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Film Programs and Camps


Film Camp 2018

  • July 16-20 Acting for the Camera 7 PM-10 PM 14 yrs and up all younger must audition

  • July 16-20 Media Development and the Moving Camera

  • July 20 – 22 Screenwriters Workshop (film campers only)

  • July 23 - August 4  (12 days, Sat & Sun included- These are usually shoot days)

Two weeks with classes from 9 AM – 4 PM  times are a general idea . . . filming and editing days are longer and depending on the scenes required for shooting there may be evening shoots. 9-4 is a loose idea, this is the minimum time and there will be days that require more time.

Food is important, daily fuel is important, BRING IT!  Lunch and sometimes dinner.

For registration call 581-5592 or complete this application form

Registration opens March 2, 2018

 Sam Dalton

Sam Dalton

This camp is directed by Sam Dalton, a successful writer, producer, director and acting instructor. Learn more about Sam Dalton at his website.

Sam Dalton is experienced in all phases of film and television creation and production on both sides of a camera. He is the founder and director of “Actors Asylum”, a nationally recognized professional acting and film/video production training facility, creator, producer and host of Family Adventures and Boomer Adventures, both television travel program series, producer and host of Scrunch, an award winning nationally syndicated children’s television program. Mr. Dalton has been a professional actor and teacher for many years and is the executive writer, producer and director of the Illusion Factory, an entertainment, promotion, and Public Relations Company located in Los Angeles, responsible for the on-going development of multiple entertainment programs, infomercials and commercials.

Ages 14 and up (sibling discounts and scholarships are available)

Instructor: Sam Dalton

Program Description

The art of film making (including writing, cinematography, directing, and editing) is part of a business that requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance throughout one’s career, especially if one is to achieve a modicum of success. A high level of proficiency in the craft is necessary for high school students whose college and future career interests lie in any aspect of the entertainment business. What do you do?  Where do you go following high school? Who do you contact? What do you need to know? What is it like to attend film school?  This “hands-on” course takes a no-nonsense approach to the realities of becoming a professional filmmaker (including most careers within the discipline i.e. producer, director, AD, cinematographer, script supervisor, writer, editor, sound tech, grip), especially in Southern California.

This is a no-nonsense film making course that is designed to give high-school and college students hands on experience in the art of film making from concept to completion compacted into an intensive two-week, Monday through Sunday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM schedule. Students are expected to comport themselves as though attendance, participation, discussion, and assignments during the Pre-college Program/Film Track at Presser Performing Arts Center are part of a full-time college-level film making course, if not part of an industry-related summer job or internship. Behavioral Contracts will be signed! Students are expected to be on time, do the work, turn in the assignments, and participate in class.

Students work in collaboration as a team to create and produce a short-length digital film (10-15 minutes) in length, of their own design and execution, from concept to story development to script writing to pre-production to production to post-production and distribution. Through this process, students acquire comprehensive knowledge of the duties required and gear used to produce motion pictures and television programs.

Students rotate through all the typical positions that are incumbent in the process of creating their project film including writing, directing, videography/cinematography, script supervision, lighting, and sound. In addition to a screening of the completed film that is open to industry professionals as well as the general public, the completed film is submitted for consideration to several Film Festivals. 


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A PPAC Film Was Accepted Into KC Film Fest!

The Film Camp film “Chad” was accepted into the Kansas City Film Festival held April 15-19. They entered the Adult juried Narrative Shorts category: CHAD

There were over 500 films entered internationally and only 80 were accepted into this category! In theatre #7 with OUR group, there were films from Australia, Berlin, Brooklyn and San Francisco. The CHAD filmmakers were the only ones to do a Q&A after the group of screenings with KCFF board member Cathy Runyan-Svacina.

This is VERY exciting news! The young filmmakers have been working toward this goal for the past 4 years submitting to many festivals with the hopes of being accepted. Thank you for SUPPORTING our young filmmakers!

There were  many categories screened over the 4 day period. CHAD had 10 filmmakers total, but 4 that attended the festival. This was their first film to be accepted into a festival we are so glad that it was in our home state of MISSOURI!