|How will participants make movies this July and August?|
This summer we are offering a combined version of online and in-person learning. When registering, you choose participate in-person all day, in the morning or in the afternoon.
Group 1: 9AM-12PM online, 1:30PM-4:30PM in-person
Group 2: 9AM-12PM in-person, 1:30PM-4:30PM online
“Online only” classes are also scheduled, as noted later.
When in person, students work in small filmmaking teams to write, shoot, and edit a film each week. This process continues online each day with daily lessons, group projects such as storyboarding and brainstorming, as well as interactive games. Scripts are written so that students are on camera or tablet individually and so students can film additional footage from home using a camera, phone or tablet set a 4K. Files filmed from home will be emailed to staff through MyAirBridge.com (they have a FREE pan, and it is safe), and emailed to the camp’s email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finished camp movies are approximately 1.5- to 5-minutes, and they are uploaded to the camp’s YouTube Channel at the end of each week.
We encouraged family members, e.g. cousins, and friends from different regions to participate in our online film camps – both tutorials and our online filmmaking camps. It can be quite fun to appear in a film with a cousin from another city or country!
Parents are encouraged to like our Facebook page for notices of new classes and YouTube film postings.
Will students have to wear masks when in-person?
Yes. Three-ply asks must be worn at camp. Students using the camera or tablets do not need to remove their masks, and the cameras/tablets are wiped down after use. Instructors attempt to make masks a part of the costume, e.g. see the western photo in the Photo Gallery.
However, when in a scene, students are allowed to remove their masks ONLY when using following precautions under the supervision of an Instructor:
1. Participants are 2 meters (6 feet) or more, away from the camera/tablet
2. All other participants and instructors have their masks on
3. Participants are outside
4. No other participants are in the shot with them.
Masks are also allowed to be removed when eating or drinking outside on snack breaks, with social distancing. Pending weather conditions, we try to move lunch our local park, which is half of a block away.
Do in-person camp participants need cameras or tablets?
No, cameras and tablets are supplied by the camp and disinfected after use. The camp owns 25 iPads and we feel that, in most cases, these are easier to wipe down during the continuing pandemic. iPads can be set a 4K to maintain visual quality.
How will students get to camp/get home?
Participants need to find their own transportation and drop students off at our location, and be picked up. Signatures will be required.
Will there be other “online only” classes in July and August?
Yes! Along with our in-person camps, we offer “weeklong” online classes in Photography, Visual Arts, Creative Writing and more once we determine demand (all 2 hours per day for 5 days), and Animation (3 hours per day for 5 days).
We also offer lessons and tutorials online in art and film – some classes have home assignments such shooting/filming following directions contained in a storyboard. These 1- to 3-hour tutorials are also available 7 days per week. Most art classes have kits that need to be picked up.
Are you still offering an online-only movie making camp?
Yes! We are also offering our online only camp model again this year. In this camp, students will be online for 3 hours each day for 5 days, and shoot all their footage from home using a digital camera, if available, or a phone or tablet set at 4K. These files are emailed to the camp via MyAirBridge to email@example.com. Camp films will range from 1.5-3 minutes in length, and are uploaded to YouTube at the end of each week.
Does my child need a computer to take the class?
We use the ZOOM platform, with appropriate security measures. Zoom can be accessed using a computer, tablet or phone. A ZOOM video class is similar to streaming so WIFI access will be important.
Do you have new on-line policies?
Yes, we have added (and are still adding) numerous on-line policies to our already Extensive Health & Safety Manual. For example:
– We do not provide Instructors with family emails or allow them to contract children and youth using personal email or social media
– Our Zoom Coordinator sends out invitations to parent’s emails
– Instructors are trained, and we have regular staff meetings to discuss on-line classes
– Most summer classes will have an Assistant Instructor; all of the 3-hour filmmaking classes will have an Assistant
– Class outlines are submitted and approved in advance
Do you confirm attendance?
Yes, we record all classes (to our cloud site) for internal monitoring, and as per our child protection policies. We confirm attendance, and lock meetings after Instructors arrive. We can confirm attendance to parents as requested. Assistant Instructors, where possible, record attendance and ensure that participants stay on-line at all times (short bathroom breaks are allowed).
When in-person, instructors track persons entering and exiting the building. When arriving or leaving, each person must note their name, their approximate time or arrival/departure, and contact information for contact tracing. Those tracked include instructors, other employees, participants, parents (if they enter the location), and anyone else who enters the building for any reason.
Do participants need to live in Windsor?
If students want to participate in an in-persons camp, they need to be staying in Windsor-Essex. We have had participants from the GTA, United States, France and Italy who have been visiting grandparents or other family/friends during the summer months.
Students can live anywhere to participate in our online classes. Online programs are accessible to anyone, anywhere. NOTE: We encourage you to invite out-of-town family members, and/or friends separated by social distancing, to join the classes, e.g. cousins who live far away or apart due to social distancing can be in the same classes together.
Is overnight camp going to be open this summer?
No. Summer overnight camp will not be offered in 2021.