Thursday, November 5, 2015

New for winter break: Lights, Camera, Action Video Camp

Guest Blogger Brady Peck, Rec & Ed Camp Specialist

As a teen at Camp CAEN on UM's North Campus, I learned how to shoot and edit videos using one of the first versions of iMovie. My fellow campers and I had a great time shooting "on location" at various North Campus locations. One scene was supposed to take place in the Lurrie Foundation; however, after we'd already gotten wet, we discovered that capturing audio in a fountain was too difficult. (Lesson learned!) In the end, we produced a 13 minute video featuring a father searching for his long lost son. 

Now, as Rec & Ed's Camp Specialist, I'm thrilled to offer a new state-of-the-art Lights, Camera, Action Video Camp in partnership with Ann Arbor's Community Television Network (CTN). Alysha Schlundt-Bodien, CTN's Training and Facility Coordinator, serves as Camp Director for this hands-on, real-world camp for 5th-8th graders. Offered as a 3 1/2 day camp over winter break, Lights, Camera Action is a superb opportunity for Ann Arbor teens who are eager to explore the world of television. 

Campers will experience a real television studio.  
"By using the principles of inquiry and project based learning, said Schlundt-Bodien, "The campers explore the science of color temperature and how sound is captured." Understanding these scientific principles helps campers create and deliver the end-of-the-week broadcast and connects STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) skills to future careers. 

Additional highlights for campers include:

  • Producing a program in an actual television studio
  • Using state-of-the-art technology while learning advanced special effects, editing and sound engineering
  • Experiencing the critical roles of producer, camera operator, on-camera "talent," engineers and assistants. 

Space is limited to 10 participants - sign up now!

The Lights, Camera, Action Video Camp takes place at CTN's studio on South Industrial Highway in Ann Arbor. A second camp is scheduled for spring break (April 4th-8th). 

For more information, please contact me (Brady Peck) at

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