Klamath Film leads two student summer film camps

Oregon Tech, Klamath area grade school students complete films following week of Klamath Film instruction


It has been a busy time for Klamath Film over the past month, as soon as the school year ended class was in session for two separate film camps led by Klamath Film.

Students at Oregon Tech learn about camera jibs. image courtesy OIT.

In early July Klamath Film Executive Director Kurt Liedtke led a week-long drone and film camp for select students at Oregon Tech University – teaching filmmaking fundamentals and drone operations for aerial and submersible drones. Students were given an opportunity both fly and float drones, learn basics of editing, cinematography, and more; tasked with completing promotional videos for Oregon Tech’s professional writing program.


Students learn about submersible drones.

The week-long camp was presented in collaboration with Klamath Film through a grant. It was the first time that Klamath Film led a film camp specializing in drone use.


July 12-16 Klamath Film hosted its second annual Klamath Film Youth Film Fellowship – a week-long crash course in filmmaking for Klamath County-area youth in middle school and high school. While several high schools in the region do provide digital media programs, the course is intended as an introduction for youth to acquire fundamental filmmaking skills for a creative outlet that may not otherwise be available in Klamath’s largely rural communities.

A total of 15 students participated in the camp, held at The Ross Ragland Theater. Lessons included film history and theory, storytelling and scriptwriting, camera use, lighting, cinematography, sound, editing, green screen use, and film set careers. Each day was highlighted with a virtual conversation with professionals in the film industry discussing how they use in their careers the lessons taught that day.

Film Fellowship participants film outside The Ross Ragland Theater.

Special guests included Oregon Film Executive Director Tim Williams, screenwriter Patrick Casey, film producer Bergen Swanson, actor Brian Sutherland, director Taylor Morden, and film editor Alex Myrvold.

With the camp concluded, each participating student is tasked with writing, filming and editing their own short film. The camp concluded with a group film project, “MacGuffin,” which will make its world premiere alongside all other completed student films from the camp at a community showcase event on Sunday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. at The Ross Ragland Theater. Attendance is free.

The Klamath Film Youth Film Fellowship was made possible through grant support from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation K-12 Summer Program grant, Juan Young Trust, and the Klamath Falls City School District.

Students learn green screen use at The Ross Ragland Theater.

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