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Motion Picture Directing

Starts July 29

Ages 13-17. M-F, July 29-August 2, 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Embark on an enriching journey into the art of motion picture directing. This immersive experience focuses on teaching essential film directing practices, script analysis, and camera blocking techniques. Participants will delve into the works of modern cinema maestros, gaining insights through collaborative breakdowns of their masterpieces. Guided by Los Angeles-based award-winning director and cinematographer Nicholas Powell, attendees will learn how to analyze and prepare a script for production, exploring various approaches to visually structure scenes for maximum impact. The highlight of the camp is the hands-on opportunity for participants to prepare and direct a short script, putting their newfound knowledge into practice. Join us for a week of cinematic exploration and practical skill-building, as we ignite the passion for storytelling and directing in the next generation of filmmakers.

Tuition: $265

Nicholas Powell is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, specializing in directing and cinematography. Currently engrossed in developing a feature film centered around the iconic artist Prince, Powell extends his creative prowess beyond film to fulfill a profound commitment to education. With a background that includes substantial contributions to Columbia public schools in Columbia, MO, and impending engagement as an educator for the Los Angeles Unified School District in Spring 2024, Powell demonstrates a dedication to fostering educational opportunities.

Camp Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a camp, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid by cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another camp if scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration at least 7 days prior to the first camp session, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the first camp session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of a camp start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed camp sessions.
  • The FILMNORTH CAMP PARENT/GUARDIAN RELEASE FORM and FILMNORTH CAMP APPEARANCE RELEASE FORM must be completed and submitted prior to the start of the first camp session. A new set of forms must be completed for each camp. Please print, complete and return the two PDF forms below by: 1) emailing them to the Director of Engagement and Advancement; or 2) mailing them via regular postal delivery to Youth Camps, c/o FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street #120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Otherwise, please bring completed forms to the first camp session. Students are not permitted to attend camps without signed forms.






July 29 @ 9:00 am
August 2 @ 12:30 pm
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Ages 13-17. M-F, July 29-August 2, 9:00 am-12:30 pm