I don’t really have enough time to give this blog post justice, but I wanted to share some thoughts while they’re still fresh in my mind.
Grace Einkauf tells me that in the summer of 2009 I was already talking about an intensive “film camp” idea and that it would be cool if there was a filmmaking camp in Austin for Christian teenagers.
I have no recollection of that conversation, which isn’t too unusual. But what I do remember is that Alex and I were driven by the memory of what it was like to make films as beginners… the raw excitement of making things… to learn by doing and not by lecture.
We wanted others to enjoy the kind of film education that Alex and I would have enjoyed at their age but never could afford. But most importantly, we wanted to capture the powerful medium of film for Christ’s glory and teach a younger generation how to manage it’s power for God’s Kingdom.
Alex and I didn’t know too much, but we had a lot going for us:
So with a little more than 2 weeks of advance notice, lots of emails, and word-of-mouth marketing, Alex and I launched Filmmakers Academy during Summer 2010 with 25ish students, the highlights of which can be watched below.
By the end of Summer 2010 we were bushed, but happy. Frankly, we were pleasantly surprised how well it turned out.
In Summer 2011 we repeated the process, only this time with more finesse. I took over the reigns entirely of the Academy and hired Alex as lead instructor. The Academy grew by 100% and we enjoyed more pleasant surprises. See highlight reel below:
For the past 2 years, Filmmakers Academy has taken 6 solid weeks of management over the summer, plus weeks of preparation, planning, and marketing beforehand.
By the time that Filmmakers Academy ended last summer, I knew that it would be impossible for me to run it in Austin again this summer while continuing to work for THSC in Lubbock. So then began the long process of deciding what to with FA.
I could either:
…Joseph and Stacie Graber
I’m super excited that my friends Joseph and Stacie Graber will be leading Filmmakers Academy this summer and beyond. I’ve known Joseph for several years and I met Stacie at least a year before she ever met Joseph, let alone married him.
In a round-about way, Stacie was actually one of the stepping stones in the inspiration for Filmmakers Academy. Back in the 2009(?) she hosted a Christian film festival for young filmmakers that Alex and I competed in. While attending the festival we learned that Stacie taught a summer theater class to youth… and the rest is history.
Funny how life is, eh?
I’m not guiding FA any longer (being 6 hours away in Lubbock does tend to throw a wrench in things) and the format is different, but from what I hear it’s jam-packed as usual.
I’m glad to know FA is in good hands and I pray that God continues the work through Joseph and Stacie that He began back in 2009.
Best of luck!