Film making boot camp for kids comes to Albany YMCA

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- From writing and filming, to performing, editing and screening, a unique cinema boot camp at the YMCA will give participants an opportunity to make their own short movies.

The camp will take place Monday through Friday beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. each day. Digital cameras and equipment are provided.

Film Making Boot Camp will be conducted by Abe Mohammadione, vice president of production at Campus MovieFest, an Atlanta company.

According to Mohammadione, CMF began 10 years ago when four Emory students provided their friends with video cameras and computer editing equipment and asked them to make a movie within a week.

Since that time, more than 350,000 college and university students worldwide have received the necessary training and equipment to tell their story on film. This will be the first Film Making Boot Camp to include young children.

A recent conversation with Mohammadione's aunt, Mary Ganzal, who is senior programing director for the Albany YMCA, sparked the idea of a camp for children.

"It all boils down to giving kids an opportunity to do something they might love," Mohammadione said. "Imagination is more fruitful at that stage. It's running wild. It's the perfect time to make a five-minute film."

During the week-long camp, kids will be encouraged to make the movies they like. Included could be comedies, dramas, documentaries or something entirely new.

"Don't bring anything but your imagination," Mohammadione said.

Camp fees are $125 for YMCA members and $150 for non-members. Today is the final day for registration. For information, call (229) 436-0531, ext. 216.