St. Aug Hosts 2012 Summer Film Workshop

July 9, 2012

For the past 12 years, during the last two weeks of June, Saint Augustine's University holds its annual Summer Teen Film Workshop. The 2012 workshop was June 18-29 and took place on the historic campus of St. Aug.

Film faculty member, Ellen Shepard, created the workshop and leads it annually. "They learn a little of a lot of stuff," stated Shepard. "They learn professional film making techniques, directing techniques, screenwriting, camera work, sound, three point lighting, camera angles, acting for films, auditioning and casting."

In addition to learning film techniques and skills, students are required to write a short screen play during the first week of the workshop.

During the last day of class the students premiere their screenplay to their family, friends and peers.

"More importantly than them learning how to work a camera, I want them to learn teamwork, how to work together as a family," stated Shepard. "The workshop is supposed to be a place where students can be safe to take creative risks and to learn how to become critical thinkers... This workshop is truly a combination of art and craft."

For more information on the Teen Film Workshop, contact Ellen Shepard at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pictured: Shepard (green shirt, back row) seen here with her staff and the 2012 summer workshop students.