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On-Camera Acting (Online, Ages 13-17) – FULL

Starts July 13

Monday-Friday, July 13-17, 1-4pm

Dream of acting on the big screen? Ready to unleash your acting potential and sharpen your character toolkit? This camp will guide you through the techniques and methods for engaging yourself in more effective performances for acting on screen. Participants will examine each step of the acting for film process—from casting and rehearsal, to performing in front of the camera. We’ll practice with mini-scripts, study various monologues and dialogues, become familiar with technical terms encountered on set, and examine character studies and compelling acting examples. We’ll focus on techniques for being natural in front of the camera, getting the most out of a character’s role, and practice conveying emotions through performance exercises. No prior acting experience required.

NOTE: Participation in this online camp requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance, it is highly recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. For extra security, a few days prior to the class start date we’ll e-mail you the link, ID, and password needed to access this class on Zoom. The instructor will be provided a student roster to take attendance. Click here for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting and much more. 

Tuition: $125

Maya Washington is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker (writer/director/producer), actress, writer, poet, creative director, visualist (photography), and arts educator. She received a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Her background, on stage/camera and behind the scenes, has given her the opportunity to work on everything from public art, live theatre, commercials and print ads, to web series, films, and television. Her latest award-winning films, Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, and Clear, are touring the United States. Her podcast Light & Shadow (Spotify, Apple podcasts) brings inspirational sports stories out of the shadows and into the light. Maya is dedicated to projects that have a sense of “purpose” in the world, selecting social impact stories that illuminate aspects of the human experience that are untold, rarely seen, or might benefit from new approaches to issues of diversity and inclusion. Her award-winning narrative short White Space (starring ABC Family Switched at Birth’s Ryan Lane) about a deaf performance poet aired on network television and was nominated for a Black Reel Award. Her body of work has had a global reach, including Toronto, Budapest, Hong Kong, Berlin, and Rome.

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 5 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 prior to the registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but 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 Youth Programs Manager; or 2) mailing them via regular postal delivery to Youth Programs Manager, FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street #120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. You may also bring completed forms with you when you check your child in the first camp session. Students are not permitted to attend camps without signed forms.






July 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
July 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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Monday-Friday, July 13-17, 1-4pm