2016 Teen Producers Project Programs


Since 2001, the Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project has been inspiring youth to be more than consumers of media as they become creators of media. Through our programs, hundreds of youth throughout San Diego County and Orange County have learned about filmmaking and digital storytelling and have produced engaging video projects. The project’s mission is to educate youth in media arts & emerging technologies for use in self-expression, communication and social change.

Summer 2016 PROGRAMS

Teen Short Film BootCAMP

Your future as a filmmaker starts here! This week long course will provide teens with the unique opportunity to produce short narrative films under the guidance of professional filmmakers. In one short week, students in our Teen Short Film BootCAMP will come up with a story, write a script, scout locations, work with professional actors, direct, produce, and film their own short film. All students will gain experience working with professional filmmaking equipment (DSLR cameras, microphones, audio recorders, and more) and editing their film on Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.

tpp bootcamp session4Students will gain experience in:

  • Proproduction planning
  • Scriptwriting
  • Storyboarding
  • Shooting with HD DSLR cameras
  • Lighting techniques
  • Audio recording
  • Shot composition
  • Working with professional actors
  • Scouting locations
  • Editing with professional video editing software (Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro)
  • And MORE!


The Short Film BootCAMPs will wrap up with a public screening at the Digital Gym Cinema to showcase their work for family and friends. Students will receive a DVD copy of all their projects completed during the week. This is sure to be an experience to remember! (ages 14-18)

Schedule: Monday-Friday 9:am-3:30pm  *Family Screening of projects produced throughout the week will be on Friday at 4:00*

Cost:  $275 (non-members) // $225 (members)


Session 1: June 27-July 1

Session 2: July 11-15

Session 3: July 18-22  

Session 4: July 25-29  

Session 5: August 8-12

Register for Summer Teen Short Film BootCAMP 

Teen Producers Project (Intro to Documentary Filmmaking)

June 25 – August 27, 2016 (10 weeks)

The TEEN PRODUCERS PROJECT (TPP) teaches teens the basic principals of documentary filmmaking while producing 2-3 minute digital stories.   Students will learn basic lighting techniques, storyboarding, camera skills, and how to edit their projects in Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. (ages 14-18)

**Showcase screening: August 29 at 11:00am @ the Digital Gym Cinema **

Schedule: Saturday’s from 10am – 2pm

Cost: $35/class or $300/ all 10 weeks

*Digital Gym MEMBERS receive 25% off cost of registration*    Become a Digital Gym Member TODAY!

Register for Summer 2016 Teen Producers Project

Advanced Teen Producers Project (Narrative Filmmaking)

June 25 – August 27, 2016 (10 weeks)

The advanced TPP class is designed for teens who already know the basics of filmmaking and want to take their skills to a new level. Instructed by local film leader and long-time MACSD instructor Jodi Cilley, the advanced class plans, produces and edits a short narrative film. This class guides students though the process of creating a short narrative film. Write a script, scout locations, audition and work with professional actors, learn advanced lighting techniques, advanced editing techniques, and more! (Ages 14-18)

**Showcase screening: August 29 at 11:00am @ the Digital Gym Cinema**

Schedule: Saturday’s from 10:00am – 2:00pm

Cost:Cost: $35/class or $300/ all 10 weeks

*Digital Gym MEMBERS receive 25%  off cost of registration*    Become a Digital Gym Member TODAY!

Register for Summer 2016 Advanced Teen Producers Project

Need based scholarships are available for students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program at school.

Apply Here

All classes take place at MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego’s Digital Gym in North Park

(2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104).

For more information: lisa@mediaartscenter.org, 619-230-1938 x103




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