Youth Summer Camp: So You Want to be a Filmmaker

For ages 8-11 and 12-14

Youth Summer Camp: So You Want to be a Filmmaker
  • Cost: $365.00
  • Ages: 8-11 or 12-14
  • Total Hours: 30 (Five x 6-hour sessions)
  • Capacity: 15

Form a filmmaking team to create a short film from scratch!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a movie? In this camp, form teams to create your own short films from script to screen. You’ll learn professional filmmaking skills like pre-production, HD camera operation, storyboarding, audio production and editing, using high-quality software and equipment. No prior experience is necessary, and final projects will air on TV!

  • 12-14 year olds- July 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 

  • 8-11 year olds- August 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 

Note: Before and after care is available for an additional cost.


Youth Filmmaker

This certification means you can borrow our JVC-600 cameras, Canon C100MKII,  field lights, tripods, iPad filmmaking kits and/or laptops with Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Creative Suite. (Certifications for equipment are obtained through separate classes.) It also lets you submit videos to our channels!


Jul 16–Jul 20


9:00am – 3:00pm

Instructor: Jodi Darby, Kathryn McAnalley

5 SESSIONS: 7/16, 7/17, 7/18, 7/19, 7/20

Aug 20–Aug 24


9:00am – 3:00pm

Instructor: Jodi Darby, Kathryn McAnalley

5 SESSIONS: 8/20, 8/21, 8/22, 8/23, 8/24


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Jodi Darby Media Educator

Jodi Darby is a media artist, activist and educator specializing in experimental video and photography. She works to amplify stories that often go unheard while pushing back at the narratives of dominant culture. She has collaborated with members of the Black Panther Party, the Dineh Nation, the Bolivian Anarcha-Feminist collective Mujeres Creando and the American Indian Movement.

Darby is the Education Director of POWGirls, a program that teaches a curriculum of video production and media literacy to girls ages 15-19, an instructor at Outside the Frame, a film program for homeless youth, as well as a professor at Portland State University's School of Art + Design.

Kathryn McAnalley Media Educator kathryn [at]

Kathryn McAnalley, aka Nyan Kat, moved to Portland from Dallas, Texas to attend Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she obtained a BFA in Animated Arts. 

Kat has done experimental animations for the Oregon Symphony and Bent Image Lab. She likes to push digital animation programs to hold the presence of the hand found in traditional animation. Kat loves helping people find creative solutions to reach their artistic goals.


For More Information

For general information or directions to our space, please contact our front desk at (503) 288-1515 or info [at]

To be considered for make-up sessions or for other questions about your registration, contact our Media Education department at (503) 673-8649 or education [at]

Getting Here

Open Signal is located off the #6 or #4 bus line. If you are driving to Open Signal, we have a parking lot located on NE Graham. Our main entrance is located on NE Graham off of NE MLK.


Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate financial need. If you’d like to apply, please complete the Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Application form and submit along with documentation of financial need. Scholarships are reviewed on the 15th of every month and scholarships will be awarded on the 20th of every month. Applicants can apply for one scholarship slot per term, with a maximum of 3 scholarships per calendar year.

Open Signal is a Safe Space

Open Signal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the community. Open Signal does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, and we ask that you do the same when you attend our workshops and events.

Open Signal is fully wheelchair-accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request.

Equipment Certification

Open Signal workshops grant certification on the equipment and software taught in the course unless otherwise noted.

Our workshops and equipment are made available to the community at an affordable rate because we want to amplify your voice on our public access cable channels. Join our community of media-makers! We ask that you submit work regularly in exchange for the free use of Open Signal equipment and studios.

Workshops participants must attend ALL workshop sessions order to receive certification. No make-up sessions will be allowed except in cases of emergency. All certified students must complete a brief New Producer Orientation (NPO) before they are given access to our equipment. Students under the age of 18 will need to complete an NPO in the presence of their parent or guardian in order to check out equipment from Open Signal.

Cancellation Policies for Workshops

  • Workshops must meet minimum enrollment requirements to take place. If a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified 24 hours in advance. You can transfer to the next available session of the workshop if there is one, or receive a full refund for your cancelled class.

  • You must cancel up to 72 hours in advance to receive a full refund. There will be no refunds or transfers if you cancel with less than three days notice or fail to show up.

  • Please allow 2-3 business days for all refunds to be processed.

In the event of an emergency, exchanges for class credit may be offered at the discretion of Open Signal Management.   

Inclement Weather Policy

Open Signal follows the Portland Public Schools weather closure policy. If a workshop is closed due to inclement weather, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop within the term. Full refunds or class exchanges will be offered if you can’t make the rescheduled date.