Camp turns students into filmmakers

By Chris Kieffer

By Chris Kieffer
Daily Journal
TUPELO – Eleven-year-old Jake White has already made a film.
This week, he’s trying to become better at the craft.
Jake, who will enter sixth grade this fall, is among 20 Tupelo students attending “Making Magic in the Movies” camp at Tupelo High School this week. The camp is one of 19 being offered throughout the month of June as part of the district’s Camp Opportunity. More than 215 students have participated in the various camps this month.
During the movie-making camp, students have used Flip cameras to film various scenes around the high school’s campus. They’ve edited those clips into video projects using the iMovie program on district-owned MacBooks.
“I came because I love making movies,” said Jake, who said he once made a movie using an iPhone.
During this camp, he said, he has discovered how to use iMovie to edit, crop and add elements.
“I learned if you mess up, you can redo it and make it better,” he said.
THS media specialist Holly Gray is facilitating the camp, along with Milam teacher Kim Wyatt. Gray said the students experimented with green screens, using props and putting themselves in different settings. They also tried to use a picture-in-a-picture, make objects disappear and change voices. They added text, music and images.
“They’re not hesitant to explore,” Gray said.
The campers, rising fourth- to seventh-graders, had a group project to make a commercial and an individual project to create a film about themselves.
“The earlier we can introduce them to being in the digital world the better,” Gray said. “We’ve talked about copyright rules involving music and sounds and images.”
Three students made a movie about a group of friends traveling around the world. They set it in Paris, Beijing and London, using different parts of the same building to represent far-away nations.
“It was interesting,” said Katharine Jones, 11, who worked with Sydney Hughes, 11, and Emma Kantack, 11.
“I like doing things with technology,” Sydney said.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com