5 ratio to ensure kids are being supervised and are safely traveling.

Where do campers go during NYC Movie Adventurers?

The CK team has scouted out NYC, and found some really special and cinematic locations for kids to choose from when planning their production.  Email us and we will send you the full list of locations!

Do you go outside each day?

Yes!  We make sure to go outside each day after lunch to enjoy the sun and burn off some energy.  Outdoor time consists of both structured games, as well as free time to run around.  Often we bring the cameras to get some outdoor footage, and kids have the opportunity to work on independent projects during this time as well.

 

Some of our camps spend a large part of the day outside, including NYC Movie Adventurers, and the Skateboard Filmmaking camp.

 

We go to Imagination Playground, or the the Brooklyn Bridge Park via the water taxi.

How are kids grouped at camp?

Children are grouped by age and ability.  This ensures our teachers are focusing on relevant, age-appropriate filmmaking and animation techniques.  Kids also have time to come together with the other camps, and interact with both older and younger kids at times.

How big is the camp?

Sections are generally from 10 – 15 children.  We keep each theme small and intimate so that kids have a lot of creative input, get the attention they need from the teachers, and they don’t get lost in the crowd.  It ensures a safe and successful week.  Some camps are extremely limited due to how much attention the content needs from the teachers.

What should I bring to camp?

We send out a helpful list of what to bring closer to camp time, but generally we ask parents to bring the following items:

 

  • A change of clothes (in case we get into some water)
  • Sunscreen
  • A book
  • Comfortable closed toe sneakers
  • A re-usable water bottle

Camp is expensive, do you offer financial aid and discounts?

We try to make summer camp accessible to all students regardless of financials.  We do offer financial aid on a case-by-case basis, shoot us an email or give us a call to discuss your financial needs.

 

We also offer various promotions and discounts to make coming to camp a little easier.

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