2015 Recommendations

Looking for a new film? Or some story inspiration?  Check these films out for their awesome use of visual storytelling, creative composition examples, character introduction shots, and interesting camera angles.  Enjoy and let us know what you think!

A selection from our Narrative and Story Workshop leader Nate Stanton!

  • Star Wars
  • Amadeus
  • Jaws
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Time Bandits
  • Poltergeist
  • The Killing Fields
  • The Road Warrior
  • Blade Runner
  • Back to the Future
  • Caged
  • The Lost Weekend
  • Once Upon A Time in the West
  • Killers Kiss
  • Narc
  • Apocalypse Now
  • American Beauty
  • No Man’s Land
  • A Simple Plan
  • All the Presidents Men
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • The Godfather 2
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

And some highlights from our Documentary Film Workshop with Rebekah Fergusson.

  • Pelada
  • Case Against 8
  • Stories We Tell
  • Good Ol’ Freda
  • Gnarly in Pink
  • Samsara
  • And some camper recommendations…  Jesus Camp, Girl Rising, How to Survive a Plague, The Empowerment Project, T-Rex…


Brenda Chapman shared some of her recommendations for Story…

  • Ides of March
  • The Heiress
  • The Lion King
  • Billy Elliot
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Secret of Roan Inish
  • Slingblade
  • Forest Gump

A discussion with Jillian Sandell on genre brought up these great films that win at subverting stereotypical tropes…. Check them out and let us know what you think!

Shrek, The Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diaries, Geek Charming, Raider Rebel

Holes, Django Unchained, Rengo

7-Up documentary series

District 9, Sense 8, Bladerunner, Orphan Black, Mad Max: Fury Road

The Way Way Back, Bridesmaids, Spy, The Heat, Parks and Rec, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kung Fu Hustle, Raising Hope

The Call, K-39, The Silence of the Lambs, Cabin in the Woods, Insidious, Heathers


Also recommended by Camp Reel Stories…..

  • Bechdel Test.  Does your favorite film pass this simple test?  Learn more here! Then let us know when you find a film that not only passes the test, but Aces it!  See below for some camper suggested films.
  • Wadjda (2012)
  • Lynda.com  Check this site out for a ton of tips and tricks, how-to videos for all your favorite programs.  Check their facebook page for specials!
  • Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVAC)  Lots of awesome classes to take and special youth programs available.  Look out for their booth at the next film festival!
  • The Art of the Title Recommendation from our After Effects speaker Courtney!


Some camper suggested films that pass the Bechdel Test:

Mad Max, Inside Out, The Help, Big Hero 6, Frozen, The Giver, Pretty Little Liars, Jurassic World, Spirited Away, The Hunger Games, The Heat, Age of Adaline, Whip It, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, Austenland, Obvious Child, Descent, Steel Magnolias, But I’m A Cheerleader, Mean Girls, Wreck It Ralph, A League of their Own, Legally Blond, Wild, The Theory of Everything.


*Campers: If you have film recommendations to share with the community or film festivals you would like us to know about, please share! 

Email them to kelli@campreelstories.com

Happy watching!





Film Recommendations

 Genre Workshop:


Exit through the gift shop

Brave Miss World

American Jerusalem


Parks and Rec


Obvious Child

New Girl

30 Rock


The Sarah Silverman Show

Mindy Kaling


The Big Lebowski

Run Lola Run

Thelma and Louise

Charlie’s Angels?

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Kill Bill



Hunger Games


Enders Game (book)

Cloud Atlas

Star Trek – original series

World War Z

Brave New World







The Dissent

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – series

Cabin in the Woods


10 Things I Hate About You

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Blue Valentine

Electric Children

Friends with Benefits


Let the Right One In


Film Favorites from Storyboarding workshop:

Paper Moon

Waking Life

The Big Lebowski

The Full Monty

Prince of Egypt

Girl, Interrupted

Pulp Fiction

Garden State


Film Favorites from Sorry/Not Sorry & Bechdel Test discussion:


Bling Ring

Mean Girls

The Heat

Obvious Child


Girl Interrupted


The Sound of Music

Inglorious Basterds

The Book Thief