Videography Camp for Teens

Ages 13-17
June 13-July 20

Work with a professional filmmaker to produce a 3-5 minute short! This five-week residency will introduce you to a variety of genres and production basics - such as screenwriting, lighting, sound, composition, movement and more! You'll explore crew roles and work with a group to write, film and edit a 'short'. Films will debut at the Hoyt's Annual Children's Summer Arts Festival on July 26.

Classes meet Thursdays from 5-8 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from Noon - 3 pm. Class size is limited to the first 12 students! Up to six full tuition scholarships are available to those demonstrating need. Non-members: $250/Members: $200.


Up to six full tuition scholarships are available to those demonstrating need. To apply for a scholarship, submit the scholarship application and registration form.

Meet the Instructor

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John Lyons was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He attended Northwestern School District and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Edinboro University. He is the Executive Director of the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania and has programmed quality cinema for over a decade at a variety of venues. He produces features, documentaries and short films with his wife and partner, Dorota Swies, under their company Lyons Den Productions. He lead the short film collaboration "#OurErie" which was viewed over 100,000 times in 48 hours and received recognition by James Fallows in The Atlantic. His previous features "Schism" and "There Are No Goodbyes" received Best Screenplay at Director's Chair Film Festival NYC and the Purple Heart Award at Zero Film Festival Los Angeles. His efforts brought attention to local media resulting in Erie Reader's 40 Under 40, Young Erie Professionals Generation-E Leadership Award, Erie Tmes-News' People of the Year and Erie Reader's "Best Filmmaker" Awards. Lyons was also a 2-time nominee for Creative Entrepreneur of the Year at Innovation Collaborative's Disrupt Erie Awards. Lyons' efforts all feed into the overarching goal to build a new, inclusive industry in the Erie region.