Directing * Editing * Camera Operating * Acting * Stunt Choreography * Film Music
Composition * Music Video Production all centered on a Christian Worldview!
Short Film or Feature Film Production * Technical Training *
Personal Discipline and Leadership Skills * Team Building


An exciting Summer Day Camp and After School Semester Program

The Curriculum

You will produce a Short Film in anticipation of the annual EMA Film Festival. Design your DVD & Marquis Poster and produce your movie. Learn skills in Team Building, Entrepreneurship and Personal Development/Discipleship. All this while exercising a creative process using today's latest technology and professional production equipment, alongside some of San Antonio’s local professionals. ​​

Hands-on experience with professional level camera, film,
music and editing equipment.

Learn to edit film and music with professional digital

editing software! 

Learn to take a story from
storyboard to the film screen!

Act in the production of your movie trailer and film. 

The EMA Filmmakers and Musicians will also get an iMdb credit and movie DVD credit, 
Copy of the Movie DVD
and a marquis poster.

In all Elyon Media Academy Film Programs, each student writes, shoots, directs and edits his or her own films. Our film camps are designed for people with little or no experience in making films. The programs focus on the fundamental elements of visual storytelling that enable the participants to direct their own projects.

During these school film programs, each session is split between in-class instruction and on-set production, and the following subjects are taught to be of immediate and practical use in an integrated curriculum. In our longer film camps these subjects will be treated in greater detail and taken to a higher level than in the shorter programs. Each day, students apply the lessons learned directly to the films they are making. Students in longer programs make longer films and, therefore, have more opportunities to develop their abilities and employ what they have learned.

Students will be introduced to the language and practice of filmmaking. They will discuss shooting plans for their film projects and screen their work with their instructor throughout the course. Directing is approached as the art of visual storytelling. Students will find that directing the camera concerns more than just where to place the camera. Through hands-on demonstrations, the students will learn how camera movement, visual arrangement, and editing patterns not only depict the action but also express the underlying drama. Each student directs a series of films in crews of four. Students also rotate in these crews among the principal film crew positions. Crews are required to meet each week with the directing instructor to review scripts and shooting plans.

Students will learn to take a story from initial idea, through treatment and step outline, to learning how to act the parts of their finished script for their final film. Story structure, theme, character, tension, and conflict will be explored as they are used in filmmaking.


This is a no-nonsense hands-on camera class where students will learn to use 2K and 4K cameras, depending on their choice of workshop. They will learn proper loading, operation, and maintenance of the camera. In the first week students will shoot and screen tests for focus, exposure, lens perspective, film latitude, slow/fast motion, and contrast and produce their movie trailer.  Week 2 produce their short film. They will also learn about digital formats with regards to industry standards. 

Students will learn to edit their films with digital editing software (Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, After Effects CC, & Adobe Photoshop). The class will cover both the technical aspects of the editing process, as well as the conventions and theory behind editing choices and styles.

In our experience, there is no "always perfect way" to make a movie. There are strategies that work well and a long list of things not to do, but every project demands an approach as unique as the people behind it. With this in mind, and an intensive time frame of just 2 weeks (Summer Day Camp) and 8 weeks (After School Program), our curriculum will be focused on the creation of a Short Film of five to ten minutes. If your school or center chooses the program through 2 semesters a Feature length film will be produced (35 minute to 1 hour). 

We will begin by trading ideas, forming small groups, and drafting stories. As screenplays start to come together, we will hold introductory workshops to cover the basics of acting and video production, and then move right into shooting, where we'll teach more advanced techniques.

The filming will be done in small teams, participants trading off roles as they direct, shoot, act, and do sound. We'll be right there guiding the process and lending creative insight, but letting participants realize their own vision from the writing to the fillming, to the edit to the screen.

We'll screen the finished movies on the last week of the program. The movies will also be uploaded to the web and broadcast here on www.EMAFILMFEST.com! Then, the BIG EVENT, the movies produced throughout the program will be highlighted at the Annual EMA Film Festival.