A fun and challenging two–week summer film camp for teens with an interest in Filmmaking, Writing, Acting, Directing, and digital media skills. Together, we write, shoot and finish a Short Film. Harford Film Camp is located in Forest Hill, MD. Work is outdoorsy and all-weather.

Note: Aspiring actors welcome: If you prefer to work “in front of the camera,” we can accommodate your creative goals & help build your portfolio!


1) Develop a Story Idea into a short film script.
2) Learn camera and sound equipment principles and operation
3) Learn directing techniques and the “grammar of film language.”
4) Plan a shooting schedule.
5) Choose actors and settings.
6) Students rotate crew positions (Director, Camera, Sound, Actor, Editor, etc)
7) Complete photography and sound recording for each script.
8) Manage digital media and workflow
9) Learn basics of editing software and deliver a DVD of finished short film.


Students acquire experience in digital imaging and audio recording techniques. Storytelling, pictorial composition, and communication skills are applied and enhanced. We work in a group to achieve a goal through planning and cooperation. Everyone gets experience in the various essential crew positions, and of course, a DVD!



“…As a teacher, I love working with young people and mentoring them in the development of visual storytelling skills. When students learn to rally around a fun, collaborative, creative process it’s incredibly rewarding, and promotes values of teamwork and confidence. As a filmmaker, film camp offers an opportunity to work in new and creative ways where young people are the innovators, and the future professionals.”

– David W. Warfield

A Harford County native, David Warfield is a teacher, filmmaker, and screenwriter with broad experience in the film industry, including many years working in Los Angeles. David has taught filmmaking, screenwriting, and media arts at Loyola University, UMBC, Dickinson College, and Morgan State University. He has blogged extensively for Baltimore’s arts & culture online magazine, Whatweekly.com, covering Maryland and Baltimore filmmakers and events, including the Maryland Film Festival.

David was a producing fellow at the American Film Institute in Hollywood, and holds a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, West, and the University Film & Video Association. He has served as an advisor to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in Prague, Czeck Republic.

David has worked in the film industry as a writer, producer, and director, including projects for Sony Pictures Entertainment, History Channel, Warner Brothers, ABC, MGM, RKO, and PolyGram. His independent movie feature film ROWS (shot on location in Harford County) is to be released in 2014.