Los Alamos Summer Film Intensive A Big Success With Four Short Films To Be Screened Aug. 13 During County Fair

Making a short film during the Los Alamos Summer Film Intensive. Photo by Jean Gindreau

Teens participate in the Los Alamos Summer Film Intensive. Photo by Jean Gindreau


The Los Alamos Teen Center, PAC 8, Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Youth Activity Center have come together to serve the community’s youth through the Los Alamos Summer Film Intensive.

The Summer Film Intensive is a program that caters toward young filmmakers’ creative ideas and allows them to produce their very own short films. This year’s three week Summer Film Intensive was held between July 11- July 29. During the Film Intensive, students ages 13-16 have learned the fundamentals of screenwriting, storyboarding, directing, acting, hair and makeup techniques, cinematography, drone videography, camera use and post production editing. The students participating have been very excited to learn these concepts and put their newly learned skills to use in the production of their films.

Instructors David Daniel, Jean Gindreau, Ryan Schultz, Bendt Dahl, and Christina Valdez each bring unique skill sets to the program and teach every class with enthusiasm. The four short films this year’s students created will be screened for the general public at Fuller Lodge from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 following the Fair & Rodeo Parade. These four films will also be entered into Youth Film Contests in hopes of receiving awards.

The Summer Film Intensive was a great experience for all involved and the participants are looking forward to next year’s program as well! New filmmakers are encouraged to attend the Film Intensive next summer.