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West Harrison Kids Study Film At Summer Camp

HARRISON, N.Y. – Young filmmakers are busy this week at the Mintzer Center in West Harrison where they learn how to shoot movies at a week-long summer camp by Filmmakers InK.

“We work to expand kids’ potential as storytellers by tapping into their creativity and teaching them the basics of film,” said Brett Marshall, instructor from Filmmakers Ink who is teaching the class. “This is about team building. We want them to be able to sit down, present their story ideas, and go forward with that.”

Marshall, who has a film degree from Emerson College in Boston, took the class eight years ago.  Marshall said he was glad to have the opportunity to go to the camp as a child – an opportunity Filmmakers, Filmmakers Ink founder Patrick McCullough didn’t have, which led to him founding the camp.

Campers get a chance to learn all aspects of the film business from camerawork to audio to props while they film everything from mock newscasts to a feature film. Marshall said that the campers will spend time together after camp to work out ideas and come in excited to try them in the morning.

“We want to open up their awareness of being storytellers,” Marshall said. “We have them to work together to think of the best line a character would say at each point in the film. When they complete the project they’ll remember it for a year or maybe the rest of their lives. This camp cemented my desire to want to be a filmmaker and maybe that will happen to some of them.”

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