Virtual Short Film Camp 2020

WHO: For Students Ages 9-17 yrs with access to a filming device.

WHAT: Learn How To Write, Direct, Shoot and Edit your very own short film!!! Collaborate with peers on the process of short-filmmaking, with guidance from your RCA & Guest Instructors, all working entertainment professionals, on ZOOM. YOU get to make your own short film on a smart phone, tablet or laptop, in your own home and surrounding neighborhood, while following Sanitary Social Distancing Protocols (during COVID-19).


WHEN: July 13th - 17th 2020  - ONE WEEK SHORT FILM CAMP + Independent Study/Editing (July 18-22) & Screening/Premiere (July 24)

10am - 1pm ZOOM Class Instruction.

2pm-5pm Filmmaking Independently with an RCA Peer / Accountability Buddy.

WHERE:  ZOOM Class in your home, and filming in your own home/neighborhood.

HOW: Students must have access to an electronic device to record video and edit in iMovie or other Editing Software (we can recommend some for PC/non-Apple device) for the duration of this camp, such as iphone, ipad, or MacBook Pro. Ethernet Cable connected from Modem to Laptop/Desktop Computer, or a very strong wifi connection, is ideal for the best Zoom Class experience.

COST: $119.00 for Virtual Short Film Camp.


BONUS: July 24th - Short Films Virtual Screening for completed short films. For those students with exceptional short films, who complete the editing task (independent study week), we will showcase their films in a Virtual Premiere with other RCA Student Short Films in August (date TBD)!

Special Guest Instructor Bios:

AVERY O WILLIAMS is a screenwriter-director and MFA grad from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He co-directed the feature film Misguided Behavior with Carl Payne, and the TVOne feature film Skinned with LisaRaye McCoy. Avery also co-wrote the feature Redirecting Eddie (starring Valerie Perrine, Jade Barrymore) voted Best Comedy, 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. He wrote the film short The Willie Witch Projects (distr. by Trimark Pictures in the compilation The Bogus Witch Project) and was the screenwriter and co-producer of the award-winning short film Notes In A Minor Key (Keith David, Harry Lennix) for Hollywood Pictures. He has directed and edited other short films including Two Roads, ReConnect, Fight For Hope, (1st place in Lights, Camera, Georgia film competition) and Plenty (Honorable Mention: Outstanding Short Fiction, Nevada Women’s Film Festival 2017, Official Selection 2017 BronzeLens Film Fest).  Crossed, a feature that Avery co-wrote with the late rapper/actor Heavy D, is currently in development with Bijelonic Films; he has recently completed the biopic screenplay on legendary Hall of Fame football player Lawrence Taylor for a film to be produced by Studio 11 Films and is editing a documentary about the 1920’s boxer Tiger Flowers. Avery is presently a Professor in the Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies program at Morehouse College in Atlanta GA. 

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Chris Ethridge is a director who has directed two feature films and over a dozen short films and music videos, including an award-winning, authorized adaptation of Stephen King’s short story, “Survivor Type.” His previous feature film, "Attack of the Morningside Monster", received the award for Best Dramatic Horror Film at the Fright Night Film Fest. Regarding his work on "Attack of the Morningside Monster", Ain't-It-Cool-News wrote: "Director Ethridge and Writer Palmer leave just enough black holes in the plot so the killer could be anyone in the film, slowly revealing more and more about the killer and his MO as the body count rises. This is done with a patient and deft hand."

Chris was honored with the prestigious Esprit de Gore Award at the 2018 Nightmares Film Festival. He won Best Director U.S. Feature at the 2019 Austin Revolution Film Festival for his work on Haven's End. He is currently developing his next project, a feature-length dramatic action/thriller.


Stephanie Jones is a professional video editor who dabbles in animation. She has vast experience in creating marketing and promotional videos for music festivals and events for artists such as Kesha and Jon Bon Jovi. In addition to her editing skills, Stephanie also has years of experience in performing live comedy as well as working on sets of major feature films. Stephanie’s favorite videos to work on are comedy shorts with her husband and friends. She is also new mom, and loves working with kids.