Film Production

The boarding/overnight version of McCallie C.A.V.E. Film Camp provides a week of filmmaking fun and learning for boys.  

C.A.V.E. Center for Animation, Video and Entertainment

The camp is held at McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The facilities include air-conditioned dorm rooms, 14 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a Sports & Activities Center (SAC), outdoor pool, and full dining facilities. The SAC contains an indoor pool, four basketball courts, a 200m indoor track, table tennis, air hockey, a viewing room and game room. Campers will have use of these facilities during free time. All free-time activities will be well-supervised by our staff.

In this hands-on workshop using state of the art digital equipment and facilities of the McCallie C.A.V.E., students will conceive and produce short dramatic films working in small teams. Each day will be devoted to a different aspect of filmmaking: writing, planning, shooting, editing and finishing. At the end of the week, there will be a world premiere screening with families invited to attend in our 4K 7.1 surround sound theater.

Taught by a veteran award-winning filmmaker and film educator, McCallie’s Dave Porfiri, this workshop will expose students to the nuts and bolts of the filmmaking process while challenging them to think like visual storytellers.

Camp Information:

  • 2021 Dates: TBA (Sunday – Friday) Boys Rising 5th – 9th grades
  • Fee: $695 (Before April 1st there is a $50 Early Bird Discount!)
    • A $150 deposit is required to secure a place in the camp. There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee included in the deposit. Your method of payment will be charged on April 1
  • Early Bird Discount for Boarding Campers: $50 off camp fee if registered before April 1
  • $50 Discount for McCallie School Alumni, call our office for the code (423)493-5886
  • Drop off: Sunday, June 21st, at 4:00 pm in the SAC Rotunda. A counselor will be available to help campers move in to dorm rooms.  Orientation, pizza, and a classic movie later Sunday evening.
  • Pick up:  Friday, June 26th. There will be a screening of the student films in the CAVE at 3:00pm, parents are encouraged to attend.  Campers will check out of dorms afterwards.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Work in CAVE begins for the day
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Work in CAVE
3:00 PM Day campers depart for the day, boarders get additional instruction in the CAVE
4:00 PM Work in the CAVE ends for the day, Gameroom & swimming in the  “McCallie Lake”
5:00 PM Dinner/ free time
6:00 PM Classic film screening
8:00 PM Back to dorm, lights out by 9:30

McCallie’s new Center for Animation, Video and Entertainment (C.A.V.E.) is an unparalleled resource for boys with an interest in video production, editing, sound design and more. With a fully-equipped cyclorama studio, edit and color grading suite, audio recording facility and high-end computers, McCallie students can push their creative energies to the limit.


Cell phones YES as these are useful in our Film Camp
$25-$50 spending money for McCallie bookstore/snacks
Enough clothes to get through the week (shorts, t-shirts, etc.)
rain coat
swim trunks/towel
comfortable shoes
water bottle
sleep attire
linens – Twin XL beds and blanket, dorms are air-conditioned
reading material for nighttime