June 20 – August 10, 2023

Screening Premiere August 12
Registration Deadline: June 15

Teen Camp



Your Creativity!

The 2023Teen Filmmaking Camp gives you the opportunity to explore filmmaking, including story creation, camera use, sound production, and video editing. At the end of camp, your production will be screened for an audience.

You will work in our state-of-the-art facilities and use professional camera and sound recording gear, editing stations, and a production studio. Plus, you will have the chance to meet other young filmmakers who share your interests and have the opportunity to work with them to develop some really cool projects.

No Experience Necessary!

There are no requirements that you have previous knowledge of cameras or advanced computer knowledge other than basic computer operations and an interest to learn!

The camp is for youth ages 12 – 18.  Unfortunately, we do not have a camp for youth younger than 12 but if you or your child have an interest, please tell us below and we will take this into consideration for future camps! Thank you!

Team-Based Projects

Students will work in small teams to complete projects, exploring the roles of production crews, including screen writing, film direction, camera operations, and post production. Teams will write, produce, direct, and edit a project, with a formal debut the last day of camp.

Students on Set


Your Instructors

Our camp is being led by two alumni of the WPCC Digital Effects and Animation Technology (DEAT) program who have gone on to produce independent films.

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Julie Whitis Church

Julie Whitis-Church is an alumna of Western Piedmont Community College. She has been involved in the film industry since being introduced to it in 2012. Since then, she has gone on to be apart of and create several award winning short and feature films. Julie is also the founder/director of The Golden Hour Film Festival and the local film community group, Artivational. 

Julie is excited to help introduce the next generation of filmmakers to the joy of creating film. She looks forward to teaching many aspects of the craft and giving all who participate a full experience into the world of filmmaking.

Tyler Mckenzie

Tyler Mckenzie is a local filmmaker and visual effects artist who studied at Western Piedmont Community College from 2017-2020. He started his passion for creating film content when he entered his high school years, and has since then kept on working more with local film talent in North Carolina. He has participated in a number of productions, including 48 Hour Film Projects and his own short film projects. Tyler will introduce insights into working behind the camera and post-production workflows. Check out his portfolio at tylermckenziefilm.com.

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Professional Actors

As part of Film Camp, you will have the opportunity to work with these and other professional actors on various projects.

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Jessica Barrett

Jessica Barrett has worked as an actor in over 50 feature films, short films, and commercials. After earning degrees from Furman University and East Carolina University, she received her acting training at at NYS3, a Meisncr technique conservatory program based on the curriculum of The William Esper Studio.

Jessica has been honored with numerous “Best Actress” awards at film festivals throughout the Southeast. She is represented by The Brock Agency.

Jessica is also a lifelong ballet and contemporary dancer and often works as a choreographer for ballet companies and musical theater productions. She has taught children and teens of all ages, assisting these young performing artists in bringing
their craft of acting and dancing to the stage and screen.

Jessica spends her free time volunteering with the organization, Wine To Water, working to bring access to clean water and sanitation to those in need around the world. She has been volunteering mainly in Nepal, the Dominican Republic, and Uganda to support life and dignity through the power of clean water.

Dana McBride

Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, Dana was bitten by the acting bug at the age of seven when her mother relented andregistered her for acting classes. Dana went on to act in school plays until graduating high school. She continued to enhance her acting skills by taking acting courses at the Greensboro Cultural Center while
studying Communications at Guilford Technical Community College. After graduating from GTCC, Dana decided to pursue acting in film. She has appeared in numerous films since then including  Nailed It”(2013)“Scorpian: Vice City Shake Down”(2016), and Legacy of the Wicked”(2016). Dana pursued all avenues of entertainment leading to a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dana is happily married to her husband whom she met in early 2010’s on his very first film set. Dana is recently featured in the film “Release” and “Dead Men and Devils” and can be seen in numerous projects as well. Dana is very active in yoga.
Please visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3858877 for Dana’s full filmography.

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Jeremiah Wood

Jeremiah is no stranger to the camera. He has been a professional model for over 15 years. Jeremiah is known for his work on campaigns such as Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie and Fitch, Life is Good, Wrangler, Belk, and numerous other magazines. He has also been part of national and local commercials and video including Buick, Ralph Lauren, Belk TV, Schiffman Jewelers, Lowes Hardware, and many more. He has been cast in numerous award winning short films and music videos where he personally has landed awards for Best Performance and Best Actor.

One of Jeremiah’s most recognized role was his time on CBS’s Survivor. He appeared on Survivor Cagayan “Brawn vs Brains vs Beauty” Season 28. Jeremiah began on the “Beauty” tribe and survived 28 days, coming in eighth place, and becoming a member of the jury.

Jeremiah is a true family man, enjoys the outdoors, and believes in hard work. He loves volunteering for charities such as Give Kids the World Village a non profit “storybook” resort in Central Florida for children with critical illnesses and their families to have
a cost-free vacation.

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For Parents

We ensure that our Teen Film Camp is a safe and welcoming place for your child. Each parent or guardian is invited to meet with our camp instructors in the lab space on the first day of camp. Your child will remain with our instructors until you return for pick up at the end of each camp session.

Camp Information

Dates: June 20 – August 11, 2023
Red Carpet Premiere on Friday August 11!
Moore Hall 304 in our New Media Labs, WPCC Main Campus

Class meets each Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 – 12:30 pm
with two Saturday Shoot Dates (on July 15th & July 22nd)


COST: $425

Section Number (Needed to Register): 69190

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Students are editing video on computers

Sign Up for Camp


There are 2 ways to sign up:


    Use the online registration for WPCC Continuing Education (the section number is 69190 for the Teen Film Camp). You will be sent a separate email with information on payment for the courses.
    IMPORTANT: If you are under the age of 16, your parents or guardian must download, fill out, sign, and submit this Registration Form.
    Stop by Hildebrand Hall on the WPCC Main Campus [map] and see Yvette Logan in Room 100E Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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WPCC’s DEAT & SGD Programs

WPCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Simulation and Game Development (SGD) that prepares graduates for careers including independent cxontractors, artists, video programmers, game and sound design, game testers and producers.  We also offer an Associate in Applied Science degree in Digital Effects and Animation Technology (DEAT) that prepares graduates for careers such as graphic and motion graphic design for video and web, 3-D simulation and visualization, video production, freelance work, and marketing. The programs also have college transfer options available to students. For more information, please contact Jonathan Crumpler jcrumpler@wpcc.edu or call 828.448.3544.