Film camp prepares students for future in industry

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 3:27pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:10am

One summer camp will roll out the red carpet for area students. Baton Rouge's premiere film studio, called Celtic Media Centre, will open its gates to kids ages 6 to 17 this summer. It's part of a local film company's new summer camp, meant to teach young people the ropes when it comes to making it in the movie business.

Students will learn everything from acting and screenwriting to animation and filming. At the end of the four week camp, they'll write, direct, produce, and star in their own movie. The goal is to find rising stars who will stick with the industry in the future.

"The biggest problem is we don't have enough qualified crew and there's a lot of talent in Louisiana," says film producer Aaron Williams. "The purpose of this porgram is to give them professional training on professional equipment."

Students aren't the only ones who can head to camp this summer. The program will accept interns 18 years old and up.

The Academy of Motion Picture Development (AMPD) Summer Film Camp is sponsored by Louisiana Arts and Entertainment of Baton Rouge. It's a four-week camp that runs from June 6th to July 1st. The camp runs from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

The cost of the whole program is $560. You can sign up at www.mpdkids.org The program will also offer scholarships. If you want to apply for a scholarship, send an email to camp@laartsent.com.

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