Students exam­ine cur­rent trends in the indus­try and explore their per­son­al cre­ative process as they learn film pro­duc­tion from con­cept to prod­uct. In a very hands-on approach, turn your con­cept into a screen­play and your screen­play into a film.


TAP Camp offered a hands on approach to film, as opposed to just ana­lyz­ing movies and hav­ing a more for­mal class­room approach. I have def­i­nite­ly pushed my com­fort zone from only work­ing with gen­res I was very famil­iar with to work­ing with gen­res and artis­tic styles I wouldn’t have expect­ed.

-Sarah Skees, Film Major, 17, 2 yrs at TAP Camp, Female

Filmmaking at TAP is the most immer­sive and com­plete sum­mer pro­gram of its kind in the state of Texas. In just a few short weeks our stu­dents take a sim­ple idea of their own choos­ing and devel­op it into a com­plet­ed film.

Our class­es begin ear­ly in the morn­ing and run well into the evening cov­er­ing all the stages of the cre­ative process. The stu­dents receive guid­ance and cri­tique from the fac­ul­ty at every moment of the day. All stu­dents are required to col­lab­o­rate with their peers in a mul­ti­tude of roles as it is impos­si­ble to take on the elab­o­rate endeav­or that is mak­ing a movie with­out the help of oth­ers.

Whether your join­ing us just for fun or as the begin­ning of your film­mak­ing career, the sum­mer inten­sive pro­gram will leave you with a ful­ly-real­ized short film of your own that can put you well above the typ­i­cal uni­ver­si­ty film­mak­ing appli­cant.


We believe that the best way to become a film­mak­er is by actu­al­ly mak­ing films. With this empha­sis on phys­i­cal cre­ation we require all stu­dents to per­form all key posi­tions that are found on a pro­fes­sion­al film set.

Every stu­dent will Write, Direct and Edit their own per­son­al short film. In order for every film to be a suc­cess we employ ALL film­mak­ing stu­dents on EVERY project. This ensures that every stu­dent will rotate and per­form key crew posi­tions such as Cinematographer, 1st Asst Cameraman, Key Grip, Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Production Designer and more.


We are extreme­ly proud to report that our return rate for stu­dents has increased every year with this past sum­mer see­ing a stu­dent return rate of 80%. In order to ensure that every stu­dent is chal­lenged to do their best work we now offer a cou­ple dif­fer­ent enroll­ment options.

Our Rising Filmmaker Introductory Camp is a one-week pro­gram avail­able for any and all stu­dents with NO pri­or expe­ri­ence nec­es­sary. It is sched­uled imme­di­ate­ly pre­ced­ing the com­mence­ment of the Advanced Filmmaker Production Camp so that begin­ners can be pre­pared for the advanced camp if they choose to stay and make a pro­fes­sion­al short film.

Our Advanced Filmmaker Production Camp is offered for stu­dents who have either pre­vi­ous­ly attend­ed TAP or have tak­en film cours­es else­where that have giv­en them the basic intro­duc­to­ry infor­ma­tion nec­es­sary to begin work on a film project (these could be oth­er sum­mer pro­grams, high school cours­es, or our own Introductory Camp). We require these stu­dents to have the basic intro­duc­to­ry knowl­edge so as to not hold back those stu­dents who have pri­or expe­ri­ence in dig­i­tal film­mak­ing.

Sleep-Away: June 4 - 9
Day Camp: June 5 - 9

If you love watch­ing movies and tele­vi­sion but have no clue how to even get start­ed, then this course is for you. This week-long intro­duc­tion to film­mak­ing is intend­ed to give campers a basic under­stand­ing of the craft and art of cre­at­ing a dig­i­tal film.

Campers will learn the basics of film­mak­ing and gain an under­stand­ing of film pro­duc­tion tech­nol­o­gy, equip­ment oper­a­tion, ter­mi­nol­o­gy and tech­niques. Our approach will come through the analy­sis of short films, fea­ture films, screen­plays and a series of hands-on exer­cis­es. Students will leave with the knowl­edge of how to break down a script, how to work with actors, how to devel­op a shoot­ing strat­e­gy, and how to effec­tive­ly jux­ta­pose shots in the edit­ing room.

This week serves as either a stand alone week for begin­ning film­mak­ers or a pre-req­ui­site for brand new film­mak­ers reg­is­tered for the three-week film pro­duc­tion camp.


