Be The Future Of Cinema

Biola University's cinema and media arts department invites you to join us for a unique summer camp experience. Learn from our award-winning faculty and alumni the tips and techniques needed to become a filmmaker.

Every day, you will attend interactive workshops in cinematography, editing, sound, lighting and storytelling while gaining insider knowledge on how to break into these fields. By the end of the camp, you will also have completed a short film for your reel, using equipment from our state-of-the-art equipment room inventory.

Register for event
WHO High school or college students with less than 70 university credits.
WHERE Biola University Film Production Facilities
WHEN June 20–24, 2016, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
(NOTE: This is not an overnight camp)
COST $400 per student


June 20–24

Day 1: Introduction to the Art of Cinema, led by Dean Yamada

Day 2: Practical Film Skills, Part One

  • Camera & Lighting Workshop, led by Thomas McCarty
  • Directing Workshop, led by Kevin T. Willson

Day 3: Practical Film Skills, Part Two

  • Sound Workshop, led by Angela Kwan
  • Editing Workshop, led by Jon Hensley

Day 4: Film Production Day

Day 5: Grand Finale Film Festival

  • Intro to Film Criticism, led by Dean Yamada

Workshop Instructors

Dean Yamada

Faculty Director

A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Dean Yamada is a filmmaker and film professor at Biola University. He has traveled with students to Japan, Germany and Indonesia, where he has made a series of award-winning short films and two feature films. His films have screened at the Venice Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, and he has won multiple awards at both the Heartland Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He loves teaching and sees firsthand how it complements his work as a filmmaker.

Jonathan Hensley

Editing Instructor

Jonathan Hensley is an award-winning trailer and commercial editor living in Los Angeles, Calif. An Indiana native, Jonathan moved to L.A. to attend Biola's Cinema & Media Arts program and quickly fell in love with the world of entertainment marketing. Since graduating, he has worked on marketing campaigns for clients including Lionsgate, Disney, ABC, Marvel, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, among many others.

Kevin T. Willson

Directing Instructor

Kevin T. Willson loves generating ideas with creative people. Over the years, Kevin has directed hundreds of projects in fifteen countries, and has won dozens of awards. He has worked on comedy story ideas with Andy Samberg and has directed actors such as Emmy Award- winning actor Tony Hale, Cristela Alonzo and Adam Pally. Kevin has also directed spots for Nescafé, Ubisoft, Jeep, Doritos, Habitat For Humanity and many more.

Angela Kwan

Sound Instructor

Angela Kwan loved rocking out on her invisible electric guitar when she was a teenager. As an adult, however, her love for music and sound was amplified after attending film school at Biola University, and completing a sound editorial internship at 20th Century Fox. Since then, Angela has worked on a number of critically acclaimed films that have been heard and screened around the world. She has been a sound editor and re-recording mixer for the past five years, working on a number of narrative and documentary films.

Thomas McCarty

Camera & Lighting Instructor

Thomas McCarty graduated from Biola’s cinema arts program in 1996. During his time at Biola, Thomas enrolled in the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, working on various short films as a way to study and learn on-set skills. Since graduating, Thomas has joined the IATSE Union and worked as a set lighting technician on films, television shows and commercials. Thomas has worked on films like Interstellar, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Saving Mr. Banks. His television credits include CSI, Veep, Revenge and others.