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Motion Picture Worldbuilding

Starts June 24

Ages 11-14. M-F, June 24-28, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Welcome to the Youth Filmmaking Camp: Set Design and Decoration Edition! Dive into the captivating world of production design and set decoration as we unravel the secrets behind crafting the visual landscapes of films, TV shows, and videos. During this exhilarating one-week camp, participants will delve into the intricacies of set design, breaking down script scenes to identify and create vital set pieces that breathe life into the narrative and characters.

From exploring sourcing ideas to understanding the basics of budgeting for a set, students will gain invaluable insights into the behind-the-scenes magic that brings stories to life on screen. Embracing a hands-on approach, the class will have the unique opportunity to “dress” a set, transforming creative ideas into tangible realities. As an exciting bonus, each student will craft a hand-prop, allowing them to experience the thrill of creating something an actor would handle. Get ready for a week of artistic exploration, creativity under deadlines, and the chance to bring your imaginative visions to the forefront of filmmaking!

Tuition: $265

Dena Allen has worked in the film and television industry for 28 years. Some of her credits as a Los Angeles-based set decorator include: The Shield, Sons of Anarchy, Raising Hope, Jane the Virgin, and Queen of the South. Dena was nominated for an Art Director’s Guild Award in 2006 for her work on the groundbreaking first season of Heroes. She has worked on productions in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Shreveport. Dena studied theater at the University of Minnesota, going on to be a stage manager for Equity waiver summer stock in Vermont and winter stock on Sanibel Island, Florida. She moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to explore working in the film industry. Now semi-retired in the Twin Cities, she hopes to educate everyone who’s interested about the joys of working in the Art Department.

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.






June 24 @ 1:00 pm
June 28 @ 4:30 pm
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Ages 11-14. M-F, June 24-28, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm