On The Set summer film camp will hold registration and auditions for 2016 on June 25 at the Sheraton Civic Center Medical Forum Building, Room D from 9 am to 1 pm. Auditions and interviews will not last longer than 15 minutes. Actors must come prepared to do a two- to three-minute monologue or performance. Behind the scene candidates (i.e., directors, producers, and cinematographers) will be interviewed.
This is the ninth year for the camp, which will be held July 13 through 22. On The Set teaches the full realm of film-making to kids between the ages of 10 to 18. The campers go on location and are placed on a live action set to shoot a short film that stars a real Hollywood actor. In past years, actors have included Dr. Tonea Stewart, Darrin Henson, Malik Yoba, Kadeem Hardison, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Brian White, Carl Payne and Bre’ly Evans.
Attendees are given full responsibility of each element of film production, while being supervised by a professional and having the opportunity to experience meaningful development in a safe and accepting environment.
The camp begins with textbook teachings of cinematography, lighting, sound, script writing, acting and producing. The campers are given booklets to take notes and diagram material on each section to study for reviews. After reviewing each section, campers are allowed to participate in demonstrative activities prior to dissecting the script for pre-production. Once the theme of the script is discussed and the objective is understood, each scene of the movie is then outlined for production needs and placed on a shooting schedule according to location and scene prerequisites.
The campers are then divided into teams, which consist of a director, a producer, equipment operators, production assistants and a slate operator for scene production and competition. The campers that are interested in acting are auditioned for primary roles in the short film. The campers go on location to produce, direct, shoot and act in starring roles of the short film.
The campers are observed by the professional instructors during the entire process to be awarded in the categories of “Best Director,” “Best Producer,” “Best Actor/Actress” and “Best Crew Member” at the November premiere and awards show at The Alabama Theater.
Peep This Actors-Director’s Guild is the non-profit organization that presents On The Set Summer Film Camp. The organization’s mission is to serve as a public laboratory for showcasing academic year and summer professional training and research in film, theater and music for Birmingham and the State of Alabama youths.