Why Camp Reel Stories?

A Look Inside: Camp Reel Stories 2013


Camp Reel Stories believes that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes in the media, they will be better reflected on the screen. Camp Reel Stories is a non-profit organization that empowers young women with the skills to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field.

Camp Reel Stories offers women of all ages an opportunity to learn how to make films and tell their stories. We do this through a combination of workshops and camps for girls and women who want to learn how to make movies in the new digital media era.

Camp Reel Stories is the only media program led by professionals in the Media Industry.  Brenda Chapman (writer/director of Brave), Darla Anderson (Producer of Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 3), Lora Hirschberg (Sound Engineer, Inception), Rebekah Fergusson (Documentary Director, The Case Against 8), Sheila McIntosh (Editor, Coraline) and many others have led workshops at Camp Reel Stories.

Working in small, collaborative groups, this camp gives the campers the opportunity to make and broadcast their own short films.

Film and Television is a multi-billion dollar industry and it can seem very secretive and exclusive, but the industry is going through a process of great transformation right now. Anyone can tell their story and distribute it to the world via online and social media platforms like youtube, vimeo, etc… Girls are still famously underrepresented, both behind the scenes and on screen, but Camp Reel Stories intends to teach our campers that, with the right tools and training, they hold the key to a revolution in the media industry. Their dreams are within reach.

Utilizing accessible technologies, each camper will be encouraged to actively participate in every stage of the filmmaking process. 

  • Development: As a key part of the development process, directors and producers pitch their project to receive funding to make their films. During our development phase, all Campers are taught how to pitch their stories and work together to get a project “Green Lit”.
  • Pre-Production:  There are many different elements that need to be considered before a movie is even filmed. Campers will be given an introduction to these elements, including Scripting, Storyboarding, Casting, Design and Locations.
  • Production: With a focus on the roles needed in the actual production of a film, campers will learn how the Director, Cinematographer, Actor, Lighting Director, Sound Engineer and others all collaborate to create each frame of a movie.
  • Post-Production: Campers learn the basic tools to polish a film and prepare it for distribution. In the post-production phase we look at Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Title Creation, and Special Effects.

The camp culminates in an official film festival where the campers present their work to an audience of family, friends and local supporters!

CANCELLATION POLICY: As a non-profit, we are dependent on our enrollment numbers for our endowment and financial aid, particularly on those campers that are able to pay full price. Cancellations before April 1st may result in a refund of a portion of payment at the discretion of the CRS board. There will be no refund of any portion of payment for program cancellation after April 1st. We regret that there can be no exceptions to this policy. Thank you for your understanding.