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, 17, Film Major

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.


Our 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. 


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.

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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