Kids Film Camp | Summer 2020
We're back and better than ever! Back by popular demand, The Actor Factory is proud to host our 9th annual Film Camp. Join Factory instructors for a high energy, information packed week of film and fun.
Enrollment for 2020 Coming Soon!
Ages 10-17 years old
Monday - Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm
Red Carpet Premiere - Saturday 6:00pm
The most anticipated event at The Actor Factory returns for its 8th year. Young Performers beat the summer heat and kick-start their career with a week-long immersion in film acting. They learn the ropes, forge life-long friendships and have experiences they will never forget, all while creating material that will take them to the next level of their acting career.
Campers will spend an entire week with Factory staffers and industry professionals. They will act in and film personalized demo reels written just for them, compete in a 2-day film race, creating a short film on the spot, then arrive by limousine on Saturday night to walk the red carpet and watch their on-camera work on The factory;s giant HD projection screen with their parents snapping pics all the way. It is the camp our young performers talk about all year!
Here's how it works:
Monday & Tuesday
Campers will be learning the technique of acting for the camera and how filmacting differs from acting on stage. They will practice hitting their marks, finding their key light, learn the different types of crosses and work on adjusting their performance for the lens, instead of in a theatre. They will also be assigned two scenes starring them; one comic and one dramatic.
Wednesday through Friday
Campers will film the scenes and learn the rigors of acting in a motion picture, while working with industry professionals. When other scenes are being shot, campers serve as crew members for the production. They hold the boom mic, serve as assistant camera and other key jobs on set, all learning the different elements of what goes into a film production.
These scenes will be shot with professional film, lighting and sound equipment, and edited by professionals, creating up to a 2-minute demo reel per camper.
The Film Acting Camp wraps Friday evening, but the camp instructors go quickly to work on post-production, spending Friday night and all day Saturday editing the footage into finished products.
Campers will appear in two scenes each, written and created especially for them. Each camper will receive a finished product to use as professional marketing materials for their agent to use for potentially booking future jobs.
A Demo Reel is a sampling of your on-camera work, sent to talent agents, casting directors and filmmakers, as well as posted on actors' online casting profiles. The importance of this material has exploded over recent years as more and more actors are booked on projects based solely on their demo reels.
It will be professionally lit with high quality sound, and then edited to appear as if it were taken from an actual film project. Rather than performing monologues against a wall in an acting studio classroom, each monologue or short scene will be shot either on a film set or a location, creating a background environment. They will be created, shot and edited by award-winning film professionals to the quality standards expected by The Actor Factory. Take a look at some of the reels shot in past years by watching the video below
Check out our previous demo reels above!
All campers and their families are invited to a Red Carpet Premiere of the demo reels they created, shown on the 120-inch big screen in Studio 2. Campers arrive by limousine , and will be joined by camp leaders and instructors of Factory adult classes and invited industry guests.
The camp will be limited to only 18 participants, allowing plenty of time for individual instruction and attention.
"This is not going to be one of those baby-sitting camps where we cram as many kids as we can fit and teach them enough to get by," Freihofer said. "This will be very small student-to-teacher ratio. We guarantee lots of fun and lots of instruction and a great finished product."
48-Hour Film Race
Along with shooting demo reels, all campers compete in a 48-hour film race, also to be shown at the Saturday night Red Carpet.
Here's How It Works:
The camp is divided into 3 teams
By random draw, each team is assigned a color, an object, a random line of dialogue and a camp counselor that is to be included in up to a 5-minute film featuring every camper on the team. The teams then have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit this film to be screened at the Saturday night premiere. A panel of judges attending the Premiere selects the winning film that best uses all required elements, including cast, story and production.
Last year the 48-hour film race proved to be the highlight for many kids' camp experience. Take a look at one of last year's winners to the right.
Chris Freihofer is the owner, director and founder of The Actor Factory, Oklahoma's largest and most respected on-camera acting studio. He is also the leading casting director for films, television and commercials in Oklahoma with nearly 100 film/television casting credits. He is also an established actor, having appeared in such projects as "Friday Night Lights", "Longmire", and a recurring role on "Breaking Bad." He is Oklahoma's only member of the Casting Society of America and has cast for such esteemed directors as Terrence Malick, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, John Wells, William H Macy and Paul Dano. He will be available and accessible every day of camp and will co-direct the demo reels.
Award-winning Los Angeles filmmaker and photographer Jeffrey Nicholson returns to Film Camp for the 7th year in a row. He recently completed directing the feature film EL COYOTE, filmed in Arizona and starring Tom Sizemore, and his directorial debut SOUL FRACKERS, will be released soon. Many Factory students know Nicholson as an amazing headshot photographer, but his short film SPIRAL, starring Dane Cook, put him on the map as a filmmaker as well, including the short THE DRIFTER, starring Clint Howard and Marshall Bell. Nicholson will be the director of photography for all camp demo reels, and will co-direct the scenes as well.
Editor & Camp Counselor
Multiple award-winning filmmaker Chris Oz McIntosh returns to camp for the 6th straight year as a camp counselor that will lead the technical instruction of film camp and will serve as the editor of all demo reel scenes having edited the feature film SOUL FRACKERS, directed by Jeffrey Nicholson. McIntosh's short film MOVIE MAGIC has screened across the country at the Los Angeles Children's Film Festival, the USA KidsFest in Dallas, deadCenter Film Festival, and many more. His next short film NEVER TOO LATE is in post-production. McIntosh holds a degree in Broadcast & Electronic Media from the University of Oklahoma. He currently is the Director of the Actor Factory Young Performer Academy.
Lead Camp Counselor
Jennifer Rader is a professional actor, a casting professional, and a young performer instructor. She recently starred in the 360-degree VR action film ALL TERRAIN and appeared in the Reelz Channel TV series SCANDAL MADE ME FAMOUS as well as the upcoming film SLEEPING IN PLASTIC. She teaches auditioning at The Actor Factory Young Performer Academy, and is best known as Casting Associate at Freihofer Casting, Oklahoma's largest and busiest casting office. She has assisted in the casting of 10 feature films, several television projects for Netflix, TBN and Lifetime, and dozens and dozens of commercials. She will serve as a writer for several camp scenes and will coach actors before they hit the set.
Tori returns to camp for the second year in a row. She has a BFA in Acting from the University of Oklahoma and is an instructor at The Actor Factory Young Performer Academy, teaching acting and auditioning and assisting in improv. She is also a casting assistant at Freihofer Casting, having assisted on several feature films and commercials. As a professional actor, Tori has appeared in the upcoming film SLEEPING IN PLASTIC and the Reelz Channel series PRICE OF FAME. She will teach acting techniques to the kids as well as work on set during filming, to facilitate hair and makeup as well as art direction and set decoration.
In addition to this great executive staff, Film Camp 2020 is also supported by the following camp counselors and film crew, many of whom are acting or filmmaking majors at area universities.:
- Swag Bag with free Camp t-shirt, Actor Factory backpack, sunglasses and more
- All lunches and snacks
- A digital version of your camper's demo reel emailed to you and your agent
- An electronic copy of the Premiere Night video, Film Race films and slideshow
- The Premiere Night Limo Ride
- 3 Tickets to the Red Carpet Premiere (good for a camper and two guests)
$200 non-refundable deposit is due upon enrollment in camp.
Remaining balance can be automatically charged in equal installments
Cancellation of enrollment prior to 30 days to the first day of camp is possible as long as The Actor Factory receives the cancellation request in writing by email prior to 30 days before the first day of camp. Forfeiture of deposit is mandatory, but remaining balance will not be charged.
50% refund is available if cancellation is made prior to 14 days before the start of camp.
There is no refund available within 14 days of the start of camp.
Unused camp fees cannot be applied to future classes, intensives, camps or other Actor Factory events.