Summer Media Camp REBOOT!

July 6–August 21, 2020

This summer we have rebooted our popular media camp to be held completely online in a global camp format. Each session meets for one week, Monday through Friday, for an hour and a half per day. Campers can choose one session per day or receive a discount when combining two sessions per day with options to add on game and activity hours. The first week-long session costs $150, and a discount is applied when purchasing multiple sessions. Campers can choose one or two sessions per week, with the option of combining mulitple weeks. Summer Media Camp is for kids ages 8–14: Youth living anywhere around the world are welcome to join! Sessions are grouped by age when possible: 8-11 year olds are grouped together in one class, 12-14 year olds in another class. Registration is now open. Members receive a $45 discount in the form of the waived registration fee. To become a member, join here.

Ready to make something this summer? Let’s go!

Summer Media Camp is the perfect way for your children to explore something new, express their creativity, and experiment with technology. Working under the guidance of specially trained artists and educators, your child will collaborate with other children to create original movies, animated films, and video games, which will then be featured as part of a special showcase. Each child will leave camp with the confidence and knowledge that they made something awesome!

Online camp sessions will run Monday through Friday during two sessions per day: 10:00–11:30 a.m. and 12:30–2:00 p.m. Campers may choose to attend one or both sessions, and select add-ons for game-play and activity hour (9:00–10:00 a.m. and 2:00–3:00 p.m.). Projects vary week to week, and sessions can be taken independently or in any combination. Your child will receive an abundance of personalized attention: The average child-to-teacher ratio is 7:1. All levels of experience are welcome.


Campers choose either a morning session starting at 10:00 a.m. or an afternoon session starting at 12:30 p.m. for each class

Next Generation Animators

July 6–10 (10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. session. Select one.)
Discover how stop-motion animation can be used to make everyday objects come to life on screen. Working with computers, tablets, cameras, and crafts, children will work in small production teams to develop, direct, and film their own original animated movies.

Future Screenwriters

July 6–10 (10:00 a.m. morning session only*)
Learn the art of screen-writing and develop your very own treatment and movie trailer. Through fun, creative writing and filmmaking exercises, campers will learn how to write and pitch their original movie ideas. *Campers can combine this morning program with Next Generation Animators in the afternoon for an additional cost.

Digital Game Designers

July 13–17 (10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. session. Select one.)
Campers will immerse themselves in digital game design, and explore what makes their favorite video games fun. They’ll remix classic video games by creating new levels, rules, and characters, while getting exclusive access to the Museum’s online collection of video game history.

Storyboard Creators

July 13–17 (10:00 a.m. morning session only*)
Learn the art of storyboarding and how to turn your stories into short, fun videos made for online platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. Young directors will explore creating content for music videos, video essays and more! *Campers can combine this morning program with either Green Screen Avatars or Digital Game Designers in the morning for an additional cost.

Green Screen Avatars

July 13–17 (12:30 p.m. afternoon session only*)
Bring your virtual ideas and characters to life on screen by blending live performance with digital tools, including video sensing and augmented reality. We will use green screens to create your very own film set at home, and bring to life new dimensions in the moving image. *Campers can combine this afternoon program with a morning program of either Storyboard Creators or Digital Game Designers for an additional cost.

Indie Game Makers

July 20–24 (10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. session. Select one.)
Campers will explore the process behind digital game-making, tackle fun design challenges, meet professional game developers, and experiment with game design tools to create original video games inspired by the world of independent video games.

Pocket Media Museum

July 20–24 (12:30 p.m. afternoon session only*)
Ever wanted to create a mini media museum in your room using tools that fit in your pocket? Join a professional filmmaker for an exploration of the first steps of filmmaking with smart phones and tablets. *Campers can combine this afternoon program with Indie Game Makers in the morning for an additional cost.

Claymation Creators

July 27–31 (10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. session. Select one.)
Aspiring animators will explore the delightful process of Claymation (clay animation) as they learn the techniques necessary to make their own films. Campers will design and create their own sets, props, and characters to animate their own original Claymation film.

Puppet TV

August 3-7 (10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. session OR 17–21 (12:30 p.m. afternoon session only*)
Led by a professional puppeteer who has been featured on popular television shows, campers will design their own character, experimenting with a variety of styles and materials, which they then use to produce an original sketch. Drawing inspiration from the Jim Henson Exhibition, they’ll learn about the art of televised puppetry. *Campers can combine this program with Fandom World Builders in the morning for an additional cost.

Future Filmmakers

August 10–14 (10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. session. Select one.)
Learn how movies are made while exploring the Museum’s online collection in a week packed with hands-on video-making experiences. Kids will collaborate in small production teams to create an original silent film that they will write, direct, produce, and star in.

Future Curators’ Challenge

August 10–14 (12:30 p.m. afternoon session only*)
Taking a look behind the curtain, campers will have the opportunity to meet the creative and technical minds at the Museum of the Moving Image and learn how we tell stories in the gallery. Inspired by Behind the Screen and The Jim Henson Exhibition, kids will create their own exhibitions and learn how to tell three dimensional stories. *Campers can combine this program with Future Filmmakers in the morning for an additional cost.

Fandom World Builders

August 17–21 (10:00 a.m. morning session only*)
Take a deep dive into the world of fandom and learn the ABCs of world-building using your favorite collectables. In this fantastical journey through nerd-dom, we will create fan fiction and imaginary worlds through experimental media collecting and making. *Campers can combine this program with Puppet TV in the afternoon for an additional cost.

2020 Fees

$150 for one session
$265 for two sessions
$392 for three sessions
$512 for four sessions
$745 for five sessions
$869 for six sessions
$993 for seven sessions
$1,117 for eight sessions
$1,241 for nine sessions
$1,365 for ten sessions
$1,489 for eleven sessions
$1,613 for twelve sessions

Campers will receive a list of materials to gather and check before starting camp.

ADD ONS: Early Activity Hour/Late Game-Play Hour

$55 per week for either add on. $85 per week for both.
An additional Activity Hour is available from 9:00–10:00 a.m. Students choose from online games and movement exercises. An additional game-play hour is also available in the afternoon from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in whcih students engage in guided-play with a media artist and peers.

Registration and Payment

Registration for Summer 2020 is currently open for all. To apply, please complete this form. After applying, you will receive additional information in order to complete registration.
Registration fee (non-refundable): $45 (waived for Museum members). Fee applies once per family.
Space is limited; early registration is recommended. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If a session is filled, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if space becomes available. Pending availability, registrations will be accepted until 5pm the Wednesday before a session begins; the Museum cannot guarantee that registration requests received after this deadline can be accommodated.

Full payment, payable by check or credit card, is due three weeks prior to the start of the session. To receive a refund, cancellations must be made at least three weeks prior to the start of the session. If Museum of the Moving Image cancels a session for any reason, all enrollment and registration fees will be refunded.

Questions? Email or call 718 777 6853.