Film Production

In this hands-on workshop using state of the art digital equipment and facilities of the McCallie C.A.V.E., (Center for Animation, Video and Entertainment), 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.

McCallie’s Center for Animation, Video and Entertainment (CAVE) is an unparalleled resource for students 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 campers can push their creative energies to the limit.

Camp Information:

Boys and girls, Rising 5th – 9th

Daily Schedule:

9:00 AM Work in CAVE begins for the day
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Work in CAVE
3:00 PM Camp ends (No swimming)

2023 Dates:
July 10 - 14

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Drop Off/Pick Up location: Chapel parking lot at 3:00 PM

Fee: $500 per session/Limited Enrollment



  • Cell phones YES as these are useful in our Film Camp
  • rain coat
  • hat
  • comfortable shoes
  • sunscreen
  • water bottle

About the Director: Dave Porfiri 

B.S. University of Miami, M.F.A. University of Southern California
Fun fact: I started making little films at the same age as many of my campers. Back then there was no internet and no You Tube. I mowed lawns to save money to buy a Super-8 movie camera. The film cost about $20 for three minutes and you had to send it off to get it processed and returned in the mail. Personal computers were in their infancy then and there were no video editing applications. All editing had to be done by physically cutting and splicing the film together. I still have all those films in a shoebox. One of my films starred a classmate who would grow up to become the drummer for the rock band the Goo Goo Dolls.
I have been at McCallie for 7 years teaching hands-on film production classes,  a film appreciation class and an after school advanced filmmaking workshop.

All McCallie Summer Camps begin at 9:00 am with Early Drop Off between 8:00 am and 9:00 am for no extra charge. No campers should ever be dropped off before 8:00 am or picked up after 5:00 pm.  

McCallie Day Camps Cancellation Policy and Refunds

All McCallie Day Camps require a non-refundable $25 registration fee. 

Your credit card on file will be charged to your camp balance on March 1st.  After March 1st camp tuition must be paid in full when registering.

June 1st:  No refunds after June 1st except for documented medical reasons, which will have a $25 non-refundable fee.)

Please let us know if your plans change and your child will not be attending camp so we can give the spot to another child.