Wow, there are a lot of fabulous summer camps out there: Knight camps, space camps, sailing camps, horse riding camps, and on and on… and of course camping camps. But you can’t attend camp every week of the summer, and at some point you age out of some of them too.

So… what about a do-it-yourself camp? Why not make a movie with your friends?

My new book “Write! Shoot! Edit A Complete Guide for Teen Filmmakers” comes out July 1st… just in time for camp season! Pre-order now or pick up a copy when it comes to bookstores, then gather your friends and use it as your guide to a DIY Filmmaking Camp all the way from writing the story to editing the final version. The book shows you how to make a movie with whatever equipment, cast and crew access you have right now.

Summer camps are all about learning new skills and making discoveries about yourself. How better to to that than making a movie… YOUR movie. You may discover a whole new exciting career ahead of you – all because you started this summer. Now.

And when you do make your summer movie, drop me a line and tell me about it and the experience. I love to hear about your filmmaking stories.

Cheers & a good shoot to you,

Here’s a link to learn more about the book and to read an excerpt:

Here’s a link to places where you can pre-order the book:

And, if you’re in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, come to the Sat. June 24 Book Launch Party!

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Deb Patz is the author of “Film Production Management 101” and the upcoming “Write! Shoot! Edit! A Complete Guide to Filmmaking for Teens” both published by MWP Books. The movies she made at her own DIY summer camp led to her career in the movies.

WHERE IS DEB? (upcoming events and appearances)
May 31 – Guest Speaker – Encompass, Coquitlam, BC
Jun.3-7 – Guest instructor – PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp, Charlottetown, PEI
Jun.14 – Guest speaker – Charles Best High School, Coquitlam, BC
Jun.16 – Guest speaker – Heritage Woods High School, Port Moody, BC
Jun.24 – Book launch party for “Write! Shoot! Edit!” at Chapters Pinetree, Coquitlam, BC
Jul.30-Aug.3 – Panelist – UFVA Conference, Los Angeles, CA