Asbury Students Introduce Youth to Film

Students at Mahaffey Camp in Pennsylvania screened their finished films for family and friends.
Students at Mahaffey Camp in Pennsylvania screened their finished films for family and friends.

Mahaffey Camp, a Christian camp and retreat center in Pennsylvania, enjoyed a burst of cinematic creativity courtesy of Asbury University at its Family Camp recently.

Nearly 40 campers came together in five teams to film their own movies under the guidance of Asbury students Nathaniel Glass '12 and Tessa Carroll '12. The students planned the course content, taught workshops, helped with equipment and encouraged the campers. The result was a group of campers with a new understanding of how to express their thoughts visually and a screening on Saturday to give campers the opportunity to show off the finished projects to family and friends.

Two Asbury employees — Dr. Jim Owens, chair of the Communication Arts department, and Don Mink, operations manager and TV lab assistant in the Miller Center for Communication Arts — were long-time campers at Mahaffey Camp and had discussed the possibility of a film camp at Mahaffey for a few years. This year, iPod Touch technology caught up with their vision to enable the campers to film with lightweight, easy-to-use equipment.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Mink said. “It gives high school students the opportunity to say, ‘I can create a story,’ and it gives them a voice they maybe didn’t know they had.”

The week also featured a showing of Asbury University student films submitted to the Highbridge Film Festival, as well as presentations about the University. More information about the School of Communication Arts at Asbury is available at http://www.asbury.edu/academics/schools/communication-arts.

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