Our advanced pro­gram is designed to emu­late the pro­fes­sion­al world on a con­densed time­line. We break­down the three-week pro­gram into the three phas­es of com­mer­cial film pro­duc­tion: Pre-Production, Production and Post Production. *To only attend the 3 week camp, an appli­ca­tion with video sub­mis­sion is required. See How to Apply for more details!


All stu­dents are required to ‘pitch’ their ideas to the fac­ul­ty and their peers. Once the stu­dent has received feed­back on their ini­tial pitch, he/​she will break­down the sto­ry beat by beat with fel­low class­mates ensur­ing all sto­ry ele­ments are clear and inter­est­ing.

Students will then take the out­line they have cre­at­ed and put it into pro­fes­sion­al screen­writ­ing soft­ware for fur­ther eval­u­a­tion. After sev­er­al ses­sions of notes, the screen­play will be locked and ready for pre-pro­duc­tion.

Hands-on train­ing in cam­era and sound equip­ment will be pro­vid­ed and stu­dents are allowed to ask for spe­cial equip­ment for their project at this time. The fac­ul­ty will do every­thing in their pow­er to pro­vide the stu­dents with spe­cial equip­ment if applic­a­ble to the project at hand.

Collaborators will be assigned to every stu­dent. At this point the stu­dents will rotate their atten­tion from project to project focus­ing on their assigned roles to each pro­duc­tion. Though there main focus will be on the project they pitched, all stu­dents should be ready and will­ing to give their focus and ener­gy to their fel­low class­mates’ projects as it relates to their assigned role.

Filmmakers will audi­tion the Acting majors through­out the first week and choose the appro­pri­ate cast for their film.

At the con­clu­sion of Week One all stu­dents will have their own project writ­ten, sched­uled, cast and sto­ry­board­ed. They will also be pre­pared to exe­cute their fel­low direc­tors needs when it is their turn to cre­ate a short film.


This is what the entire first week was prepar­ing for: the shoot. Each direc­tor will receive one full day devot­ed entire­ly to their film.

Each stu­dent will show up ready to work in their appro­pri­ate field for that day rang­ing from Cinematographer, Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Production Designer, 1st Asst Camera, etc. This ensures that every film stu­dent leaves the pro­gram hav­ing been exposed to and respon­si­ble for a major aspect of every sin­gle film.

Actors will be golf-cart­ed to set from their nor­mal rehearsals and film­mak­ers will be respon­si­ble for get­ting all the shots they need in the time allot­ted.

At the con­clu­sion of this vig­or­ous week of film­mak­ing we will take one day off com­plete­ly and go have fun at the cin­e­ma to see a few cur­rent and clas­sic films.


The last week is spent in the edit­ing bays where we will put togeth­er the final prod­uct. This is where all the hard work pays off.

Each stu­dent will be assigned their own edit­ing bay and cut their film on Adobe Première’s pro­fes­sion­al edit­ing soft­ware. Upon com­ple­tion of a first cut, the project will be screened for stu­dent and fac­ul­ty feed­back. This process usu­al­ly takes 3 or 4 times for the fac­ul­ty to approve of ‘pic­ture lock.’

Upon approval of pic­ture lock, the stu­dents will then embark on sound design for the film. We pro­vide a library of pro­fes­sion­al sound cues, FX and music sam­ples for the stu­dents to choose from.

The films are then screened for the Film Showcase on the final day of camp for all stu­dents, par­ents, and local Austinites.

*To only attend the 3 week camp as a first time stu­dent, an appli­ca­tion with video sub­mis­sion is required. See How to Apply for more details.

Film Screenings

All films are screened on the final day of camp

On the final Sunday of camp, each of the orig­i­nal films pro­duced will be pre­miered in the main the­ater in front of campers, staff, par­ents, and Austinites.

*NOTE: All campers for TAP Junior, TAP Senior, and TAP Advanced are required to audi­tion at the begin­ning of camp. Auditions are held for many rea­sons. The staff will get the oppor­tu­ni­ty to know all the campers and their strengths and weak­ness­es in all types of per­for­mance. Additionally the staff will be able to make cast­ing deci­sions about the final show­case, place campers in the cor­rect class lev­els, and make sure that all class­es are chal­leng­ing and appro­pri­ate. All campers will par­tic­i­pate in mul­ti­ple sec­tions of the audi­tion. The audi­tion process will be con­duct­ed in a pro­fes­sion­al and encour­ag­ing envi­ron­ment. It will be fun, but we are expect­ing your per­son­al best. Visit Placement Auditions for more infor­ma­tion.

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