Mobile Filmmaking camp is just what you need!


Join us in this one-week, 15-hour filmmaking camp in June 2019! From 9 AM to noon for five days you will immerse yourself in the art of proper filmmaking with an iPhone or iPod Touch. Learn how to make videos with your mobile device to tell stories that entertain your audience. Who is your audience, you ask? 


  • Your family: make a video about something your family does or, remember all those wacky stories your aunt or your grandpa tells? Turn one of those into a video story to share with family!

  • Your friends: make a video about you and your friends hanging out and having fun.

  • Your teachers: use what you learn during this camp to do a video story for a school project assignment in the fall.

  • The World: or maybe you want to start a YouTube or Vimeo channel to share something you know a lot about. Or, perhaps, your goal is to make better SnapChat or Instagram Stories.

The Camp

Converted garage will be our camp's home base "classroom."

Converted garage will be our camp's home base "classroom."

The camp is limited to six rising 9th or 10th graders. Each participant will provide his/her own iPhone or iPod Touch. Bill Booz will be the main instructor and he will be assisted by two social media savvy assistants. Camp home base is the Booz home in Lynchburg’s Boonsboro area off Peakland Place. Parents will drop campers off each morning by 9 AM and pick them up at noon. For Tuesday and Thursday sessions, drop off and pick up locations will be announced. Water and healthy snacks will be provided for campers.

The Schedule

Monday and Wednesday: Video making boot camp - comprehensive intro to shooting video with an iPhone or iPod Touch with lots of hands-on practice and the production of several short videos. You will learn what makes a good story, how to use a variety of video clips to tell it, and how to edit and narrate your video.  (See the Mobile Video Storytelling course for details.) Location: instructor’s garage classroom

Tuesday: Teams of two along with a staff member will meet and chat with an assigned merchant to be recorded along with capturing video sequences of work place activities. Teams and staff member will meet at pre-arranged location to go over recording experience and review captured video. Begin learning about editing video clips together.  Location: Downtown Lynchburg

Thursday: Teams and staff member will return to their assigned merchant and interview the “main character” to get sound bites for final video and retake any shots or get new shots. Afterwards teams and their staff member meet together to work on selecting sound bites for final video. Location: Downtown Lynchburg

Friday: Put finishing touches on final video by adding voiceovers. The camp finale will be a “Student Filmmaker Gala Screening” and take place at 11:30 on Friday. Location: instructor’s garage classroom

What You Will Learn

  • How to break down a situation into events to use as sequences in your films

  • The Multi-Shot Method of shooting a scene and building video sequences

  • Good composition techniques including the Rule of Thirds

  • Importance of collecting a variety of alternative video to use as B-Roll for interviews and talking heads

  • Writing, editing, and recording of voiceover narrative for your video

  • Storytelling: learn what makes great video stories

  • Interview techniques and doing a two-camera shoot

  • Learn what additional accessories besides your camp “kit” can help you get better video

  • Learn when vertical video is appropriate

The Equipment

Included in camp fee: lavalier mic, smartphone holders, table-top tripod, and selfie stick with Bluetooth trigger - Retail value: $51!

You supply the iPhone or iPod Touch, but included in the camp fee is a kit that includes a lapel clip-on (“lavalier”) microphone with 79" extension cord (value: $24), a Bluetooth remote, a smartphone and a tablet holder, table top tripod, and selfie stick that attaches to small tripod to make a 55” high tripod (value: $27). Armed with your smart device and your new production kit, you will learn how to create professional quality 16 x 9 videos with cinematic footage and great sound. We’ll discuss when traditional, landscape video (think TV & movies) is appropriate and when 9 x 16, vertical video is better (think SnapChat). [ Note: if iPhone 7 or newer, you will need the 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter that came with your iPhone in order to use the included lavalier microphone! ]

The Software

You will use the iPhone/iPod’s built in Camera App to record video and the free iMovie app to edit your video clips, all on your smart device. We will also look at alternative apps - some free, some for a cost - to use to edit and record video, but instruction during the camp will only be on the Camera and iMovie apps.

The Instructors

Bill Booz


Bill has 51 years experience as a classroom teacher and instructional technology trainer at the K-12 and university levels. He worked as an instructional designer for UVa's Curry School. He has been teaching photography for the past nine years and creates informational, instructional, and storytelling videos for his YouTube channel at:



Camp assistants

Two university and/or upper class high school students who are serious social media and Instagram experts as well as knowledgeable about the ins and outs of using photos and video to get a message across.

The Cost

Just $290 for 15 hours of instruction and hands-on practice, your own lapel mic, and iPhone/iPad holders and stands you will keep.

Session 1: June 10-14, 2019

Interested and want more information?

Fill out the contact form, send an e-mail to, or call 434-238-5571. 

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